Welcome to the High Pressure Chemical Physics group!

Our group is focused on the behaviour of (mainly) molecular light systems under pressure, especially planetary ices (water, ammonia, methane, etc.).  Apart from being of fundamental importance in physics and chemistry (presence of Hydrogen bonding, hydrophobicity, hydrophilia), these chemical species are found in vast amounts in the gas giants (Neptune, Uranus), their satellites (Titan) and throughout the Universe.

We employ a wide range of experimental and theoretical techniques to explore the phase diagrams of both pure component and mixtures of our systems of interest, in all condensed matter phases (solid, fluid and amorphous).

Due to the lightness of our systems, a common thread bringing us together is use of neutron scattering techniques, which are particularly well-suited to distinguish elements close to each other in the periodic table (and their isotopes).