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Sisir K. Mondal
Ph.D (2000)-Jadavpur University, India with CSIR Research Fellowship (1993-1997)
Postdoctoral research with Ed Ripley, Indiana University, Bloomington (3/2002-2/2003)
Postdoctoral research with Ed Mathez, American Museum of Natural History, New York City (7/2004-7/2006)
Postdoctoral research with Minik Rosing, NordCEE, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen (3/2008-4/2010)

Contact for complete CV
Department of Geological Sciences
Jadavpur University, Calcutta-700032, India
telephone: 0091-33-24572730
skype: sisirke

JSPS invitation fellow, short-term under 'Overseas Researchers with an Excellent Record of Research Achievements' Kanazawa University, Japan (01/2013-03/2013)
Visiting Scientist/Researcher level 8, NordCEE, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, USA ((7/2004-7/2006)

Visiting Scientist, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (
Lecturer (4/2000-8/2001), Senior Lecturer (7/2001-6/2006), Reader (7/2006-6/2009), Jadavpur University, India

CSIR Scientist  in Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, India (9/1997-4/2000)
CSIR Junior & Senior Research Fellow, Jadavpur University, India (12/1993-8/1997)

Academic leadership
Indian Leader of the IGCP-479 (UNESCO), 2003-2007

Research supervisors & collaborators
Favorite links

Color of life: American Museum of Natural History frog show 2005: photo - Sisir Mondal

The best frog: American Museum of Natural History frog show 2005: photo - Sisir Mondal

On the Canal-Copenhagen, 2009: photo - Sisir Mondal

Only palace in New York City: one of the towers of American Museum of Natural History: photo -  Sisir Mondal-2005

Field of specialization
Magmatic Ore Petrology-Geochemistry
Geochemistry of Platinum-Group Elements (PGEs)

Research interest
- Ore geology (chromite, platinum-group elements, Ni-Cu-sulfide), geochemistry and petrology of ultramafic-mafic rocks -
- Sustainable resourcing of PGEs to understand primary distribution, secondary dispersion & environmental impact -
- Precambrian geology & Archean mantle heterogeneity of Earth -
- Geochemistry of platinum-group elements (PGEs) to understand the chemical evolution of the Earth -

Current research
Currently I am investigating on petrogenetic evolution of the Archean ultramafic-mafic rocks and associated chromite and PGE deposits in the Singhbhum and Dharwar cratons of the Indian Shield. The additional aspect of this research is to understand crustal evolution and Archean mantle heterogeneity of the Earth.
Bifurcating UG-I chromitite layers, Bushveld Complex, South Africa; photograph: Sisir Mondal-2004

Ongoing research projects
  • 'Investigation on Ni-Cu sulfide potential of the Deccan basalt using major, trace and platinum group element geochemistry' under the scientific programme initiated by the Earth System Science Organization (ESSO) - Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, New Delhi with National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI), Hyderabad; Budget grant INR 50 lakhs for two years (2014 - 2016). Collaborators: Prof. Ed Ripley (Indiana University), Prof. Nick Arndt (Université Joseph Fourier), Prof. Mei-Fu Zhou (University of Hong Kong).
  • British Council-MHRD-UKIERI Thematic Partnership Research Project with Prof. Hazel Prichard, Cardiff University (UK) under the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI): ‘Sustainable resourcing of platinum-group elements (PGE): studies to understand and locate PGE in chromitites and breccias in India’, Budget grant GBP 60,000 for two years (2013-2015). This project involves research scholar, dissertation student and faculty mobility from the both sides for interactions, training, fieldworks, and workshops.
  • 'Petrogenesis of the Mesoarchean ultramafic-mafic suites and chromitites of the Nuggihalli greenstone belt, Western Dharwar Craton (India) using whole-rock and in-situ major, trace and platinum-group element geochemistry and Nd-Sr-Pb-Os isotopes'. International network project. Collaborators: Hong Zhong (Chinese Academy of Science), Robert Frei and Minik Rosing (University of Copenhagen), Bill Griffin and Suzanne Y. O'Reilly (GEMOC-NRC, Macquarie University, Australia), G.R. Ravindra Kumar (Centre for Earth System Science, India), V. Balaram (NGRI, India).
  • 'Major, trace and PGE geochemical and stable isotope constraints on the magmatic differentiation of Mesoarchean chromitite-peridotite-gabbro-breccia suites of the Nuasahi and Sukinda massifs(India)'. International network project. Collaborators: Mei-Fu Zhou (University of Hong Kong), Ed Ripley (Indiana University), V. Balaram (NGRI, India) and G.R. Ravindra Kumar (CESS, India).
  • 'Cr (VI) distributions in the Sukinda valley, Orissa, India'. International network project with Robert Frei (U. Copenhagen). Lasse Døssing (postdoctoral fellow, NordCEE, Copnehagen) is the PI of this project in collaboration with Cora Stefanie Paulukat(Research scholar, U. of Copenhagen). The purpose of this project is to trace the metal mobility from unweathered ultramafic protolith (bedrocks) to extensively weathered lateritic and soil profiles, local drainage system, river, & ocean.
Seminar/symposium/workshop organization
Special volume edited & editorial board
Textbook for kids
  • 2006Contributed to and featured as a Scientist in a textbook for the kids (Grade 4) published by the Macmillan/ McGraw-Hill, New York City. It was a project by the National Center for Science Literacy, Education and Technology under Education Department of the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. This book has been initially circulated to elementary schools in California in 2007 and nationwide (US) in 2008, and a part of teaching materials for the school kids of Grade 4.
Field trips
Invited talk
  • Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang, PR China, April 30-May 4, 2014.
  • 'Recent advances & future challenges in Geochemistry and Geophysics: the Indian scenario’, Banaras Hindu University, India, February 22-24, 2012.
  • 'Precambrian Tectonics and Related Mineralization in South India', AMD-BRNS (DAE) - Bangalore, India, October 13-14, 2011.
  • Annual General Meeting of the Geological Society of India, Banaras Hindu University, India, 22-24 September 22-24, 2011.
  • Resource Person, Geological Society of India NSB-IIA training course, 18-31 October 2010.
  • Special session 10e of the Goldschmidt conference Davos, 26 June 2009.
  • GEUS, GEOCENTER Copenhagen, 2 April 2009.
  • NordCEE Annual Field Conference, Sweden, 30 May 2008.
  • Dept. of Applied Geology, Kuvempu University, Karnataka, India, 27 October 2007.
  • Key Note, National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad, 19-20 July 2007.
  • Geological Society of India Monthly Meeting, Bangalore, 30 May 2007.
  • Division of Planetary and Geosciences, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmadabad, 13 March 2007.
  • Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, 6 June 2006.
  • #Khatun, S. Mondal, S.K., Zhou, M.-F., Balaram, V., Prichard, H.M. (in revision). Platinum-group element geochemistry of boninitic magma-derived 3.2Ga ultramafic-mafic cumulate rocks and chromitites from the Nuasahi Massif, Singhbhum Craton (India): petrogenetic significance and implications for mantle sources. Lithos. # Ph.D. research scholar supervision; Peer-reviewed article.
  • #Mukherjee, R.,  Mondal, S.K., Zhong, H., Bai, Z-J., Balaram, V., Ravindra Kumar G.R. (in press). Platinum-group element geochemistry of komatiite-derived 3.1Ga ultramafic-mafic rocks and chromitites from the Nuggihalli greenstone belt, Western Dharwar craton (India). Chemical Geology. # Ph.D. research scholar supervision; Peer-reviewed article.
  • #Mukherjee, R., Mondal, S.K., Frei, R., Rosing, M.T., Waight, T.D., Zhong, H., Ravindra Kumar, G.R. (2012). The 3.1 Ga Nuggihalli chromite deposits, Western Dhawar craton (India): geochemical and isotopic constraints on mantle sources, crustal evolution and implications for supercontinent formation and ore mineralization. Lithos 155, 392–409. # Ph.D. research scholar supervision; Peer-reviewed article.
  • #Mukherjee, R., Mondal, S.K., Rosing, M.T., Frei, R. (2010): Compositional variations in the Mesoarchean chromites of the Nuggihalli schist belt, Western Dharwar craton (India): potential parental melts and implications for tectonic setting. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 160: 865-885. #M.Sc. dissertation & Ph.D. research scholar supervision; Peer-reviewed article.
  • Mondal, S.K., Zhou, M.-F. (2010): Enrichment of PGE through interaction of evolved boninitic magmas with early formed cumulates in a gabbro-breccia zone of the Mesoarchean Nuasahi massif (eastern India). Mineralium Deposita 45: 69-91. Peer-reviewed article.
  • Srivastava, R.K., Mondal, S.K., Balaram, V., Gautam G.C. (2010): PGE geochemistry of low-Ti high-Mg siliceous mafic rocks within the Archean central Indian Bastar Craton: implications for magma fractionation. Mineralogy and Petrology 98: 329-345. Peer-reviewed article.
  • Mondal, S.K., Frei, R., Ripley, E.M. (2007): Os isotope systematics of Mesoarchaean chromitite - PGE deposits in the Singhbhum craton (India): Implications for the evolution of lithospheric mantle. Chemical Geology 244: 391-408. Peer-reviewed article.
  • Mondal, S.K., Mathez, E.A. (2007): Origin of the UG2 chromitite layer, Bushveld Complex. Journal of Petrology 48: 495-510. Peer-reviewed article. Most-Read Articles of Journal of Petrology
  • Mondal, S.K., Ripley, E.M., Li, C., Frei, R. (2006): The genesis of Archaean chromitites from the Nuasahi and Sukinda massifs in the Singhbhum craton, India. Precambrian Research 148: 45-66. Peer-reviewed article.
  • Mondal, S.K., Baidya, T.K., Rao, K.N.G., Glascock, M. D. (2001): PGE and Ag mineralization in a breccia zone of the Precambrian Nuasahi ultramafic-mafic complex, Orissa India. Canadian Mineralogist 39: 979-996. Peer-reviewed article.
  • Mondal, S.K., Baidya, T.K. (1997): Platinum-group minerals from the Nuasahi ultramafic-mafic complex, Orissa, India. Mineralogical Magazine 61: 902-906. Peer-reviewed article.
Research Scholar and M.Sc dissertation supervision
  • Arindam Sarkar: CSIR-NET research scholar, 2001-2002
  • Sarifa Khatun: UGC-NET research scholar 2007-2012, Ph.D. thesis submitted and awarded 2013
  • Ria Mukherjee: M.Sc. dissertation 2007-2009; CSIR-NET research scholar 2009-2014, Ph.D. thesis submitted (02-05-2014)
  • Anamika Mukherjee (Samanta): UGC research scholar, 2007-2011 (co-supervision), joined GSI
  • Subhra Pratim Bank: UGC-NET research scholar, Ph.D. candidate 2014-current
  • Tamoghna Saha: M.Sc. dissertation 2008-2010 (completed)
  • Kaushik Das: M.Sc. dissertation 2010-2012 (completed)
  • Lakshmi Mehera: M.Sc. dissertation 2010-2012 (completed)
  • Sukesh Ranjan Sarkar: M.Sc. dissertation 2011-2013 (completed
  • Uddipta Kar: M.Sc. dissertation 2011-2013 (completed)
  • Annesha Banerjee: M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (submitted)
  • Indranil Pramanik: M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (submitted)
  • Ankita Seth: University of Calcutta, M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (ongoing)
  • Jeet K. Bhattacharya: University of Calcutta, M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (ongoing)
  • Anupam Samanta: M.Sc. dissertation 2013-2015 (ongoing)
  • Anindita Chakraborty: M.Sc. dissertation 2013-2015 (ongoing)
  • Vivek Das: M.Sc. dissertation 2013-2015 (ongoing)
  • Haldhar Kumar: Pondichery University, Summer training 2012
Solicited journal reviews:
  • Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (Geochemical Society & The Meteoritical Society), Elsevier
  • Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, Springer, invited
  • Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Elsevier, invited
  • Precambrian Research, Elsevier
  • Chemical Geology (European Association of Geochemistry, Elsevier)
  • American Mineralogist (Mineralogical Society of America)
  • LITHOS (Elsevier)
  • Canadian Mineralogist (Mineralogical Society of Canada)
  • Mineralium Deposita (Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, Springer)
  • Economic Geology (Society of Economic Geologists, USA)
  • Ore Geology Review (IAGOD, Elsevier)
  • Geological Journal (John Wiley & Sons Ltd.)
  • Applied Earth Science: IMM Transactions Section B [Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy incorporating Proceedings of AusIMM;Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (London]
  • Mineralogy and Petrology (Springer)
  • Journal of Geological Society (London)
  • Journal of Geological Society of India (Springer)
  • Journal of Earth System Science India (Springer)
  • Current Science (India)
Proposal reviews:
  • Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India
  • Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, invited
Laboratory experiences and short visit

  • EPMA (JEOL-JXA 8200 superprobe) & LA-ICP-MS laboratories, Kanazawa University, Japan, 2013 (58 days).
  • EPMA (JEOL-JXA 8200 superprobe), University of Copenhagen, 2008-2010 (2 years).
  • TIMS & isotope geochemistry laboratory, University of Copenhagen, 2008-2010.
  • EPMA (Cameca SX100), AMNH-LDEO (Columbia University) joint facility, 2004-2006 (2 years).
  • LA-ICP-MS laboratory, Oregon State University, in situ Pb isotope analysis; short visit 2006.
  • Ion-Probe laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute-MIT joint facility; in situ trace element analysis; short visit 2004, 2005.
  • EPMA (Cameca SX50), Indiana University, Bloomington, 2002-2003 (2 years).
  • Stable isotope & gas separation plus analytical work, Indiana University, 2002-2003 (2 years).
  • Laboratory in-charge - UGC sponsored computer laboratory for students, Dept. of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University, 2000-2002 (3 years).
  • Laboratory in-charge - Petrographic analysis laboratory equipped with image analyzer, Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI, CSIR), Calcutta, 1997-2000 (3 years).
  • EPMA (JEOL-JXA 8200 superprobe), USIC, IIT Roorkee, India; short visit 1996, 1997.
  • Analytical chemistry laboratory, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC, DAE), India. Platinum-group element analysis by NAA; 1-month stay, 1997.
  • SEM-EDS laboratory, Geological Survey of India; platinum-group mineral analysis, 1996.
  • Pb-button fire-assay for PGE analysis, thin & thin-polished section preparation for petrologcal study and EPMA of minerals, sample preparation for major and trace element analyses. Dept. of Geological Sciences, Jadavpur University, 1994-1997.
Courses taught/teaching
  • Course work for Ph.D. Research Scholars on 'Reading seminars on magmatic ore deposits’ & ‘Platinum Group Elements (PGE): geochemical tracers to understand the evolution of the Earth’s mantle’ (2011-present).
  • Special paper for postgraduate (theory).
  • Magmatic ore deposits (theory for undergraduate & postgraduate: 2000-present).
  • Petrographic studies of the ore mineral assemblages (laboratory for undergraduate & postgraduate: 2000-present).
  • Non-metallic mineral deposits having clay mineralogy as a component (theory for undergraduate & postgraduate: 2000-2002).
  • Igneous petrology (theory for undergraduate & postgraduate: 2000-2008)
  • Petrographic studies of Igneous rocks (laboratory for undergraduate & postgraduate: 2000-2008).
  • Mineralogy (theory for postgraduate: 2000-2004, 2010-present).
  • Mineralogy (theory for undergraduate: 2000-2002, 2010-present ).
  • Optical Microscopy of minerals (laboratory for undergraduate: 2000-2002).
  • Geochemistry (theory for undergraduate: 2010-present).
  • Introduction to Geology (theory for undergraduate: 2011-present).
  • Geochemical Exploration (theory for postgraduate: 2006-2008)
  • Geology for Metallurgical Engineering (theory) and Study of minerals and rocks in hand specimens (laboratory) (undergraduate: 2000-2002 & 2010-present).
  • Supervised students for special paper on seminar presentation (undergraduate & postgraduate).
  • Conduct field-training program for undergraduate, postgraduate students and research scholars.

International Workshop on Magmatic Ore Deposits, 1-8 December (Bangalore, India)
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    In the Corning Museum of Glass, New York: photo - Sisir Mondal 2006

    Rakhite narili premjol