Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thomas Ulrich

Leitung des Fachgebietes Geochemie, Petrologie und Lagerstättenkunde



Personal: Born 1969 in Switzerland



PhD: ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1999)

MSc: ETH Zurich, Switzerland (1995)


Present and previous positions:

2023-present: Professor for Economic Geology, Petrology and Geochemistry

2010-2023: Assoc. Prof. for Ore Deposit Research, Aarhus University, Denmark

2007-2010: Research Fellow at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada

2004-2006: Research Fellow at the Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2002-2004: Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Earth and Marine Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

2000-2001:Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


Research areas/expertise:

  • The formation of hydrothermal ore deposits with focus on geochemistry of minerals and the composition and properties of hydrothermal fluids.

  • Micro-analysis of geo-materials (micro-XRF, electron microprobe, microthermometry, and LA ICPMS).

  • Investigation of secondary raw materials

  • Development of building materials with recycled waste materials




Peer-reviewed journal articles (last 5 years)


Guo-Qi Liu, Kui-Dong Zhao, Thomas Ulrich, Wei Chen, Di Zhang, Qian Li, He-Dong Zhao, Rong-Qing Zhang and Fei Xia (2023) Isoclock: a free and novel routine for common Pb correction in U–Th–Pb data reduction of LA-ICP-MS analysis

J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 38, 2007 DOI:10.1039/D3JA00217A

Lan, Ting Guang ; Wang, Hong ; Fan, Hong Ru, Thomas Ulrich, Huan-Long Hu, You-Wei Chen, Lei Shu (2023) Gold endowment and unloading along pathway for giant gold mineralization : Insights from spatiotemporal variations of in-situ pyrite geochemistry and gold fineness from the Jiaodong gold deposits, north China Craton. Gondwana Research 118. p. 58-75.

Liu, Guoqi , Ulrich, Thomas, Xia, Fei et al. (2023) Brama : a new freeware Python software for reduction and imaging of LA-ICP-MS data from U-Pb scans. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry 38, 3. p. 578-586.

Mao, Wei, Zhong, Hong , Ulrich, Thomas. (2023) Evolutionary paths for the formation of different types of fluid inclusions in the H2O-NaCl system. Ore Geology Reviews 159.

Sun, Bingke ; Lv, Xinbiao ; Wang, Shouguo, Thomas Ulrich, Zhihui Dai, Banxiao Ruan (2023) Evolution of an ancient VMS ore-forming system recorded by pyrite and sphalerite mineral texture, trace elements, and sulfur isotope : A case study from the Huangtupo Cu-Zn (-Au) deposit, Eastern Tianshan, NW China. Ore Geology Reviews 158.

Zhu, Yu Xiang ; Wang, Lian Xun ; Khattak, Nimat Ullah, Chang-Qian Ma, Gen-Ming Luo, Thomas Ulrich (2023) Petrogenesis of the Late Cretaceous Sillai Patti carbonatites, NW Pakistan : Insights from C-O-Sr-Nd isotopes and titanite U-Pb dating. Lithos 442-443.

Li N, Zhang, B., Ulrich, T., Williams-Jones, A.E, Chen, J. (2023) Magmatic degassing controlled the metal budget of the Axi epithermal gold deposit. American Mineralogist in press.

Hans K. Schønwandt, Gregory B. Barnes, Thomas Ulrich (2023) Assimilation and extensive metasomatism of agpaitic rocks from the transitional layered kakortokite, Ilímaussaq Intrusion, South Greenland. Resource Geology, in press.

Hans K. Schønwandt, Gregory B. Barnes, Thomas Ulrich (2023) Perthite in nepheline syenite from the kakortokite unit in the Ilímaussaq Complex, south Greenland. Journal of Geoscience, in press.


Benjamin EskesenKathrin FassmerCarsten MünkerThomas UlrichKristoffer SzilasSimon WagnerJ. Elis HoffmannThorsten J. Nagel (2023) Neoarchean synkinematic metamorphic peak in the Isua supracrustal belt (West Greenland). Geology, in press.



Knobloch, Kai , Ulrich, Thomas, Bahl, Christian, Engelbrecht Kurt (2022) Degradation of a rock bed thermal energy storage system. Applied Thermal Engineering 214.


Li, Guomeng ; Zhao, Zhixin ; Wei, Junhao, Ulrich, Thomas (2022) Trace element compositions of galena in an MVT deposit from the Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou metallogenic province, SW China : Constraints from LA-ICP-MS spot analysis and elemental mapping. Ore Geology Reviews 150.


Liu, Y., Wei, J., Tan, J., Ulrich, T., Zhang, D., Lahaye, Y., Zhang, X. & Chen, J (2022) Sulfide micro-textures and in-situ compositions from the Wulong gold deposit, northeastern North China Craton : Implication for ore-forming processes. Ore Geology Reviews 148.


Yang, Qing ; Zhang, Xiao jun ; Ulrich, Thomas et al. (2022) Trace element compositions of sulfides from Pb-Zn deposits in the Northeast Yunnan and northwest Guizhou Provinces, SW China : Insights from LA-ICP-MS analyses of sphalerite and pyrite. Ore Geology Reviews 141.


Yu, J., Li, N., Zhang, B., Ulrich, T. Chen, X., Hand, M., Morrissey, L. J., Payne, J. L. & Chen, Y. J (2022) Perspective of Permian porphyry Cu-Au mineralization in Chinese Western Tianshan : Constraints from sulfide Re-Os dating and trace element study of the Kuruer deposit, Xinjiang. Ore Geology Reviews 142.



Feng, K, Fan, HR, Ulrich, T, Yang, KF, Hu, FF & Liu, X 2021, 'Contribution of Precambrian basements to the Mesozoic ore-fluid system: An illustration using the Majiayao gold deposit, Jiaodong, China', Ore Geology Reviews, vol. 139, no. Part A, 104447.


Pedersen, JM, Ulrich, T, Whitehouse, MJ, Kent, AJR & Tegner, C 2021, 'The volatile and trace element composition of apatite in the Skaergaard intrusion, East Greenland', Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 176, no. 12, 102.

Shi, K, Wang, K, Ulrich, T, Ma, X, Wang, W & Wang, R 2021, 'Early Permian lode gold mineralization in the northern North China Craton: Constraints from S-Pb isotope geochemistry and pyrite Re-Os geochronology of the Chaihulanzi deposit', Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, vol. 218, 104867.


Chen, YH, Hu, RZ, Lan, TG, Wang, H, Tang, YW, Yang, YH, Tian, ZD & Ulrich, T 2021, 'Precise U–Pb dating of grandite garnets by LA-ICP-MS: Assessing ablation behaviors under matrix-matched and non-matrix-matched conditions and applications to various skarn deposits', Chemical Geology, vol. 572, 120198.


Bian, L, Schovsbo, NH, Chappaz, A, Zheng, X, Nielsen, AT, Ulrich, T, Wang, X, Dai, S, Galloway, JM, Małachowska, A, Xu, X & Sanei, H 2021, 'Molybdenum-uranium-vanadium geochemistry in the lower Paleozoic Alum Shale of Scandinavia: Implications for vanadium exploration', International Journal of Coal Geology, vol. 239, 103730.


Gómez, ALR, Ulrich, T & Rubinstein, NA 2021, 'The magmatic–hydrothermal evolution of the San Pedro porphyry Cu-(Mo) deposit: Implications for the metallogenesis of the Permian magmatism in the western margin of Gondwana', Resource Geology, vol. 71, no. 2, pp. 93-104.


Shi, K, Wang, K, Ulrich, T, Ma, X, Sun, Q & Wang, R 2021, 'Two mineralization events in the Laozuoshan Au deposit, north-east China: Evidence from Re–Os geochronology and trace element geochemistry', Geological Journal, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 1974-1986.



Khan, MA, Ulrich, T, Kakar, MI, Akmaz, RM, Siddiqui, RH & Ali, L 2020, 'Genesis and geotectonic setting of podiform chromitites from the Zhob Valley Ophiolite, Pakistan: Inferences from chromite composition', Episodes, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 1017-1039.


Shi, K, Ulrich, T, Wang, K, Ma, X, Li, S & Wang, R 2020, 'Hydrothermal evolution and ore genesis of the Laozuoshan Au skarn deposit, northeast China: Constrains from mineralogy, fluid inclusion, and O–C–S–Pb isotope geochemistry', Ore Geology Reviews, vol. 127, 103879.


Khan, MA, Kakar, MI, Ulrich, T, Ali, L, Kerr, AC, Mahmood, K & Siddiqui, RH 2020, 'Genesis of Manganese Deposits in the Ali Khanzai Block of the Zhob Ophiolite, Pakistan: Inferences from Geochemistry and Mineralogy', Journal of Earth Science, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 884-895.


Pedersen, JM, Ulrich, T, Nagel, T & Tegner, C 2020, 'Sulphide melt and aqueous fluid saturation in the PGE–Au mineralisation of the Skaergaard intrusion: evidence from melt inclusions', Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, vol. 175, no. 2, 14.



Li, YJ, Wei, JH, Ulrich, T, Chen, MT, Li, HM, Niu, MW & Liu, B 2019, 'Mineral chemistry of the Xiasai Ag–Pb–Zn deposit in the central Yidun Terrane, SW China: Insight into Ni–Ag–Bi mineralization and formation conditions', Ore Geology Reviews, vol. 114, 103136.


Soprani, S, Marongiu, F, Christensen, L, Alm, O, Petersen, KD, Ulrich, T & Engelbrecht, K 2019, 'Design and testing of a horizontal rock bed for high temperature thermal energy storage', Applied Energy, vol. 251, 113345.


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