Thomas Angerer

University Assistant

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Academic education and career

  • 10/1994–08/2001
    Diploma of Geology and Palaeontology at Goethe-University of Frankfurt and Technical University of Darmstadt

    Structural geology major, hydrogeology and engineering geology minor

  • 04/2002–05/2007
    Doctorate (Phd) at University of Heidelberg

    Research project in alteration mineralogy, geochemistry and structural geology: "Fossil palaeoweathering profiles and their relation to deformation at basement-cover-interfaces"

  • 05/2008–01/2014
    Research Fellow and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth

    Project chief investigator in three research projects (one and two years)
    Deputy leader iron ore research group (from 09/2011):
    Generation of industry funded projects, stakeholder interaction, developing of group’s re­search strate­gies, concept and leading of workshops, team member training, teaching

  • 02/2014–05/2015
    Scientific consultant (freelancing) for international industry partners

    Research projects applying mineral systems analyses, scientific-technical document translation – German/English

  • 07/2015-present
    Assistant Professor (“Universitätsassistent”) at University of Innsbruck, Austria

    Research and teaching in Economic geology, Mineral resources, Micro-XRF

Research Interests

I am applying my alteration geochemistry and structural geology background to magmatic, hydrothermal and supergene ore deposit and mineral system studies. Primarily, I am interested in the formation of marine iron oxide and base + rare metal sulphide ores through the earth’s history and the metamorphic, hydrothermal and supergene processes, which modified these ores. In order to understand these complex mineral systems, I first establish an understanding of the geological and petrographic relationships, and then focus on specific analytical techniques, including whole rock geochemistry, mineral chemistry (laser ablation ICPMS, EMPA, μXRF), geochronology, stable, and/or radiogenic isotope.

My current projects include:

  • Deposition of banded iron formations (BIF) and transformation to high-grade iron ore systems in the Archean Yilgarn Province (Australia), the Paleoproterozoic Hamersley Province (Australia), and the Neoproterozoic Urucum district (Brazil).
  • Palaeozoic marine hydrothermal-sedimentary iron ore in Central Europe (PhD project)
  • Austroalpine metamorphosed base-metal deposits in the Ötztal-Stubai Crystalline Mass (two MSc projects)
  • The chemistry of iron oxide transformation processes in ore deposits (one MSc project)
  • Application of Micro-XRF (i.e., microscale chemical analyses by x-ray fluorescence) in Earth, Archaeological, and Material Science research

Current teaching

  • lectureships at Uni Innsbruck: Mineral Resources for BSc, Applied Mineralogy for MSc, Application of X-Ray fluorescence analytics for MSc, various field trips

Project Grants

  • Co-author and Co-PI: “Geochemistry and mineralogy of volcano-sedimentary iron ore systems - from sedimentation to metamorphism” (funded by TH Georg Agricola, € 39.865, 2016-2019)
  • Author and PI: “The Pb-Zn-Cu-Fe-metal system in the Ötztal-Stubai- crystalline block: chemical investigations on source and distribution of High-tech metals” (funded by the Austrian Ministry of Research, Science and Economy, € 43.000, 2016-2019)
  • Author and PI: ”A mineral system approach to the geology of hard- rock type Titanium and Zirconium deposits” (funded by Iluka Resources, AU$ 52.528, 2014)
  • Author and PI: “Descriptive mineralisation model for the Santa Cruz iron ore deposit, Corumbá region, Mato Grosso do Sul” (funded by Vetria Mineração and UWA, US$ 18.000 plus expenditures, 2013-2014)
  • Author and PI: Mineral system framework and preliminary prospectivity evaluation for iron ore deposits hosted by banded iron formation in the Yilgarn craton, Western Australia (funded by Western Capital, AU$ 28.000, 2013)
  • Co-PI: “Four-dimensional lithospheric evolution and controls on mineral system distribution in Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic terranes”, (funded by Australian Research Council (ARC), linkage project no: LP110100667, total AUD$ 1.600.000, own sub-module not funded, 2011-2013)
  • Co-author and PI: Style and controls of alteration and mineralization related to high-grade iron ore in the eastern Hamersley province, Western Australia (funded by BHP Billiton Iron Ore, AU$ 863.600, 2011-2013)
  • Co-author and PI: “Ore genesis of and exploration targeting for porphyry-hosted gold-copper, vein-style gold, and skarn-style iron-copper - gold mineralisation in the Eastern Cordillera, Peru” (funded by Minera Poderosa SA, AU$ 321.778, 2010 - 2011)
  • Co-author and collaborator: „Hydrothermal alteration and Fe upgrade of BIF hosted Iron mineralization in the Weld Range, Murchison Province, Western Australia“ (funded by Sinosteel, AU$ 510.570, 2009 - 2010)

Awards, Memberships

  • German Research Council scholarship in the inter­disciplinary research training group "Graduiertenkolleg 237: Fluid-Rock-Interaction" (2001–2005)

  • Adjunct Senior Research Fellowship, University of Western Australia (since 2014)

  • Member of The Geochemical Society, Society for Geology applied to Mineral Deposits, Society of Economic Geologists, Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft

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