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Raphael Baumgartner


PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 207
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 1809


PhD candidate Raphael joined the CET’s Magmatic Mineral Systems research theme in June this year. He will be working under the supervision of theme leader Marco Fiorentini on a project entitled "Ore deposits of the future: magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide mineral systems on Mars", seeking to unravel the potential of different Martian geological units to host large metal deposits at nominally exploitable depths (<1 km).

Although his budget doesn’t stretch to fieldwork, Raphael’s research will be based around rock samples from the Red Planet, through investigation of sulphide mineralizations in SNC meteorites - a rare group of meteorites widely thought to be samples of the volcanic Martian crust. Alongside this fundamental analytical work, he will re-process the remarkable geophysical and geochemical datasets generated by the past four decades of space missions to Mars, applying state of the art geophysical and petrological modelling techniques developed on volcanic provinces and ore deposits thought to provide the closest Terrestrial analogues to Martian conditions.

Raphael, born and raised in Carinthia, Austria, recently finished his graduate studies in economic geology at the University of Leoben, where he focussed on ultramafic rocks and related ore minerals. His undergraduate thesis examined the mineralogy, petrography and geochemistry of layered chromitites from the Bracco-Gabbro Complex (Ligurian Ophiolite, Italy).

Baumgartner RJ, Zaccarini F, Garuti G, Thalhammer OAR (2013) Mineralogical and geochemical investigation of layered chromitites from the Bracco-Gabbro Complex, Ligurian ophiolite, Italy. Contrib Miner Petrol 165:477-493. DOI: 10.1007/s00410-012-0818-5

Baumgartner RJ, Fiorentini ML, Baratoux D, Micklethwaite S, Sener AK, Lorand JP, McCuaig C (2015) Magmatic controls on the genesis of Ni-Cu-PGE sulphide mineralisation on Mars. Ore Geol Rev 65:400-412.