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Dr Marion Louvel

Dr Marion Louvel

Research Associate

High P-T aqueous geochemistry

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 330670


I am an experimental petrologist/geochemist, whose research focuses on high-pressure, high-temperature fluids, their properties and role in 1) the geochemical cycles at subduction zones and 2) the formation of ore deposits (porphyry Cu and rare earth elements REE).

After graduating in France, I obtained my PhD from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in late 2011. As a postdoc, I first joined the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble (France) in 2012, then the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra (Australia) in 2013, Bristol University in 2015, and finally Cambridge in April 2018.

Since my PhD, most of my work revolves around combining 'transparent' experimental devices, such as diamond-anvil cells, and spectroscopic methods (X-ray fluorescence and absorption, Raman) to study the aqueous solubility and speciation of volatiles (C, S, Br), trace elements (Zr, REE) and metals (Cu) under high P-T conditions. 

Research Interests

Experimental Petrology and Geochemistry; High P-T fluids, melts and gas; Aqueous speciation; Subduction zone fluids; Ore Deposits; Rare Earth Elements; Magmatic-hydrothermal processes




  • Volatile geochemical cycling
  • Economic geology

Key Publications

Louvel, M., Bordage, A., Tripoli, B., Hazemann, J-L. Testemale, D. and Mavrogenes, J., 2017. Effect of S on the aqueous and gaseous transport of Cu in porphyry and epithermal systems: Constraints from in situ XAS measurements up to 600 °C and 30 MPa. Chem. Geol. 466, 500-511.

Louvel, M., Bordage, A., Testemale, D. and Mavrogenes, J. 2015b. Hydrothermal controls on the genesis of REE deposits: Insights from an in situ XAS study of Yb solubility and speciation in high temperature fluids (T < 400 °C). Chem. Geol. 417, 228-237.

 Louvel, M., Bordage, A., Da Silva-Cadoux, C., Testemale, D., Lahera, E., Del Net, W., Geaymond, O., Dubessy, J., Argoud, R. and Hazemann, J-L., 2015a. A HP/HT setup for in situ Raman spectroscopy of supercritical fluids. J. Mol. Liq. 205, 54-60.

 Louvel, M., Sanchez-Valle, C., Malfait, W.J., Cardon, H., Testemale, D. and Hazemann, J.-L., 2014. Constraints on the mobilization of Zr in magmatic-hydrothermal processes in subduction zones from in situ fluid-melt partitioning experiments. Am. Mineral 99, 161-1625.

 Louvel, M., Sanchez-Valle, C., Malfait, W.J., Testemale, D. and Hazemann, J.-L., 2013. Zr complexation in high pressure fluids and implications for HFSE mobilization in subduction zones. Geoch. Cosmo. Acta 204, 281-299.