Bjorn O. Mysen




B. Sc., University of Oslo, 1969

M. A., University of Oslo,  1971

Ph. D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1974

Professional Background

Predoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Instn.Washington, 1972-1974

Carnegie Fellow, Carnegie Instn. of Washington, 1974-1977

Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University, 1975-1977

Visiting Scientist, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, 1988

Recherche Associé, CNRS-Orléans, France, 1994

Visiting Professor, Institut de Physique du Globe, Paris, 2001, 2004

Visiting professor, Tohoku University, 2011-2014

Visiting Research Scholar, ISEI, Univ. of Okayama at Misasa, Japan,  


Senior Scientist - Geophysical Laboratory, 1977-present

Honors and Awards

F. W. Clarke Award, Geochemical Society of America, 1977

Reusch Medal, Norwegian Geological Society, 1979

George W. Morey Award, Amer. Ceram. Soc., 2006

Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America

Geochemistry Fellow, Geochemical Society &

      European Association of Geochemistry, 2008

Member, The Royal Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 1985

Original listing – ISI/Thomson Research Highly Cited 2001 - present

Services to Society

Contributing Editor, Phase Diagrams for Ceramists (American Ceramic Society)

General Editor, Phase Diagrams for Ceramists (American Ceramic Society)

Associate Editor, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta

Associate Editor, American Mineralogist

Editor, Proceedings in Earth and Planetary Science
Editorial Board, Central European Journal of Geosciences
National Research Council (US) Fellowship Review Panel
NSF Review Panel, International Collaboration   
NSF Review Panel, Petrology and Geochemistry
AGU Budget and Planning Committee   
MSA Tellers’ Committee



Research Interests

Experimental examination of the physics and chemistry of materials and energy transport that characterize igneous and hydrothermal processes in the interior of the earth and terrestrial planets. Of particular focus are experimental studies on  (i) Melting phase relations of mantle materials, (ii) Element partitioning and isotope fractionation between minerals, fluids, and melts at high pressures and temperatures, (iii) Relationships between structure and properties of silicate melts and COHN fluids at high temperature and high pressure (iv) Solubility mechanisms of fluids in silicate melts and of silicates in aqueous fluids in the pressure-temperature regime of the earth’s crust and upper mantle, (v) Thermodynamics of minerals at high temperature and relationships between energetics and structure  of minerals during melting.(vi) Transport  and transport mechanisms in amorphous materials (viscosity, diffusion, conductivity)

Office Address:

Geophysical Laboratory

Carnegie Institution of Washington

5251 Broad Branch Rd., NW
Washington, D. C. 20015-1305

ph. (202) 478-8975

fax (202) 478-8901

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