Dr. Jin Zhang

Senior Research Scientist III

Institute of Meteoritics

1 University of New Mexico

MSC03 2050

Albuquerque, NM 87131


Phone: 505-277-0994

Email: jinzhang@unm.edu


Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, 2014

My main research interests are understanding the Earth and other planets in terms of their internal structures, composition, and dynamics through high pressure(P)-temperature(T) laboratory experiments. Such laboratory data are essential for geodynamical modeling and interpretation of geophysical observations, in particular, the results of seismological studies of Earth’s internal velocity structure. Specifically, I am interested in sound velocity measurements on minerals and rocks to quantify the compositional variations inside the Earth from a mineralogical perspective and start constructing a 2D or 3D mineralogical model of the Earth’s interior. I am also interested in other important dynamical processes in the Earth and planetary interiors, for example, element partitioning between coexisting mineral phases in planetary bodies, recycling of lithospheric materials through subduction and delamination, deep earthquake generation, etc. In addition, I have a materials science interest in phononic crystals, which potentially have applications in heat transfer.


Recent Publications

(# indicates postdoc associate authors; * indicates graduate student authors; ** indicates undergraduate and high school student authors)

*Zhou, W-Y., Zhang, J.S., Huang, Q., Lai, X, Chen, B., Dera, P., Schmandt, B., High pressure-temperature single-crystal elasticity of ringwoodite: Implications for detecting the 520 discontinuity and metastable ringwoodite at depths greater than 660 km, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. (under review, submitted 10/6/2021)

Zhang, J. S., T. Irifune, *M. Hao, D. Zhang, Y. Hu, S. Tkachev, P. Dera, **J. Chen, Y.-B. Jiang, A. Brearley, J. D. Bass, Prakapenka, V. (2021), Grain size dependent high-pressure elastic properties of ultrafine micro/nanocrystalline grossular, Sci. Rep. (under review, submitted 8/12/2021)

*Zhou, W-Y., *Hao, M., Zhang, J.S., Chen, B., Wang, R., Schmandt, B. (2021), Constraining Composition and Temperature Variations in the Mantle Transition Zone, Nat. Commun. (under revision, submitted 6/27/2021)

#Hou, M., *Zhou, W.-Y., *Hao, M., Hua, F. T., Kung, J., Zhang, D., Dera, P. and Zhang, J.S. (2021) Effect of structural water on the elasticity of orthopyroxene, American Mineralogist, doi: 10.2138/am-2021-7843

Zhang, H., Schmandt, B., Zhang, J.S. (2021) Localized anisotropy in the mantle transition zone due to flow through slab gaps, Geophys. Res. Lett. 48(10), p.e2021GL092712.doi: 10.1029/2021GL092712

*Hao, M., Zhang, J.S., *Zhou, W.-Y., and Wang, Q. (2021) Seismic visibility of eclogite in the Earth’s upper mantle – implications from high pressure-temperature single-crystal elasticity of omphacite, J. Geophys. Res. 126(5), p.e2021JB021683. doi:10.1029/2021JB021683

*Zhou, W.-Y., *Ren, Z., Zhang, J.S., Chen, B., *Hao, M., Ohuchi, T., Miyagi, L., Zhang, D., and Schmandt, B. (2021) The H2O-Fe#-Pressure dependent single-crystal elastic properties of wadsleyite: Implications for the seismic anisotropy in the upper Mantle Transition Zone, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 565, p.116955. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2021.116955

*Hao, M., Zhang, J. S., **Pierotti, C., *Zhou, W.-Y., Zhang, D., Dera, P. (2020) The seismically fastest chemical heterogeneity in the Earth’s deep upper mantle—implications from single-crystal thermal elastic properties of jadeite, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 543, p.116345.

Lai, X., Zhu, F., Zhang, J. S., Zhang, D., Tkachev, S., Prakapenka,V.B., Chen, B. (2020) Externally-heated diamond anvil cell for synthesis and elasticity determination of single-crystal ice at high pressure-temperature condition, J. Vis. Exp. 160, p.e61389.

**Mans, W., Zhang, J. S., *Hao, M., Smyth, J.R., Zhang, D., Finkelstein, G., Dera, P. (2019) Hydrogen effect on the sound velocities of upper mantle omphacite, Minerals. 9 (11), 690. doi: 10.3390/min9110690.

Zhang, J. S., *Hao, M., *Ren, Z., and Chen, B. (2019), The extreme acoustic anisotropy and fast sound velocities of high-pressure ice polymorphs at Mbar pressure, Appl. Phys. Lett. 114, 191903. doi: 10.1063/1.5096989

Hu, Y., Kiefer, B., Plonka, A., Parise, J.B., Zhang, J.S., Manghnani., M.H., Sahu, B.N., Dera, P. (2019), Compressional behavior of end-member and aluminous iron-bearing diopside at high pressure from single crystal X-ray diffraction and first-principles calculations, Phys. Chem. Miner. 46(10), 977-986. doi: 10.1007/s00269-019-01056-8

*Hao, M. **Pierotti, C., Sergey Tkachev, Vitali Prakapenka and Zhang, J.S. (2019), The single-crystal elastic properties of the jadeite-diopside solid solution and their implications for the composition dependent seismic properties of eclogite, Am. Min. 104 (7), 1016-1021. doi: 10.2138/am-2019-6990

*Hao, M., Zhang, J.S., **Pierotti, E. C., *Ren, Z., Zhang, D. (2019), High-pressure single-crystal elasticity and thermal equation of state of omphacite and their implications for the seismic properties of eclogite in the Earth’s interior., J. Geophys. Res. 124, 2368– 2377. doi:10.1029/2018JB016964

Zhang, J. S., Bass, J. D. and B.Schmandt (2018), Single-crystal elasticity change across the olivine-wadsleyite transition and its implications for the composition and dynamics near the 410 discontinuity, J. Geophys. Res., 123, 2723-2737. doi: 10.1002/2017JB015339.

Xu, J., Zhang, D., Dera, P., Zhang, J.S., Hu, Y., Guo, X., Zhou, W. (2018), and D. Fan, Phase transitions in orthoenstatite and subduction zone dynamics: effects of water and transition metal ions, J. Geophys. Res., 123, 2723-2737. doi: 10.1002/2017JB015169.

Zhang, D, Dera, P., Eng, P.J., Stubbs, J.E., Zhang, J. S., Prakapenka, V.B., Rivers, M. L. (2017), High pressure single crystal diffraction at PX^2, J Vis Exp. J Vis Exp., 119, e54660.

Zhang, J. S., Hu,Y., Shelton, H., Kung, J. and P. Dera (2017), Single crystal X-ray diffraction study of Fe2SiO4 fayalite up to 31 GPa, Phys. Chem. Miner. 44, 171-179. doi: 10.1007/s00269-016-0846-1

Zhang, J. S. and J. D. Bass (2016), Sound velocities of olivine at high pressures and temperatures, and the composition of Earth's upper mantle, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 9611–9618. doi: 10.1002/2016GL069949

Zhang, J. S. and J. D. Bass (2016), Single crystal elasticity of natural Fe-bearing orthoenstatite across a high-pressure phase transition, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 8473–8481. doi: 10.1002/2016GL069963

Zhang, J. S., Bass, J.D. and G. Zhu (2015), Single-crystal Brillouin spectroscopy with laser-heating and variable q, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86, 063905. doi: 10.1063/1.4922634

Liu, L. and J. S. Zhang (2015), Differential contraction of subducted lithosphere layers generates deep earthquake generation, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 421, 98. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2015.03.053

Zhang, J. S., Shieh, S., Bass, J.D., Dera, P. and V. B. Prakapenka (2014), High-pressure single-crystal elasticity study of CO2 across phase I-III transition, Appl. Phys. Lett. 104, 141901. doi:10.1063/1.4870526

Wu, S., Zhu, G., Zhang, J. S., Banerjee, D., Bass, J. D., Ling, C., Yano, K (2014), Anisotropic Lattice Expansion of Three dimensional Colloidal Crystals and Its Impact on Hypersonic Phonon Band Gaps, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.16, 8921-8926. doi: 10.1039/C4CP00498A

Zhang, J. S., Reynard, B., Montagnac, G, and J. D.Bass (2014), Pressure-induced Pbca-P21/c phase transition of natural orthoenstatite: high temperature effect and its geophysical implications, Phys.Earth Planet. Int. 228, 150-159. doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2013.09.008

Zhu, G., Swinteck, N.Z., Wu, S., Zhang, J. S., Pan, H., Bass, J. D., Deymier, P. A., Banerjee, D. and K. Yano (2013), Direct observation of phononic dispersion of a three-dimensional solid/solid hypersonic colloidal crystal, Phys. Rev. B.88, 144307. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.144307

Zhang, J. S., Reynard, B., Montagnac, G., Wang, R. and J. D.Bass (2013), Pressure-induced Pbca-P21/c phase transition of natural orthoenstatite: Compositional effect and its geophysical implications, Am. Mineral. 98, 986-992. doi:10.2138/am.2013.4345

Zhang, J. S., P. Dera, and J. D. Bass (2012), A new high-pressure phase transition in natural Fe-bearing orthoenstatite, Am. Mineral. 97, 1070–1074. doi:10.2138/am.2012.4072

Zhang, J. S., J. D. Bass, T. Taniguchi, A. F. Goncharov, Y.-Y. Chang and S. D. Jacobsen (2011), Elasticity of cubic boron nitride under ambient conditions, J. Appl. Phys. 109, 06352. doi:10.1063/1.3561496