John B. Parise
Department of Earth and Space Science State University of New York at Stony Brook
Professor Parise is a mineralogist and solid-state chemist interested in Earth materials synthesis and the determination of atomic arrangements in condensed matter. The Parise group maintains an eclectic mix of projects, tied together by one guiding principal: We care about where the atoms are, and where they end up after changes in environmental conditions. No matter what the particular composition of the condensed matter its functionality is dependent on where the atoms are and where they end up after they respond to changes in P, T, Eh, pH, etc) - think graphite - diamond, Ice - water, DNA to remind yourselves of the fundamental need to determine where the atoms are under the operating conditions of interest. With that appreciation, the tools developed to study the mineralogy and reactivity in extreme Earth environments are often applicable to technologically interesting materials and materials in extra-terrestrial environments.