Institute of Applied Geoscience (IAG)

Ores and Mineralization Group

The Leeds Ores and Mineralization Group (OMG) is a multi-disciplinary group with broad research interests in both fundamental and applied studies into economic mineralization. Our current research follow two broad themes of exploration- and deposit-specific studies on one hand, and regional aspects and models of ore mineralization systems on the other hand. We are especially focused on Phanerozoic orogenic gold, placer gold systems, and porphyry deposits.

We draw upon expertise in ore deposit systems, geochemistry, metamorphic and igneous petrology, structural geology at all scales, geophysics, instrument analysis and (uniquely) sedimentology and basin analysis.

With in-house, state-of-the-art facilities such as the advanced electron optics facility, LA-ICP-MS, stable isotope, radiogenic isotope laboratories, experimental rock deformation laboratory, and high-end computing facilities we can combine numerous techniques to elucidate highly complex multi-dimensional ore systems. You can find all our active research projects on the Current Research page, and recent publications arising from current and past projects on the Publications page.

Research areas include:

A wide range of scales and aims from deposit-specific, to regional, and further into more generic mineralization studies. These studies take a variety of approaches, from detailed gold mineralogy in placers and in veins and their host rocks, to wider structural controls of the mineralization. See the Current Research pages for more detail.

- Deposit-specific studies on actively explored areas in e.g. Yukon, British Columbia, and Newfoundland in Canada; Turkey; Northern Ireland; Republic of Ireland; and Scotland.

- Regional research into mineralization in Northern Cordillera, including partnership in e.g. MDRU (UBC) industry funded projects developing a metallogenic framework for the area. This work has recently expanded into Alaska in collaboration with the USGS.

- Regional research into the structural and geochemical characterization of mineralization in the wider Caledonides of the British Isles and their equivalents in North America; this line of study additionally feeds into investigating genetic models for structurally controlled ("orogenic") gold, especially in Phanerozoic systems.

- Research into trace element mobility and concentration in Cu-Au magmatic hydrothermal systems.

- Placer deposits; recent projects include studies of heavy minerals as ore deposit indicators, and sedimentary controls on placer deposit formation.

Contact Us

Any general enquiries can be directed to Dr Rob Chapman or Dr Taija Torvela; or see the Group Members page for contact details of individual group members.