Mara Murri


I am a research Scientist at the University of Pavia, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Previously I have been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Milano Bicocca and I have been a PhD student in the framework of the ERC True depths at the “Fiorenzo Mazzi” Experimental Mineralogy lab at the University of Pavia. My research is mainly focused on geothermobarometry applied to minerals phases relevant for the Earth and planetary sciences using elastic behavior of mineral inclusions and their mineral hosts.

During my Phd I have been developing the tools for the analysis and quantification of deviatoric stresses on elastically anisotropic inclusions still entrapped in their host using micro-raman spectroscopy. Validation of the developed tools will be achieved by measuring the stress state on synthetic host inclusion pairs by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and by determining raman shifts on anisotropic minerals under deviatoric stress fields using ab-initio methods (e.g. Density Functional Theory, DFT). The main results of this project will enable us to determine deviatoric stress components on inclusions entrapped in minerals contained in Ultra High Pressure Metamorphic (UHPM) rocks by means of micro-raman spectroscopy.