Laboratory Manager/ Associate Research Professor
Maddury Somayazulu is the CDAC laboratory manager and Associate Research Professor at GW. He uses Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and synchrotron based single crystal and powder x-ray diffraction to explore high P-T synthesis and reactions in laser heated and resistively heated diamond cells. His current research centers around synthesizing novel Xe compounds such as XeCl2, XeI2 and van der Waals solids such as Xe(H2)n. In addition, he is also extending the studies on the phases and compressibilities of low-Z planetary ices such as H2O, CH4, NH3 and H2-H2O. He was involved in the construction and commissioning of the synchrotron facilities at HPCAT, and is actively pursuing the development of novel diffraction-based techniques for investigating problems in condensed matter physics and solid state physics at high pressures and low temperatures.