Oliver Tschauner

Research Professor

Mineralogy, Crystallography, Dynamic compression

Office: SEB 3118
Laboratories: SEB 3118 (XRD/XRF), TEC 120 (shockwave)
Phone: (702) 774-1487
Email: oliver.tschauner@unlv.edu



B.S. and M.S. – University of Cologne, 1994
Ph.D. – University of Cologne, 1997

Research Interests:

Mineralogy of extreme conditions with emphasis on mineral chemistry of the deep Earth (transition zone and deeper) and processes during large asteroid impacts. I examine the rare, (sub-) microscopic natural occurrences of such phases and obtain in-depth information about their crystal chemistry and thermodynamics beyond what is realistically achievable in experiments. Thus, mineralogy of extreme conditions complements experimental high-pressure geo/mineral-physics.

Selected publications:

Ahrensite, gamma-Fe2SiO4, a new shock-metamorphic mineral from the Tissint meteorite: Implications for the Tissint shock event on Mars. 2016. Ma, C. ; Tschauner, O.; Beckett, J.R.; Liu, Y.; Rossman, G.R.; Sinogeikin, S.V.; Smith, J.S.; Taylor, L.A. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 184, 240-256 DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.04.042

Tissintite (Ca, Na, □) AlSi2O6, a Highly Defective, Shock-Induced, High-Pressure Pyroxene in the Tissint Martian Meteorite. 2015, Chi Ma, Oliver Tschauner, John Beckett, Yang Liu, George Rossman, Kirill Zuravlev, Vasili Prakapenka, Przemyslav Dera and Lawrence A. Taylor, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 422,194-205.

Discovery of Bridgmanite – the most abundant mineral in Earth, in a shocked meteorite. 2014, O. Tschauner, C. Ma, J. Beckett, C. Prescher, V. Prakapenka, G.Rossman, Science 346, 1100, DOI: 10.1126/science.1259369

Shock synthesis of Lanthanum-III-pernitride. 2013 , O. Tschauner, S.N. Luo, Y.J. Chen, A. McDowell, J. Knight, S.M. Clark, High Pressure Research  202,, DOI 10.1080/08957959.2012.761214

Anomalous bulk compression behaviour in a hyper-stoichiometric Uraniumdioxide Thoriumdioxide solid solution. 2013, Tschauner, O; Ma, C., Grubor-Urosevic, O.; Chen, Y., submitted to J. Phys. Cond. Matter 25   Issue: 16   DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/25/16/162201

Additional Information

Courses taught:

GEOL 420/620 – Advanced topics: X-ray diffraction
GEOL 452X/652X Advanced Mineralogy