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CAO Mingjian
  Associate Professor
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  Economic Geology
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:

MingJian Cao, born in March, 1985, Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province. 
Associate professor of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences  

Education Experience 

  • 2008.9-2013.9, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, M.S & Ph.D 
  • 2004.9-2008.7, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), B.S 

Professional Experience 

  • 2016.1-present, Associate professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 
  • 2015.2-2015.12, Post-doctor, Lakehead University, Canada 
  • 2013.9-2015.12, Post-doctor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 
  • 2011.5-2011.8, Visiting scholar, Curtin University, Australia

Research Interests:
  1. Detailed petrogenesis and metallogenesis of magmatic-hydrothermal deposit by in situ microanalysis 
  2. Low temperature thermochronology of porphyry Cu/Mo deposits
Public Services:

  1. Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015) 
  2. Zhuliyuehua Scholarship for Excellent Doctoral Student, CAS (2013) 
  3. Award for Pivot of Outstanding Student, CAS (2012) 
  4. National Scholarship (2012) 
  5. Excellent Student report Award in 2012 National Symposium on Petrology and Geodynamics (2012) 
  6. Excellent Student for Graduate University, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) (2009-2010)

Supported Projects:
  1. September 2016 ~ August 2018, Chinese Post-Doc Science Foundation of China 
  2. January 2015 ~ December 2017, National Natural Science Foundation of China (41402081) 
  3. May 2014 ~ December 2016, Postdoctoral Science Foundation of China (2014M550834) 
  4. March 2014 ~ March 2015, China Scholarship Council (CSC No. 201404910182) 
  5. May 2013 ~ December 2013, Society of Economic Geologists Hugh McKinstry Fund

Selected Publication:


  27. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Li J.X., Evans N.J., Hollings, P., 2016. Tectono-magmatic evolution of Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous granitoids in the west central Lhasa subterrane, Tibet. Gondwana Research, doi: 10.1016/ 

  26. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Evans N.J., Hollings P., Jin L.Y., 2016. Genesis of ilmenite-series I-type granitoids at the Baogutu reduced porphyry Cu deposit, western Junggar, NW-China. Lithos 246–247, 13-30. 

  25. Li G.M., Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Hollings P., Evans N.J., Seitmuratova E.Y., 2016. Petrogenesis of ore-forming and pre/post-ore granitoids from the Kounrad, Borly and Sayak porphyry/skarn Cu deposits, Central Kazakhstan. Gondwana Research, doi: 10.1016/ 

  24. Li G.M., Qin K.Z., Li J.X., Evans N.J., Zhao J.X., Cao M.J., Zhang X.N., 2015. Cretaceous magmatism and metallogeny in the Bangong–Nujiang metallogenic belt, central Tibet: Evidence from petrogeochemistry, zircon U–Pb ages, and Hf–O isotopic compositions. Gondwana Research, doi: 10.1016/ 

  23. Zhao J.X., Qin K.Z., Xiao B., McInnes B., Li G.M., Evans N.J., Cao M.J., Li J.X., 2015. Thermal history of the giant Qulong Cu–Mo deposit, Gangdese metallogenic belt, Tibet: Constraints on magmatic–hydrothermal evolution and exhumation. Gondwana Research, doi: 10.1016/ 

  22. Li G.M., Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Evans N.J., Hollings P., Seitmuratova E.Y., 2016. Geochronology, petrogenesis and tectonic settings of pre- and syn-ore granites from the W-Mo deposits (East Kounrad, Zhanet and Akshatau), Central Kazakhstan. Lithos 252-253, 16-31. 

  21. Li D.F., Zhang L., Chen H.Y., Hollings P., Cao M.J., Fang J., Wang C.M., Lu W.J., 2016. Geochronology and geochemistry of the high Mg dioritic dikes in Eastern Tianshan, NW China: Geochemical features, petrogenesis and tectonic implications. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 115, 442-454. 


  20. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Evans N.J., Jin L.Y., 2015. In situ LA-(MC)-ICP-MS trace element and Nd isotopic compositions and genesis of polygenetic titanite from the Baogutu reduced porphyry Cu deposit, Western Junggar, NW China. Ore Geology Reviews 65, 940-954. 

  19. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Evans N.J., He H.Y., Jin L.Y., 2015. A mixture of mantle and crustal derived He-Ar-C-S ore-forming fluids at the Baogutu reduced porphyry Cu deposit, Western Junggar. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 98, 188-197. 

  18. Li G.M., Li J.X., Zhao J.X., Qin K.Z., Cao M.J., Evans NJ., 2015. Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of Triassic granitoids in the Qiangtang terrane, central Tibet: Evidence from U–Pb ages, petrochemistry and Sr–Nd–Hf isotopes. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 105, 443-455. 

  17. Li J.X., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Zhao J.X., Cao M.J., 2015. Petrogenesis of diabase from accretionary prism in the southern Qiangtang terrane, central Tibet: Evidence from U–Pb geochronology, petrochemistry and Sr–Nd–Hf–O isotope characteristics. Island Arc 24, 232-244. 

  16. Zhou Q.F., Qin K.Z., Tang D.M., Tian Y., Cao M.J., Wang C.L., 2015. Formation Age and Evolution Time Span of the Koktokay No. 3 Pegmatite, Altai, NW China: Evidence from U–Pb Zircon and 40Ar–39Ar Muscovite Ages. Resource Geology 65, 210-231. 

  15. Zhao J.X., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Cao M.J., Evans N.J., McInnes B.I.A., Li J.X., Xiao B., Chen L., 2015. The exhumation history of collision-related mineralizing systems in Tibet: Insights from thermal studies of the Sharang and Yaguila deposits, central Lhasa. Ore Geology Reviews 65, 1043-1061. 

  14. Wu C., Liu Y., Cao M.J., Hong T., Xu X.W., Dong L H., 2015. Characteristics and formation mechanism of reduced porphyry Cu and Mo-Cu deposits. Acta Petrologica Sinaca 31, 617-638 (in Chinese with English abstract).. 


  13. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Evans N.J., Jin L.Y., 2014. Abiogenic Fischer–Tropsch synthesis of methane at the Baogutu reduced porphyry copper deposit, western Junggar, NW-China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 141, 179-198. 

  12. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Yang Y.H., Evans N.J., Zhang R., Jin L.Y., 2014. Magmatic process recorded in plagioclase at the Baogutu reduced porphyry Cu deposit, western Junggar, NW-China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 82, 136-150. 

  11. Cao M.J., Li G.M., Qin K.Z., Jin L.Y., Evans N.J., Yang X.R., 2014. Baogutu: An example of reduced porphyry Cu deposit in western Junggar. Ore Geology Reviews 56, 159-180. 

  10. Zhang J.C., Lin Y.T., Yang W., Shen W.J., Hao J.L., Hu S., Cao M.J., 2014. Improved precision and spatial resolution of sulfur isotope analysis using NanoSIMS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 29, 1934-1943. 

  9. Li G.M., Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Evans, N.J., McInnes B.I.A., Liu Y.S., 2014. Thermal-tectonic history of the Baogutu porphyry Cu deposit, West Junggar as constrained from zircon U-Pb, biotite Ar/Ar and zircon/apatite (U-Th)/He dating. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 79, 741-758. 

  8. Li J.X., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Richards J.P., Zhao J.X., Cao M.J., 2014. Geochronology, geochemistry, and zircon Hf isotopic compositions of Mesozoic intermediate–felsic intrusions in central Tibet: Petrogenetic and tectonic implications. Lithos 198–199, 77-91. 


  7. Cao M.J., Zhou Q.F., Qin K.Z., Tang D.M., Evans N.J., 2013. The tetrad effect and geochemistry of apatite from the Altay Koktokay No. 3 pegmatite, Xinjiang, China: implications for pegmatite petrogenesis. Mineralogy and Petrology 107, 985-1005. 

  6. Li J.X., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Xiao B., Zhao J.X., Cao M.J., Chen L., 2013. Petrogenesis of ore-bearing porphyries from the Duolong porphyry Cu-Au deposit, central Tibet: Evidence from U-Pb geochronology, petrochemistry and Sr-Nd-Hf-O isotope characteristics. Lithos 160-161, 216-227. 


  5. Cao M.J., Li G.M., Qin K.Z., Seitmuratova E.Y., Liu Y.S., 2012. Major and Trace Element Characteristics of Apatites in Granitoids from Central Kazakhstan: Implications for Petrogenesis and Mineralization. Resource Geology 62, 63-83. 

  4. Li J.X., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Cao M.J., Xiao B., Chen L., Zhao J.X., Evans N.J., Mcinnes B.I.A., 2012. Petrogenesis and thermal history of the Yulong porphyry copper deposit, Eastern Tibet: insights from U-Pb and U-Th/He dating, and zircon Hf isotope and trace element analysis. Mineralogy and Petrology, 1-21. 


  3. Cao M.J., Qin K.Z., Li G.M., Li J.L., 2011. Processes of study on the flat subduction and its metallogenic effect, cases analysis and some prospects. Acta Petrologica Sinica 27, 3727-3748 (in Chinese with English abstract). 


  2. Xiao Q.H., Qin K.Z., Tang D.M., Su B.X., Sun H., San J.Z., Cao M.J., Hui W.D., 2010. Xiangshanxi composite Cu-Ni—Ti-Fe deposit belongs to comagmatic evolution product: Evidences from ore microscopy, zircon U-Pb chronology and petrological geochemistry, Hami, Xinjiang, NW China. Acta Petrologica Sinaca 26, 503-522 (in Chinese with English abstract). 


  1. Su B.X., Qin K.Z., Sun H., Tang D.M., Xiao Q.H., Cao M.J., 2009. Petrological and mineralogical characteristics of Hongshishan mafic-ultramafic complex in Beishan area, Xinjiang: Implications for assimilation and fractional crystallization. Acta Petrologica Sinica 25, 873-887 (in Chinese with English abstract).
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