COMPUTATIONAL PETROLOGY & GEOCHEMISTRY

@ the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern

 

ABOUT US

The research group Computational Petrology and Geochemistry (CPaG) is located at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern. The group is supported by the ERC-StG project PROMOTING (2020-2025).

We are interested in fundamental research in petrology and geochemistry. Our team members are involved in the development of algorithms and models based on fundamental physical and chemical laws, sometimes augmented by artificial intelligence. We also develop state-of-the-art analytical techniques and open source data reduction tools such as XMapTools.

INVESTIGATE ROCKS

We collect, and analyse metamorphic rocks from all over the world to understand how our planet evolved through time

QUANTIFY PROCESSES

We study metamorphic processes driving plate tectonics and controlling chemical exchanges between surface and mantle

ANALYTICAL STRATEGY

We are developing cutting-edge analytical techniques for composition and texture characterization of solid materials

IN-HOUSE SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Software development has become a critical part of modern research, especially in petrology and analytical geochemistry. This is the reason why we are involved in the development of several computer models and software solutions and decided to share them for free with scientists working in universities and public research agencies worldwide. Take a look at our main projects.

OUR WORK IN FIGURES

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NUMERICAL MODELING

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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APPLICATION STUDIES

CURRENT RESEACH GROUP

 

PROF. PIERRE LANARI

Group leader

DR. JACOB FORSHAW

Postdoc

THORSTEN MARKMANN

PhD student

 

HUGO DOMINGUEZ

PhD student 

SARA NERONE

PhD Student

 

PHILIP HARTMEIER

Master student & Assistant

Current collaborators on computational petrology

 

RENÉE TAMBLYN

Postdoc (Uni. Bern)

JIAHUI LIU

Postdoc (China)

NILS GIES

PhD Student (Uni. Bern)

FORMER GROUP MEMBERS

 

AIYANA DIWA

Student Assistant

PROF. MAHYRA TEDESCHI

Visting Professor

CATARINA DA PAZ

Visiting student

ALESSANDRO PETROCCIA

PhD student (now Postdoc)

JIAHUI LIU

PhD student (now Postdoc)

 

QIAN W.L. ZHANG

PhD student (now Postdoc)

OUR PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS

Within Switzerland

Our group collaborates with different research groups at the Institute of Geological Sciences including: Petrology (Prof. J. Hermann), Metamorphic Geochemistry (Prof. D.Rubatto), Deep-Fluids Geochemistry (Prof. T. Pettke), Tectonics (Prof. M. Herweg & Prof. A. Berger).

We also have active collaborations with individuals at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

In Europe

Our group has established partnerships with researchers within the EU including France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Within the framework of the ERC-funded project PROMOTING, We collaborate with Dr. Nicolas Riel  from the Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz on the development of numerical models for fluid flow within the crust.

In South America

Our group has connections with several public research institutions in South America. 

We collaborate with Prof. Mahyra Tedeschi from the Federal University of Minas Gerais on the quantification of fluid-rock interraction processes at ultra-high pressure.

We have active collaborations with Carlos Ganade from the Geological Survey of Brazil.

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