Dr. (PhD ZA) Jens Gutzmer

Biography

Jens Gutzmer is head of the research group in economic geology and petrology at the Department of Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany. He is also a visiting professor at the Paleoproterozoic Mineralization Research Group (PPM) in the Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Gutzmer was born on 3 August, 1969 in Damme, Lower Saxony (Germany). He received his 'Diplom' in Mineralogy from the Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany) in 1993, followed by a PhD in Geology from the Rand Afrikaans University (South Africa) in 1996. Mineralogy and geochemistry of the ores of the Kalahari and Postmasburg Manganese Fields in South Africa were the focus of his postgraduate research. He was a postdoc and lecturer at the Department of Geology, Rand Afrikaans University from 1996 to 1999 where he co-founded the Paleoproterozoic Mineralization Research Group (PPM Group) together with Nic Beukes. From October 1999 he spent 12 months as assistant professor with Harald Strauss at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, after which he accepted an appointment as associated professor at the Rand Afrikaans University (South Africa). He was appointed full professor of geology at the University of Johannesburg in January, 2005, and was awarded a South African Research Chair in Geometallurgy in January, 2008.

Jens Gutzmer is recipient of the President Award of the National Research Foundation of South Africa (1999), the Waldemar E. Lindgren Award of the Society of Economic Geologists (2002) and the TWAS Award of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (2007). He was awarded a Mercator Professorship to the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in 2003-2004. He is an elected fellow of the Society of Economic Geology and the Geological Society of South Africa, and member of the Society of Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits, and the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of the South African Journal of Geology and of Geochemistry.

Jens Gutzmer was appointed in May 2011 to head the Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology as its founding director.


Research Interests

Geometallurgy

This interdisciplinary field of research aims to close the gap between ore body exploration/ exploitation (mining) on the one hand, and mineral processing and metallurgy on the other hand. This interface is widely regarded as an interdisciplinary divide that holds significant potential to utilize non-renewable mineral resources more efficiently and sustainably. Research interests focus on the development and implementation of quantitative analytical methods to characterize the mineralogy and texture of ores and ore-forming systems.

 

Precambrian Metallogeny and Environmental Evolution

The understanding of the evolution of System Earth in the Precambrian Era and its influence on the origin of sediment-hosted mineral deposits. Studies centre on the origin of sediment-hosted iron, manganese, and base metal deposits in the Paleoproterozoic Era. Many of the deposits appear to be time-bounded. They are evidently related to unique environmental changes, such as the oxygenation of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, the establishment of the first major supercontinents with associated collisional mountain belts and associated rift zones.

 

Ore Formation and Plate Tectonics

Plate tectonics are as energy source and driver one of the single most critical factors in ore-forming processes in the System Earth. To establish an unequivocal link between plate tectonics and ore-forming processes requires not only relative age information that can be gleaned from a careful study of the geological setting and mineral paragenesis of an ore body, but accurate ages for both host rock and ore minerals are needed. At the center of interest are two regions exceptionally well-endowed with polymetallic base metal deposits, i.e., the Erzgebirge (Saxony and Czech Republic) and Namaqualand (Northern Cape Province, South Africa).

 

Resource technology

The development and implementation of innovative and novel technologies for the material- and energy-efficient utilization of primary and secondary resources of minerals and metals. This is to be achieved through an interdisciplinary research strategy that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology


Publications

Journal Publications (peer-reviewed, last 5 years)

  • Bailie, R., Gutzmer, J., and Rajesh, H.M. (2011) Petrography, geochemistry and geochronology of the metavolcanic rocks of the Mesoproterozoic Leerkrans Formation, Wilgenhoutsdrif Group, South Africa - Back-Arc Basin to the Areachap Volcanic Arc. South African Journal of Geology, 114, 167-194.
  • Bailie, R., Gutzmer, J., Rajesh, H.M., and Armstrong, R. (2011) Age of ferroan A-type post-tectonic granitoids of the southern part of the Keimoes Suite, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 60, 153-174.
  • Chetty, D., and Gutzmer, J. (2011) REE redistribution during hydrothermal alteration of ores of the Kalahari Manganese Deposit. Ore Geology Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2011.06.001.
  • Chisonga, B.C., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J., and Huizenga, J.M. (2011) Nature and origin of the protolith succession to the Paleoproterozoic Serra do Navio manganese deposit, Amapa Province, Brazil. Ore Geology Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.oregeorev.2011.06.006.
  • Gleason, J.D., Gutzmer, J., Kesler, S.E., and Zwingmann, H. (2011) 2.05-Ga isotopic ages for Transvaal misssissippi valley-type deposits; evidence for large-scale hydrothermal circulation around the Bushveld igneous complex. South Africa Journal of Geology, 119, 69-80.
  • Schneiderhan, E., Zimmermann, U., Gutzmer, J., Mezger, K., and Armstrong, R. (2011) Sedimentary Provenance of the Neoarchean Ventersdorp Supergroup, Southern Africa: Shedding Light on the Evolution of the Kaapvaal Craton during the Neoarchean. The Journal of Geology, 119, 575-596.
  • Schröder, S., Bedorf, D., Beukes, N. J., and Gutzmer, J. (2011) From BIF to red beds: Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of the Paleoproterozoic Koegas Subgroup (South Africa). Sedimentary Geology, 236, 25-44.
  • Bailie, R., Gutzmer, J., and Rajesh, H.R. (2010) Geochemistry as a tracer of the tectonic setting, lateral integrity and mineralization of a highly metamorphosed Mesoproterozoic volcanic arc sequence on the eastern margin of the Namaqua Province, South Africa. Lithos, 119, 345-362.
  • Bailie, R., Gutzmer, J., Strauss, H., Stüeken, E., and McClung, C. (2010) Sulfur isotope characteristics of metamorphosed Zn–Cu volcanogenic massive sulfides in the Areachap Group, Northern Cape Province, South Africa. Mineralium Deposita, 45, 481-496.
  • Guy, B.M., Beukes, N.J., and Gutzmer, J. (2010) Paleoenvironmental controls on the texture and chemical composition of pyrite from non-conglomeratic sedimentary rocks of the Mesoarchean Witwatersrand Supergroup, South Africa. South African Journal of Geology, 113, 195-228.
  • Steinhoefel, G., von Blanckenburg, F., Horn, I., Konhauser, K.O., Beukes, N.J., and Gutzmer, J. (2010) Deciphering formation processes of banded iron formations from the Transvaal and the Hamersley successions by combined Si and Fe isotope analysis using UV femtosecond laser ablation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 74, 2677-2696.
  • Van Staden, A., Zimmermann, U., Chemale, F. Jr., Gutzmer, J., and Germs, G.J.B. (2010) Correlation of Ordovician diamictites from Argentina and South Africa using detrital zircon dating. Journal of the Geological Society, 167, 217-220.
  • Voordouw, R.J., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (2010) Zoning of platinum group mineral assemblages in the UG2 chromitite determined through in situ SEM-EDS-based image analysis. Mineralium Deposita, 45, 147-159.
  • Voordouw, R., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (2009) Intrusive origin for Upper Group (UG1, UG2) stratiform chromitite seams in the Dwars River area, Bushveld Complex, South Africa. Mineralogy and Petrology, 97, 75-94.
  • Rajesh, H.M., Mukhopadhyay, J. Beukes, N.J., Gutzmer, J., Belyanin, G.A., and Armstrong, R.A. (2009) Evidence for an early Archaean granite from Bastar craton, India. Journal of the Geological Society, 166, 193-196.
  • Guo, Q., Strauss, H., Kaufman, A.J., Schröder, S., Gutzmer, J., Wing, B., Baker, M.A., Bekker, A., Jin, Q., Kim, S.-T., and Farquhar, J. (2009) Reconstructing Earth's surface oxidation across the Archean-Proterozoic transition. Geology, 37, 399-402.
  • Simonson, B.M., Sumner, D.A., Beukes, N.J., Johnson, S., Gutzmer, J. (2009) Correlating multiple Neoarchean-Paleoproterozoic impact spherule layers between South Africa andWestern Australia. Precambrian Research, 169, 100-111.
  • Mukhopadhyay, J., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J., and Hayashi, K.I. (2009) Stratabound magnetite deposits from the eastern outcrop belt of the Archaean Iron Ore Group, Singhbhum craton, India. Applied Earth Science (Trans. Inst. Min. Metall. B), 117, 175-186.
  • Calvert, C.C., Gutzmer, J., Banks, D.A., and Rainforth, W.M. (2008) EELS characterisation and valence determination of Mn minerals from the Kalahari manganese field in South Africa. Journal of Physics, Conference Series, 126, 12045-12049.
  • Chetty, D., and Gutzmer, J. (2008) Quantitative X-ray diffraction as a tool for smelting optimisation of Kalahari manganese ores. ICAM 2008 - Ninth International Congress for Applied Mineralogy, Conference Proceedings, Australian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, 419-428.
  • Smith, A.J.B., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J., and Bau, M. (2008) REE in Banded Iron-formations - Link between geochemistry and mineralogy. ICAM 2008 - Ninth International Congress for Applied Mineralogy, Conference Proceedings, Australian Institute for Mining and Metallurgy, 651-658.
  • McClung, C.R., Gutzmer, J., Lacassie, J.P., Bailie, R.H., and Ruiz-Del Solar, J. (2008) Reply: Comments by Colliston and Schoch (2008) on paper by Lacassie et al. (JGE, 91, 81-98). Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 99, 66-68.
  • Beukes, N.J., Mukhopadhyay, J., and Gutzmer, J. (2008) Genesis of high-grade iron ores of the Archean Iron Ore Group around Noamundi, India. Economic Geology, 103, 365-386.
  • Yamaguchi, K.E., Johnson, C.M., Beard, B.L., Beukes, N.J., Gutzmer, J., and Ohmoto, H. (2007) Isotopic evidence for iron mobilization during Paleoproterozoic lateritization of the Hekpoort paleosol profile from Gaborone, Botswana. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 256, 577-587.
  • McClung, C.R., Gutzmer, J., Gertloff, E., Beukes, N.J., Mezger, K., and Strauss, H. (2007) Geochemistry of bedded barites of the Aggeneys-Gamsberg District, South Africa. Mineralium Deposita, 42, 537-549.
  • Mukhopadhyay, J., Ghosh, G., Beukes, N.J., and Gutzmer, J. (2007) Precambrian colluvial iron ores in the Singhbhum Craton: Implications for origin, age of BIF-hosted iron ores and stratigraphy of the Iron Ore Group. Journal of the Geological Society of India, 70, 34-42.

Books and Special Publication authored and/or edited

  • Kausch, P., Gutzmer, J., Bertau, M., Matschullat, J. (eds.) (2011) Energie und Rohstoffe: Gestaltung unserer nachhaltigen Zukunft. Spektrum, 209 pp.
  • Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J. (eds.) (2008) Banded iron formation-related high-grade iron ore. Society of Economic Geologists, Denver, Reviews in Economic Geology, 15, 414 pp.
  • Gutzmer, J., de Kock, M.O., Van Niekerk, H.S., Simonson, B. (eds.) (2006) Precambrian sedimentary successions in understanding the evolution of atmosphere, surface environments and early life on Earth. South African Journal of Geology, Special Volume in honour of Nicolas J. Beukes
  • Cairncross, B., Beukes, N.J., Gutzmer, J. (1998). The manganese adventure. ASSORE, Johannesburg, 236 pp.

Book Chapters

  • Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (2008) Introduction: Banded iron formation- related high-grade iron ore. In: Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (eds.) Banded iron formation-related high-grade iron ore, Reviews in Economic Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Denver, 15, 1-4.
  • Beukes, N.J., and Gutzmer, J. (2008) Origin and paleoenvironmental significance of major iron formations at the Archean-Paleoproterozoic boundary. In: Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (eds.) Banded iron formation-related high-grade iron ore, Reviews in Economic Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Denver, 15, 5-47.
  • De Kock, M.O., Evans, D.A.D., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J., and Dorland, H.C. (2008) Origin and timing of banded iron formation-hosted high-grade hard hematite deposits - a paleomagnetic approach. In: Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (eds.) Banded iron formation-related high-grade iron ore, Reviews in Economic Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Denver, 15, 49-71.
  • Gutzmer, J., Chisonga, B.C., Beukes, N.J., and Mukhopadhyay, J. (2008) The geochemistry of banded iron formation-hosted high-grade hematite-martite iron ores. In: Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (eds.) Banded iron formation-related high-grade iron ore, Reviews in Economic Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Denver, 15, 157-183.
  • Mukhopadhyay, J., Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J., and Bhattarcharya, H.N. (2008) Geology and genesis of the major banded iron formation-hosted high-grade iron ore deposits of India. In: Hagemann, S., Rosiere, C., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (eds.) Banded iron formation-related high-grade iron ore, Reviews in Economic Geology, Society of Economic Geologists, Denver, 15, 291-315.
  • Gutzmer, J., Mukhopadhyay, J., Beukes, N.J., Pack, A., Hayashi, K., Sharp, Z.D. (2006) Oxygen isotope composition of hematite and genesis of high-grade BIF-hosted iron ores. In: Ohmoto, H., Kessler, S. (eds) Evolution of the Earth's early atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere: constraints from ore deposits. Geological Society of America, Memoir 198, 257-268.
  • Gutzmer, J., Beukes, N.J. (2002) Iron and manganese ore deposits: Mineralogy, geochemistry and Economic Geology. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, UNESCO, Section 5.15.6.2 (online at www.eolss.net).