Geobridge - Geoscience at the ESRF

Welcome to the ESRF Geobridge


In this section, we present an overview of the state-of-the-art X-ray studies in geosciences covered presently by ESRF staff members and close collaborators. We also present the unique scientific opportunities in geosciences made available thanks to the ESRF-Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS) upgrade and the concomitant beamline refurbishment programmes. This section also includes documentation of scientific achievements, members' research projects, the instruments and highly optimized sample environments.


Contact us:

Angelika Rosa +33 (0)4 38 88 19 75

Ben Cordonnier

Fields of research

  • Deep Planetary Interiors
  • Surface and Atmosphere
  • Geo-hazards
  • Geo-resources



          16th of February

COFFEE ROOM ID19 satellite building

Bailey Weiss (Univ. of Witwatersrand) "Visualising the osteohistology and morphology of Litargosuchus leptorhynchus using PPC-SRμCT"


Chandele Montgomery (Univ. of Witwatersrand): "Understanding Early Triassic palaeoecology with PPC-SRμCT visualisation of coprolite mirco-inclusions and coprofabrics"

Previously we only had remote presentations. This will be a new format where young scientists can present their results both onsite and remotely. 




past events

Dr. Jeffrey Paolo Perez (Univ. Potsdam, Germany): "Molecular insights into the speciation dependent arsenic removal by a reactive iron mineral"  Click here to see the recorded webinar
Msc. Melanie During (Univ. Uppsala, Sweden) : "The reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring."   Click here to see the recorded webinar
Prof. Reidar G Trønnes (Univ. Oslo, Norway): "Composition, evolution and structure of the deep mantle"   Click here to see the recorded webinar
Prof. Nicolas Coltice (ENS, France) "Tectonics is a hologram"   Click here to see the recorded webinar





The highest pressure point on Earth is no longer at its core but at ESRF. A new pressure reccord reached the core of giant gas planets.


Australopithecus sediba is back at the ESRF


The reign of the dinosaurs ended in spring


5 ways the ESRF’s research is helping tackle climate change


Platinum hitches a ride with sulfur in the Earth’s crust


Early dinosaurs were sociable


Carbon trapped in ocean floor rocks mostly sinks into the deep Earth


Where did life originate on Earth? Ancient hot springs under the seafloor could have the answer


New fossil sheds light on the evolution of how dinosaurs breathed


Unravelling the fingerprint of deep crustal earthquakes

pp 149-151


ESRF user awarded ERC advanced grant to F. Renard

“Break-Through Rocks” (BREAK)


New experimental window into planetary interiors

pp 23-24

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The missing volatiles on Earth could be trapped in its solid interior

p 21-23


Experimental evidence for a superionic bcc form of ice

pp 30-31