Prof. Jingao Liu – introduction

1. Academic qualifications
2011 PhD, Geochemistry and Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
2006 BS Geochemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China

2. Professional positions held
2016-present Professor, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), China
2012-2016 Post-doctoral Fellow and Lecturer, University of Alberta, Canada
2011-2012 Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

3. Present research/professional specialty
Crust-mantle material from Canada, New Zealand and Africa; Lunar impact melt breccias from Apollo missions; Mantle xenoliths from the North China Craton


4. Professional distinctions and memberships (including honours, prizes, scholarships, boards or governance roles, etc)
a. 1000 Youth Talents Program Award of China in 2016
b. the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars in 2018

Competitive funding:
a. Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry. Distinguished National Science Foundation of China (PI, No. 41822301, 2019.1.1-2021.12.31)
b. Deep carbon recycling using metal isotopes. Key National Science Foundation of China (co-PI, No. 41790451, 2018.1.1-2022.12.31)
c. Cretaceous Research in Northeast China. Key National Science Foundation of China (co_PI, no. 41730214, 2018.1.1-2022.12.31).
Panels and supervision:
2010-present Member: Geochemical Society, American Geophysical Union and Geological Society of Washington.
Journal reviewer: Nature Geoscience; Geology; GCA; Chemical Geology; Contributions to Mineralogy & Petrology; Lithos; Journal of Geology and Terra Nova.

I am fascinated by the formation and evolution of the solar system in the perspective of high-temperature geochemistry and cosmochemistry. This has led to research on the accretion and differentiation history of planets, and the mantle and mantle-associated processes. To examine these processes, I apply petrology, mineralogy, major and trace elements (particularly siderophile elements), long- and short-lived radiogenic isotope systems (190Pt-187Re-186,187Os, 182Hf-182W and 146Sm-142Nd, as well as traditional Sr-Nd-Hf-Pb isotopes), and other isotopic tracers (e.g., non-traditional heavy metal isotopes).


1. Scott JM., Liu J., Pearson DG., Harris GA., Czertowicz TA., Woodland SJ., Riches., AJV., Luth RW., 2019. Continent stabilization by lateral accretion of subduction zone-processed depleted mantle residues; insights from Zealandia. Earth Planet Sci Lett, 507, 175-186.
2. Li P., Scott JM., Liu J., Xia Q., 2018. Lateral H2O variation in the Zealandia lithospheric mantle controls orogen width. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 502, 200-209.
3. Liu J., Brin LE., Pearson DG., Bretschneider L.,Luguet A.,Acken DV.,Kjarsgaard B., Riches A., Miskovic A.,2018.Diamondiferous Paleoproterozoic mantle roots beneath Arctic Canada: A study of mantle xenoliths from Parry Peninsula and Voctoria Island. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 239, 284-311.
4. Reimink JR., Chacko T., Cralson RW., Shirey SB., Liu J., Stern RA., Bauer AM., Pearson DG., Heaman LM., 2018 .Petrogenesis and tectonics of the Acasta Gneiss Complex derived from integrated petrology and 142Nd and 182W extinct nuclide-geochemistry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 494, 12-22.
5. Harris GA., Pearson DG., Liu J., Hardman MF., Snyder DB., Kelsch D.,2018. Mantle composition, age and geotherm beneath and Darby kimberlite field, west central Rae Craton. Mineralogy and Petrology,1-14.
6. Liu J., Pearson DG., Chacko T., Luo Y.,2018. A reconnaissance view of tungsten reservoirs in some crustal and mantle rocks: Implications for interpreting W isotopic compositions and crust-mantle W cycling. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 223, 300-318.
7. Linge KL., Bedard LP., Bugoi R., Enzweiler J., Jochum KP., Kilian R., Liu J., Carbonne JM., Merchel S., Munnik F., FG Morales L., Bard CR., Sounders AK., Sylvester PJ.,Weis U.,2017.GCR biennial critical review:analytical developments since 2014.Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 41(4), 493-562.
8. Ishikawa A., Suzuki K.,Collerson KD.,Liu J., Pearson DG., Komiya T.,2017.Rhenium-osmium isotopes and highly siderophile elements in ultramafic rocks from the Eoarchean Saglek Block, northern Labrador,Canada: implications for Archean mantle evolution. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 216, 286-311.
9. Yin L., Li J., Liu J., Li C., Sun S., Liang H., Xu J.,2017.Precise and accurate Re-Os isotope dating of organic-rich sedimentary rocks by thermal ionization mass spectrometry with an improved H2O2-HNO3 digestion procedure. Internantional Journal of Mass Spectrometry 421,263-270.
10. Dalton HB.,Scott JM., Liu J., Waight TE., Pearson DG., Brenna M.,Petrus Le Roux.,Palin JM.,2017.,Diffusion-zoned pyroxenes in an isotopically heterogeneous mantle lithosphere beneath the Dunedin Volcanic Group,New Zealand, and their implications for intraplate alkaline. Lithosphere 9 (3),463-475.
11. Wang, Z.-Z., Liu, S.-A., Liu, J., Huang, J., Xiao, Y., Chu, Z.-Y., Zhao, X.-M., Tang, L., 2017. Zinc isotope fractionation during mantle melting and constraints on the Zn isotope composition of Earth’s upper mantle. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 198, 151-167.
12. Liu, J., Touboul, M., Ishikawa, A., Walker, R. J., and Pearson, D. G., 2016. Widespread tungsten isotope anomalies and W mobility in crustal and mantle rocks of the Eoarchean Saglek Block, northern Labrador, Canada: Implications for early Earth processes and W recycling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 448, 13-23.
13. Scott, J.M., Liu J., Pearson, D.G., Waight, T.E.,Mantle Depletion and metasomatism recorded in orthopyroxene in refractory mantle peridotites, Chemical Geology, 441, 280-291.
14. Liu, J., Riches, A. J., Pearson, G. D., Luo, Y., Kjarsgaard, B. A., Stachel, T. and Armstrong, J. P., 2016. Age and evolution of deep continental roots beneath the central Rae craton, northern Canada. Precambrian Research 272, 168-184.
15. Liu, S-A., Huang, J., Liu, J., Worner, G., Yang, W., Tang, Y-J., Tang, L., and Li, S-G., 2015. Copper isotopic composition of the silicate Earth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 427, 95-103.
16. Walker, R. J., Bermingham, K., Liu, J., Puchtel, I. S., and Touboul, M., 2015. In Search of Late-Stage Planetary Building Blocks. Chemical Geology 411, 125-142.
17. Liu, J., Scott, J. M., Martin, C. E., and Pearson, D. G., 2015. The longevity Archean mantle residues in the convecting upper mantle and their role in young continent formation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 424, 109-118.
18. Liu, J., Sharp, M., Ash, R. D., Kring, D., and Walker, R. J., 2015. Diverse impactors in Apollo 15 and 16 impact melt rocks: evidence from osmium isotopes and highly siderophile elements. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 155, 122-153.
19. Liu, J., Rudnick, R. L., Walker, R. J., Gao, S., Wu, F.-Y., 2015. Big insights from tiny peridotites: evidence for persistence of Precambrian lithosphere beneath the eastern North China Craton. Tectonophysics, 650, 104-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.05.009.
20. Touboul, M., Liu, J., O’Neil, J., Puchtel, I. S. and Walker, R. J., 2014. New insights into the Hadean mantle revealed by 182W and highly siderophile element abundances of rocks from the Nuvvuagittuq Greenstone Belt, Quebec, Canada. Chemical Geology 383, 63-75.
21. Li, J., Zhao, P-P., Liu, J., Wang, X.C., Yang, A.Y., Wang, G.Q., and Xu, J.F., 2014. Reassessment of hydrofluoric acid desilicification in the Carius tube digestion technique for Re-Os isotopic analysis in geological samples. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-908X.2014.00299.x .
22. Liu, J., Pearson, D. G., 2014. Rapid, precise and accurate Os isotope ratio measurements of nanogram to sub-nanogram amounts using multiple Faraday collectors and amplifiers equipped with 1012 Ω resistors by N-TIMS. Chemical Geology 363, 301-311.
23. Sharp, M., Gerasimenko, I., Loudin, L. C., Liu, J., James, O. B., Puchtel, I. S. and Walker, R. J., 2014. Characterization of the Dominant Impactor Signature for Apollo 17 Impact Melt Rocks. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 131, 62-80.
24. Liu, J., Carlson, R. W., Rudnick, R. L., Walker, R. J., Gao, S., and Wu, F.-Y., 2012. Comparative Sr-Nd-Hf-Os-Pb isotope systematics of xenolithic peridotites from Yangyuan, North China Craton: Additional evidence for a Paleoproterozoic age. Chemical Geology 332-333, 1-14.
25. Liu, J., Rudnick, R. L., Walker, R. J., Gao, S., Wu, F.-Y., Piccoli, P. M., Yuan, H., Xu, W.-L., and Xu, Y.-G., 2011. Mapping lithospheric boundaries using Os isotopes of mantle xenoliths: An example from the North China Craton. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 75, 3881-3902.
26. Liu, J., Rudnick, R. L., Walker, R. J., Gao, S., Wu, F.-Y., and Piccoli, P. M., 2010. Processes controlling highly siderophile element fractionations in xenolithic peridotites and their influence on Os isotopes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 297, 287-297.