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Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory (RIPL)

Experimental & theoretical rock physics, ice mechanics & petrologyapplied to planetary dynamics, geohazards, sub-surface reservoirs & ice sheets

The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory (RIPL) at UCL is a major research facility which forms part of the Earth Sciences Department. RIPL has over 15 members and consists of 11 laboratories, housing over £4M of research equipment., supported by over £2 million of current peer-reviewed funding. The Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory has a unique breadth of experience and ability to design and build its own experimental apparatus.

We study the physical behaviour of ice and rocks that make up the surface and interior of the Earth, and other solid bodies in the solar system, so as to constrain the dynamic, tectonic and environmental processes of planetary evolution. Our research is nationally unique and multi-disciplinary, being based on experiment and theory.

RIPF Research

RIPL Research

Our research is nationally unique and multi-disciplinary, being based on experiment and theory.

RIPF Facilities

RIPL Facilities and Equipment

We have over 15 members and 11 laboratories, housing over £4M of research equipment

Group members

Academic staff

Philip Meredith
Peter Sammonds
Adrian Jones
Tom Mitchell
Nicolas Brantut
Fatin Altuhafi
Rosie Smith
John Browning
Emmanuel David

Snr. Experimental Officers:

John Bowles
Neil Hughes

PhD Research Students:

Amy Chadderton
Sally Scourfield
Katerina Stavrianaki

Mark Jefferd
Blaise Winnard

External Members:

Philip Benson 
Mike Heap
Filippos Vallianatos
Ben Lishman
Patrick Baud

General Enquiries:

n.hughes@ucl.ac.uk
+44 (0)20 7679 2372