I am working at the School of Geosciences and Info-Physics, Central South University (China) as a distinguished professor (full). I am focusing on the research in Tectonics, Structure Geology, Mineralogy, Geology and Petrology, Mineral Prospecting and Exploration. I am interested in the granite-related W-Sn deposits and low-temperature Sb-Au deposits. I welcome international candidates to join my research group as master or PhD students, applying for the CSU scholarship. Cooperation in sample analysis and publications are also expected.

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2018/04–present: Professor, School of Geosciences and Info-Physics, Central South University

2014/10–2018/03: Lecturer, Faculty of Earth Resources, China University of Geosciences


2011/10–2014/9: Ph.D student in Kyushu University, Japan, majoring in Economic Geology. Degree awarded: Doctor of Engineering.

2008/9–2011/6: Master student in Central South University, China, majoring in Economic Geology. Degree awarded: Master of Engineering.

2004/9–2008/6: Undergraduate student in Central South University, China, majoring in Geological Engineering (Mineral Prospecting and Exploration). Degree awarded: Bachelor of Engineering.

Research and Project experiences

Since 2006, I have participated in many field investigations and projects on ore deposits in China and other countries. Representative sites are Xikuangshan antimony mine area (Hunan, China, 2006/8–2006/9); Dafangshan and Huluyu gold deposit (Henan, China, 2007/5–2007/7); Shexingshan polymetallic deposit (Hunan, China, 2007/11), Hongdenggou gold deposit (Qinhai, China, 2008/4–2008/5); Hutouya mining area (Qinhai, China, 2008/5–2008/6); Pingguo aluminum ore deposit (Guangxi, China, 2008/6–2008/7 and 2009/10–2009/11); NEGLASARI gold deposit (BANTEN, Indonesia, 2008/8–2008/9 and 2009/2–2009/3); Zhaokalong Iron–copper polymetallic deposit (Qinhai, China, 2009/6–2009/7); Huangshaping–Baoshan Pb–Zn–Cu polymetallic metallogenic regin (Hunan, China, 2009/8–2009/9 and 2011/2-2011/3); Krakatau active volcano (2012/9); Hishikari gold deposit (Kagoshima, Japan, 2013/5); Borro gold deposit and Erdent copper deposit (Mongolia, 2013/9), South Hunan W-Sn polymatallic deposits (2011/10-2014/9) and Banxi antimony deposit (2015/8).


1) Huan Li, 2018/07-2021/06, Ore-controlling structural systems and deep ore exploration. National Key Research and Development Plan “Deep Exploration Technology Demonstration of Cu-Sn Polymetallic Minerals in Southern Hunan, Qin-Hang Metallogenic Belt" (Grant No. 2018YFC0603902), 1,770,000 RMB. 2) Huan Li, 2018/06-2022/12, Jurassic extensional structural patterns and metallogenic regularity of Cu-W-Sn polymetallic deposits in the middle Nanling, South China. Special Grants for Distinguished Professors, Central South University (Grant No. 218059), 1,200,000 RMB. 3) Huan Li, 2016/1-2018.12, Genesis and dating of hydrothermal zircon and its implications on fluid evolution in complex metallogenic system: A case study from the southern Hunan ore concentration area. National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41502067), 264,000 RMB. 4) Huan Li, 2014/11-2017.10, Yanshanian multi-scale extensional tectonic patterns and metallogenic regularity and prediction in South Hunan. Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) (Grant No. CUG150612), 150,000 RMB. 5) Huan Li, 2011/10-2014/09, Granitic evolution and its bearings on mineralization in Nanling Region, South China: an example from the Huangshaping deposit. G-COE Project from MOE, Japan (Grant No. CUG150612), 2,000,000 JPY. 6) Huan Li, 2011/10-2014/09, Jurassic magmatic-tectonic-metallogenic evolutionary processes in the central Nanling Region, South China: a case study from the Huangshaping polymetallic deposit. Special Sponsorship Program for Excellent Doctoral Students, Kyushu University (Grant No.2371), 1,500,000 JPY.


Peer-reviewed journal papers

- First and/or corresponding author:

Li, H., Dani?ík, M., Zhou, Z.K., Jiang, W.C., Wu, J.H., Integrated U–Pb, Lu–Hf and (U–Th)/He analysis of zircon from the Banxi Sb deposit and its implications for the low-temperature mineralization in South China. Geoscience Frontiers,

Liu, B., Wu, Q.H., Li, H., Wu, J.H., Cao, J.Y., Jiang, J.B., Liang, W., 2020. Fault-controlled fluid evolution in the Xitian W–Sn–Pb–Zn–fluorite mineralization system (South China): Insights from fluorite texture, geochemistry and geochronology. Ore Geology Reviews,

Liu, B., Wu, J.H., Li, H., Wu, Q.H., Evans, N.J., Kong, H., Xi, X.S., 2020. Geochronology, geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Dengfuxian lamprophyres: implications for the early Cretaceous tectonic evolution of the South China Block. Geochemistry, accepted.

Li, H., Sun, H.S., Algeo, T.J., Wu, J.H., Cao, J.Y., Wu, Q.H., 2019h. Mesozoic multi-stage W–Sn polymetallic mineralization in the Nanling Range, South China: An example from the Dengfuxian–Xitian ore field. Geological Journal, 54, 3755–3785.

Li, H., Sun, H.S., Evans, N.J., Li, J.W., Wu, J.H., Jiang, W.C., Halassane, N., 2019g. Geochemistry and geochronology of zircons from granite-hosted gold mineralization in the Jiaodong Peninsula, North China: implications for ore genesis. Ore Geology Reviews 115,

Li, H., Kong, H., Zhou, Z.K., Tindell, T., Tang, Y.Q., Wu, Q.H., Xi, X.S., 2019f. Genesis of the Banxi Sb deposit, South China: Constraints from wall-rock geochemistry, fluid inclusion microthermometry, Rb–Sr geochronology, and H–O–S isotopes. Ore Geology Reviews 115,

Li, H., Zhou, Z.K., Evans, N.J., Kong, H., Wu, Q.H., Xi, X.S., 2019e. Fluid–zircon interaction during low-temperature hydrothermal processes: Implications for the genesis of the Banxi antimony deposit, South China. Ore Geology Reviews, 2019.103137.

Li, H., Cao, J., Algeo, T.J., Jiang, W., Liu, B., Wu, Q., 2019d. Zircons reveal multi-stage genesis of the Xiangdong (Dengfuxian) tungsten deposit, South China. Ore Geology Reviews,

Li, H., Zhou, Z.K., Algeo, T.J., Wu J.H., Jiang, W.C., 2019c. Geochronology and geochemistry of tuffaceous rocks from the Banxi Group: Implications for Neoproterozoic tectonic evolution of the southeastern Yangtze Block, South China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 177, 152-176.

Li, H., Palinka?, L.A., Evans, N.J., Watanabe, K., 2019b. Genesis of the Huangshaping W–Mo–Cu–Pb–Zn deposit, South China: Role of magmatic water, metasomatized fluids, and basinal brines during intra-continental extension. Geological Journal, DOI: 10.1002/gj.3505.

Li, H., Kong, H., Zhou, Z.K., Wu, Q.H., Xi, X.S., Gabo-Ratio, J.A.S., 2019a. Ore-forming material sources of the Jurassic Cu–Pb–Zn mineralization in the Qin–Hang ore belt, South China: Constraints from S–Pb isotopes. Geochemistry 79, 280–306.

Wang, T.G., Li, H., Liu, J.S., Evans, N.J., Wang, Y.C., Zha, D., 2019. Whole-rock and zircon geochemistry of the Xiaoliugou granites, North Qilian Orogen (NW China): Implications for tectonic setting, magma evolution and W–Mo mineralization. Ore Geology Reviews 115,

Jiang, W.C., Li, H., Mathur, R., Wu, J.H., 2019a. Genesis of the giant Shizhuyuan W–Sn–Mo–Bi–Pb–Zn polymetallic deposit, South China: Constraints from zircon geochronology and geochemistry in skarns. Ore Geology Reviews 111, 2019.102980.

Jiang, W.C., Li, H., Evans, N.J., Wu, J.H., 2019b. Zircon records multiple magmatic-hydrothermal processes at the giant Shizhuyuan W–Sn–Mo–Bi polymetallic deposit, South China. Ore Geology Reviews 115, 2019.103160.

Girei, M.B., Li, H., Algeo, T.J., Bonin, B., Ogunleye, P.O., Bute, S.I., Ahmed, H.A., 2019. Petrogenesis of A-type granites associated with Sn–Nb–Zn mineralization in Ririwai complex, north-Central Nigeria: Constraints from whole-rock Sm–Nd and zircon Lu–Hf isotope systematics. Lithos 340–341, 49–70.

Liu, B., Li, H., Wu, Q.H., Evans, N.J. Cao, J.Y., Jiang, J.B., Wu, J.H., 2019a. Fluid evolution of Triassic and Jurassic W mineralization in the Xitian ore field, South China: Constraints from scheelite geochemistry and microthermometry. Lithos 330–331, 1–15.

Liu, B., Wu, Q.H., Li, H., Evans, N.J., Wu, J.H., Cao, J.Y., Jiang, J.B., 2019b. Fault-fluid evolution in the Xitian W–Sn ore field (South China): Constraints from scheelite texture and composition. Ore Geology Reviews 114,

Liu, B., Li, H., Wu, Q.H., Kong, H., Xi, X.S., 2019c. Double-vein (ore-bearing vs. ore-free) structures in the Xitian ore field, South China: Implications for fluid evolution and mineral exploration. Ore Geology Reviews 115,

Huang, C.W., Li, H., Lai, C.K., 2019b. Genesis of the Binh Do Pb-Zn deposit in northern Vietnam: Evidence from H-O-S-Pb isotope geochemistry. Journal of Earth Science 30(4), 679–688.

Sun, H.S., Li, H., Algeo, T.J., Gabo-Ratio, J.A.S., Yang, H., Wu., J.H., Wu, P., 2019. Geochronology and geochemistry of volcanic rocks from the Tanjianshan Group, NW China: Implications for the early Palaeozoic tectonic evolution of the North Qaidam Orogen. Geological Journal 54, 1769–1796.

Liu, W., Li H., Chen, Z., Feng, Y., Ji, G., Tian, Y., 2019. Geochemical characteristics and metal enrichment rules of black shales in the Zhuxi vanadium ore field, eastern Guizhou. Earth Science 44(9), 2978–2994 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Lin, Z., Wu, Q., Li, H., Xi, X., Kong, H., Tang, Y., Liu, B., 2019. The genesis of two types of quartz veins in Banxi antimony deposit and their prospecting significance. Earth Science, (in Chinese with English abstract).

Li, H., Li, J.W., Algeo, T.J., Wu, J.H., Cisse, M., 2018e. Zircon indicators of fluid sources and ore genesis in a multi-stage hydrothermal system: The Dongping Au deposit in North China. Lithos 314–315, 463–478.

Li, H., Wu, J.H., Evans, N.J., Jiang, W.C., Zhou, Z.K., 2018d. Zircon geochronology and geochemistry of the Xianghualing A-type granitic rocks: Insights into multi-stage Sn-polymetallic mineralization in South China. Lithos 312–313, 1–20.

Li, H., Myint, A.Z., Yonezu, K., Watanabe, K., Algeo, T.J., Wu, J.H., 2018c. Geochemistry and U–Pb geochronology of the Wagone and Hermyingyi A-type granites, southern Myanmar: Implications for tectonic setting, magma evolution and Sn–W mineralization. Ore Geology Reviews 95, 575–592

Li, H., Wu, Q.H., Evans, N.J., Zhou, Z.K., Kong, H., Xi, X.S., Lin, Z.W., 2018b. Geochemistry and geochronology of the Banxi Sb deposit: Implications for fluid origin and the evolution of Sb mineralization in central-western Hunan, South China. Gondwana Research 55, 112–134.

Li, H., Palinka?, L.A., Watanabe, K., Xi, X.S., 2018a. Petrogenesis of Jurassic A-type granites associated with Cu–Mo and W–Sn deposits in the central Nanling region, South China: Relation to mantle upwelling and intra-continental extension. Ore Geology Reviews 92, 449–462.

Wu, J.H., Li, H., Algeo, T.J. Jiang, W.C., Zhou, Z.K., 2018. Genesis of the Xianghualing Sn–Pb–Zn deposit, South China: A multi-method zircon study. Ore Geology Reviews 102, 220–239.

Kong, H., Li, H., Wu, Q.H., Xi, X.S., Dick, J.M., Gabo-Ratio, J.A.S., 2018. Co-development of Jurassic I-type and A-type granites in southern Hunan, South China: Dual control by plate subduction and intraplate mantle upwelling. Chemie der Erde – Geochemistry 78, 500–520.

Jiang, W., Li, H., Evans, N.J., Wu, J., Cao, J., 2018b. Metal Sources of World-Class Polymetallic W–Sn Skarns in the Nanling Range, South China: Granites versus Sedimentary Rocks? Minerals,

Jiang, W.C., Li, H., Wu, J.H., Zhou, Z.K., Kong, H., Cao, J.Y., 2018a. A newly found biotite syenogranite in the Huangshaping polymetallic deposit, South China: Insights into Cu mineralization. Journal of Earth Science 29(3), 537–555.

Wu, J.H., Li, H., Xi, X.S., Kong, H., Wu, Q.H., Peng, N.L., Wu, X.M., Cao, J.Y., Gabo-Ratio, J.A.S., 2017. Geochemistry and geochronology of the mafic dikes in the Taipusi area, northern margin of North China Craton: Implications for Silurian tectonic evolution of the Central Asian Orogen. Journal of Earth System Science 126:64, DOI: 10.1007/s12040-017-0841-z.

Li, H., Yonezu, K., Watanabe, K., Tindell, T., 2017b. Fluid origin and migration of the Huangshaping W–Mo polymetallic deposit, South China: Geochemistry and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of hydrothermal K-feldspars. Ore Geology Reviews 86, 117–129.

Li, H., Sun, H.S., Wu, J.H., Evans, N.J., Xi, X.S., Peng, N.L., Cao, J.Y., Gabo-Ratio, J.A.S., 2017a. Re–Os and U–Pb geochronology of the Shazigou Mo polymetallic ore field, Inner Mongolia: Implications for Permian–Triassic mineralization at the northern margin of the North China Craton, Ore Geology Reviews 83, 287–299.

Sun, H.S., Li, H., Evans, N.J., Yang, H., Wu, P., 2017c. Volcanism, mineralization and metamorphism at the Xitieshan Pb–Zn deposit, NW China: Insights from zircon geochronology and geochemistry. Ore Geology Reviews 88, 289–303.

Sun, H.S., Li, H., Dani?ík, M., Xia, Q.L., Jiang, C.L., Wu, P., Yang, H., Fan, Q.R., Zhu, D.S., 2017b. U–Pb and Re–Os geochronology and geochemistry of the Donggebi Mo deposit, Eastern Tianshan, NW China: Insights into mineralization and tectonic setting. Ore Geology Reviews 86, 584–599.

Sun, H.S., Li, H., Liu, L., Chen, Q.M., Yang, H., Wu, P., 2017a. Exhumation history of the Jiaodong and its adjacent areas since the Late Cretaceous: Constraints from low temperature thermochronology. SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences 60, 531–545.

Li, H., Xi, X.S., Sun, H.S., Kong, H., Wu, Q.H., Wu, C.M., Gabo-Ratio, J.A.S., 2016. Geochemistry of the Batang Group in the Zhaokalong area, Yushu, Qinghai: Implications for the Late Triassic tectonism in the northern Sanjiang region, China. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 90, 704–721.

Li, H., Xi, X.S., 2015. Sedimentary fans: A new genetic model for sedimentary exhalative ore deposits. Ore Geology Reviews 65, 375-389.

Li, H., Watanabe, K., Yonezu. K., 2014b. Geochemistry of A–type granites in the Huangshaping polymetallic deposit (South Hunan, China): Implications for granite evolution and associated mineralization. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 88, 149–167.

Li, H., Watanabe, K., Yonezu, K., 2014a. Zircon morphology, geochronology and trace element geochemistry of the granites from the Huangshaping polymetallic deposit, South China: Implications for the magmatic evolution and mineralization processes. Ore Geology Reviews 60, 14–35.

Li, H., Watanabe, K., Xi, X.S., Yonezu, K., 2013b. Geochemistry of volcanic rocks at Zhaokalong iron-copper-polymetallic ore deposit, Qinghai Province, China: Implications for the tectonic background. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science 6, 58–63.

Li, H., Xi, X.S., Wu, C.M., Watanabe, K., 2013a. Genesis of the Zhaokalong Fe–Cu polymetallic deposit at Yushu, China: Evidence from ore geochemistry and fluid inclusions. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 87, 486–500.

Li, H., Xi, X.S., 2012. Geochemistry and sedimentary exhalative mineralization in Hutouya–Kendekeke field, Qinghai Province, China. The Chinese Journal of Nonferrous Metals 22, 772–783 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Li, H., Xi, X.S., Wu, C.M., Zhang, D.B., 2012. Geochemistry and genesis of andesite from Zhaokalong Fe–Cu polymetallic deposit, Yushu, Qinghai. Journal of Central South University (Science and Technology) 43, 3524–3534 (in Chinese with English abstract).

- Other author:

Wang, C., Shao, Y., Zhang, X., Lai, C., Liu, Z., Li, H., Ge, C., Liu, Q., 2020. Metallogenesis of the Hengjiangchong gold deposit in Jiangnan Orogen, South China. Ore Geology Reviews,

Cao, J., Yang, X., Du, G., Li, H., 2020a. Genesis and tectonic setting of the Malaysian Waterfall granites and tin deposit: Constraints from LA–ICP (MC) –MS zircon U–Pb and cassiterite dating and Sr–Nd–Hf isotopes. Ore Geology Reviews,

Cao, J., Wu, Q., Yang, X., Deng, X., Li, H., Kong, H., Xi, X., 2020b. Geochemical factors revealing the differences between the Xitian and Dengfuxian composite plutons, middle Qin-Hang Belt: Implications to the W–Sn mineralization. Ore Geology Reviews,

Wang, C., Shao, Y., Evans, N.J., Li, H., Zhou, H., Huang, K., Liu, Z., Chen, Y., Lai, C., Liu, Q., 2019. Genesis of Zixi gold deposit in Xuefengshan, Jiangnan Orogen (South China): Age, geology and isotopic constraints. Ore Geology Reviews,

Li, J., Zhao, X., Deng, X., Tan, J., Hu, H., Zhang, D., Li, Z., Li, H., Rong, H., Yang, M., Cao, K., Jin, X., Sui, J., Zu, B., Chang, J., Wu, Y., Wen, G., Zhao, S., 2019. An overview of the advance on the study of China’s ore deposits during the last seventy years. Scientia Sinica Terrae 49, 1720–1771.

Maulana, A., Leeuwen, T.V., Takahashi, R., Chun, S.L., Sanematsu, K., Li, H., RiaIrfan, U., 2019. Geochemistry and Geochronology of VHMS mineralization in the Sangkaropi district, central-West Sulawesi, Indonesia: Constraints on its tectono-magmatic setting. Ore Geology Reviews,

Yu, Q., Li, S., Li, H., Chai, X., Bi, X., Liu, J., Ohnuki, T., 2019. Synthesis and characterization of Mn-slag based geopolymer for immobilization of Co. Journal of Cleaner Production 23, 97–104.

Wang, T., Huang, C., Du, G., Liu, Y., Xie, J., Li, H., 2019a. Geochronology, geochemistry and zircon Hf-isotopes of the early Mesoproterozoic Yaopengzi dolerite in SW Yangtze block (Sichuan, SW China): implications for the Columbia supercontinent breakup. Geosciences Journal 23(4), 557–573.

Wang, T., Lai, C., Li, H., 2019b. Geology and genesis of Xianglushan Fe-Cu orefield in Sichuan (SW China): Evidence from C-O-S-Pb isotopes. Minerals, doi:10.3390/min9060338.

Huang, C., Du, G., Jiang, H., Xie, J., Zha, D., Li, H., Lai, C.K., 2019a. Ore-Forming Fluids Characteristics and Metallogenesis of the Anjing Hitam Pb-Zn Deposit in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. Journal of Earth Science 30(1), 131–141.

Liu, Q.Q., Shao, Y.J., Chen, M., Algeo, T.J., Li, H., Dick, J.M., Wang, C., Wang, W.S., Li, Z.Q., Liu, Z.F., 2019. Insights into the genesis of orogenic gold deposits from the Zhengchong gold field, northeastern Hunan Province, China. Ore Geology Reviews 105, 337–355.

Cao, J., Yang, X., Du, J., Wu, Q., Kong, H., Li, H., Wan, Q., Xi, X., Gong, Y., Zhao, H., 2018b. Formation and geodynamic implication of the Early Yanshanian granites associated with W–Sn mineralization in the Nanling range, South China: an overview, International Geology Review 60, 1744–1771.

Cao, J., Wu, Q., Yang, X., Kong, H., Li, H., X., Xi, Huang, Q., Liu, B., 2018a. Geochronology and genesis of the Xitian W-Sn polymetallic deposit in eastern Hunan Province, South China: Evidence from zircon U-Pb and muscovite Ar-Ar dating, petrochemistry, and wolframite Sr-Nd-Pb Isotopes. Minerals, doi:10.3390/min8030111.

Liu, W.H., Jiang, M.R., Zhang, X.J., Xia, Y., Algeo, T.J., Li, H., 2018. An evolving magmatic-hydrothermal system in the formation of the Mesozoic Meishan magnetite-apatite deposit in the Ningwu volcanic basin, eastern China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 158, 1–17.

Cisse, M., Lu, X., Algeo, T.J., Cao, X., Li, H., Wei, M., Yuan, Q., Chen, M., 2017. Geochronology and geochemical characteristics of the Dongping ore-bearing granite, North China: Sources and implications for its tectonic setting. Ore Geology Reviews 89, 1091–1106.

Cao, J.Y., Wu, Q.H., Li, H., Ouyang, C.X., Kong, H., Xi, X.S., 2017. Metallogenic mechanism of Pingguo bauxite deposit, Western Guangxi, China: Constraints from REE geochemistry and multi-fractal characteristics of major elements in bauxite ore. Journal of Central South University 24, 1627?1636.

Wu, Q., Cao, J., Kong, H., Shao, Y., Li, H., Xi, X., Deng, X., 2016. Petrogenesis and tectonic setting of the early Mesozoic Xitian granitic pluton in the middle Qin-Hang Belt, South China: Constraints from zircon U–Pb ages and bulk-rock trace element and Sr–Nd–Pb isotopic compositions. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 128, 130–148.

Quan, T.J., Kong, H., Fei, L.D., Wang, G., Li, H., Wu, C.M., 2012. Petrogenesis of granodiorite porphyry in Baoshan deposit: Constraints from geochemistry, zircon U–Pb chronology and Hf isotopes. The Chinese Journal of Nonferrous Metals 22, 611–621 (in Chinese with English abstract).