Dr Yanbo Cheng is an economic geologist.

His interests include Sn and W deposits, intrusion related Au deposits, IOCG deposits and Nb-Ta-Li deposits. He is also expertise in petrogenesis of granitic rocks and fertility of ore-related igneous rocks. He specialises in microanalysis of minerals (texture, composition and isotope) to reveal the mineralization and magmatism process by using LA-ICP-MS, EMPA, SEM-CL, SIMS and SHRIMP.

Currently he is researhing the magmatic sequence, fertility and metallogeny of the Mt Isa-Cloncurry Fe-Cu-Au-Zn-Pb-U-REE province in NW Queensland, Australia, which is a research project funded by the Geological Survey of Queensland.

  • EA2510: Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment (Level 2; TSV)
  • EA5320: Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment (Level 5; TSV)
  • Geological characteristics and genesis of Sn-W, and hydrothermal Au, Cu, Mo, Fe and Zn-Pb deposit
  • Advance the understanding and exploration techniques of Sn-W, IRGs and IOCG mineral systems
  • Geology and genesis of critical metals (Nb, Ta, Li, In, etc.)
  • Petrogenesis of granitic rocks, and fertility of ore related igneous rocks
  • Application of metal isotopes (Fe, Cu, Zn etc.) in economic geology
  • Mineral microanalysis (microtexture, chemisty and isotopes) applications in economic geology
  • Dating ore minerals to understand the magmatic-mineralisation architecture
  • Ore formation controls (water, fluxing components, redox state) in magma and metal endowment
  • Geological evolution and metallogenesis of NE Queensland
  • Geological evolution and metallogenesis of NW Queensland
  • Geological evolution and metallogenesis of eastern Asia
  • 2018 to 2021 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Economic Geology Research Centre, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2018 - Exploration Geologist, Resolute Mining Limited (Ravenswood, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Economic Geology Research Centre, James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
  • 2014 to 2016 - Associate Research Professor, Institute of Mineral Resources, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (Beijing, China)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Assistant Research Professor, Institute of Mineral Resources, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences (Beijing, China)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2014 - Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (JCU)
  • 2013 - Young Talent of China Geological Survey
  • 2013 - High Distinction Doctor Degree Thesis of Beijing
  • 2010 - Best Postgraduate in China University of Geosciences (CUGB)
  • 2009 - Best Student Poster, SGA conference
  • 2018 - Fellow, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 2018 - Mentor, Society of Economic Geologists
  • 2012 - Working Group of the Critical Metals, IAGOD (Secretary)
  • 2009 - Society of Economic Geologists (Student Representative of Australasia Region 2012-2013)
  • 2017 - Associate editor of Ore Geology Reviews
  • 2017 - Co-chair for the session “David Groves Symposium: New Insights in Mineral Deposit Understanding” offered by the FUTORE II International Conference, Townsville, Australia
  • 2015 - Guest editor of the Special Issue “Regional Metallogeny” on Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
  • 2014 - Co-convener of the session “Critical metals in ore-forming systems: New prospects on ore formation, exploration and extraction” of the IAGOD2014, Kunming (China)
  • 2014 - Major organizer of the Post-Conference Field Trip 2 “Polymetallic tin deposits and related intrusions, Gejiu, SE Yunnan Province” of the IAGOD2014, Kunming (China)

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Dover Castle Metals Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Geology and ore genesis of the Dover Castle Sn + polymetallic ore field, North Queensland

Indicative Funding
$146,700 over 3 years
Recent exploration work in the Dover Castle mining district in North Queensland has defined economically significant polymetallic (Sn-W-Zn-Ag-Pb-In) resources. Geological understanding of how these diverse metal associations occur at economic levels is currently poor, as is the knowledge of potential for further minerlisation at depth. This project will provide crucial baseline geological data, including geochronology, mineralogy, geochemistry, and igneous and hydrothermal alternation characterisation, to better understand the origin of the mineralisation, and the geological controls on its location. This project outcomes will allow more focussed mineral exploration targeting to improve the probability of discovery of further economically significant resources.
Carl Spandler, Paul Dirks and Yanbo Cheng (College of Science & Engineering)
Tin-tungsten; Mineral Exploration; Ore Deposit; Geology

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