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.

  • 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 - 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
  • 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 - Major organizer of the Post-Conference Field Trip 2 “Polymetallic tin deposits and related intrusions, Gejiu, SE Yunnan Province” of the IAGOD2014, Kunming (China)
  • 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)

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