Associate Prof. Cong Zhang


Dr. Cong Zhang

Associate Professor

Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

Contact information

No.26, Baiwanzhuang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing,100037

Research field

Interested in the metamorphic geology, especially in the UHP and UHT petrology, mineralogy and Raman microspectroscopy. I have worked on the eclogite and associated pelitic gneiss in the North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt for several years and now moved a little bit to the south to the Sumdo eclogite belt in the east of Tibet Plateau.

Education Background and Work Experience

2014.01 – present       Associate professor, Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

2013.07 -2013.12       Assistant professor,Institute of Geology,Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences

2013.03 -2013.05       Postdoc fellowship, Faculty Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

2011.07-2013.07         Postdoc fellowship,School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University.

2009.10-2010.10        International exchange PhD student,Faculty Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

2006.09-2011.07         School of Earth and Space Sciences, Peking University, got PhD in July, 2011.

2002.09-2006.07        College of Earth Sciences, Jilin University, got Bachelor in July, 2006.


2016.01-2019.12  Responsible for the Project from the National Natural Science Foundation "Tracing the old lithospheric mantle in orogenic belt take garnet peridotite from Lvliangshan terrane, North Qaidam orogenic blet, China for example "(Project No. 41572051).

2015.01-2015.12  Responsible for the China Geological Survey Project "Geological investigations on the Lhasa Gongdese Scientific corridor and the metallogenic belt--Sumdo section " (Project No. 12120115026801).

2014.01-2014.12   Responsible for the China Geological Survey Project "The genesis ofthe Paleo-Tethys ophiolite and eclogite in the Sumdo high pressure belt, Tibet" (Project No. 12120114061501).

2013.01-2015.12   Responsible for the Youth Scientist Project from the National Natural Science Foundation "The petrological studies on mafic and ultramafic rocks in western North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt, constraining the metamorphic evolution of the subduction zone"(Project No. 41202034).

2013.03-2013.05   Responsible for the International CollaberationProject from the National Natural Science Foundation "The comparison studies of the garnet peridotite and its country rocksin North Qaidam Basin and Scandinavian Caladonide"(Project No. 41310104002).

2013.03-2014.02   Responsible for ISESThe Netherlands Research Centrefor Integrated Solid Earth Scienceproject “The comparisonstudies of the garnet peridotite and its country rocks in North Qaidam and Scandinavian Caladonides”.

2013.06-2015.06   Responsible for Postdoctoral Fund Projectspecial support "Research on the genesis ofeclogite and garnet peridotite in North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt. 


Zhang C*, Bader T, Li Y, Liu XY, Shen TT, Zhang LM, Qiu T, 2019. Metamorphic evolution and exhumation processes of the newly discovered Xilang eclogite in Tibet—constraints from phase equilibrium modeling and Raman microspectroscopy. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, in revision.

Shen TT, Zhang C*, Chen J, Herman J, Padrón-Navarta JA, Chen L, Xu J, Yang JS, 2019. Antigorite crystal cell parameters change with PT: implications for qualitative thermobarometer. American Mineralogist, in revision.

Zhang, C.*, Bader, T., van Roermund, H.L.M., Yang, J.S., Shen, T.T., Qiu, T., Li, P., 2019. The metamorphic evolution and tectonic significance of the Sumdo HP/UHP metamorphic terrane, central-south Lhasa block, Tibet, Geological Society London Special Publication, 474: 209-229.

Zhang, C.*, Bader, T., Zhang, L.M., Shen, T.T., Li, P., Li, X.P., 2019. Metamorphic evolution and age constraints of a garnet-bearing mica schist from the Xindaduo area of the Sumdo (U)HP metamorphic belt, Tibet. Geological Magazine, 156(7):1175-1189.

Li, Y., Zhang, C.*, Liu, X.Y., Shen, T.T., Qiu, T., Yang, J.S., 2019. The metamorphism and oceanic crust exhumation--constrained by the Jilang eclogite and meta-quartzite from the Sumdo (U)HP metamorphic belt. Journal of Earth Science, 30:510-524.

Cao, Y.T., Liu, L., Wang, C., Zhang, C., Kang, L., Yang, W.Q., Zhu XH (2019) Multi-Stage Metamorphism of the UHP Pelitic Gneiss from the Southern Altyn Tagh HP/UHP Belt, Western China: Petrological and Geochronological Evidence. Journal of Earth Science 30: 603-620. 

Zhang, C.*, Bader, T., Zhang, L.F., van Roermund, H., 2017. The multi-stage tectonic evolution of the Xitieshan terrane, North Qaidam orogen, western China: from Grenville-age orogeny to early-Paleozoic ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism.Gondwana Research, 41:290-300.

Zhang, C.*, Liu, X.Y., Yang, J.S., Li, P., Huang, J. and Zhang, L.F., 2016. The Neoproterozoic metamorphism of North Qaidam UHPM belt, wester China—constrain from petrological study and monazite dating of pelitic gneisses. Acta Petrologica Sinica, in press. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Li, P., Zhang, C.*, Liu, X.Y., Huang, J., Yang, J.S., 2016. The metamorphic processes and its implications of gneiss from the Duoba terrane of Tibet Plateau, China. Jounral of Earth Sciences and Enviroment, in press. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Huang, J., Zhang, C.*, Yang, J.S., Li, P., 2016. The study of geochemistry and chronology of garnet amphibolite of the Nyingchi complex in the Lhasa Block. Acta Geologica Sinica, in revision. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang, C.*, Huang J., Chen, M., Yang, J.S., 2015. Using garnet peridotite to reconstruct the paleo-geodynamic settings and evolution processes of the continental subduction zone. Acta Petrological Sinica, 31(12): 3743-3754. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Huang, J., Zhang, C.*, Shen T.T., Yang, J.S.,Chen, M.,2015. Petrology and metamorphic evolution of staurolite-bearing garnet amphibolite in Nyingchi complex, Lhasa Block. Geology in China42(5): 1588-1600. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Chen, M., Tian, Z.L.,Zhang, C.*, Yang, J.S. Huang, J., 2015. The phase equilibria modelling of meta-morphic evolution of garnet-bearing mica-quartz schist in Sumdo HP belt, Lhasa Block.Geology in China, 42(5): 1572-1587. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Huang, J., Tian, Z.L., Zhang, C.*, Yang, J.S.,Chen, M.,2015. Metamorphic Evolution of Eclogite from Sumdo Lhasa Block of Tibetan Plateau: Phase Equilibria in NCKMnFMASHTO System. Geology in China, 42(5): 1559-1571. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Song, S.G.*, Niu, Y.L., Su, L., Zhang, C., Zhang, L.F., 2014. Continental orogenesis from ocean subduction, continent collision/subduction, to orogen collapse, and orogen recycling: The example of the North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China. Earth-Science Reviews, 129: 59-84.

Zhang, C.*, Zhang, L. F., Van Roermund, H. 2013. Geochemistry and trace element behaviors of eclogite during its exhumation in the Xitieshan terrane, North Qaidam UHP belt, NW China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciecnes. 63:81-97.

Zhang C.*, Tian ZL,Zhang L F,Huang J., Chen M., 2013.The retrograde of two types of eclogite in the Xitieshan North Qaidam and its constraint of the exhumation mechanism in the subduction zone. Geological Bulletia of China 32: 2044-2054. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang,C.*, Zhang,L.F., Zhang,G.B., Chen,M., Huang,J., 2013.The tectonic evolution of the Dulan terrane, North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt: evidence from in-situ EMP monazite dating of paragneiss.Acta petrogical et mineralogical 32 1037-1056. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Lou, Y.X.*, Wei, C.J., Liu, X.C., Zhang, C., Tian, Z., Wang, W., 2013. Metamorphic evolution of garnet amphibolite in the western Dabieshan eclogite belt, Central China: Evidence from petrography and phase equilibria modeling. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 63(0): 130-138.

Zhang, C., Van Roermund, H., Zhang, L. F.*, Spiers, C. 2012. A polyphase metamorphic evolution for the Xitieshan paragneiss of the north Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt, western China: In-situ EMP monazite- and U–Pb zircon SHRIMP dating. Lithos,136-139: 27-45.

Zhang, C.*, Van Roermund, H., Zhang, L. F. 2011. Orogenic garnet peridotites:  tools to reconstruct paleo-geodynamic settings of fossil continental collision zones. Dobrizhinetskaya, L., Faryad, S., Wallis, S.,Cuthbert, S.(Eds) “Ultrahigh Pressure Metamorphism: 25 years after the discovery of coesite and diamond”, Elsvier, London, 501-540.

Zhang, C., Zhang, L.F.*, Van Roermund, H., Song, S.G., Zhang, G.B. 2011. Petrology and SHRIMP U-Pb dating of Xitieshan eclogite, North Qaidam UHP metamorphic belt, NW China. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, 42: 752-767.

Song, S.G.*, Zhang, C., Li, X.H., Zhang, L.F. 2011. HP/UHP metamorphic time of eclogite in the Xitieshan terrane, North Qaidam UHPM belt, NW China. ActaPetrologicaSinica, 27:1191-1197. (In Chinese with English Abstract)

Shao, J.A.*, Zhang, C. 2011. The early Mesozoic tectonic regimes transition of the North China Craton. Abstract for International conference on Craton formation and destruction, 98.

Zhang, C., Van Roermund, H., Zhang, L. F. 2010. Using garnet peridotites as tools to reconstruct paleo-geodynamic settings of fossil continental collision zone. Geophysical Research Abstracts 12: 5928. (Abstract for EGU 2010)

Zhang, C., Van Roermund, H., Zhang, L. F. 2010. Using garnet peridotites as tools to reconstruct paleo-geodynamic settings of fossil continental collision zone. Acta Mineralogica Petrographica Abstract Series, 6: 209. (Abstract for IMA 2010)

Zhang, C., Zhang L.F.*, Zhang G.B., 2009. Petrology and calculation of retrograde PT path of eclogites from Xitieshan, north Qaidam, China.Acta Petrologica Sinica, 25(9): 2247-2259. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Shao, J.A.*, Zhang, W.L., Zhou, X.H., Zhang, C., 2009. Discovery of Xiaoguliheperpotassic basic and ultrabasic volcanic rock in the north-west Heilongjiang province, China Acta Petrologica Sinaca, 25(10): 2642-2650. (In Chinese with English abstract)

Zhang, C., Zhang, L. F., Song, S. G., Zhang, G. B., 2009. Petrology and U-Pb isotopic studies of the eclogites in the Xitieshan area of the North Qaidam HP-UHP metamorphic belt, western China. Abstract for 8th International Eclogite Conference, Xining, China.

Shao, J.A.*, Zhang, W.L., Zhang, C., 2008.Mantleenrichment of Wudalianchi volcanic belt. Acta Petrologica Sinica, 24(11): 2485-2494. (In Chinese with English abstract)