Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Wyatt Du Frane

Research Staff
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-8026

Ph.D. Geological Sciences
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
M.S. Geological Sciences
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
B.S. Physics
University of California at Santa Cruz

Research Interests

High pressure, high temperature synthesis of advanced materials. Consolidation and sintering of superhard ceramics for cutting/grinding and armor applications. Additive manufacturing. Electrical, mechanical, and transport properties of materials, rocks, and minerals. Geomechanics and geochemistry of wellbores for enhanced oil/gas recovery, geothermal energy, and CO2 sequestration.

Honors and Awards

  • Physical and Life Sciences Directorate Award for team research efforts on the mitigation of greenhouse gases and climate change - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2013.
  • Physical and Life Sciences SPOT Award for Outstanding Research and Best Poster Presentation at Postdoc Poster Symposium - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2011.
  • Honors Senior B.S. Thesis, (University of California, Santa Cruz, 06/02)


  • American Geophysical Union
  • Consortium for Materials Properties Research in Earth Science
  • Electrochemical Society
  • Mineralogical Society of America

Selected Publications

J. A. Tyburczy, and W. L. Du Frane, The Electrical Conductivity of Rocks, Minerals & the Earth. in G. Schubert, series editor, Lars Stixrude volume editor, Treatise on Geophysics 2nd edition: Volume 2 Mineral Physics, Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, UK, In press, 2014.

S. D. C. Walsh, H. E. Mason, W. L. Du Frane, and S. A. Carroll. Mechanical and hydraulic coupling in cement-caprock interfaces exposed to carbonated brine. Int. J. Greenh. Gas Con., In press, 2014.

W. L. Du Frane, T. G. Sharp, J. L. Mosenfelder, and K. Leinenwebe, Ringwoodite growth rates from olivine with ~75 ppmw H2O: Metastable olivine must be nearly anhydrous to exist in the mantle transition zone, Phys. Earth Planet. Inter., 219: 1-10, 2013.

W. L. Du Frane, L. Y. Woo, R. S. Glass, R. F. Novak, and J. H. Visser, Substrate effects on electrochemical NOx sensor based on porous Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and Sr-doped LaMnO3 (LSM), ECS Trans., 45(14): 3-11, 2013.

H. Mason, W. L. Du Frane, S. D. C. Walsh, Z. Dai, R. S. Maxwell, and S. Carroll, Refining the reaction pathways of wellbore cement carbonation using a multi-analytical approach, Eviron. Sci. & Technol., 47(3), 1745-1752, 2013.

S. D. C. Walsh, W. L. Du Frane, H. Mason, and S. Carroll, Permeability of wellbore-cement fractures following degradation by carbonated brines, Rock Mech. Rock Engin., 46(3), 455-464, 2013.

W. L. Du Frane, J. A. Tyburczy, Deuterium-hydrogen exchange in olivine: implications for point defects and electrical conductivity, Geosys. Geochem. Geophys., 13(3), 1-12, 2012.

S. D. C. Walsh, W. L. Du Frane, Y. Sholokhova, R. Settgast, S. M. Johnson, and S. Carroll, Chemo-mechanical permeability evolution in wellbore-cement fractures exposed to carbon-dioxide-rich brines, Amer. Rock Mech. Assoc., ARMA 12-426, 2012.

W. L. Du Frane, L. A. Stern, K. A. Weitemeyer, S. Constable, J. Pinkston, J. J. Roberts, Electrical properties of polycrystalline methane hydrate, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L09313, 2011.

W. L. Du Frane, T. G. Sharp, J. L. Mosenfelder, K. Leinenweber, Transformation kinetics of olivine with ~75ppm H2O into ringwoodite, Geochim. Cosmo. Acta, 74 (12), A250, Suppl. S, 2010.

T. G. Sharp, T. Diedrich, F. C. Marton, W. L. Du Frane, Subduction of hydrated lithosphere: 300 ppm H2O in subducting olivine would eliminate the metastable olivine wedge, Geochim Cosmo Acta, 71 (15), A923-A923, Suppl. S, 2007

W. L. Du Frane, J. J., Roberts, D. A. Toffelmier, J. A. Tyburczy, Anisotropy of electrical conductivity in dry olivine, Geophys. Res. Lett., 32 (24), 2005

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