Assistant Professor Dr. Waruntorn Kanitpanyacharoen

Minerals and Rock Physics, Rock Mechanics, Geophysics


  • Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Science, University of California Berkeley, USA (2012)
  • B.S. Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, USA (2008)


Mineral & Rock Physics (MRP) Research Group

List of Publications


H.-R. Wenk, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, Y. Ren (2017) Slate, A new record for crystal preferred orientation, Journal of Structural Geology.

C.K. Morley, C. von Hagke, R. Hansberry, A. Collins, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, R. King (2017) Review of major shale-dominated detachment and thrust characteristics in the diagenetic zone: Part II, rock mechanics and microscopic scale, Earth-Science Reviews, 176, 19-50.

C.K. Morley, C. von Hagke, R. Hansberry, A. Collins, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, R. King (2017) Review of major shale-dominated detachment and thrust characteristics in the diagenetic zone: Part I, meso- and macro-scopic scale, Earth-Science Reviews, 173: 168-228.


P. Kaercher, L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, E. Zepeda-Alarcon, Y. Wang, D. Parkinson, R.A. Lebensohn, F. De Carlo, H.R. Wenk (2016) Two-phase deformation of lower mantle mineral analogs, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 456, 134-145. 

A. M. Allen, Anthony C. Clark, T. Vanorio, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, and  H.-R. Wenk (2016) On the evolution of the elastic properties of organic-rich shale upon pyrolysis-induced thermal maturation. Geophysics, 81:D263-281. D


T. Vanorio and W. Kanitpanyacharoen (2015) Comparison of the Rock Physics Analysis of Campi Flegrei Well Cores to Ancient Roman Concrete. Science349: 617-621. 

A. Allen, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, and T. Vanorio (2015) A multi-scale methodology for the time-variant analysis of velocity anisotropy in organic-rich shale. Geophysics, 80(4):C73-C88. 


W. Kanitpanyacharoen, R. Vasin. D. Dewehurst, and H.-R. Wenk (2014) Linking preferred orientatins to elastic anisotropy in Muderong Shale, Australia. Geophysics, 80:9-19.

H.-R. Wenk, L. Lutterotti, P. Kaercher, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, L. Miyagi, and R. Vasin (2014) Rietveld texture analysis from synchrotron diffraction images. II. Complex multiphase materials and diamond anvil cell experiments. Powder Diffraction, 29:220-232.

P. Kaercher, E. Zepeda-Alarcon, V.B. Prakapenka, W. Kanitpanayacharoen, J.S. Smith, S. Sinogeikin, and H.-R. Wenk (2014) Preferred orientation in experimentally deformed stishovite: implications for deformation mechanisms. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 42:275–285.


W. Kanitpanyacharoen, D. Parkinson, F. De Carlo, F. Marone, M. Stampanoni, R. Mokso, A. MacDowell, and H.-R. Wenk (2013) A comparative study of X-ray microtomography on shales at different synchrotron facilities: ALS, APS, and SLS. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 20:1-9.

R.N. Vasin, H.-R. Wenk, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S. Matthies, and R. Wirth (2013) Elastic anisotropy modeling of Kimmeridge Shale. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118.

L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S.V. Raju, P. Kaercher, J. Knight, A. MacDowell, Q. Williams, E. Zepeda-Alarcon (2013) Combined resistive and laser hearing techniqure for in situ radial X-ray diffraction in the diamond anvil cell at high pressure and temperature. Review of Scientific Instruments, 84: 025118.

H.-R. Wenk, P. Kaercher, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, E. Zepeda-Alarcon, and Y. Wang (2013) Orientation relations during the alpha-omega phase transition of zirconium: In situ texture observations at high pressure and temperature. Physical Review Letters, 111: 195701-4.

P.J.M. Monteiro, L. Clodic, F. Battocchio, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S.R. Chae, J. Ha, and H.R. Wenk (2013) Incorporating carbon sequestration materials in civil infrastructure: A micro and nano-structural analysis. Cement and Concrete Composites, 40: 14-20.


W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S. Merkel, L. Miyagi, P. Kaercher, C.N. Tomé, Y. Wang, H.-R. Wenk (2012) Significance of mechanical twinning in hexagonal metals at high pressure. Acta Materialia, 60:422-430.

W. Kanitpanyacharoen, F.B. Kets, H.-R. Wenk, and R. Wirth (2012) Mineral Preferred orientation and microstructure of Posidonia Shale in relation to different degrees of thermal maturity. Clays and Clay Minerals, 60:315-329.

W. Kanitpanyacharoen and A.E. Boudreau (2012) Sulfide-associated mineral assemblages the Bushveld Complex, South Africa: platinum-group element enrichment by vapor refining by chlorite-carbonate fluids. Mineralium Deposita.

C. Janssen, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, H.-R. Wenk, R. Wirth, L. Morales, E. Rybacki, M.Kienast, G. Dresen (2012) Clay fabrics induced weakening in SAFOD core samples. Journal of Structural Geology, 43:118-127.

P. Kaercher, S. Speziale, L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, and H.-R, Wenk (2012) Evolution of crystallographic preferred orientation across the cubic-to-rhombohedral phase transition in FeO. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 39:613-626.

B. Chen, K. Lutker, S.V. Raju, J. Yan, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, J. Lei, S. Yang, H.-R. Wenk, H.-K. Mao, and Q. Williams (2012) Texture of nano-crystalline nickel: probing the lower size limit of dislocation activity. Science, 338:1448.


W. Kanitpanyacharoen, H.-R. Wenk, F.B. Kets, C. Lehr, and R. Wirth (2011) Texture and anisotropy of Qusaiba Shales, Saudi Arabia. Geophysical Prospecting, 59:536-556.

L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, S. Stackhouse, B. Militzer, and H.-R. Wenk (2011) The enigma of post-perovskite anisotropy: deformation versus transformation textures. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals, 38:665-678.

M.D. Buatier, A. Chauvet, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, H.-R. Wenk, J. F. Ritz, and M. Jolivet (2011) Origin and behavior of clay minerals in the Bogd Fault Gouge, Mongolia. Journal of Structural Geology, 34:77-90.


L. Miyagi, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, P. Kaercher, K.L.M. Lee, and H.-R. Wenk (2010). Slip systems in MgSiO3 post-perovskite: Implications for D’’ anisotropy. Science, 329:1639-1641.

H.-R. Wenk, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, and M. Voltolini (2010) Preferred orientation of phyllosilicates: comparison of fault gouge, shale and schist. Journal of Structural Geology, 32:478-481.