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Wan Bo
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:

Born in 1982, Qinghai Province, China.

  • 2017 to present: Professor. Metallogeny and Tectonics
  • 2012 to 2016: Associate Professor. Metallogeny and Tectonics
    • 2013:Visiting scientist at Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden.
  • 2011: Post-doctoral fellow. Project on “The geodynamic and metallogenic evolution of the Chinese Altay”.
  • 2009: PhD. Thesis on “VMS deposits in the lateral accretion of the Chinese Altai: geological, geochemical characteristics and metallogenic mechanisms”. Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
    • 2008: Official exchange PhD student. Project on “Geochronology of the Chehugou porphyry Mo-Cu deposit” at Munich University, Munich, Germany.
  • 2004: BSc. Chang’an University, Xi’an, China.

Research Interests:

My research can be summarized as: the petrochemistry of ore deposits and its constraints on geodynamic evolution and crustal growth.

The precise time and the origin of ore-forming mineralization are the two of the most effective factors in unraveling ore genesis. However, most hydrothermal ore deposits formed at a relatively low temperature (<300oC) and contain very few suitable minerals for radiometric dating. Therefore, my current research interest is focused towards understanding the precise time of formation of different types of ore deposits.

Isotopes are not easily affected by later thermal events. Consequently, stable or radiogenic isotopes can effectively trace the origin of hydrothermal fluids. Therefore, I am particularly interested in the in situ isotopes of hydrothermal minerals.

Combining the knowledge of the timing and origin of ore deposits can help us to understand when, where and how they formed, and also it aids the prediction of potential targets. However, beyond their economic significance, ore deposits contain important petrochemical and isotopic information of fundamental value to the Earth Sciences, because understanding the genesis and evolution of diagnostic ore deposits is a critical and important means of analyzing and evaluating crustal growth, and it plays a key role in unraveling the plate tectonic history of complex collisional and accretionary orogenic belts of any age. In short, the formation of ore deposits is a key component of continental evolution.

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First-author peer-reviewed publications  

13. Dong, L., Wan, B., Yang, W., Deng, C., Chen, Z., Yang, L., Cai, K., Xiao, W., 2017. Rb-Sr geochronology of single gold-bearing pyrite grains from the Katbasu gold deposit in the South Tianshan, China and its geological significance. Ore Geology Reviews.

12. Wan, B., Xiao, W., Windley, B.F., Gao, J., Zhang, L., Cai, K., 2017. Contrasting ore styles and their role in understanding the evolution of the Altaids. Ore Geology Reviews 80, 910-922.

11. Wan, B., Windley, B.F., Xiao, W., Feng, J., Zhang, J.e. 2015. Paleoproterozoic high-pressure metamorphism in the northern North China Craton and implications for the Nuna supercontinent. Nature Communications, 6: 8344, doi: 10.1038/ncomms9344

10. Wan, B., Xiao, W., Han, C., Windley, B.F., Zhang, L., Qu, W., Du, A. 2014. Re-Os molybdenite age of the Cu-Mo skarn ore deposit at Suoerkuduke in East Junggar, NW China and its geological significance. Ore Geology Reviews, 56, 541-548.     

9. Wan, B., Xiao, W., Windley, B.F., Yuan, C. 2013. Permian hornblende gabbro in the Chinese Altai from a subduction-related hydrous parent magma, not from the Tarim mantle plume. Lithosphere, 5: 290-299.        

8. Wan, B., Xiao, W., Zhang, L., Han, C. 2012. Iron mineralization associated with a major strike-slip shear zone: radiometric and oxygen isotope evidence from the Mengku deposit, NW China: Ore Geology Reviews, 44: 136-147.   

7. Wan. B, Xiao WJ, Zhang LC, Windley B, Han CM, Quinn C. 2011. Contrasting styles of mineralization in the Chinese Altai and East Junggar, NW China: Implications for the accretionary history of the southern Altaids. Journal of the Geological Society of London, 168:1311-1321  

6. Wan B, Zhang LC, Xiang P. 2010. The Ashele VMS-type Cu-Zn deposit in Xinjiang, NW China formed in a rifted arc setting.Resource Geology, 60 (2): 150-164.      

5. Wan B, Zhang LC, Xiao WJ. 2010. Geological and geochemical characteristics and ore genesis of the Keketale VMS Pb-Zn deposit, Southern Altai Metallogenic Belt, NW China. Ore Geology Reviews, 37: 114-126     

4. Wan B, Hegner E, Zhang LC, Rocholl A, Chen ZG, Wu HY, Chen FK. 2009. Rb-Sr geochronology of chalcopyrite from the Chehugou porphyry Mo-Cu deposit (NE China) and geochemical constraints on the origin of hosting granites. Economic Geology. 104:351-363      

3. Wan B, Zhang LC, Xu XW, Sun H. 2006. Geochemical characteristics of volcanic, sub-volcanic rocks in Xiaoshitouquan copper polymetallic deposit, Eastern Tianshan, and its metallogenic setting. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22(11): 2711-2718 (in Chinese with English abstract)     

2. Wan B, Zhang LC. 2006. Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry and tectonic setting of Devonian polymetallic metallogenic belt on the Southern margin of Altaid, Xinjiang. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22(1):145-152 (in Chinese with English abstract)  

1. Wan B, Zhang LC. 2006. Geochemistry of ore-bearing porphyries in the Kalaxianger copper belt on the southeastern margin of the Altay Mountains, Xinjiang. Geology in China, 33: 169-176 (in Chinese with English abstract) 

Collaborating-author peer-reviewed publications


  1. Feng, J., Xiao, W., Windley, B., Han, C., Wan, B., Zhang, J., Ao, S., Zhang, Z., Lin, L. 2013. Field geology, geochronology and geochemistry of mafic-ultramafic rocks from Alxa, China: Implications for Late Permian accretionary tectonics in the southern Altaids. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences.
  2. Wu, H., Zhang, L., Pirajno, F., Xiang, P., Wan, B., Chen, Z., Zhang, X. 2013. The Jiguanshan porphyry Mo deposit in the Xilamulun metallogenic belt, northern margin of the North China Craton, U-Pb geochronology, isotope systematics, geochemistry and fluid inclusion studies: Implications for a genetic model. Ore Geology Reviews,
  3. Tian, Z., Xiao, W., Windley, B., Lin, L., Han, C., Wan, B., Ao, S., Song, D., Feng, J.  2013. Structure, age, and tectonic development of the Huoshan-Niujuanzi ophiolitic melange, Beishan, southernmost Altaids. Gondwana Reseach.


  1. Han, Z., Han., C., Xiao, W., Zhao, G., Wang, Z., Ao, S., Wan, B., 2012., Palaeozoic porphyry Cu-Au and ultramafic Cu-Ni deposits in the eastern Tianshan orogenic belt: temporal constraints from U-Pb geochronology. International Geology Reviews, 55: 1-21


  1. Chen Z, Zhang LC, Wan B, Wu H, Cleven N. 2011. Geochronology and geochemistry of the Wunugetushan porphyry Cu–Mo deposit in NE china, and their geological significance Ore Geology Reviews, 43(1):92-105
  2. Wu H, Zhang LC, Wan B. Chen Z, Zhang X, Xiang P. 2011. Geochronological and geochemical constraints on Aolunhua porphyry Mo-Cu deposit, Northeast China, and its tectonic significance. Ore Geology Reviews, 43(1):78-91
  3. Wu H, Zhang LC, Wan B, Chen Z, Pirajno F, Du A, Qu W. 2011. Re-Os and 40Ar/39Ar ages of the Jiguanshan porphyry Mo deposit, Xilamulun metallogenic belt, NE China, and constraints on mineralization events. Mineralium Deposita, 46(2): 171-185
  4. Zhang X, Zhang, LC, Xiang P, Wan B, Pirajno F. 2011. Zircon U-Pb age, Hf isotopes and geochemistry of Shuichang Algoma-type banded iron-formation, North China Craton: Constraints on the ore-forming age and tectonic setting. Gondwana Research, 20:137-148


  1. Wu H, Zhang LC, Chen Z, Wan B. Xiang P, Zhang X. 2010. Hypersaline, high-oxygen fugacity and F-rich fluid inclusions in Jiguanshan porphyry molybdenum deposit, Xilamulun metallogenic belt. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 25 (05): 1363-1374 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  2. Zhang LC Wu H, Xiang P, Zhang X, Chen Z, Wan B. 2010. Ore-forming processes and mineralization of complex tectonic system during the Mesozoic: A case from Xilamulun Cu-Mo metallogenic belt. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 25 (05): 1351-1362 (in Chinese with English abstract)


  1. Zhang LC, Wu HY, Wan B, Chen ZG, 2009. Ages and geodynamic settings of Xilamulun Mo-Cu metallogenic belt on north of North China Craton. Gondwana Research, 16:243~254
  2. Xiang P, Zhang LC, Wu H, Chen Z, Wan B. 2009. Ages of the zircons from ore-bearing porphyries in II-III ore area of Kalaxianger porphyry copper ore belt in Qinghe, Xinjiang and its geological significance. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 25 (06): 1474-1483 (in Chinese with English abstract)


  1. Zhang LC, Zhou XH, Ying JF, Wang F, Guo F, Wan B, Chen ZG, 2008. Geochemistry and Sr–Nd–Pb–Hf isotopes of Early Cretaceous basalts from the Great Xinggan Range, NE China: Implications for their origin and mantle source characteristics. Chemical Geology 256, 12-23
  2. Chen Z, Zhang LC, Wan B, Zhang Y, Wu H. 2008. Geochemistry and geological significances of ore-forming porphyry with low Sr and Yb value in Wunugemshan copper-molybdenum deposit, Inner Mongolia. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 24 (01): 115-128 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  3. Chen Z, Zhang LC, Wu H. Wan B, Zeng Q. 2008. Geochemistry study and tectonic background of A style host granite in Nianzigou molybeenum deposit in Xilamulun molybdenum metallogenic belt, Inner Mongolia. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 24 (04): 879-889 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  4. Wu H, Zhang LC, Chen Z, Wan B, 2008. Geochemistries, tectonic setting and mineralization potentiality of the ore-bearing monzogranite in the Kulitu molybdenum(copper)deposit of Xar moron metallogetic belt, Inner Mongolia. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 24 (04): 867-878 (in Chinese with English abstract)


  1. Zhang LC, Wan B, Li W, Tang H. 2006. Geochemistry and tectonic setting of mineralization porphyries on the southern margin of Tuha basin, Xinjiang. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22 (1): 225-235 (in Chinese with English abstract).
  2. Zhang LC, Xia B, Niu HC, Li WQ, Fang WX, Tang HF, Wan B. 2006. The metallogenic systems and belts developed on the late Paleozoic continental margin in Xinjiang. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22 (5): 1387-1398 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  3. Zhang LC, Wan B, Zhang R, Jiao X. 2006. Adakitic characteristics and geological significances of ore-bearing porphyry in Baogutou, western Junggar. Geology in China, 33: 626-631 (in Chinese with English abstract)
  4. Chen Z, Zhang LC, Zhou X, Wan B, Ying J, Wang F. 2006. Geochronology and geochemical characteristics of volcanic rocks section in Manzhouli Xinyouqi, Inner-Mongolia. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 22 (12): 2971-2986 (in Chinese with English abstract)
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