CeSMEC is engaged in fundamental research related to the environment, focusing on using Engineering methods for alternative energy, Carbon capture and high pressure science. Actively engaging students in research and the pursuit of excellence has always been a guiding principle for CeSMEC.

CeSMEC is situated on the MMC campus of FIU in the building Viertes Haus (VH).

CeSMEC is an interdisciplinary center which combines physics, chemistry, geosciences, and materials engineering. All its activities are interdisciplinary.

The building of the center started in the summer of 2000.  We are equiped with all the state-of-art facilities operating for frontiers research in the areas of materials science, high-pressure physics and geophysics with many cross-disciplinary linkages to programs in metallurgy, ceramics and chemistry.

 

CeSMEC Goals

 

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Scientific goals

Use theoretical and experimental tools of CeSMEC to study terrestrial planetary interiors by studying the physical and chemical interactions among solids and fluids at extreme conditions Build and maintain a superdatabase on inorganic materials to explore regularities of physical and chemical behavior and develop semi-empirical models to understand the physics and chemistry of materials

Engineering goals

Synthesize new materials with unusual properties and improve the existing materials Unusual properties may require unusual chemical and physical conditions

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Technology development

Reach the highest static pressures in hot materials for in situ x-ray and spectroscopic characterization with precise simultaneous determination of pressure and temperature Reach the highest temperatures in the laboratory with precise measurement of temperatures

 

 

Why is the CeSMEC unique?

In the State of Florida , CeSMEC is the only high pressure research center where materials can be studied at extremes of pressure and temperatures (see below):

X-ray diffraction

Raman Spectroscopy

Pressure
.0001- 500,000 atm

Temperature
300- 3000 K

Combined
to 300,000 atm T:300-1500 K

Pressure
.0001-3 Million atm

Temperature
300-1300 K

Combined
P to 300,000 atm T:300-1500

High P and T Imaging

Reactions and thermophysics

Pressure
.0001-3 Million atm

Temperature
300- 3000 K

Combined
P to 300,000 atm T:300-1500 K

Laser heating and
ablation Several 1000 K

Combined
P to 3Million atm T to 4000 K Laser

Combined
P to 3Million atm and T to1300 K (electric)