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Bavarian Research Institute of Experimental Geochemistry and Geophysics (BGI)
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Bayreuth
Universitaetsstr. 30, Bayreuth, PO: 95440, Bavaria (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1986
Scientific Description
Bavarian Geoinstitute is a leading facility for high-pressure research in Earth sciences in Europe. Virtually all instruments of modern high-pressure research are available at the Bavarian Geoinstitute. Many of the experimental facilities are unique in Europe, some are unique worldwide (e.g. 5000 ton multi anvil press; novel cubic press with six independent anvils; apparatus for the simultaneous measurement of Brillouin spectra and X-ray difffraction patterns on single crystals in diamond anvil cells). The high-pressure facilities at the Bavarian Geoinstitute are supplemented by modern analytical laboratories (electron microprobe, SEM, TEM, LA-ICP/MS, FTIR, Raman, Moessbauer-spektrometers, etc.). Technical support is provided by four machinists, two electronic engineers and two preparation technicians.

RI Keywords
Transport properties, Diamond anvil cells, Crystal structures, High-pressure research, Deformation textures, Elastic properties, Hydrothermal vessels, Materials synthesis, High-pressure deformation apparatus, Phase diagrams, Multi anvil presses, Piston cylinder presses
RI Category
Extreme Conditions Facilities
Materials Synthesis or Testing Facilities
Scientific Domain
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
High-pressure synthesis

Synthesis of samples at high pressures and temperatures.

Sample characterization

Structure determination, phase identification and measurements of physical properties and chemical composition by diffraction methods, spectroscopy (Raman, IR, Moessbauer, Vis, UV, EELS), electron microprobe, laser-ablation ICP/MS, TEM, and SEM.

In-situ measurements

Measurements of structure, thermodynamic and transport properties in-situ at high pressure and temperature.

X-ray diffraction equipment

Single-crystal and powder diffractometers, high-intensity X-ray sources for diffraction in diamond cells.

High-pressure equipment

multi anvil presses, diamond anvil cells, piston cylinder presses, hydrothermal and internally heated pressure vessels.

Electron microscopes

TEM, SEM, electron microprobe.

Equipment for chemical analysis

Electron microprobe, laser-ablation ICP/MS.

Spectroscopic equipment

Raman, FTIR, UV/Vis, Moessbauer, Brillouin spectrometers, alo for in-situ measurements.

Date of last update: 24/10/2013
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