Mikhail Eremets

Group Leader
High Pressure Chemistry And Physics

Main Focus

Mikhail I. Eremets is an experimentalist in high pressure physics, chemistry, and materials science. He discovered superconductivity with the highest critical temperature of 203 K (minus 70 degrees Celsius) in sulfur hydride[1]; conductive hydrogen [2]; polymeric nitrogen[ 3, 4], transparent sodium [5] and others [6-14].


1.         Drozdov, A.P., et al., Conventional superconductivity at 203 K at high pressures. Nature 2015. 525: p. 73-77.

2.         Eremets, M.I. and I.A. Troyan, Conductive dense hydrogen. Nature Materials, 2011. 10: p. 927-931.

3.         Eremets, M.I., et al., Single-bonded cubic form of nitrogen. Nature Materials, 2004. 3: p. 558-563.

4.         Eremets, M.I., et al., Semiconducting non-molecular nitrogen up to 240 GPa and its low-pressure stability. Nature, 2001. 411: p. 170-174.

5.         Ma, Y., et al., Transparent Dense Sodium. Nature, 2009. 458: p. 182-185.

6.         Einaga, M., et al., Crystal Structure of 200 K-Superconducting Phase of Sulfur Hydride. Nature Physics, 2016.

7.         Palasyuk, T., et al., Ammonia as a case study for the spontaneous ionization of a simple hydrogen-bonded compound. Nature Communications, 2014. 5: p. 3460.

8.         Struzhkin, V.V., et al., Superconductivity in Dense Lithium. Science, 2002. 298: p. 1213-1215.

9.         Eremets, M.I., et al., Superconductivity in boron. Science, 2001. 293: p. 272-274.

10.       Shimizu, K., et al., Superconductivity in oxygen. Nature, 1998. 393: p. 767-769.

11.       Eremets, M.I., et al., Metallic CsI at Pressures of up to 220 Gigapascals. Science, 1998. 281: p. 1333-1335.

12.       Eremets, M.I., High pressures experimental methods. 1996, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

13.       Medvedev, S., et al., Electronic and magnetic phase diagram of b-Fe1:01Se with superconductivity at 36.7 K under pressure. Nature Materials, 2009. 8: p. 630 - 633.

14.       Eremets, M.I., et al., Superconductivity in Hydrogen Dominant Materials: Silane. Science 2008. 319: p. 1506-1509.

Curriculum Vitae

Mikhail Ivanovich Eremets was born in Pinsk region, Belarus 03.01.1949. He studied physics at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute. In 1978 he received his Ph.D. at the Moscow Institute of General Physics Academy of Sciences. He worked in the High Pressure Physics Institute of Academy of Sciences of Russia, Troitsk, Moscow region as researcher and then as Director of the High-Pressure Physics Department.  After 1991 he worked in the best high pressure laboratories over the world: in France (University Paris 6), Japan (NIMS and Osaka University), USA (Geophysical Laboratory), UK (Clarendon Laboratory) and others. From 2001 to present Mikhail Eremets is a staff member of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz and he leads the research group "High-pressure chemistry and physics".


2022, Bernd T. Matthias Prize for superconducting materials

2020, James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials of the American Physical Society's

2020, Breakthrough Winner in Physical Sciences, Falling Walls, Berlin

2016, Honorary doctorate of the University of Leipzig, Germany

2015, Ugo Fano Medal of the Rome International Center for Materials Science of Superstripes (RICMASS)

Top Ten listing „People who mattered this year“ magazine „Nature“ 2015 and „Top Ten Breakthroughs of 2015“, magazine „Physics World“.

Visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Visiting professor, ISSP Tokyo University, Japan.

Visiting Professor, Research Center for Extreme Materials, Osaka University, Japan.

European Research Council Advanced Grant Exploring conductive and metallic hydrogen”

Memberships in Professional Societies

American Physical Society (APS)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Sigma Xi the Scientific Research Society

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Max Planck Graduate Centre (MPGC)

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