At the 14th Congress in Perth, in 1987, a High-Pressure Group was established within the Commission on Crystallographic Apparatus to represent and support high-pressure crystallography. The subsequent decade saw an extraordinary growth in the range and quality of high-pressure diffraction studies – particularly using powder methods – on both synchrotron and neutron sources. This was stimulated by the power of present-day sources, and by major developments in detectors and high-pressure technology. The High-Pressure Group maintained a high level of activity from its inception, with a series of international workshops, starting in Munich in 1989. This culminated in a major effort by the Group for the 17th General Assembly and International Congress in Seattle in 1996, which saw a celebration of a fertile and exciting decade in two keynote lectures and six microsymposia spanning the current range of science and techniques. At the same Congress, it was decided to create our new Commission.
This website provides information on the IUCr Commission on High
Pressure, and it gathers information that is of interest to
These pages are maintained on behalf of the commission by Ingo Loa. Suggestions, inquiries, comments and complaints are welcome.