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Leyla Ismailova

Senior Research Scientist
Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery

Professor: Dmitry Koroteev

Dr. Leyla Ismailova graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2013 majoring in geology and then started her graduate studies at the Bavarian Geological Institute of the University of Bayreuth, Germany. In 2016, she received a Ph.D. degree in Natural Sciences. During her bachelor and master study, Leyla was experimentally investigating diamond forming efficiency in chloride-silicate-carbonate systems at high pressures and temperatures. At the University of Bayreuth, she conducted an experimental study of the system FeO-Fe2O3-SiO2 at high pressures and temperatures with a focus on mantle minerals, such as garnet, bridgmanite, and post-perovskite.

Leyla has expertise in testing mechanical properties (density, porosity, permeability, elasticity) of rocks, synthesizing materials at extreme conditions, and investigating materials using different diffraction and spectroscopic techniques including Raman, Mössbauer, XANES.

During her studies, Leyla worked in different labs at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany, and Advanced Photon Source – Argonne National Laboratory (APS) in Argonne, USA. She has publications in high-profile peer-reviewed journals, including Science Advances, Nature Communications, Nature Scientific Reports, and American Mineralogist.

Leyla is a member of Digital Petroleum team

Experimental study of micron scale features of core samples from hydrocarbon reservoirs/ Automated geomodelling


  • E. Matrosova, L.Ismailova, et al. American Mineralogist (2019) Compressibility of two Na-rich clinopyroxenes: A synchrotron single-crystal X-ray diffraction study (in press) Volume 104, pages 905-913
  • N. Klyuchnikov, A. Zaytsev, A. Gruzdev, G. Ovchinnikov, K. Antipov, L.Ismailova et al. Data-driven model for the identification of the rock type at a drilling bit Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering Volume 178 July 2019

  • V.Cerantola, M.Wilke, I.Kantor, L. Ismailova, et al. Experimental investigation of FeCO3 (siderite) stability in Earth’s lower mantle using XANES spectroscopy American Mineralogist A special Issue Volume 104 August 2019


  • E. Baraboshkin, A. Ivchenko, L. Ismailova, E. Baraboshkin, D. Orlov, D. Koroteev Conference: 20th International Sedimentological CongressAt: Quebec, Canada Volume: 2
  • D.M.Vasiukov, L.Ismailova, I. Kupenko  et al. Sound velocities of the skiagite-iron-majorite solid solution to 56 GPa probed by nuclear inelastic scaterring Phys Chem Minerals (2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s00269-017-0928-8 link
  • S. Chariton, V. Cerantola, L. Ismailova, E. Bykova, M. Bykov,  I. Kupenko, L. Dubrovinsky (2018) The high ‑ pressure behavior of spherocobaltite ­ crystal Raman spectroscopy and XRD study. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals. doi:10.1007/s00269-017-0902-5


  • V. Cerantola, E. Bykova, I. Kupenko, M. Merlini, L. Ismailova, C. McCammon, M. Bykov, A. Chumakov, S.Petitgirard, I. Kantor, V. Svitlyk, J. Jacobs, M. Hanfland, M. Mezouar, C. Prescher, R. Rüffer, V. Prakapenka, and L. Dubrovinsky (2017) Stability of iron-bearing carbonates in the deep Earth’s interior. Nature Communications 8, 15960 doi: 10.1038/ncomms15960  link
  • L. Ismailova, M. Bykov, E. Bykova, A. Bobrov, I. Kupenko, V. Cerantola, D. Vasiukov, N. Dubrovinskaia, C.A. McCammon, M. Hanfland, K. Glazyrin, H.-P. Liermann, A. Chumakov, Dubrovinsky L. (2017) Effect of composition on the compressibility of skiagite-Fe-majorite garnet. American Mineralogist, 102, 184–191.
  • A.Pakhomova, L. Ismailova, E. Bykova, M. Bykov, T. Boffa Ballaran, L. Dubrovinsky (2017) A new high-pressure phase transition in clinoferrosilite: in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction study American Mineralogist, 102


  • L. Ismailova, E. Bykova, M. Bykov, V. Cerantola, C. McCammon, T. Boffa Ballaran, A. Bobrov, R. Sinmyo, N. Dubrovinskaia, K. Glazyrin, H.-P. Liermann, I. Kupenko, M. Hanfland, C. Prescher, V. Prakapenka, V. Svitlyk, L. Dubrovinsky, Stability of Fe,Al-bearing bridgmanite in the lower mantle and synthesis of pure Fe-bridgmanite (2016) Science Advances 2, e1600427 link
  • R. Sinmyo, E. Bykova, S.V. Ovsyannikov, C. McCammon, I. Kupenko, L. Ismailova, L. Dubrovinsky Discovery of Fe7O9: a new iron oxide with a complex monoclinic structure (2016) Nature Scientific reports 6, 32852 link


  • L. Ismailova, A. Bobrov, M. Bykov, E. Bykova, V. Cerantola, I. Kantor, I. Kupenko, C. McCammon, V. Dyadkin, D. Chernyshov,S. Pascarelli, A. Chumakov, N. Dubrovinskaia, L. Dubrovinsky, High-pressure synthesis of skiagite-majorite garnet and investigation of its crystal structure (2015) American mineralogist 100, 2650-2654
  • V. Cerantola, C. McCammon, I. Kupenko, I. Kantor, C. Marini, M. Wilke, L. Ismailova, N. Solopova, A. Chumakov,S. Pascarelli, L. Dubrovinsky Spectroscopic study of siderite (FeCO3) to Earth’s lower mantle pressures (2015) American mineralogist 100, 2670-268


  • A.Bobrov, Yu.A.Litvin, L.Ismailova, Diamond forming efficiency of chloride-silicate-carbonate melts (2011) Vestn. Otd. nauk Zemle, 3, NZ6014

Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, University of Bayreuth, Germany 2016

Master of Geology, Moscow State University, 2013

Bachelor of Geology, Moscow State University, 2011


Goldschmidt and Elsevier travel grant, Goldschmidt, 2016

Лучший устный доклад Всероссийская школа молодых ученых по экспериментальной минералогии, петрологии, геохимии, 2016

Travel Grant University of Bayreuth Women Equal Opportunity, 2015

Победитель Олимпиады МГУ Покори Воробьевы Горы 2007

Ironing out the mysteries of the Earth’s deepest rocks / Cosmos Magazine link

Bridgmanite sample found to remain stable at lower mantle conditions / Phys.org link

Röntgenblick in den unteren Erdmantel / Chemie.de link

In ‘Science Advances': Neue Erkenntnisse zu Bridgmanit, einem Hauptbestandteil unseres Planeten / University of Bayreuth link