Presentation: Structure of silicate glasses and melts up to ultra high pressures
Clemens Prescher studied Mineralogy at the University of Jena and obtained his PhD in Experimental Geosciences at BGI at the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar of the University of Chicago at the GSECARS beamline at APS. Currently, he is employed as a research scientist and lecturer at the University of Cologne. His main research interest lies in understanding geologically relevant materials under high pressure and temperature conditions. He has been using a large amount of different analysis tools, such as Mößbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, inelastic X-ray scattering, transmission-electron microscopy, to study materials in-situ at high pressures and high temperatures as well as ex-situ.
While his research during his PhD was mainly focused on the effect of iron spin-crossovers on material properties at high pressures, he currently is mostly interested in structural changes of amorphous materials at high pressures. In order to understand those complex materials he combines high pressure total scattering X-ray diffraction experiments with ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations.
Apart from his scientific contributions to many high pressure subjects, he also contributed several data analysis software packages for different analytical methods to the community, which are now widely used among high-pressure and also non-high-pressure scientists around the world.