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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)
Research with Shoji Arai, Kanazawa University, Japan (1/2013-3/2013)

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Contact
Department of Geological Sciences
Jadavpur University, Calcutta-700032, India
telephone: 0091-33-24572730
sisir.mondal@gmail.com
sisir@geology.jdvu.ac.in
skype: sisirke

Positions
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
(3/2008-4/2010)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, American Museum of Natural History, New York City, USA ((7/2004-7/2006)

Visiting Scientist, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (
3/2002-2/2003)
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

Links
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 (funded & network 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 40.5 lakhs for two years (2014 - 2016).
  • 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.
  • ‘In situ major and trace element studies of clinopyroxene inclusions in the Archean chromites from the Nuasahi igneous complex (India)’ and ‘Origin of chromites in orthopyroxenite from the 3.1Ga Nuasahi and Sukinda ultramafic-mafic complexes (India)’. Collaborative project under the JSPS fellowship. Collaborator: Shoji Arai (Kanazawa University, Japan).
  • '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'. PhD research scholar supervision (Ria Mukherjee) and international network project.
  • '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)'. PhD research scholar supervision (Sarifa Khatun) and international network project.
  • ‘Pt-Os isotopic systematics of Archean chromites from the Singhbhum and Western Dharwar Cratons to understand the chemical character of the Earth’s mantle’. Network project with Jude Coggon, postdoctoral fellow with Ambre Luguet at University of Bonn (Germany).
  • ‘Re-Os isotopic study of chromites from the Andaman Ophiolitic Complex, India to understand the chemical nature of the convective mantle’. Network project with José María González Jiménez (GEMOC-NRC, Macquarie University, Australia), postdoctoral research fellow with Bill Griffin and Suzanne Y. O'Reilly at Macquarie University, Australia. Other collaborator of this project is Biswajit Ghosh (U. of Calcutta).
  • ‘Study on fluid-rock interactions in the 3.1Ga ultramafic rocks from the Nuasahi and Sukinda Massifs (India)’. Network project with Alik Sundar Majumdar (research scholar and leader of the project), Ph.D research scholar under Andrew Putnis at University of Münster (Germany).
  • 'Cr (VI) distributions in the Sukinda valley, Orissa, India'. International network project with Cora Stefanie Paulukat, Ph.D research scholar at U. of Copenhagen under  Robert Frei. 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.
  • Petrologic, Os isotopic and PGE geochemical studies of sulfide minerals in mantle xenoliths from west Greenland kimberlites: implications for cratonic mantle evolution’. NordCEE supported (2009-2010) and network project. Collaborators: Minik Rosing (University of Copenhagen), Stefan Bernstein (Avaanna Resources, Copenhagen) and Bill Griffin (GEMOC-NRC, Macquarie University, Australia).
  • 'Geochronology and petrology of the dolerite dykes from the Singhbhum Craton, India'. Collaborative research under global LIP dating project and M.Sc. dissertation supervision. Collaborators: Rajesh Srivastava (Banaras Hindu University, India) and V. Balaram (NGRI, India).
  • ‘Bulk-rock geochronology and trace element geochemistry of banded iron formation within the early Archean greenstone belts, Singhbhum Craton (India)’. NordCEE supported (2008-2010) and network project along with a M.Sc. dissertation supervision (completed). Collaborators: Robert Frei (U. of Copenhagen) and Minik Rosing (U. of Copenhagen).
  • ‘Petrogenesis of the sulfide-bearing late Archean ultramafic bodies of the Shimoga greenstone belts, Karnataka’. Collaborators: K.S. Ananatha Murthy (Kuvempu University, India), Ed Ripley (Indiana University) and Mei-Fu Zhou (University of Hong Kong).
  • ‘Investigation on geochemical evolution of the Stillwater Complex (Montana, USA) from in-situ Pb isotopic study'. Ed Mathez (American Museum of Natural History, NYC) is the PI of this project; other collaborators: Stewart McCallum (University of Washington) and Adam Kent (Oregon State University).

Collaborators for funded and network projects

  • Hazel Prichard, Cardiff University, UK [Nuasahi-Sukinda-Nuggihalli PGE project and student training under UKIERI-UGC (British Council-MHRD) project].
  • Bill Griffin, GEMOC-ARC National Key Centre, Macquarie University, Australia (LA-ICP-MS of PGM-BMSchromite, and support for student training).
  • Suzanne Y. O'Reilly, GEMOC-ARC National Key Centre, Macquarie University, Australia (LA-ICP-MS of PGM-BMS-chromite, and support for student training)
  • Shoji Arai, Department of Earth Sciences, Kanazawa University, Japan (LA-ICP-MS of mineral inclusions in chromites from the Nuasahi and Sukinda areas; support for student training)
  • Hong Zhong, Chinese Academy of Science (major, trace element and PGE geochemistry).
  • Ed Mathez, American Museum of Natural History, New York City (Bushveld and Stillwater Complexes)
  • Minik Rosing, NordCEE, University of Copenhagen (Greenland kimberlitic mantle xenoliths)
  • Ed Ripley, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington (Nuasahi-Sukinda-Nuggihalli stable isotopes; Deccan initiative for Ni-Cu-PGE sulfides)
  • Nick Arndt, Université Joseph Fourier, France (Deccan initiative for Ni-Cu-PGE sulfides)
  • Chusi Li, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, (Petrology of chromite deposits)
  • Mei-Fu Zhou, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Hong Kong (Nuasahi major, trace and PGE geochemistry; Deccan initiative for Ni-Cu-PGE sulfides)
  • Robert Frei, IGG, University of Copenhagen (Nuasahi-Sukinda-Nuggihalli isotope geochemistry)
  • V. Balaram, National Geophysical Research Institute, India (Nuasahi-Sukinda-Nuggihalli trace and PGE geochemistry; support for student training)
  • G.R. Ravindra Kumar, Centre for Earth System Science, Trivandrum, India (Nuggihalli major element geochemistry; support for student training)
  • Rajesh Srivastava, Banaras Hindu University, India (Geochronology of Singhbhum dykes)
  • K.S. Anantha Murthy, Dept. of Applied Geology, Kuvempu University, Karnataka, India (Field support on projects related to the Western Dharwar Craton)
Awards/recognition/fellowship
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.
  • Mondal, S.K., #Khatun, S., Satyanarayanan, M., Balaram, V., Ravindra Kumar, G.R. Platinum-group element (PGE) geochemistry of Archean boninitic magma-derived chromitites and ultramafic cumulates in the Sukinda Massif, Singhbhum Craton (India). Peer-reviewed article/in revision
  • #Paulukat, C., Døssing, L.N., Mondal, S.K., Voegelin, A.R., Frei, R. (in review): The behaviour of chromium isotopes during oxidative weathering of Archean ultramafic rocks and the transport of chromium to the sea. Peer-reviewed article. #Ph.D. research scholar with Robert Frei
  • #Mukherjee, R., Mondal, S.K., González-Jiménez, J.M., Griffin, W.L., Pearson, N.J., O’ Reilly, S.Y. (in review): Trace-element fingerprints of chromite, magnetite and sulfides from the 3.1 Ga ultramafic-mafic rocks of the Nuggihalli greenstone belt, Western Dharwar craton (India). #Ph.D. research scholar supervision; Peer-reviewed article
  • #Majumdar, A.S. Hövelmann, J., Vollmer, C., Berndt, J., Mondal, S.K., Putnis, A. (in review): Formation of Mg-rich olivine pseudomorphs in serpentinized dunite from the Mesoarchean Nuasahi Massif, eastern India: Insights into the evolution of fluid composition at the mineral-fluid interface. Peer-reviewed article. #Ph.D. research scholar with A. Putnis
  • #Mukherjee, R.,  Mondal, S.K., Zhong, H., Bai, Z-J., Balaram, V., Ravindra Kumar G.R. (2014) 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 386 (2014) 190–208. # Ph.D. research scholar supervision; Peer-reviewed article
  • #Khatun, S. Mondal, S.K., Zhou, M.-F., Balaram, V., Prichard, H.M. (2014). Platinum-group element (PGE) geochemistry of Mesoarchean ultramafic-mafic cumulate rocks and chromitites from the Nuasahi Massif, Singhbhum Craton (India). Lithos 205, 322–340. # 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.
  • Mondal, S.K., Baidya, T.K. (1996): Stichtite [Mg6Cr2(OH)16CO3.4H2O] in the Nuasahi ultramafites, Orissa, India - its transformation at elevated temperatures. Mineralogical Magazine 60: 836-840. Peer-reviewed article.
Research Scholar and M.Sc dissertation supervision
  • Arindam Sarkar: CSIR-NET research scholar, 2001-2002; (TATA Canada)
  • Sarifa Khatun: UGC-NET research scholar 2007-2012, Thesis completed & Ph.D. awarded 2013 (GSI & PSC Assistant Professor)
  • Ria Mukherjee: M.Sc. dissertation 2007-2009; CSIR-NET research scholar 2009-2014, Thesis completed and Ph.D. awarded 2014 (PSC Assistant Professor & Bushveld Complex Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; joined University of Witwatersrand 2015-present)
  • Anamika Mukherjee (Samanta): UGC research scholar, 2007-2011 (co-supervision) (joined GSI)
  • Subhra Pratim Bank: UGC-NET research scholar, Ph.D. candidate 2014-current (PhD ongoing)
  • 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 (completed)
  • Indranil Pramanik: M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (completed)
  • Ankita Seth: University of Calcutta, M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (completed)
  • Jeet K. Bhattacharya: University of Calcutta, M.Sc. dissertation 2012-2014 (completed)
  • 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
  • Sarthak Ghosh: M.Sc. dissertation 2014-2016 (ongoing)
  • Priyanka Bachhar: M.Sc. dissertation 2014-2016 (ongoing)
Service
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