Advanced High-Pressure Crystallography

For the past three decades high pressure research has made breakthrough progress in many fields of science mainly due to the significant improvements in the high-pressure apparatus and developments of advanced static and dynamic probes. Most of the experiments at extreme conditions are very challenging and require dedicated techniques to collect crystallographic data with unprecedented speed and resolution to quantitatively characterize pressure/temperature induced transformations in the crystalline lattice. The tunability, brilliance, and collimation of synchrotron X-ray sources provides scientists with unique capabilities for probing the structural, chemical, and physical properties of various types of materials in-situ at extreme pressure, temperature, and strain with ultra-high spatial, temporal and energy resolution. However, in many cases the complex energy landscapes of multicomponent chemical systems require the use of the predictive power of computational methods that play an essential role in extreme-conditions crystallography coupled with physical experiments.

The purpose of the 2022 workshop of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) Commission on High Pressure is to bring together researchers who apply extreme-conditions crystallography in combination with other experimental and computational methods to study a wide range of material properties covering various fields of science, including condensed-matter physics, solid-state chemistry, geophysics, materials science, biology, nanotechnology etc. The workshop aims to facilitate extensive discussion and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Students, postdocs and early carrier scientists in particular will find this workshop helpful in gaining improved familiarity with available state-of-the-art methods and how they can be applied to their research.

We are organizing a half-day tutorial with hands on examples.

Equity and inclusivity

The organizers of the 2022 Commission on High Pressure Workshop will follow the Gender Balance requirements of the IUCr.  The Local Organizing Committee and the International Program Committee will safeguard gender equity among lecturers and participants, paying special attention to the gender balance and diversity in evaluating the bursary applications.

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Workshop Contacts


Vitali Prakapenka

Research Professor
Center for Advanced Radiation Sources
The University of Chicago

Stella Chariton

Beamline Scientist
Center for Advanced Radiation Sources
The University of Chicago

Workshop Organizers


  • Vitali Prakapenka (GSECARS/Univ. Chicago)
  • Stella Chariton (GSECARS/Univ. Chicago)
  • Dongzhou Zhang (Univ. Hawaii/GSECARS)
  • Yanbin Wang (GSECARS/Univ. Chicago)

Members of the IUCr commission on high pressure, read more.

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