Research Areas

  • Investigations of deep Earth’s minerals at high-pressure and high-temperature in an effort to build mantle mineral composition model.
  • Exploring iron-light elements high-pressure and high-temperature phase relations to understand the composition and evolution of the planetary terrestrial cores.
  • High pressure and temperature electrical resistivity measurements on iron and its alloy, exploring possible geodynamo energy source in deep Earth.
  • Carbon solubility in lower mantle minerals (e.g. silicate perovskite, Magnesiowustite) to explore the storage mode of carbon reservoir in the Earth’s mantle.
  • Phase relation of minerals in subducted crust plate as they undergo complex phase transition and their relationship with geophysical interested phenomenon.


Ph. D., Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China, 2008
M.A., Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China, 2005
B.A.,  Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China, 2003


Work Experience
2012.9-present: Associate professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics Chinese Academy of Science.
2010.10-2012.9: Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA.
2008.10-2010.9: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, China.
2006.9-2007.8: Predoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA. 

Teaching Experience


  1. Liwei Deng, Yingwei Fei, Xi Liu, Zizheng Gong , Anat Shahar, Effect of carbon, sulfur and silicon on iron melting at high pressure: Implications for composition and evolution of the planetary terrestrial cores. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, accepted, 2013.
  2. Liwei Deng, Chris Seagle, Yingwei Fei, Anat Shahar, Electrical resistivity of iron at high pressure and high temperature with the implication for the Earth’s core. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2012GL054347 2012.
  3. Liwei Deng, Xi Liu, Hong Liu, Yigang Zhang. A first-principles study of the phase transition from Holl-I to Holl-II in the composition KAlSi3O8. Am Mineral. 96, 974-982, 2011.
  4. Liwei Deng, Xi Liu, Hong Liu, Jianjun Dong. High-pressure phase relations in the composition of albite NaAlSi3O8 constrained by an ab initio and quasi-harmonic Debye model, and their implications. Earth. Planet. Sci. Lett. 298, 427-433, 2010.
  5. Liwei Deng, Jijun Zhao, Hong Liu, Di Wu, Zizheng Gong, Pressure-related Phase Stability of MgSiO3 and (Mg0.75, Fe0.25) SiO3 at Lower Mantle Condition. Int. J. Mod Phys B. 23, 3323-3329, 2009.
  6. Liwei Deng, Zizheng Gong, Yingwei Fei, Direct shock wave loading of MgSiO3 perovskite to lower mantle conditions and its equation of state. Phys. Earth Planet Inter. 170, 210-214, 2008.
  7. Liwei Deng, Jijun Zhao, Guangfu Ji, Zizheng Gong, Dongqing Wei, First-Principles Study of Orthorhombic Perovskites MgSiO3 up to 120GPa and Its Geophysical Implications. Chin. Phys. Lett. 23, 2334-2337, 2006.   


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