Alexander F. Goncharov

Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C., 20015,

Tel: (202) 478-8947

Education and Training:

Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology, Physics M.S., B.A. 1979

Institute of Spectroscopy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Physics Ph.D 1983

Research and Professional Experience:

2005- present: Senior Staff Scientist, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington

2012-present: Invited Professor, IPGP, Paris, France

2011-present: Invited Professor, ISSP, Hefei, China

2002- 2005: Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

1999-2002: Research Scientist, Geophysical Laboratory, CIW

1995-1999: Senior Research Associate, Geophysical Laboratory, CIW

1993-1995: Carnegie Fellow, Geophysical Laboratory, CIW

1992-1993: A. von Humboldt Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany

1989-1991: Senior Research Scientist, Institute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

1982-1989: Research Fellow, Institute of Crystallography, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Selected Publications:

Most closely related to this proposal:

Dong X., Oganov A.R., Goncharov A.F., et al. (2017). Stable compound of helium and sodium at high pressure. Nature Chemistry, in press. doi: 10.1038/nchem.2716

Stavrou, E., S. Lobanov, H. Dong, A.R. Oganov, V.B. Prakapenka, Z. Konopkova, A.F. Goncharov (2016). Synthesis of ultra-incompressible sp3-hybridized carbon nitride, Chem. Mater. 28, 6925−6933. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b02593

Struzhkin, V.V., D. Kim, E. Stavrou, T. Muramatsu, H. Mao, C.J. Pickard, R.J. Needs, V.B. Prakapenka, A.F. Goncharov (2016). Synthesis of Sodium Polyhydrides at High Pressures, Nat Commun. 7, 12267. doi:10.1038/ncomms12267

Goncharov, A.F., N. Holtgrewe, G. Qian, C. Hu, A.R. Oganov, M. Somayazulu, E. Stavrou, C.J. Pickard, A. Berlie, F. Yen, M. Mahmood, S.S. Lobanov, Z. Konôpková, V.B. Prakapenka (2015). Backbone NxH Compounds at High Pressures, J. Chem. Phys., 142 214308. DOI:

Zhang W.W., Oganov A.R., Goncharov A.F., Zhu Q., Boulfelfel S.E., Lyakhov A.O., Somayazulu M., Prakapenka V.B. (2013). Unexpected stoichiometries of stable sodium chlorides. Science, 342, 1502-1505 DOI: 10.1126/science.1244989

Other significant publications:

Konôpková, Z., R.S. McWilliams, N. Gómez-Pérez, A.F. Goncharov, Direct measurement of thermal conductivity in solid iron at planetary core conditions, Nature, 534 (2016) 99-101. doi:10.1038/nature18009.

McWilliams, R. S., D. A, Dalton, Z. Konôpková, M. F. Mahmood, A. F. Goncharov (2015). Opacity and conductivity measurements in noble gases at conditions of planetary and stellar interiors, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 112(26):7925-30 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1421801112.

Goncharov, A. F., B, D. Haugen, V. V. Struzhkin, P. Beck, S. D. Jacobsen (2008). Radiative Conductivity and Oxidation State of Iron in the Earth's Lower Mantle, Nature 456, 231-234. doi:10.1038/nature07412.

Goncharov, A. F., N. Goldman, L. E. Fried, J. C. Crowhurst, I. F. W. Kuo, C. J. Mundy and J. M. Zaug (2005). Dynamic ionization of water under extreme conditions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 94 (12), 125508. DOI:

Goncharov, A. F., V. V. Struzhkin and S. D. Jacobsen (2006). Reduced radiative conductivity of low-spin (Mg,Fe)O in the lower mantle, Science 312 (5777), 1205-1208. DOI: 10.1126/science.1125622

Synergistic Activities:

Symposium Organizer: the 54th European High Pressure Research Group (EHPRG) International Meeting on High Pressure Science and Technology; 4 – 9 September 2016 • Bayreuth/Germany; AIRAPT-26 Meeting, The 26th International Conference on High Pressure Science and Technology & VIII Asian Conference on High Pressure Research

2017, Beijing, China.

Reviewer for Nature, Nature Materials, Physical Review Letters, Science, Physical Review B, Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Applied Physics, High-pressure Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Physics of Earth Planetary Interior, Physica Status Solidi, Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, and others.

Panelist: Carnegie Science Venture Grant, 2015; LCLS Peer Review Panel, 2016-2017.


Friendship Award, China 2015

1000 Thousand Talents Award, China, 2012

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Associate Director (CMS) Award, 2005.

Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 1992-1993.

Annual European High Pressure Research Group Award, 1991.