Reproducing Deep-Earth Chemistry

pressure cell
Mimicking chemical reactions in the Earth's crust.

A new pressure cell invented by UC Davis researchers makes it possible to simulate chemical reactions deep in the Earth’s crust. The cell allows researchers to perform nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements on as little as 10 microliters of liquid at pressures up to 20 kiloBar. The new device allows researchers for the first time to study chemical reactions in liquid water under pressure, without it freezing into a solid. Read more at UC Davis News.