Rationale for the Workshop

As recently announced, the NSF-EAR is soliciting proposals to develop, manage, operate, and support user access to U.S. synchrotron-based and supporting laboratory capabilities necessary to advance Earth sciences research and training (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21592/nsf21592.pdf).

The new single lead organization will manage currently supported synchrotron facilities (operated by GSECARS and COMPRES) and develop new capabilities to address priority science questions and related infrastructure recommendations such as those identified in the report: Earth in Time (https://doi.org/10.17226/25761).

In the light of this solicitation, we are organizing a workshop (hybrid or virtual mode) to address future opportunities to advance geomaterials research at high pressures, temperatures, and strain rates. We encourage everyone who plans to utilize synchrotron-based and supporting sample analytical capabilities in their research to participate in the workshop. Graduate student and post-doctoral scholar participation is particularly encouraged.

Topics to be Addressed:

  1. Current state-of-the-art synchrotron capabilities for studies of Earth and planetary materials at elevated conditions, from crust to the core and beyond.
  2. Novel technological developments and capabilities that will boost Earth and planetary sciences research, especially in view of recent and planned upgrades to US synchrotron facilities.
  3. New approaches to foster engagement and expansion of the user community, including to traditionally underrepresented constituencies.
  4. User community needs for cyberinfrastructure and data services.

Agenda (Details Will Follow)


August 31- September 2 (Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 – 19:00 CDT)

  • 1st day – Overview of current capabilities, open discussion
  • 2nd day – Future scientific directions, open discussion
  • 3rd day – Novel technological developments, open discussion, summary


Registration deadline is August 24th, 2021.
After submitting your registration form, you should recieve a confirmation email.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact Stella Chariton (chariton@cars.uchicago.edu).

Workshop Contacts


Vitali Prakapenka

Research Professor
Center for Advanced Radiation Sources
The University of Chicago

Yanbin Wang

Research Professor
Center for Advanced Radiation Sources
The University of Chicago

Stella Chariton

Postdoctoral Scholar
Center for Advanced Radiation Sources
The University of Chicago

Workshop Local Coordinator


  • Stella Chariton (GSECARS/Univ. Chicago)

Workshop Organizers


  • Vitali Prakapenka and Yanbin Wang (GSECARS/Univ. Chicago)
  • Donald Weidner (Stony Brook University)
  • Quentin Williams (University of California Santa Cruz)
  • Anat Shahar (The Carnegie Institution for Science)
  • Susannah Dorfman (Michigan State University)
  • Ercan Alp (Argonne National Laboratory)

For additional information about community response to the NSF solicitation, see: