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Unité Matériaux et Transformations
CNRS UMR 8207 - Université de Lille

Bâtiment C6 - 203
Unité Matériaux et Transformations
Cité scientifique, Bât. C6
Université de Lille
59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq
Tel: +33 (0) 320 43 43 41
Fax: +33 (0) 320 43 65 91
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ORCID Identifier 0000-0002-1883-2994: 0000-0002-1883-2994
Research team: Plasticity


Transmission electron microscopy - Numerical modeling (atomistic and mesoscopic) of plastic deformation - Plastic deformation under extreme pressure-temperature conditions - Nanomechanical testing of minerals


Continuum mechanics (Elasticity, Plasticity, Viscoelasticity)

Physics of defects


Ce que disent les minérauxFrom StMineralenars to the Earth: a Voyage with Minerals

In this book, Patrick Cordier and Hugues Leroux show how mineralogists study the universe with telescopes, work with a particle accelerator, a electron microscope, or participate in NASA missions. Those are different sides of the XXIst century mineralogists. Indeed, minerals can be loved for their beauty, but also the story they tell, stories of galaxies, planets, and the center of the Earth.

Book available in French and Dutch

Rheoman Timeman



  • 2022: Elected Member of Academia Europaea
  • 2019 : Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2019 : Laureate of Institut Universitaire de France (Senior member)
  • 2018 : Laureate of the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grants) : TimeMan project
  • 2016 : Dana Medal of the Mineralogical Society of America
  • 2015 : Grand Prix Kuhlmann of Société des Sciences, de l’Agriculture et des Arts de Lille (SSAAL)
  • 2012: Officier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques
  • 2011 : Laureate of the European Research Council (ERC Advanced Grants) : RheoMan project
  • 2008: Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America
  • 2007: Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques


Current PhD thesis

Defended PhD thesis

Latest scientific contributions in LillOA (Lille Open Archive)


  1. V. Delbecq, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Rheological properties of Mg2SiO4 glass: A molecular dynamics study, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 619, 122572 (2023), [doi: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2023.122572, LillOA]
  2. S. Demouchy, M. Thieme, F. Barou, B. Beausir, V. Taupin, P. Cordier, Dislocation and disclination densities in experimentally deformed polycrystalline olivine, European Journal of Mineralogy 35;2, 219-242 (2023), [doi: 10.5194/ejm-35-219-2023, LillOA]
  3. P. Cordier, K. Gouriet, T. Weidner, J. Van Orman, O. Castelnau, J.M. Jackson, P. Carrez, Periclase deforms more slowly than bridgmanite under mantle conditions, Nature 613;7943, 303-307 (2023), [doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-05410-9, LillOA]
  4. K. Gouriet, P. Roussel, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Ultimate mechanical properties of enstatite, Physics and chemistry of minerals 49;30, (2022), [doi: 10.1007/s00269-022-01206-5, LillOA]
  5. P. Hirel, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Why do compact grain boundary complexions prevail in rock-salt materials?, Acta Materialia 118297 (2022), [doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2022.118297, LillOA]
  6. H. Idrissi, A. Béché, N. Gauquelin, I. Ul-Haq, C. Bollinger, S. Demouchy, J. Verbeeck, T. Pardoen, D. Schryvers, P. Cordier, On the formation mechanisms of intragranular shear bands in olivine by stress-induced amorphization, Acta Materialia 239, 118247 (2022), [doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2022.118247, LillOA]
  7. M. Landeiro Dos Reis, Y. Giret, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Y. Giret, Efficiency of the vacancy pipe diffusion along an edge dislocation in MgO, Computational Materials Science 211, 111490 (2022), [doi: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2022.111490, LillOA]
  8. J. Furstoss, P. Hirel, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Complexions and stoichiometry of the 60.8°//[100](011) symmetrical tilt grain boundary in Mg2SiO4 forsterite: a combined empirical potential and first-principles study, American Mineralogist (2022), [doi: 10.2138/am-2022-8420, LillOA]
  9. H. Idrissi, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, On amorphization as a deformation mechanism under high stresses, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 26;1, 100976 (2022), [doi: 10.1016/j.cossms.2021.100976, LillOA]
  10. P. Baral, A. Orekhov, R. Dohmen, M. Coulombier, J.P. Raskin, P. Cordier, H. Idrissi, T. Pardoen, Rheology of amorphous olivine thin films characterized by nanoindentation, Acta Materialia 219, 117257 (2021), [doi: 10.1016/j.actamat.2021.117257, LillOA]
  11. A. Mussi, P. Carrez, K. Gouriet, B. Hue, P. Cordier, 4D electron tomography of dislocations undergoing electron irradiation, Comptes Rendus. Physique 22;S3, 67-81 (2021), [doi: 10.5802/crphys.80, LillOA]
  12. S. Mahendran, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, The core structure of screw dislocations with [001] Burgers vector in Mg2SiO4 olivine, Comptes Rendus. Physique 22;S3, 7-18 (2021), [doi: 10.5802/crphys.27, LillOA]
  13. M. Landeiro Dos Reis, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Interaction between dislocation and vacancies in magnesium oxide: Insights from atomistic simulations and elasticity theory, Physical Review Materials 5;6, 063602 (2021), [doi: 10.1103/physrevmaterials.5.063602, LillOA]
  14. A. Mussi, J. Gallet, O. Castelnau, P. Cordier, Application of electron tomography of dislocations in beam-sensitive quartz to the determination of strain components, Tectonophysics 803, 228754 (2021), [doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2021.228754, LillOA]
  15. S. Mahmoud, P. Carrez, M. Landeiro Dos Reis, N. Mousseau, P. Cordier, Diffusion mechanism of bound Schottky defect in magnesium oxide, Physical Review Materials 5;3, 033609 (2021), [doi: 10.1103/physrevmaterials.5.033609, LillOA]
  16. V. Samae, P. Cordier, S. Demouchy, C. Bollinger, J. Gasc, S. Koizumi, A. Mussi, D. Schryvers, H. Idrissi, Stress-induced amorphization triggers deformation in the lithospheric mantle, Nature 591;7848, 82-86 (2021), [doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03238-3, LillOA]
  17. O. Castelnau, K. Derrien, S. Ritterbex, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, H. Moulinec, Multiscale modeling of the effective viscoplastic behavior of Mg 2 SiO 4 wadsleyite: bridging atomic and polycrystal scales, Comptes Rendus. Mécanique 348;10-11, 827-846 (2020), [doi: 10.5802/crmeca.61, LillOA]
  18. P. Hirel, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Ferroelasticity in MgSiO3 bridgmanite: Assessing the intrinsic structure and motion of (-110) twin walls with atomic-scale simulations, Scripta Materialia 188, 102-106 (2020), [doi: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2020.07.016, LillOA]
  19. S. Ritterbex, P. Carrez, P. Cordier, Deformation across the mantle transition zone: A theoretical mineral physics view, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 547, 116438 (2020), [doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116438, LillOA]
  20. H. Idrissi, V. Samaee, G. Lumbeeck, T. Werf, T. Pardoen, D. Schryvers, P. Cordier, In Situ Quantitative Tensile Testing of Antigorite in a Transmission Electron Microscope, Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 125;3, e2019JB018383 (2020), [doi: 10.1029/2019jb018383, LillOA]
  21. R. Delon, S. Demouchy, Y. Marrocchi, M.A. Bouhifd, J. Gasc, P. Cordier, S. Koizumi, P.G. Burnard, Effect of deformation on helium storage and diffusion in polycrystalline forsterite, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 273, 226-243 (2020), [doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2020.01.018, LillOA]

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Conference presentations

  1. J. Gasc, S. Demouchy, F. Barou, P. Cordier, S. Koizumi, Low-Temperature Deformation Mechanisms of Forsterite Aggregates and Implications for the Rheology of the Upper Mantle, Communication dans un congrès sans actes, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Autriche, Apr 2019 [LillOA]
  2. H. Idrissi, T. van der Werf, V. Samae, G. Lumbeeck, T. Pardoen, D. Schryvers, P. Cordier, In situ TEM nanomechanical testing of antigorite plasticity and faulting, Communication dans un congrès sans actes, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Autriche, Apr 2019 [LillOA]
  3. P. Cordier, Rheology of mantle minerals: constraints from atomistic and dislocation dynamics models, Communication dans un congrès sans actes, Final ITN CREEP Workshop, Les Houches, France, Jan 2019 [LillOA]
  4. P. Cordier, Deforming minerals and rocks: from the atoms to plate tectonics and the rheology of the mantle, Communication dans un congrès sans actes, ICAMME'19 — The International Conference on Advanced Materials, Microscopy and Energy, Meknes, Maroc, Apr 2019 [LillOA]
  5. P. Cordier, Plasticity of minerals of the deep Earth: toward an approach combining numerical modeling and nano mechanical testing, Conférence invitée, CECAM Workshop: Microscopic simulations: forecasting the next two decades, Toulouse, France, Apr 2019 [LillOA]
  6. A. Mussi, B.C. NZOGANG, C. Bollinger, P. Cordier, J. Bouquerel, Characterization of recovery by boundary migration and dynamic recrystallization in experimentally deformed polycrystalline olivine, Poster, Intergranular and Interphase Boundaries in Materials - IIB 2019, Paris, France, Jul 2019 [LillOA]
  7. P. Cordier, Crystal defects and flow in minerals from the Earth’s mantle, Conférence plénière, XIX International Meeting on Crystal Chemistry, X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy of Minerals, Apatity, Russie, Jul 2019 [LillOA]
  8. P. Carrez, S. Mahendran, P. Cordier, On the glide of [100] dislocation and the origin of “pencil glide” in Mg2SiO4 olivine: insights from atomic scale modeling, Conférence invitée, Dislocations 2019, Haifa, Israël, Sep 2019 [LillOA]
  9. P. Cordier, Creeping minerals: new insights from numerical modelling and transmission electron microscopy, Conférence plénière, Congresso SIMP-SGI Parma 2019, Parma, Italie, Sep 2019 [LillOA]
  10. J. Jackson, P. Cordier, Shear wave anisotropy and viscosity of iron-rich (Mg,Fe)O: Implications for ultralow velocity zones, Conférence invitée, AGU Fall Meeting 2019, San Francisco, CA, Etats-Unis d'Amérique, Dec 2019 [LillOA]

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