In the Chicagoland Area

Professor Andy Campbell hard at work at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory

Graduate student Bethany Chidester raising pressure on a diamond sample at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory just prior to diamond explosion.

Argonne National Laboratory

Nearby Argonne National Laboratory represents an excellent resource for department students and faculty. We have close connections and collaborations with atmospheric and climate scientists there. We also use the advanced photon source (APS) for cosmochemistry and high-pressure mineral physics. The GSECARS beam line at the APS (run by the University of Chicago) is particularly useful for our research efforts.

Field Museum

Chicago's world-famous Field Museum of natural history houses a vibrant research staff. We collaborate with those scientists, as well as make use of their meteorite and fossil collections in our research.

Adler Planetarium

Chicago's Adler Planetarium has a team of active researchers with whom we collaborate. For example, we have a quarterly Exoplanet meeting with scientists from Adler and Northwestern.


Fermilab, America's premier particle physics laboratory, sits in the suburbs of Chicago. Our scientists make use of its numerous facilities for experiments in areas such as mineral physics and petrology.

Northwestern University

Chicago's other major university is a valuable resource for our department. Our scientists have collaborated with researchers in Northwestern's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics. Additionally, we hold a joint evening lecture and dinner (the Krumbein lecture) annually with Northwestern's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.