Dr. rer. nat. Zaicong Wang


Geochemistry (Arbeitsbereich Geochemie)

Research Scientist

Office hours

Research Interests

Developing isotope dilution ICP-MS methods and obtaining precise abundances of siderophile volatile elements on samples from Earth, Mars and other meteorites and to understand mantle processes, core formation and late accretion history of different planets.

Further interests are in

Development of analytical methods for geological samples

Melt formation, transport and recycling in the mantle

Siderophile and volatile element geochemistry

Terrestrial volatile accretion and evolution

Core formation and accretion history of planets

Formation & evolution of mineral deposits and exploration


2010-2014  Freie Universität Berlin 

                 Doctor of Natural Science in Geochemistry; Over assessment: ‘summa cum laude’

                 Thesis: Constraints on mantle processes and late accretion from chalcogen and

                 highly siderophile element abundances in rocks from the Earth’s mantle

                 Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Harry Becker

2007-2010  Institute of Geology & Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

                 Master of Science in Economic Geology  

                 Thesis: Synkinematic gold mineralization controlled by brittle-ductile shear zones:

                 Jiapigou lode gold deposits, Jilin province, China    

                 Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Hongtao Liu

2003-2007 China University of Geosciences (Beijing)

                Bachelor of Science in Geology

                Thesis: Wall-rock alteration and gold mineralization of Qianhe gold deposit,

                Henan province

                Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Shengrong Li


Wang, Z., Laurenz, V., Petitgirard, S., Becker, H., 2016. Earth's moderately volatile element composition may not be chondritic: Evidence from In, Cd and Zn. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 435, 136-146.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., 2015a. Abundances of Ag and Cu in mantle peridotites and the implications for the behavior of chalcophile elements in the mantle. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 160, 209-226.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., 2015b. Fractionation of highly siderophile and chalcogen elements during magma transport in the mantle: Constraints from pyroxenites of the Balmuccia peridotite massif. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 159, 244-263.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., 2015c. Comment on “A non-primitive origin of near-chondritic S-Se-Te ratios in mantle peridotites: Implications for the Earth's late accretionary history” by König S. et al. [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 385 (2014) 110–121]. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 417, 164-166.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., Wombacher, F., 2015. Mass Fractions of S, Cu, Se, Mo, Ag, Cd, In, Te, Ba, Sm, W, Tl and Bi in Geological Reference Materials and Selected Carbonaceous Chondrites Determined by Isotope Dilution ICP-MS. Geostand. Geoanal. Res. 39, 185-208.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., 2014. Abundances of sulfur, selenium, tellurium, rhenium and platinum-group elements in eighteen reference materials by isotope dilution sector-field ICP-MS and negative TIMS. Geostand. Geoanal. Res. 38, 189-209.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., 2013. Ratios of S, Se and Te in the silicate Earth require a volatile-rich late veneer. Nature 499, 328-331.


Wang, Z., Becker, H., Gawronski, T., 2013. Partial re-equilibration of highly siderophile elements and the chalcogens in the mantle: A case study on the Baldissero and Balmuccia peridotite massifs (Ivrea Zone, Italian Alps). Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 108, 21-44.


Zeng, Q., Wang, Z., He, H., Wang, Y., Zhang, S. and Liu, J. (2014) Multiple isotope composition (S, Pb, H, O, He, and Ar) and genetic implications for gold deposits in the Jiapigou gold belt, Northeast China. Mineral. Deposita 49, 145-164.