Yanbo Cheng's interests include tin and tungsten mineralization, petrogenesis of granitic rocks, fertility of ore-related igneous rocks and genesis of the "Critical Metal" ores. 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 reasearhing the geology and metallogeny of the Sn-W polymetallic ores in Northern Queensland, which is a part of the major research project funded by the Geological Survey of Queensland.

  • Mineral microanalysis (microstructure, chemisty and isotopes)
  • Tin, tungsten and molybdenun mineralisation
  • Petrogenesis of granitic rocks
  • Fertility of ore related igneous rocks
  • Geology and genesis of critical metals
  • 2015 to 2018 - 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)
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  • 2014 - Dean’s Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence (JCU)
  • 2013 - High Distinction Doctor Degree Thesis of Beijing
  • 2013 - Young Talent of China Geological Survey
  • 2010 - Best Postgraduate in China University of Geosciences (CUGB)
  • 2009 - Best Student Poster, SGA conference
  • 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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  • Geochronology and Genesis of the Wolfram Camp W-Mo deposit, Queensland, Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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