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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China

Education and Appointments:

By using both radiogenic (e.g., Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf and Re-Os) and stable (e.g., Li and O) isotopes, my researches aim to understand the compositional and temporal evolution of the Earth’s upper mantle, e.g., oceanic and continental mantle. A variety of samples have been used, including abyssal peridotites, ophiolitic peridotites and mantle xenoliths.
2007, Ph. D, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2001, B. S.  Jiaozuo Institute of Technology
Professional experience
2014/12- , Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2009/12-2014/12, Associate Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2010/12-2011/05, Visiting scholar in GEMOC, Macquarie University, Australia
2004/09-2007/02, Exchange student, Max-Planck Institute of Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

Research Interests:
Public Services:

  • 2009, National Award for the Best 100 Ph.D Dissertations
  • 2010, Young Scientist of Lu Jiaxi Award , by K.C. Wang Education Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Supported Projects:

The identification and geochemical characteristics of ancient mantle in the Yungbwa ophiolite (NSFC, 2009-2011)

  1. Liu, C.Z., Snow, J.E., Hellebrand, E., Brugmann, G., von der Handt, A., Buchl, A., Hofmann, A.W. 2008. Ancient, highly heterogeneous mantle beneath Gakkel ridge, Arctic Ocean. Nature 452, 311-316.
  2. Liu, C.Z., Snow, J.E., Brugmann, G., Hellebrand, E., Hofmann, A.W. 2009. Non-chondritic HSE budget in Earth’s upper mantle evidenced by abyssal peridotites from Gakkel ridge (Arctic Ocean). Earth and Planetary Science Letters 283, 122-132.
  3. Liu C.Z., Wu, F.Y., Wilde, S.A., Yu, L.J., Li, J.L. 2010. Anorthitic plagioclase and pargasitic amphibole in mantle peridotites from the Yungbwa ophiolite (southwestern Tibetan Plateau) formed by hydrous melt metasomatism. Lithos 114, 413-422.
  4. Liu, C.Z., Wu, F.Y., Chung, S.L., Zhao, Z.D. 2011. Fragments of hot and metasomatized mantle lithosphere in Middle Miocene ultrapotassic lavas, southern Tibet. Geology 39(10), 923-926.
  5. Liu, C.Z., Liu, Z.C., Wu, F.Y., Chu, Z.Y. 2012. Mesozoic accretion of juvenile sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath South China and its implications: Geochemical and Re-Os isotopic results from Ningyuan mantle xenoliths. Chemical Geology 291, 186-198.
  6. Liu, C.Z., Wu, F.Y., Chu, Z.Y., Ji, W.Q., Yu, L.J., Li, J.L. 2012. Preservation of ancient Os isotope signatures in the Yungbwa ophiolite (southeastern Tibet) after subduction modification. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 53, 38-50.
  7. Liu, C.Z., Wu, F.Y., Sun, J., Chu, Z.Y., Qiu, Z.L. 2012. The Xinchang peridotite xenoliths reveal mantle replacement and accretion in southeastern China. Lithos 150, 171-187.
  8. Liu, C.Z., Wu, F.Y., Sun, J., Chu, Z.Y., Yu, X.H. 2013. Petrology, geochemistry and Re-Os isotopes of peridotite xenoliths from Maguan, Yunnan Province: Implications for the Cenozoic mantle replacement in southwestern China. Lithos 168-169, 1-14.
  9. Liu, C.Z., Wu, F.Y., Chung, S.L., Li, Q.L., Sun, W.D., Ji, W.Q. 2014. A ‘hidden’ 18O-enriched reservoir in the sub-arc mantle. Scientific Reports 4, 4232, doi: 10.1038/srep04232.
  10. Liu, C.Z., Zhang, C., Yang, L.Y., Zhang, L.L., Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y. 2014. Formation of gabbronorites in the Purang ophiolite (SW Tibet) through melting of hydrothermally altered mantle along a detachment fault. Lithos 205, 127-141.
  11. Liu, C.Z., Chung, S.L., Wu, F.Y., Zhang, C., Xu, Y., Wang, J.G., Chen, Y., Guo, S. 2016. Tethyan suturing in Southeast Asia: Zircon U-Pb and Hf-O isotopic constraints from Myanmar ophiolites. Geology 44 (4), 311-314.
  12. Liu, C.Z., Zhang, C., Xu, Y., Wang, J.G., Chen, Y., Guo, S., Wu, F.Y., Kyaing Sein. 2016. Petrology and geochemistry of mantle peridotites from the Kalaymyo and Myitkyina ophiolites (Myanmar): Implications for tectonic settings. Lithos 264, 495-508.
  13. Liu, C.Z., Yang, L.Y., Li, X.H., Tchouankoue, J.P. 2017. Age and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath the Cameroon Volcanic Line: Constraints from the Nyos mantle xenoliths. Chemical Geology 455, 84-97.
  14. Liu, C.Z., Zhang C., Liu, Z.C., Sun, J., Qiu, Z.L., Wu, F.Y. 2017. Formation age and metasomatism of the sub-continental lithospheric mantle beneath southeast China: Sr-Nd-Hf-Os isotopes of Mingxi mantle xenoliths. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 145, 591-604.
  15. Liu, C.Z., Xu, Y., Wu, F.Y. 2018. Limited recycling of crustal Os in forearc mantle during slab dehydration. Geology 46(3), 239-242.
  16. Zhang, Y.L., Liu, C.Z.*, Ge, W.C., Wu, F.Y., Chu, Z.Y. 2011. Ancient sub-continental lithospheric mantle (SCLM) beneath the eastern part of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB): Implications for crust-mantle decoupling. Lithos 126, 233-247.
  17. Sun, J., Liu, C.Z.*, Wu, F.Y., Yang, Y.H., Chu, Z.Y. 2012. Metasomatic origin of clinopyroxene in Archean mantle xenoliths from Hebi, North China Craton: Trace-element and Sr-isotope constraints. Chemical Geology 328, 123-136.
  18. Sun, J., Liu, C.Z.*, Tappe, S., Kostrovitsky, S., Wu, F.Y., Yakovlev, D., Yang, Y.H., Yang, J.H. 2014. Repeated kimberlite magmatism beneath Yakutia and its relationship to Siberian flood volcanism: Insights from in situ U–Pb and Sr–Nd perovskite isotope analysis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 404, 283-295.
  19. Zhang, L.L., Liu, C.Z.*, Wu, F.Y., Ji, W.Q., Wang, J.G. 2014. Zedong terrane revisited: An intra-oceanic arc within Neo-Tethys or a part of the Asian active continental margin? Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 80, 34-55.
  20. Zhang, C., Liu, C.Z.*, Wu, F.Y., Zhang, L.L., Ji, W.Q. 2016. Geochemistry and geochronology of mafic rocks from the Luobusa ophiolite, South Tibet. Lithos 245, 93-108.
  21. Zhang, L.L., Liu, C.Z.*, Wu, F.Y., Zhang, C., Ji, W.Q., Wang, J.G. 2016. Sr–Nd–Hf isotopes of the intrusive rocks in the Cretaceous Xigaze ophiolite, southern Tibet: Constraints on its formation setting. Lithos 258-259, 133-148.
  22. Xu, Y., Liu, C.Z.*, Chen, Y., Guo, S., Wang, J.G., Kyaing Sein. 2017. Petrolgenesis and tectonic implications of gabbro and plagiogranite intrusions in mantle peridotites of the Myitkyina ophiolite, Myanmar. Lithos 284-285, 180-193.
  23. Zhang, C., Liu, C.Z.*, Wu, F.Y., Ji, W.B., Liu, T., Xu, Y. 2017. Ultra-refractory mantle domains in the Luqu ophiolite (Tibet): Petrology and tectonic setting. Lithos 286-287, 252-263.
  24. Xu, Y., Liu, C.Z.* 2019. Subduction-induced fractionated highly siderophile element patterns in forearc mantle. Minerals 9, 339; doi:10.3390/min9060339.
  25. Zhang, C.*, Liu, C.Z.*, Xu, Y., Ji, W.B., Wang, J.M., Wu, F.Y., Liu, T., Zhang, Z.Y., Zhang, W.Q. 2019. Subduction re-initiation at dying ridge of Neo-Tethys: Insights from mafic and metamafic rocks in Lhaze ophiolitic mélange, Yarlung-Tsangbo Suture Zone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 523, 115707.
  26. Zhang, C., Liu, C.Z., Liu, T., Wu, F.Y. 2020. Evolution of mantle peridotites from the Luobusa ophiolite in the Tibetan Plateau: Sr-Nd-Hf-Os isotope constraints. Lithos 362-363, 105477.
  27. Zhang, W.Q., Liu, C.Z.*, Liu, T., Zhang, C., Zhang, Z.Y. 2020. Subduction initiation triggered by accretion of a Jurassic oceanic plateau along the Bangong–Nujiang Suture in central Tibet. Terra Nova, 10.1111/ter.12500.
  28. An, Y.J., Huang, J.X., Griffin, W.L., Liu, C.Z., Huang, F. 2017. Isotopic composition of Mg and Fe in garnet peridotites from the Kaapvaal and Siberian cratons. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 200, 167-185.
  29. Chen, L., Jiang, M.M., Yang, J.H., Wei, Z.G., Liu, C.Z., Ling, Y. 2014. Presence of an intralithospheric discontinuity in the central and western North China Craton: Implications for destruction of the craton. Geology, 42 (3), 223-226.
  30. Chu, Z.Y., Harvey, J., Liu, C.Z., Guo, J.H., Wu, F.Y., Tian, W., Zhang, Y.L., Yang, Y.H. 2013. Source of highly potassic basalts in northeast China: Evidence from Re-Os, Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes and PGE geochemistry. Chemical Geology, 357, 52-66.
  31. Dick, H.B.J., MacLeod, C.J., Blum, P., Abe, N., Blackman, D.K., Bowles, J.A., Cheadle, M.J., Cho, K., Ciazela, J., Deans, J.R., Edgcomb, V.P., Ferrando, C., France, L., Ghosh, B., Ildefonse, B., John, B., Kendrick, M.A., Koepke, J., Long, J.A.M., Liu, C., Ma, Q., Morishita, T., Morris, A., Natland, J.H., Nozaka, T., Pluemper, O., Sanfilippo, A., Sylvan, J.B., Tivey, M.A., Tribuzio, R., Viegas, G. Dynamic accretion beneath a slow-spreadding ridge segment: IODP Hole 1473A and the Atlantis Bank oceanic core complex. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 124, doi: 10.1029/2018JB016858
  32. Guo, S., Chen, Y., Liu, C.Z., Wang, J.G., Su, B., Gao, Y.J., Wu, F.Y., Kyaing Sein, Yang, Y.H., Mao, Q. 2016. Scheelite and coexisting F-rich zoned garnet, vesuvianite, fluorite, and apatite in calc-silicate rocks from the Mogok metamorphic belt, Myanmar: Implications for metasomatism in marble and the role of halogens in W mobilization and mineralization. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 117, 82-106.
  33. Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y., Chung, S.L., Li, J.X., Liu, C.Z. 2009. Zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopic constraints on petrogenesis of the Gangdese batholith, southern Tibet. Chemical Geology 262, 229-245.
  34. Ji, W. Q., Wu, F. Y., Chung, S. L., Liu, C. Z., 2009. Geochronology and petrogenesis of granitic rocks in Gangdese batholith, southern Tibet. Science in China Series D-Earth Science, 52: 1240-1261.
  35. Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y., Chung, S.L., Liu, C.Z. 2012. Identification of Early Carboniferous granitoids from southern Tibet and implications for terrane assembly related to the Paleo-Tethyan evolution. Journal of Geology 120, 531-541.
  36. Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y., Liu, C.Z., Chung, S.L. 2012. Early Eocene crustal thickening in southern Tibet: New age and geochemical constraints from the Gangdese batholith. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 53, 82-95.
  37. Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y., Chung, S.L., Liu, C.Z. 2014. The Gangdese magmatic constraints on a latest Cretaceous lithospheric delamination of the Lhasa terrane, southern Tibet. Lithos 210, 168-180.
  38. Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y., Chung, S.L., Wang, X.C., Liu, C.Z., Li, Q.L., Liu, Z.C., Liu, X.C., Wang, J.G. 2016. Eocene Neo-Tethyan slab breakoff constrained by 45 Ma oceanic island basalt-type magmatism in southern Tibet. Geology 44, 283-286.
  39. Ji, W.Q., Wu, F.Y., Liu, C.Z., Zhang, H. 2017. Zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopes of granitic rocks and river sands in the Nyingchi region, Tibet: Constraints on evolution of the deep crust beneath the southeast Lhasa terrane. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 145, 613-625.
  40. Li, W., Liu, C.Z., Tao, C.H., Jin, Z.M. 2019. Osmium isotope compositions and highly siderophile element abundances in abyssal peridotites from the Southwest Indian Ridge: Implications for evolution of the oceanic upper mantle. Lithos 346-347, 105167.
  41. Li, X.H., Chen, Y., Tchouankoue, J.P., Liu, C.Z., Li, J., Ling, X.X., Tang, G.Q., Liu, Y. 2017. Improving geochronological framework of the Pan-African orogeny in Cameroon: New SIMS zircon and monazite U-Pb age constraints. Precambrian Research 294, 307-321.
  42. Liu, Z.C., Wu, F.Y., Ji, W.Q., Wang, J.G., Liu, C.Z. 2014. Petrogenesis of the Ramba leucogranite in the Tethyan Himalayan and constraints on the channel flow model. Lithos 208, 118-136.
  43. Liu, Z.C., Wu, F.Y., Qiu, Z.L., Wang, J.G., Liu, X.C., Ji, W.Q., Liu, C.Z. 2017. Leucogranite geochronological constraints on the termination of the South Tibetan Detachment in eastern Himalaya. Tectonophysics 721, 106-122.
  44. Liu, T., Wu, F.Y., Zhang, L.L., Zhai, Q.G., Liu, C.Z., Ji, W.B., Zhang, C., Xu, Y. 2016. Zircon U-Pb geochronological constraints on rapid exhumation of the mantle peridotite of the Xigaze ophiolite, southern Tibet. Chemical Geology 443, 67-86.
  45. Liu, T., Wu, F.Y., Liu, C.Z., Tribuzio, R., Ji, W.B., Zhang, C., Xu, Y., Zhang, W.Q. 2018. Variably evolved gabbroic intrusions within the Xigaze ophiolite (Tibet): new insights into the origin of ophiolite diversity. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 173, 91.
  46. Liu, T., Wu, F.Y., Liu, C.Z., Zhang, C., Ji, W.B., Xu, Y. 2019. Reconsideration of Neo-Tethys evolution constrained from the nature of the Dazhuqu ophiolitic mantle, southern Tibet. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 174, 23.
  47. Neguyen, D.K., Morishita, T., Soda, Y., Tamura, A., Ghosh, B., Harigane, Y., France, L., Liu, C.Z., Natland, J.H., Sanfilippo, A., MacLeod, C.J., Blum, P., Dick, H.J.B. 2019.
  48. Nie, H., Yang, J.Z., Zhou, G.Y., Liu, C.Z., Zheng, J.P., Zhang, W.X., Zhao, Y.J., Wang, H., Wu, Y.B. 2017. Geochemical and Re-Os isotope constraints on the origin and age of the Songshugou peridotite massif in the Qingling orogeny, central China. Lithos 292, 307-319. Occurrence of Felsic Rocks in Oceanic Gabbros from IODP Hole U1473A: Implications for Evolved Melt Migration in the Lower Oceanic Crust. Minerals 8, 583. doi:10.3390/min8120583
  49. Nie, H., Yang, J.Z., Zhou, G.Y., Liu, C.Z., Zheng, J.P., Zhang, W.X., Zhao, Y.J., Wang, H., Wu, Y.B. 2017. Geochemical and Re-Os isotope constraints on the origin and age of the Songshugou peridotite massif in the Qingling orogeny, central China. Lithos 292, 307-319.
  50. Sun, J., Liu, C.Z., Kostrovisky, S.I., Wu, F.Y., Yang, J.H., Chu, Z.Y., Yang, Y.H., Kalashnikova, T., Fan, S. 2017. Composition of the lithospheric mantle in the northern part of Siberian craton: Constraints from peridotites in the Obnazhennaya kimberlite. Lithos 294, 383-396.
  51. Sun, J., Tappe, S., Kostrovitsky, S.I., Liu, C.Z., Skuzovatov, S.Y., Wu, F.Y. 2018. Mantle sources of kimberlites through time: A U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotope study of zircon megacrysts from the Siberian diamond fields. Chemical Geology 479, 228-240.
  52. Tappe, S., Brand, N.B., Stracke, A., van Acken, D., Liu, C.Z., Strauss, H., Wu, F.Y., Luguet, A., Mitchell, R.H. 2017. Plates or plumes in the origin of kimberlites: U/Pb perovskite and Sr-Nd-Hf-Os-C-O isotope constraints from the Superior craton (Canada). Chemical Geology 455, 57-83.
  53. Tappe, S., Dongre, A., Liu, C.Z., Wu, F.Y. 2018. ‘Premier’ evidence for prolonged kimberlite pipe formation and its influence on diamond transport from deep Earth. Geology 46(10) 843-846.
  54. Xiao, W.J., Windley B.F., Liu D.Y., Jian P., Liu C.Z., Yuan C., Sun M. 2005. Accretionary tectonics of the western Kunlun orogen, China: a Paleozoic-early Mesozoic, long-lived active continental margin with implications for the growth of southern Eurasia. Journal of Geology 113, 687-705.
  55. Xiao, W.J., Windley B.F., Yong Y., Yan Z., Yuan C., Liu C.Z., Li J.L. 2009. Early Paleozoic to Devonian multiple-accretionary model for the Qilian Shan, NW China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 35, 323-333.
  56. Xu, W.X., Link, K., Liu, C.Z., Kiefert, L. 2020. Age determination of zircon inclusions in Kashmir sapphire with U-Pb dating. Journal of Gems and Gemmology 22, 1-12. 
  57. Wang, J.G., Wu, F.Y., Tan, X.C., Liu, C.Z. 2014. Magmatic evolution of the Western Myanmar Arc documented by U-Pb and Hf isotopes in detrital zircon. Tectonophysics 612, 97-105.
  58. Wu, F.Y., Ji, W.Q., Liu, C.Z., Chung, S.L. 2010. Detrital zircon U-Pb and Hf isotopic data from the Xigaze fore-arc basin: constraints on Transhimalayan magmatic evolution in southern Tibet. Chemical Geology 271, 13-25.
  59. Wu, F.Y., Mitchell, R.H., Li, Q.L., Sun, J., Liu, C.Z., Yang, Y.H. 2013. In situ U-Pb age determination and Sr-Nd isotopic analysis of perovskite from the Premier (Cullinan) kimberlite, South Africa. Chemical Geology 353, 83-95.
  60. Wu, F.Y., Ji, W.Q., Wang, J.G., Liu, C.Z., Chung, S.L., Clift, P.D. 2014. Zircon U-Pb and Hf isotopic constraints on the onset time of India-Asia collision. American Journal of Science 314 (2), 548-579.
  61. Zhang, C., Liu, C.Z., Ji, W.B., Liu, T., Wu, F.Y. 2020. Heterogeneous sub-ridge mantle of the Neo-Tethys: Constraints from Re-Os isotope and HSE compositions of the Xigaze ophiolites. Lithos 378-379, 105819. 
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