Zoja Vukmanovic


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Key Research Interests

I am igneous petrologist with a strong interest in magmatic ore deposits. My research is focused on understanding the processes that occur before and after the solidification of rocks. I am particularly interested in the role of fluid dynamics in the formation of crystal-rich systems, and the concentration of ore minerals.  To understand fluid mechanical and thermodynamic processes in mineralised igneous systems I rely on field observations, detailed microstructural/textural measurements and state-of-the-art mineral geochemistry.

Academic Background

In 2014, I completed my PhD at the University of Western Australia under supervision of Prof Marco Fiorentini and Dr Steve Barnes. My thesis Microstructural characterisation of sulphide and oxide minerals in magmatic sulphide ores was focused on combining microstructural analyses and mineral chemistry to investigate magmatic ore deposits. The focus of my PhD were komatiite-hosted Ni deposits from Yilgarn Craton, Australia and the world’s largest Pt deposit, the Bushveld Complex, South Africa.

In 2016, I was awarded Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for the project “EFOX - The formation and evolution of monomineralic oxide layers in mafic intrusions”. During the EFOX project, I combined electron-backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and mineral chemistry to propose new conceptual models for the formation of magnetitite and chromitite layers from the Bushveld Complex, South Africa.



2020 – 2021 CGG Limited
Resource Geoscientist Mineral and Mining

2015 – 2020 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow. 

2013 –2014 Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University, Perth, AU Postdoctoral Research Associate

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