Cristiana Ciobanu

Dr Cristiana Ciobanu

Researcher

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Senior researcher, School of Chemical Engineering
Cristiana serves as leader of the 'FOX' research project Trace elements in iron oxides: deportment, distribution and application in ore genesis, geochronology, exploration and mineral processing'. Research interests include iron-oxide mineralogy, the genesis of ore deposits, development of new mineral geochronometers and the investigation of rocks and minerals at the nanoscale using transmission electron microscopy.

I received my Ph.D. in 2000 from The University of Bucharest, and followed this with a NATO Post-doctoral research fellowship at the Norwegian Geological Survey. I also lectured in Economic Geology at the Norwegian Technical & Natural Science University, Trondheim, Norway.

I arrived in Adelaide in August 2005 to take up an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow position, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia / South Australian Museum (Order-disorder behaviour in Bi-tellurides: a tool to monitor gold scavenging by Bi-Te melts). I moved to the University of Adelaide in 2010 to take up a Research Fellow role within the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET-CRC), Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I worked on a full-time consultancy project for BHP Billiton Olympic Dam before moving to the School of Chemical Engineering in January 2015 to lead the project ‘Trace elements in iron oxides: deportment, distribution and application in ore genesis, geochronology, exploration and mineral processing (the ‘FOX’ project)’, funded by BHP Olympic Dam and the Government of South Australia Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence.

  • November 2014: Chief Investigator (CI) on a grant from the South Australia Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence ($1,900,000 excluding in-kind contributions): Iron-oxides: geochemistry, geochronology, metallurgy and exploration.
  • December 2013: Contract research project sponsored by BHP Billiton. ($157,414, excluding in-kind contributions): ‘Trace element signatures in sulphides at Olympic Dam and satellite prospects: A reconnaissance study for ore vectoring using Cu-(Fe)-sulphides in Iron Oxide Copper Gold Deposits’)
  • 2005-2008: Australian Research Council – fellowship and DP0560001 project, $314,158.
  • 2011-2014: Lecturer, Economic and Mine Geology II
  • 2012-2014: Excursion leader, Mineral and Energy Resources III
  • 2017: Introduction to Mineral Processing
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2016 Principal Supervisor Statistical Treatment of Trace Element Data for Iron Oxides Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Marija Dmitrijeva
    2016 Co-Supervisor Minerology, Geochemistry and genesis of the Samphire System, S.A. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Urs Immanuel Domnick
    2016 Principal Supervisor Iron Oxide Minerals in the Olympic Dam IOCG Deposit and Adjacent Prospects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Max Robert Verdugo Ihl
    2015 Principal Supervisor Geochronology of Iron Oxides and a Matrix-Matched Standard for Routine U-PB Dating Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liam Courtney-Davies
    2014 Co-Supervisor Geology and genesis of the Paris silver deposit, Eyre Peninsula Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matthew Wayne Paul
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Iron-Oxides in Precambrian Banded Iron Formations of the Middleback Ranges, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr William Mark Keyser
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Mineralogical Distributions of Radionuclides in Copper-Uranium Ores, Olympic Dam, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Danielle Sierra Schmandt
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Evolution of Apatite in Iron-oxide-copper-gold Mineralization of the Olympic Cu-Au Province: Unraveling Magmatic and Hydrothermal Histories through Changes in Morphology and Trace Element Chemistry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Sasha Krneta
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Trace Element Distributions and Partitioning Trends in Hydrothermal Base Metal Sulphide Ores Comprising Sphalerite, Galena, Chalcopyrite and Tetrahedrite-Tennantite Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Luke Leslie George
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Feldspar Petrography and Geochemistry: Insights into the Magmatic-Hydrothermal Evolution of IOCG Systems from South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Alkiviadis Kontonikas-Charos
    2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Spatial-Temporal Evolution of Skarn Alteration in IOCG Systems: Evidence from Petrography, Mineral Trace Element Signatures and Fluid Inclusion Studies at Hillside, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Roniza Ismail
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Associate Editor Minerals
    2003 - ongoing Associate Editor Ore Geology Reviews
  • Position: Researcher
  • Phone: 83137407
  • Email: cristiana.ciobanu@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7062.30
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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