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Personal information

Telephone:  +31 205987262

Email:          z.x.l.zhou@vu.nl

Building:     De Boelelaan 1085 (W&N)

Room:         H-360

Research

My research interests focus on the high-resolution geological data describing the magmatic processes. The magmatic processes include the magma producing in the mantle or deep crust, the magma storing in deep and shallow crustal reservoirs, and the magma transporting along the dyke or conduit. The high-resolution geological data involves geochronology, petrology, geochemistry and geophysics. The multi-disciplinary research can construct a multi-dimension database to provide high-resolution geological information, so as to constrain the magmatic processes quantitatively.

To obtain the multi-dimension database, I spent three years of PhD period studying the 40Ar/39Ar and U-series of zircon analytical techniques for geochronology, diffusion modelling on minerals (e.g. pyroxenes, plagioclase, amphibole and biotite) for petrology, radiogenic isotope, major and trace elements of whole rocks and inclusions for geochemistry, and numerical modelling for geophysics. The Milos volcanic field in the South Aegean Volcanic Arc is a good example that allows me to apply the multi-dimension database to build up a high-resolution geological framework for different magmatic processes. The multi-disciplinary research described the magmatic processes underneath the Milos volcanic field in quantitative, by estimating the timescales of magma producing, storing and transporting, P-T conditions and assimilation level in the magma reservoirs. 

Based on the high-resolution geological data, the numerical model can be robustly set up to estimate some unmeasurable crucial parameters controlling the magmatic processes, such as, magma flux, magma chamber growth rate and magma injection frequency. A high-resolution geological framework, like a high-resolution camera, can record more details to help advance our understanding of the magmatic system's nature.

Education

2012-2014: Master student with the subject of Marine Geology, in School of Ocean Sciences, China University of Geosciences (Beijing).

2008-2012: Bachelor student in the School of Ocean Sciences, China University of Geosciences (Beijing).

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