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2018 AGU Mineral & Rock Physics Early Career Award


Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship, Princeton University, 2008-2009

Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall meeting, 2007

Centennial fellowship, Princeton University, 2004-2005


自然基金委面上项目,负责人,41874101,含(Al2O3, H2O)二氧化硅高温高压下热力学状态方程和结构相变的实验研究,2019-2020

中国科学技术大学学术领军人才,负责人,KY2080000061, 2018-2020

自然基金委面上项目,负责人,41374092, 橄榄石及其同质异相体在高温高压下的单晶弹性模量,2014-2017



教育部创新团队培育基金,负责人, WK2080000052, 2014-2016




2004-2009   博士研究生,高温高压矿物学,Princeton University


2000-2004  本科,中国科学技术大学


春季: Physics of the Earth


2012-       教授,中国科学技术大学

2011-2012   博士后,高温高压矿物学, The University of Texas at Austin     

2010-2011   博士后,高温高压矿物学, University of California, Los Angeles

2009-2010   博士后,高温高压矿物学, The University of Texas at Austin   


(*Corresponding author)

55. Zhang, Z., Z. Mao, X. Liu, Y. Zhang (2018) Stability and reactions of CaCO3 polymorphs in the Earth’s deep mantle. Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, doi: 10.1029/2018JB015654.

54. Duan, Y., N. Sun, S. Wang, X. Li, X. Guo, H. Ni, V. B. Prapapenka, Z. Mao* (2018) Phase stability and thermal equation of state of δ-AlOOH: Implication for water transportation to the deep lower mantle. Earth and Planetary Science letters, 494, 92-98.

53. Guo, X., L. Zhang, X. Su, Z. Mao, X. Gao, X. Yang, H. Ni (2018) Melting inside the Tibetan crust? Constraint from eletrical conductivity of peraluminous granitic melt. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 3906-3913

52. Sun, N., W. Wei, S. Han, J. Song, X. Li, Y. Duan, V. B. Prakapenka, Z. Mao* (2018) Phase transition and thermal equation of state of (Fe,Al)-bridgmanite and post-perovskite: Implication for the chemical heterogeneity at the lowermost mantle. Earth and Planetary Science letters, 490, 161-169.  

51. Li, X., Z. Zhang, J.F. Lin, H. Ni, V. B. Prakapenka, Z. Mao* (2018) New high pressure phase of CaCO3 at the topmost lower mantle: Implication for the deep mantle carbon transportation. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 1355-1360.

50. Duan, Y., X. Li, N. Sun, H. Ni, S. N. Tkachev, Z. Mao* (2018)  Singe crystal elasticity of MgAl2O4-spinel up to 10.9 GPa and 1000 K: Implication for the velocity structure of the top upper mantle. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 481, 41-47.

49. Ni, H, Y-F. Zheng, Z. Mao, Q. Wang, R-X. Chen (2017) Distribution, cycling and impact of water in the Earth’s interior. National Science Review, 4, 879-891.

48. Guo, X., B. Li, H. Ni, and Z. Mao (2017) Electrical conductivity of hydrous andesitic melts pertinent to subduction zones. Journal of Geophysical Research, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JB013524.

47. Liao, Y., N. Sun, Z. Mao* (2017) Recent advance and prospects in the structure and thermal elastic properties of lower mantle minerals. Advances in Earth Science, 32, 465-480. (in Chinese)

46. Ni, H., L. Zhang, X. Xiong, Z. Mao, and J. Wang (2017) Supercritical fluids at subduction zones: Evidence, formation condition and physicochemical properties. Earth-Science Reviews, 167, 62-71.

45. Wu, X, J.F. Lin, P. Kaercher, Z. Mao, J. Liu, H.R. Wenk, and V. Prakapenka (2017) Seismic anisotropy of the D" layer induced by (001) deformation of post-perovskite. Nature Communications, doi: 10.1035/ncomms 14669.

44. Mao. Z*, F. Wang, J.F. Lin*, S. Fu, J. Yang, X. Wu, T. Okuchi, N. Tomioka, V. B. Prakapenka, Y. Xiao, and P. Chow (2017) Equation of state of high-spin bridgmanite in the Earth’s lower mantle by synchrotron X-ray diffraction and Mӧssbauer spectroscopy. American Mineralogist, 102, 357-368.

43. Wu, X., Y. Wu, J.F. Lin, J. Liu, Z. Mao, X. Guo, T. Yoshino, C. A. McCammon, V. Prakapenka, and Y. Xiao (2016), Two-stage spin transition of iron in FeAl-bearing phase D at lower mantle. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1002/2016JB013209.

42. Li. X., Z. Mao*, N. Sun, Y. Liao, S. Zhai, Y. Wang, H. Ni, J. Wang, S.N. Tkachev, and J.F. Lin (2016) Elasticity of single-crystal superhydrous phase B at simultaneous high pressure-temperature conditions. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 8458-8465.

41. Lin, J.F*, Z. Mao*, J. Yang, J. Liu, Y. Xiao, P. Chow, and T. Okuchi (2016) High-Spin Fe2+ and Fe3+ in single-crystal aluminous bridgmanite in the lower mantle, Geophysical Research Letters, 43, doi:10.1002/2016GL069836.

40. Sun. N, Z. Mao*, S. Yan, X. Wu, V.B. Prakapenka, and J.F. Lin (2016) Confirming a pyrolitic lower mantle using self-consistent pressure scales and new constraints on CaSiO3 perovskite, Journal of Geophysical Research, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JB013062.

39. Bian. H, N. Sun and Z. Mao*(2016) Effects of chemical, mineralogical, and temperature variations on the density and bulk sound velocity of the bottom lower mantle, Science China Earth Sciences, 59, 1-16.

38. Mao. Z*, and X. Li (2016) Effect of hydration on the elasticity of mantle minerals and its geophysical implications, Science China Earth Sciences, 59, 873-888.

37. Mao. Z*, and X. Li (2016) 水对地幔矿物弹性性质的影响及其地球物理意义中国科学:地球科学46411-429.

36. Mao. Z*., D. Fan, J. F. Lin, J. Yang, S. N. Tkachev, K. Zhuravlev, and V. B. Prakapenka (2015) Elasticity of single-crystal olivine at high pressures and temperatures, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 426, 204-215.

35. Fan, D*., Z. Mao*, J, Yang, J.F. Lin (2015) Determination of the full elastic tensor of single crystals using shear wave velocities by Brillouin spectroscopy, American Mineralogist, 100, 2590-2601.

34. Mao. Z*., J. F. Lin, J. Yang, T. Inoue, and V. B. Prakapenka (2015) Effects of the Fe3+ spin transition on the equation of state of bridgmanite, Geophysics Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2015GL064400.

33. Ye, Y., S. D. Jacobsen, Z. Mao, T.S. Duffy, S. M. Hirner, and J. R. Smyth (2015) Crystal structure, thermal expansivity, and elasticity of OH-chondrodite: trends along dense hydrous magnesium silicates, Contribution to Mineralogy and Petrology, 169, doi: 10.1007/s00410-015-1135-3.

32. Wang, J., Z. Mao, F. Jiang, and T.S. Duffy (2015) Elasticity of single-crystal quartz to 10 GPa, Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 42, doi:10.1007/s00269-014-0711-z.

31. Lin, J.F., J. Wu, J. Zhu, Z. Mao, A. Said, B. Leu, J. Cheng, Y. Uwatoko, C. Jin, and J. Zhou (2014) Abnormal elastic and vibrational behavior of magnetite at high pressures, Scientific Reports, 4, doi:10.1038/srep06282.

30. Mao. Z*., J. F. Lin, J. Yang, H. Bian, J. Liu, H.C. Watson, S. Huang, J. Chen, V.B. Prakapenka, Y. Xiao, and P. Chow (2014), (Fe,Al)-bearing post-perovskite in the Earth’s lower mantle, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 403, 157-165.

29. Xie, M., B. Winkler, Z. Mao, R. B. Kaner, A. Kavner, and S. H. Tolber (2014), Raman scattering from superhard rhenium diboride under high pressure, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 011904.

28.Yang, J., Z. Mao, J. F. Lin, and V. Prakapenka (2014) Single-crystal elasticity of the deep-mantle magnesite at high pressure and temperature, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 392, 292-299.

27. Mao. Z*., J. F. Lin, J. Yang, J. Wu, H. C. Watson, Y. Xiao, P. Chow, and J. Zhao (2014), Spin and valence state of iron in Al-bearing silicate glass at high pressures studied by synchrotron Mössbauer and X-ray emission spectroscopy, American Mineralogist, 99, 415-423. Published as Highlights and Breakthroughts (commented by Sung Keun Lee in 99, 877-878, American Mineralogist).

26. Liu, J., J. F. Lin., Z. Mao and V. B. Prakapenka (2014) Thermal equation of state and spin transition of magnesiosiderite at high pressure and temperature, American Mineralogist, 99, 84-93.

25. Lin, J. F., Z. Mao and E.E. Alp (2013), Mössbauer spectroscopy in studying electronic spin and valence states of iron in the Earth’s lower mantle, Mössbauer spectroscopy: Applications in Chemistry, Biology, Industry, and Nanotechnology, V. K. Sharma, G. Klingelhoefer, and T. Nishida (eds), Wiley STM,doi: 10.1002/9781118714614.ch02.

24. Lin, J. F., S. Speziale, Z. Mao, and H. Marquardt (2013), Effects of the electronic spin transitions of iron in lower-mantle minerals: implications to deep-mantle geophysics and geochemistry, Review in Geophysics, 51, 2012RG000414.

23. Mao. Z*., J. F. Lin, J. Chen, S. Huang, Y. Xiao and P. Chow (2013), Synchrotron Mössbauer study of Fe-bearing pyrope at high pressures and temperatures, American Mineralogist, 98, 1146-1152.

22. Lu. C., Z. Mao, J.-F, Lin, K. K. Zhuravlev, S. N. Tkachev and V. B. Prakapenka (2013), Elasticity of single-crystal iron-bearing pyrope to 20 GPa and 750 K, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 361, 134-142.

21. Mao. Z*., J.-F. Lin, J. Liu, A. Alatas, L. Gao, J. Zhao and H. K. Mao (2012), Sound velocity of hcp-Fe and Fe-Si alloy in the Earth’s core, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 10239-10244.  

20. Mao. Z*., J. F. Lin, S. D. Jacobsen, T. S. Duffy, Y-Y. Chang, J. R. Smyth, D. J. Frost, E. Hauri, and V. B. Prakapenka (2012), Sound velocities of hydrous ringwoodite to 16 GPa and 673 K, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 331-332, 112-119.

19. Xie, M., R. Mohammadi, Z. Mao., M. M. Armentrout, A. Kavner, R. B. Kaner and S. H. Tolbert (2012), Exploring the high pressure behavior of superhard tungsten tetraboride, Physical Review B, 85, 064118.

18. Lin, J. F., E. E. Alp, Z. Mao, T. Inoue, C. McCammon, Y. Xiao, P. Chow and J. Zhao (2012), Electronic spin states of ferric and ferrous iron in the lower-mantle silicate perovskite, American Mineralogist, 97, 592-597.

17. Mao. Z*., J. F. Lin, J. Liu, and V. B. Prakapenka (2011), Thermal equation of state of lower-mantle ferropericlase across the spin crossover, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, doi:10.1029/2011GL049915. 

16. Mao. Z*., M. Armentrout, E. Rainey, A. Kavner, C. Manning, D. Hickmott, P. Dera and V. B. Prakapenka (2011), Dolomite-III, A new candidate lower mantle carbonate, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L22303, doi:10.1029/2011GL049519. 

15. Mao. Z*., J.-F. Lin, H. P. Scott, H. C. Watson, V. B. Prakapenka, Y. Xiao and P. Chow (2011), Iron-rich perovskite in the Earth’s lower mantle, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 309, 179-184.

14. Mao. Z*., S. D. Jacobsen, J. R. Smyth, C. M. Holl, D. J. Frost and T. S. Duffy (2011), Effect of hydration on the single-crystal elasticity of Fe-bearing wadsleyite to 12 GPa, American Mineralogist, 96, 1606-1612.

13. Mao. Z*., S. M. Dorfman,S. Shieh, J.-F. Lin, Y. Meng, V. B. Prakapenka and T. S. Duffy (2011), Equation of state of a new high-pressure phase of Gd3Ga5O12Physical Review B, 83, 054114.

12. Mao. Z*., L.-F. Lin, C. Jacobs, H. C. Watson, Y. Xiao, P. Chow, E. E. Alp, and V. B. Prakapenka (2010), Electronic spin and valence states of Fe in CaIrO3-type silicate post-perovskite in the Earth's lowermost mantle, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L22304.

11. Mao. Z*., S. D. Jacobsen, F. Jiang, J. R. Smyth, C. M. Holl, D. J. Frost and T. S. Duffy (2010), Velocity crossover between hydrous and anhydrous forsterite at high pressures, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 293, 250-258.

10. Lin. J.-F., Z. Mao, H. Yavas, J. Zhan and L. Dubrovinsky (2010), Shear wave anisotropy of textured hcp-Fe in earth’s core, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 298, 361-366.

9.  Lin. J.-F., Z. Mao, I. Jarrige, Y. Xiao, P. Chow, T. Okuchi,N. Hiraokaand S. D. Jacobsen (2010), Resonant X-ray emission study of the lower-mantle ferropericlase at high pressures, American Mineralogist, 95, 1125-113. 

8.  Dorfman, S. M., F. Jiang, Z. Mao, A. Kubo, Y. Meng, V. Prakapenka, and T. S. Duffy (2010), Phase transitions and equations of state of alkaline earth fluorides CaF2, SrF2, and BaF2 to Mbar pressures, Phys. Rev. B, 81, 174121.

7.  Mao. Z*., S. D. Jacobsen, F. Jiang, J. R. Smyth, C. M. Holl, and T. S. Duffy (2008), Elasticity of hydrous wadsleyite to 12 GPa: Implication for Earth’s transition zone, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L21305.

6.  Speziale. S., F. Jiang, Z. Mao, P. J. M. Monteiro, H. R. Wenk, T. S. Duffy, F. Schilling (2008), Single-crystal elastic constants of natural ettringite, Cement and Concrete Research, 38, 885-889.

5.  Jacobsen. S. D., F. Jiang, Z. Mao, T. S. Duffy, J. R. Smyth, C. M. Holl and D. J. Frost (2008), Effects of hydration on the elastic properties of olivine, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L14303.

4.  Mao, Z*., S. D. Jacobsen, F. Jiang, J. R. Smyth, C. M. Holl, D. J. Frost, and T. S. Duffy (2008), Single-crystal elasticity of wadsleyites, β-Mg2SiO4, containing 0.37- 1.66 wt% H2O, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 266, 78-89.

3. Mao, Z*., F. Jiang, and T. S. Duffy (2007), Single-crystal elasticity of zoisite, Ca2Al3Si3O12(OH) , by Brillouin scattering, American Mineralogist, 92, 570-576.

2.  Shi X., Y. Hu., Z. Mao., S. Li., C. Zhao, F. Shi., D. Shao., C. Jiang., and S. Qiao (2005), Vertical Deformation Inversion of Magma Activity in Tengchong area, Journal of Seismological Research, 28, 256-261 (in Chinese).

1.  Shi X., Y. Hu., Z. Mao., C. Zhao, F. Shi., and D. Shao (2004), Application of fault model in vertical deformation and gravity analyses in Tengchong volcanic area, Journal of Geodesy and Geodynamics, 24, 24-28 (in Chinese).