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Leyla Ismailova

Senior Research Scientist
Center for Hydrocarbon Recovery

Professor: Dmitry Koroteev

Dr. Leyla Ismailova graduated from the Department of Mineralogy at the Moscow State University in 2013 and then started her graduate studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany and Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In August 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 an 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 PhD studies, Leyla worked in different labs using synchrotron radiation to study materials at European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany, and Advanced Photon Source – Argonne National Laboratory 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 Petroleum Data Science team

Experimental study of micron scale features of core samples from hydrocarbon reservoirs


  • D.M.Vasiukov, L.Ismailova, I. Kupenko  et al. Sound velocities of skiagite-iron-majorite solid solution to 56 GPa probed by nuclear inelastic scaterring Phys Chem Minerals (2017) https://doi.org/10.1007/s00269-017-0928-8 link
  • 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 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
  • S. Chariton, V. Cerantola, L. Ismailova, E. Bykova, M. Bykov,  I. Kupenko, L. Dubrovinsky (2017) The high ‑ pressure behavior of spherocobaltite ­ crystal Raman spectroscopy and XRD study. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals. doi:10.1007/s00269-017-0902-5


  • 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