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Zhang Ji'en
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  No.19 Beitucheng West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029

Education and Appointments:

Ji'en Zhang
Associate Professor of Structural Geology
State Key Laboratory of Lithospheric Evolution
Feb. 2013 - Associate Professor of Structural Geology, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
March 2010 - Jan. 2013 Postdoc, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2004 - 2009: Ph.D. Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2000 - 2004: B.S. Chinese University of Geosciences, Beijing

Research Interests:
Structural Geology, accretionary complex, ophiolite, orogeny
I am focused on analysis of deformation in accretionary prism based on field work, and combined with approaches, such as geochronology, geochemistry and sedimentology to explore geodynamic of the accretionary orogen
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Supported Projects:
  1. Youth Science Fund Project, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (2012-2014).
  2. China Postdoctoral Science Foundation

Selected Publication:


  1. Wenjiao Xiao, Chunming Han, Wei Liu, Bo Wan, Ji'en Zhang, Songjian Ao, Zhiyong Zhang, Dongfang Song, Zhonghua Tian, Jun Luo, 2014. How many sutures in the southern Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Insights from East Xinjiang–West Gansu (NW China). Geoscience Frontiers, 5 (4): 525-536, doi: 10.1016/j.gsf.2014.04.002. 
  2. Tian ZH, Xiao WJ, Windley BF, Lin LN, Han CM, Zhang JE, Wan B, Ao SJ, Song DF, Feng JY, 2014. Structure, age, and tectonic development of the Huoshishan-Niujuanzi ophiolitic mélange, Beishan, southernmost Altaids. Gondwana Research, 25 (2): 820-841, doi: 10.1016/ 


  1. Tian ZH, Xiao WJ, Shan YH, Windley BF, Han CM, Zhang JE, Song DF, 2013. Mega-fold interference patterns in the Beishan orogen (NW China) created by change in plate configuration during Permo-Triassic termination of the Altaids. Journal of Structural Geology, 52, 119-135, doi: 10.1016/j.jsg.2013.03.016. 

  2. Feng JY, Xiao WJ, Windley BF, Han CM, Wan B, Zhang JE, Ao SJ, Zhang ZY, Lin LN, 2013. Field geology, geochronology and geochemistry of mafic–ultramafic rocks from Alxa, China: Implications for Late Permian accretionary tectonics in the southern Altaids. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 78, 114-142, doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2013.01.020. 


  1. Ao SJ, Xiao WJ, Han CM, Li XH, Qu JF, Zhang JE, Guo QQ, Tian ZH, 2012. Cambrian to early Silurian ophiolite and accretionary processes in the Beishan collage, NW China: implications for the architecture of the Southern Altaids. Geological Magazine 149(4): 606-625
  2. Ma C, Xiao WJ, Windley BF, Zhao GP, Han CM, Zhang JE, Luo J, Li C, 2012. Tracing a subducted ridge–transform system in a late Carboniferous accretionary prism of the southern Altaids: Orthogonal sanukitoid dyke swarms in Western Junggar, NW China. Lithos 140-141: 152-165
  3. Mao QG, Xiao WJ, Windley BF, Han CM, Qu JF, Ao SJ, Zhang JE, Guo QQ, 2012. The Liuyuan complex in the Beishan, NW China: a Carboniferous–Permian ophiolitic fore-arc sliver in the southern Altaids. Geological Magazine 149(3): 483-506


  1. Zhang JE, Xiao WJ, Han CM, Ao SJ, Yuan C, Sun M, Geng HY, Zhao GC, Guo QQ, Ma C, 2011. Kinematics and age constraints of deformation in a Late Carboniferous accretionary complex in Western Junggar, NW China. Gondwana Research 19 (4), 958-974.
  2. Zhang JE, Xiao WJ, Han CM, Mao QG, Ao SJ, Guo QQ, Ma C, 2011. A Devonian to Carboniferous intra-oceanic subduction system in Western Junggar, NW China. Lithos 125 (1-2), 592-606.
  3. Qu JF, Xiao WJ, Windley BF, Han C., Mao QG, Ao SJ, Zhang JE, 2011. Ordovician eclogites from the Chinese Beishan: implications for the tectonic evolution of the southern Altaids. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 29 (8), 803-820.


  1. Zhang JE, Xiao WJ, Han CM, Guo QQ, Mao QG, Ao SJ, 2010. Magmatism of mid-oceanic ridge subduction during Carboniferous in western Junggar: Evidence from Maliya ophiolite. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 26(11): 3272-3282.
  2. Ao S.J., Xiao WJ, Han CM, Mao QG, Zhang JE, 2010. Geochronology and geochemistry of Early Permian mafic–ultramafic complexes in the Beishan area, Xinjiang, NW China: Implications for late Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the southern Altaids. Gondwana Research 18 (2-3), 466-478.
  3. Han CM, Xiao WJ, Zhao GC, Ao SJ, Zhang JE, Qu WJ, Du AD, 2010. In-situ U–Pb, Hf and Re–Os isotopic analyses of the Xiangshan Ni–Cu–Co deposit in Eastern Tianshan (Xinjiang), Central Asia Orogenic Belt: Constraints on the timing and genesis of the mineralization. Lithos 120 (3-4), 547-562.
  4. Xiao WJ, Mao QG, Windley BF, Han CM, Qu JF, Zhang JE, Ao SJ, Guo QQ, Cleven NR, Lin SF, Shan YH, Li JL, 2010. Paleozoic multiple accretionary and collisional processes of the Beishan orogenic collage. American Journal of Science 310 (10), 1553-1594.


  1. Zhang JE, Xiao WJ, Han CM, Mao QG, Ao SJ, Guo QQ, 2009. Fold-and-thrust structure in Yeyagou area, western Junggar, China and its implication. Geological Bulletin of China, 28 (12), 1894-1903.
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