Facilities for high pressure experiments

23 November 2022.

Pressure is a fundamental parameter in order to reproduce the conditions of the Earth's inner core. The project will hence heavily rely on the High Pressure Laboratory of the Institut Chevreul, at the Université de Lille.

The Lille High Pressure Lab is run by researchers, technicians, and engineers at the Unité Matériaux et Transformations and the Unité de Catalyse et Chimie du Solide, partner laboratories within the Institut Chevreul. The lab includes a range of instruments for the synthesis and characterization of centimeter size samples up to 2 GPa and 2200°C, millimeter size samples up to 20 GPa and 2200°C, and sub-millimeter at pressures above 200 GPa, as well as supplies and equipments for preparing those experiments.

The Lille High Pressure Lab was made possible thanks to the ARCHI-CM project, which aimed to respond to societal challenges in the fields of the bio-economy, the response to energy challenges and advanced materials, and was supported by the "Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur de la Recherche et de l’Innovation", the region "Hauts-de-France", the ERDF program of the European Union and the “Métropole Européenne de Lille”.

The laboratory now includes

  • a piston-cylinder press for pressures up to  2.2 GPa and temperatures of 2200°C,
  • a ropec deformation device, for torsion deformation experiments up to a few GPa's and 2200°C,
  • a multi-anvil press to reach pressures on the order of 20 GPa and temperatures of 2200°C,
  • diamond anvil cells for pressures up to above 200 GPa,

and laboratory spaces for the preparation of experiments. In addition, new equipments will be purchased on the HotCores project to help us reach our science goals.

Stay tuned for more!