Mingda Lv (吕明达)

Ph.D. Candidate

Michigan State University

About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Geological Sciences working with Prof. Susannah Dorfman at Michigan State University. As a mineral physicist, my research is focused on physical and chemical properties of materials under extreme pressure and temperature conditions, which aims at understanding the structure, composition, formation, evolution, and dynamics of Earth and planetary interiors. In mid-May of 2021, I will be a Postdoctoral Associate at HPCAT, Argonne National Laboratory, and a Visiting Investigator at Earth & Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science.


  • Mineral physics
  • Experimental petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Mantle dynamics
  • Thermodynamics


  • Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, 2021 (expected)

    Michigan State University

  • M.Sc. in Geochemistry, 2016

    Peking University

  • B.Sc. in Geology, 2013

    Sun Yat-Sen University



Deep carbon cycling

The stable host phases for carbon in Earth’s mantle, which have controlled storage and fluxes of carbon through the planet over …

Lower mantle heterogeneities

Thermal and/or chemical heterogeneities in the mantle might be produced by primordial mantle materials, chemical differentiation during …

Core formation and properties

Earth’s core consists of the liquid outer core and solid inner core, which is an almost iron-nickel alloy. Seismic and cosmochemical …

Thermodynamic modeling

The structure and composition of Earth's interior provide the fundamental information for scientists to interpret geological activities …


GLG-321: Mineralogy and Geochemistry

Teaching Assistant: Adapting mineralogy laboratory to online mode; teaching and grading two 10-student sections of online mineralogy laboratory

GLG-201: The Dynamic Earth

Teaching Assistant: Taught and graded three 30-student sections of laboratory exercises for introductory geology in both inperson and online modes

Selected Awards

  • 2021: Finalist, Morton K. Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar, Johns Hopkins University
  • 2020: Pringle Endowed Fellowship, EES, MSU
  • 2018: Alfred J. and Ruth Zeits Endowed Fellowship, CNS, MSU
  • 2018: Pringle Endowed Fellowship, EES, MSU
  • 2017: Best Presentation Award, COMPRES
  • 2017: Neal Research Scholarship, EES, MSU
  • 2016: Geological Sciences Alumni Fellowship, EES, MSU
  • 2016: Outstanding Graduate, PKU
  • 2016: Li Siguang Outstanding Student Award, Li Siguang Foundation
  • 2015: National Scholarship, Ministry of Education of China
  • 2015: Innovation Award, PKU
  • 2015: Academic Scholarship of Geochemistry, PKU
  • 2014: Excellence in Learning Award, PKU
  • 2013: “Genius to Know” Scholarship, Educational Foundation of CETV
  • 2013-16: Academic Scholarship, First Class, PKU
  • 2013: Outstanding Graduate, SYSU
  • 2009-13: Academic Scholarship, Second Class, SYSU