The High Pressure Synthesis Laboratory supports the activity of Dept. Takagi, as well as all the other research departments and service groups within MPI/FKF, with experiments at extreme conditions, in large volume high pressure devices, capable to contain mm3-sized samples.
We perform synthesis of novel materials, we detect and map new phase boundaries and melting curves, and measure physical properties such as electrical resistivity and isothermal compressibility.
In addition, we perform development work dedicated to extending the pressure range in large volume devices, beyond the present limit.


  • Voggenreiter press, equipped with a Walker module for 32mm WC cubes: up to 19GPa and 2200°C
  • Belt press: under construction
  • Try 500 press, equipped with a Walker module for 32mm WC cubes: up to 15GPa and 1500°C
  • 1-atmosphere chamber oven: up to 1300°C

Research directions

  • synthesis of new materials with interesting electronic properties
  • synthesis of new materials with special mechanical properties
  • determination of new phases and phase boundaries at high pressure and high temperature; kinetics of phase transitions
  • in-situ measurements of electrical conductivity/impedance under high pressures and temperatures

Publications / Contributions

  • A. Krajewska, T. Takayama, A. Gibbs, I. Watanabe, J. Nuss, S. Bette, R. Dinnebier, M. Isobe and H. Takagi: Multiple spin and orbital transitions in new pyrochlore ruthenate In2Ru2O7
    To be submitted
  • A. Krajewska, T. Takayama, R. Dinnebier, A. Yaresko, K. Ishii, M. Isobe and H. Takagi: Almost pure Jeff=1/2 Mott state of In2Ir2O7 in the limit of reduced inter-site hopping
    Physical Review B (Vol. 101, No. 12) 10.1103/PhysRevB.101.121101
  • Alexander Kuhn, Oliver Gerbig, Changbao Zhu, Frank Falkenberg, Joachim Maier and Bettina V. Lotsch:
    A new ultrafast superionic Li-conductor: ion dynamics in Li11Si2PS12 and comparison with other tetragonal LGPS-type electrolytes
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, 14669-14674, 2014. doi:10.1039/C4CP02046D
  • C. Braun, N. Kiziltas Yavuz, K. Nikolowski, F. Falkenberg, J.M. Gallardo-Amores, M.E. Arroyo de Dompablo, H. Ehrenberg: High-Pressure Investigations of spinel-type LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4
    Contribution DGK 2013 - 21st Annual Conference of the German Crystallographic Society
  • T. Locherer, R. Dinnebier, R. K. Kremer, M. Greenblatt, M. Jansen: Synthesis and properties of a new quadruple perovskite: A-site ordered PbMn3Mn4O12
    J. Solid State Chem. 190 (2012) 277-284 doi:10.1016/j.jssc.2012.02.036
  • K. M. Mogare, I. Landau, N. Guérin, B. Trusch, M. Wagner, T. Locherer, M. Jansen, J. Hulliger: Ceramic Tl-oxide based superconductors reinvestigated by magnetic separation technique and SQUID measurements
    Solid State Sciences 13 (2011) 1879–1884 doi:10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2011.07.023
  • T. Locherer, Prasad, D. L. V. K. Prasad, R. Dinnebier, U. Wedig, G. Garbarino, T. Hansen, M. Jansen: High pressure structural evolution of HP-Bi2O3
    Phys. Rev. B 83, 214102 (2011) doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.83.214102
  • H. Serier-Brault, M. Jansen: Properties and high-pressure behavior of a ternary lead oxide Pb2MnO4
    Solid State Sciences, Elsevier Science Bv, 13 (2011) 326-330
  • T. Locherer, S. Ghedia, A. Senyshyn, Prasad, D. L. V. K. Prasad, R. Dinnebier, M. Jansen: Metastable Bi2O3 polymorphs obtained by high pressure and high temperature
    Acta Cryst. A 66, s198 (2010)
  • S. Ghedia, T. Locherer, R. Dinnebier, D. L. V. K. Prasad, U. Wedig, M. Jansen, A. Senyshyn: High-pressure and high-temperature multianvil synthesis of metastable polymorphs of Bi2O3: Crystal structure and electronic properties
    Phys. Rev. B 82, 024106 (2010) doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.82.024106
  • T. Locherer, I. Halasz, R. Dinnebier, M. Jansen: Isothermal compressibility and anisotropic structural response of As2O5 under pressure
    J. Solid State Commun. 150 (2010) 201 - 204. doi:10.1016/j.ssc.2009.10.036
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