• Research Areas

    • Fluid-rock interactions & mass transfer in subduction zones
    • Physics of melts & magmatic processes
    • Water in the Earth’s interior
    • Fate of subducted slabs; Planetology- icy moons
  • CV


    Ph.D., Earth and Planetary Sciences, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
    M.S., Condensed Matter (Physics), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
    B.S., Physics, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain


    Professor for Mineralogy, WWU Münster, Germany
    Visiting scientist ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    Assistant Professor for Experimental Geochemistry & Mineral Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    Post-doctoral researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA
    Teaching assistant, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France
    Doctoral Fellow, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France

    External functions

    Specialty Chief Editor Frontiers in Earth Science Earth and Planetary Materials
    Associate Editor in Frontiers in Earth Sciences
    Review panel PRC3 (Matter and material properties) at synchrotron Soleil, France
    Guest editor in Chemical Geology
    XAS review panel at synchrotron Swiss Light Source (SLS), Switzerland
  • Publications

    Articles in Journals
    • Sanchez-Valle, C., Gaillard, F., Ghosh, S., and Mezger, K. (). Fluids and melts in planetary interiors: from crust to core-mantle boundaries. Chemical Geology, 418, 1. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.11.012 0009-2541.
    • Zezin D., Driesner T., Sanchez-Valle C. (). Volumetric properties of Na2SO4-H2O and Na2SO4-NaCl-H2O solutions to 523.15 K, 70 MPa. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 60(4), 1181-1192. doi: 10.1021/je501152a.
    • Rosa A., Sanchez-Valle C., Wang J., Saikia A. (). Elasticity of superhydrous phase B, seismic anomalies in cold slabs and implications for deep water transport. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 243(null), 30-43. doi: 10.1016/j.pepi.2015.03.009.
    Edited Books
    • Sanchez-Valle, C., Gaillard, Fr., Ghosh, S., and Mezger, K. (Eds.): (). Fluids and melts in planetary interiors: from crust to core-mantle boundaries. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

    • Ardia P, Di Muro A, Giordano D, Massare D, Sanchez-Valle C, Schmidt MW. (). Densification mechanisms of haplogranite glasses as a function of water content and pressure based on density and Raman data. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 138, 158-180. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2014.03.022.
    • Malfait WJ, Seifert R, Petitgirard S, Perrillat JP, Mézouar M, Ota T, Nakamura E, Lerch P, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Supervolcano eruptions driven by melt buoyancy in large silicic magma chambers. Nature Geoscience, 7(2), 122-125. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2042.
    • Malfait WJ, Seifert R, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Densified glasses as structural proxies for high-pressure melts: Configurational compressibility of silicate melts retained in quenched and decompressed glasses. American Mineralogist, 99(10), 2142-2145. doi: 10.2138/am-2014-5019.
    • Yao C, Deschamps F, Lowman J, Sanchez-Valle C, Tackley P. (). Stagnant-lid convection in 3D-spherical bottom heated shells: influence of curvature and implications for icy moons. Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets), 119, 1895.
    • Louvel M, Sanchez-Valle C, Malfait WJ, Cardon H, Testemale D, Hazemann JL. (). Constraints on the mobilization of Zr in magmatic-hydrothermal processes in subduction zones from in situ fluid-melt partitioning experiments. American Mineralogist, 99(8-9), 1616-1625. doi: 10.2138/am.2014.4799.
    • Tsay A, Zajacz Z, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Efficient mobilization and fractionation of REE by aqueous fluids upon slab dehydration. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 398, 101.
    • Malfait WJ, Seifert R, Petitgirard S, Mezouar M, Sanchez-Valle C. (). The density of andesite melts and the compressibility of dissolved water in silicate melts at upper mantle conditions. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 393, 31.
    • Zezin D, Driesner T, Scott S, Sanchez-Valle C, Wagner T. (). Volumetric Properties of Mixed Electrolyte Aqueous Solutions at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures. The Systems CaCl2-NaCl-H2O and MgCl2-NaCl-H2O to 523.15 K, 70 MPa, and Ionic Strength from 0.1 to 18 mol∙kg-1. Journal of Chemical Engineering Data, 59, 2570.
    • Zezin DY, Driesner T, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Volumetric properties of mixed electrolyte aqueous solutions at elevated temperatures and pressures. The System KCl-NaCl-H2O to 250 °C, 40 MPa, and ionic strength from 0.1 to 5.8 m. Journal of Chemical Engineering Data, 59(3), 736–749,.

    Articles in Journals
    • Seifert R, Malfait WJ, Lerch P, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Partial molar volume and compressibility of dissolved CO2 in glasses with magmatic compositions. Chemical Geology, 358, 119-130. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2013.09.007.
    • Rosa AD, Sanchez-Valle C, Nisr C, Evans SR, Debord R, Merkel S. (). Shear wave anisotropy in textured phase D and constraints on deep water recycling in subduction zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378, 13-22. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.06.036.
    • Zajacz Z, Candela PA, Piccoli PM, Sanchez-Valle C, Wälle M. (). Solubility and partitioning behavior of Au, Cu, Ag and reduced S in magmas. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 112, 288-304. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.02.026.
    • Malfait WJ, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Effect of water and network connectivity on glass elasticity and melt fragility. Chemical Geology, 346, 72-80. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.04.034.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Mantegazzi D, Bass JD, Reusser E. (). Equation of state, refractive index and polarizability of compressed water to 7 GPa and 673 K. Journal of Chemical Physics, 138(5). doi: 10.1063/1.4789359.
    • Rosa AD, Mezouar M, Gabarino G, Bouvier P, Ghosh S, Rorhbach A, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Single-crystal equation of state of phase D to lower mantle pressures and the effect of hydration on the buoyancy of subducting slabs. Journal of Geophysical Research (Solid Earth), 118, 6124.
    • Seifert R, Malfait JW, Petitgirard S, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Density of phonolite liquids and time scales of crystal fractionation in magma chambers. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 381, 12.
    • Mantegazzi D, Sanchez-Valle C, Driesner T. (). Thermodynamic properties of aqueous NaCl solutions to 1073 K and 4.5 GPa, and implications for dehydration reactions in subducting slabs. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121, 263.
    • Louvel M, Sanchez-Valle C, Malfait WJ, Testemale D, Hazemann J-L. (). Zr complexation in high pressure aqueous fluids and silicate melts and implications for HFSE mobilization in subduction zones. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 104, 281.
    Articles in Edited Books
    • Sanchez-Valle C. (). Structure and Thermodynamics of Subduction Zone Fluids from Spectroscopic Studies. In Stefansson A, Driesner T, Benezeth P (Eds.), Thermodynamics of Geothermal Fluids, p. 265-309.: MSA.

    • Mantegazzi D, Sanchez-Valle C, Reusser E, Driesner T. (). Thermodynamic properties of aqueous sodium sulfate solutions to 773 K and 3 GPa derived from acoustic velocity measurements in the diamond anvil cell. Journal of Chemical Physics, 137(22). doi: 10.1063/1.4769265.
    • Deschamps F, Yao C, Tackley PJ, Sanchez-Valle C. (). High Rayleigh number thermal convection in volumetrically heated spherical shells. Journal of Geophysical Research E: Planets, 117(9). doi: 10.1029/2012JE004090.
    • Zajacz Z, Candela PA, Piccoli PM, Wälle M, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Gold and copper in volatile saturated mafic to intermediate magmas: Solubilities, partitioning, and implications for ore deposit formation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 91, 140-159. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.05.033.
    • Zajacz Z, Candela PA., Piccoli PM, Sanchez-Valle C. (). The partitioning of sulfur and chlorine between andesite melts and magmatic volatiles and the exchange coefficients of major cations. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 89, 81-101. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2012.04.039.
    • Rosa AD, Sanchez-Valle C, Ghosh S. (). Elasticity of phase D and implication for the degree of hydration of deep subducted slabs. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(6). doi: 10.1029/2012GL050927.
    • Malfait WJ, Verel R, Ardia P, Sanchez-Valle C. (). Aluminum coordination in hydrous rhyolite and andesite glasses and melts: effects of temperature, pressure, composition and water content. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 77, 11.

    • Sanchez-Valle C, Ghosh S, Rosa AD. (). Sound velocities of ferromagnesian carbonates and the seismic detection of carbonates in eclogites and the mantle. Geophysical Research Letters, 38(24). doi: 10.1029/2011GL049981.
    • Malfait WJ, Sanchez-Valle C, Ardia P, Médard E, Lerch P. (). Compositional dependent compressibility of dissolved water in silicate glasses. American Mineralogist, 96(8-9), 1402-1409. doi: 10.2138/am.2011.3718.

    • Deschamps F, Mousis O, Sanchez-Valle C, Lunine JI. (). The role of methanol in the crystallization of Titan's primordial ocean. Astrophysical Journal, 724(2), 887-894. doi: 10.1088/0004-637X/724/2/887.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Bass JD. (). Elasticity and pressure-induced structural changes in vitreous MgSiO3-enstatite to lower mantle pressures. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 295(3-4), 523-530. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.034.
    • Bezacier L, Reynard, Bass JD, Sanchez-Valle, C, Van De Moortèle B. (). Elasticity of antigorite, seismic detection of serpentinites, and anisotropy in subduction zones. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 289(1-2), 198-208. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.11.009.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Chio C-H, Gatta GD. (). Elasticity of pollucite: a zeolite with potential applications to the storage of radioactive Cs. Journal of Applied Physics, 108.

    • Gatta DG, Rotiroti N, Ballaran TB, Sanchez-Valle, C, Pavese AC. (). Elastic behavior and phase stability of pollucite, a potential host for nuclear waste. American Mineralogist, 94(8-9), 1137-1143. doi: 10.2138/am.2009.3195.

    • Sanchez-Valle C, Sinogeikin SV, Smyth JR, Bass JD. (). Sound velocities and single-crystal elasticity of DHMS phase A to high pressure and implications for seismic velocities and anisotropy in subducted slabs. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 170, 229.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Lethbrigde Z, Sinogeikin SV, Williams JJ, Walton RI, Evans KE, Bass JD. (). Negative Poisson’s ratios in MFI-silicalite zeolites. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 128, 184503.

    • Lakshtanov DL, Sinogeikin SV, Litasov KD, Prakapenka VB, Hellwig H, Wang J, Sanches-Valle C, Perrillat JP, Chen B, Somayazulu M, Ohtani E Bass JD. (). Post-stishovite phase transition in hydrous alumina-bearing SiO2 in the lower mantle of the Earth. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 13588.

    • Sinogeikin SV, Bass JD, Prakapenka V, Lakshtanov DL, Shen G, Sanchez-Valle C, Rivers M. (). A Brillouin spectrometer interfaced with synchrotron radiation for simultaneous x-ray density and acoustic velocity measurements. Review of Scientific Instruments, 77, 103905.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Sinogeikin SV, Smyth JR, Bass JD. (). Single-crystal elasticity of dense hydrous magnesium silicate phase A. American Mineralogist, 91, 961.

    • Sanchez-Valle C, Reynard B, Daniel I, Lécuyer C, Martínez IG, Chervin JC. (). Boron isotopic fractionation between minerals and fluids: New insights from in situ high pressure-high temperature vibrational spectroscopic data. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69(17), 4301-4313. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2005.03.054.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Sinogeikin SV, Lethbridge Z, Walton RI, Evans KE, Smith CW, Bass JD. (). Brillouin scattering study on the single-crystal elastic properties of natrolite (NAT) and analcime (ANA) zeolites. Journal of Applied Physics, 98, 53508.

    • Martínez,Isabelle G. I.G.,Sanchez-Valle,Carmen C.,Daniel,Isabelle I.,Reynard,Bruno B.,. (). High-pressure and high-temperature Raman spectroscopy of carbonate ions in aqueous solution. Chemical Geology, 207(1-2), 47-58. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2004.02.003.
    • Sanchez-Valle C, Daniel I, Martinez I, Simionovici A, Reynard B. (). Progress in quantitative analyses of high P-T fluids using in situ Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 16, S1197.

    • Sanchez-Valle,Carmen C.,Martínez,Isabelle G. I.G.,Daniel,Isabelle I.,Philippot,Pascal P.,Bohic,Sylvain S.,Simionovici,Alexandre S. A.S.,. (). Dissolution of strontianite at high P-T conditions: An in-situ synchrotron X-ray fluorescence study. American Mineralogist, 88(7), 978-985.

    • Sanchez-Valle C, Daniel I, Reynard B, Abraham R, Goutaudier C. (). Optimisation of Sm3+ fluorescence in Sm-doped yttrium aluminum garnet: Application to pressure calibration in diamond-anvil cell. Journal of Applied Physics, 92, 4349.
  • Dissertations

    Yao, ChloeThe role of methanol on the evolution of icy bodies: experimental and numerical approaches
    Tsay, AlexandraMass transfer and recycling in subduction zones: experimental constraints on the mobility of major and trace elements upon slab dehydration
    Seifert, RitaCompressibility of volatile-bearing magmatic liquids
    Rosa, Angelika D.Elasticity and preferred orientations of ultra-high pressure hydrous phases: implications for seismic anisotropy and deep water recycling in subduction zones
    Mantegazzi, DavidePVTx properties of saline aqueous fluids at high P-T conditions from acoustic velocity measurements using Brillouin scattering spectroscopy
    Louvel, MarionTrace elements in subduction zone fluids: Speciation, partitioning and the geochemical cycle of halogens and HFSE