Research

Shun Karato’s research group in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University focuses on the physical and chemical properties of materials under deep Earth conditions. Physical and chemical properties of materials change dramatically with pressure and temperature and have a major influence on the way Earth and other terrestrial planets evolve. High-pressure experimental studies are the major approach from which a number of new discoveries have been made. We collaborate with geologists, geodynamicists, seismologists and geochemists to understand the dynamics and evolution of Earth and other terrestrial planets based on materials properties.