Research activities in the Laboratory of « Petrology, Geochemistry and Petrophysics » are focused on magmatic rocks; from the production of the magmas at their source region to their crystallization and final emplacement. Research combines field and petrographic evidence with geochemical (major, trace and isotopes) and experimental petrology data.


Immiscibilité dans les magmas, comme l’huile et l’eau – See the story about our recent paper published in Nature Communications

Planet Mercury – Read the recent special issue of Elements


Recent publications

Honour VC, Holness M, Charlier B, Piazolo SC, Namur O, Prosa TJ, Martin I, Helz RT, Maclennan J, Jean MM (2019) Compositional boundary layers trigger liquid unmixing in a basaltic crystal mush. Nature Communications 10: 4821 [Article]

Honour VC, Holness MB, Partridge JL, Charlier B (2019) Microstructural evolution of silicate immiscible liquids in ferrobasalts. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 174, 77 [Article]

Bai Y, Su B-X, Xiao Y, Chen C, Cui M-M, He X-Q, Qin L-P, Charlier B (2019) Diffusion-driven chromium isotope fractionation in ultramafic cumulate minerals: Elemental and isotopic evidence from the Stillwater Complex. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 263: 167-181 [Article]

Vander Auwera J, Namur O, Dutrieux A, Wilkinson CA, Ganerød M, Coumont V, Olivier O (2019) Mantle melting and magmatic processes under La Picada stratovolcano (CSVZ, Chile), Journal of Petrology 60(5): 873-906 [Article]

Burgisser A, Bechon T, Chevalier L, Collombet M, Arbaret L, Forien M (2019) Conduit processes during the February 11, 2010 Vulcanian eruption of Soufrière Hills, Montserrat, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 373: 23-35 [Article]

Laurent O, Vander Auwera JV, Bingen B, Bolle O, Gerdes A (2019) Building up the first continents: Mesoarchean to Paleoproterozoic crustal evolution in West Troms, Norway, inferred from granitoid petrology, geochemistry and zircon U-Pb/Lu-Hf isotopes. Precambrian Research 321: 303-327 [Article]

Bolle O, Diot H, Vander Auwera J, Dembele A, Schittekat J, Spassov S, Ovtcharova M, Schaltegger U (2018) Pluton construction and deformation in the Sveconorwegian crust of SW Norway: magnetic fabric and U-Pb geochronology of the Kleivan and Sjelset granitic complexes. Precambrian Research 305: 247-267 [Article]

Charlier B, Grove TL, Namur O, Holtz F (2018) Crystallization of the lunar magma ocean and the primordial mantle-crust differentiation of the Moon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 234: 50-69 [Article]

(authors affiliated to our lab in bold)