Dr. Sergey Lobanov

Junior Group Leader
Dr. Sergey Lobanov
Building D, Room 229
14473 Potsdam

Research Interests:

          My primary goal as a geoscientist is to understand the connection between the core, mantle, and crust on various geologic time scales in order to help decipher Earth’s complex history. Planetary-scale geological processes, such as mantle convection and geodynamo action, operate at great depths and are governed by properties of minerals at high pressures (P) and temperatures (T). Accordingly, the structural, transport, and electronic properties of minerals at high P-T have been at the frontier of geosciences and one of the major subjects of my research. In order to understand Earth’s deepest geological processes, I derive high quality mineral physics data using in situ measurements at high-P and -T. 
          After receiving my PhD from V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (Novosibirsk, Russia), I accepted a postdoctoral (2012) and subsequently a research scientist (2015) position at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington. At Carnegie, I used state-of-the-art light-based probes, to make important contributions in the areas of volatiles chemical reactivity, optical and transport properties of mantle minerals, and exoplanet mineralogy. In 2017, I moved on to Stony Brook University (New York State) as a Research Assistant Professor where I had the pleasure to apply and deepen my spectroscopic expertise while working with world-renowned chemists on novel metal organic frameworks, compounds that hold great promise for air purification. 
          In 2018, I relocated to Germany to take on a new challenge as a Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups Leader at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ). At GFZ, I will establish a new research group (CLEAR) to study properties of the deep Earth via unconventional ultra-fast time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. In cooperation with GFZ scientists, my group's near-future research will enable new models of the core-mantle interaction, help understand the effect of iron spin transitions on the properties of the mantle, and provide new knowledge on the speciation of volatiles within planets.


  • 7/2018 - present: Helmholtz Young Investigators Group Leader, GFZ, Potsdam, Germany
  • 6/2017 – 5/2018: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Stony Brook University, USA
  • 2/2015 – 5/2017: Research Scientist, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA
  • 9/2014 – 9/2015: Foreign Postdoctoral Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Solid State Physics, Hefei, China
  • 12/2012 – 1/2015: Postdoctoral Associate, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • 1/2012 – 6/2012: Visiting Investigator, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington
  • 7/2007 – 12/2012: Research Associate, Laboratory of High Pressure Minerals and Diamond Deposits, V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russia


2019 Mineral and Rock Physics Early Career Award (American Geophysical Union)

2019 Deep Carbon Observatory Emerging Leader Award

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