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Institut de minéralogie, de physique des matériaux et de cosmochimie

Chrystèle Sanloup


I am a mineral physicist, and my main research interests are the chemical and physical properties of planetary materials at depth, yet I have been regularly working on condensed matter physics issues. My research involves high pressure/high temperature experimentation combined with in situ X-ray synchrotron techniques, Raman spectroscopy and post-mortem chemical analyses. Planetary implications range from the composition of the core to the formation of the atmosphere.

My teaching activities are mostly focussed on the training of secondary school teachers, from bachelor degree to professional development, and involve administrative duties as director of studies for the 3rd year degree in Earth sciences.

Function and attachment

Professor Sorbonne Université

E-mail: chrystele.sanloup(at)sorbonne-universite.fr


  • 2014-: Professor, Sorbonne Université, Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris (ISTEP) until 31/12/2018, et Institut de Minéralogie, Physique des matériaux et cosmochimie (IMPMC) from 01/01/2019.
  • 2018-2022 : elected member of board of trustees, Sorbonne université, and as such council member of the university department for contractual activity (SAIC, service d’activités industrielles et contractuelles)
  • 2016-2018 : elected member of board of trustees, Université Pierre et Maris Curie
  • 2011-2014 : visiting scientist at the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions (CSEC), University of Edinburgh, financed by an ERC consolidator grant (“Magmas at depth: an experimental study at extreme conditions”).
  • 2007-2009 : sabbatical leave in CSEC, University of Edinburgh, financed by a Marie Curie European Intra-Fellowship (“High pressure experimental geochemistry. Reactivity of inert gases and the composition of planetary cores”).
  • 2001-2014:lecturer in Earth Sciences, Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6.



  • 51 articles, including 9 in high impact journals (Nature group, Science, Physical Review Letters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) 
  • Co-editor of a textbook “Magmas under pressure” (Kono and Sanloup, Elsevier 2018), 3 book chapters, one article in the french Encyclopædia Universalis (“Magmas”) and one undergraduate textbook “Intérieur  de la Terre et des planètes” (Dewaele and Sanloup, Eds Belin, 2005).

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French and foreign diplomas

  • Habilitation thesis Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 2009. “Some examples of the effect of pressure on the chemical properties of geomaterials”.
  • Post-graduate training as a Carnegie fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA, 2000-2001. Advisers: Y. Fei, R. Hemley and H.-K. Mao.
  • Ph. D. Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, laboratoire de Sciences de la Terre, 2000. Graduate student and teaching assistant. PhD title: “Composition and internal structure of Mars; high pressure experimentation on molten Fe and Fe-alloys; zirconium isotopes in meteorites”. Advisors: P. Gillet, F. Guyot and F. Albarède.
  • M. S. Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, 1997
  • A. B. Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, 1996
  • Agrégation (teaching degree) Life and Earth sciences, 1995

Clubs, learned societies and associations

Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America


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