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Francois Voute

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 226
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 2669


Born and raised in Saint Etienne (France) where he graduated a Bachelor’s degree, Francois undertook his Master of Science degree in Geosciences at the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France). Francois first joined the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) by February 2012 for his Master’s thesis project of 7 months in partnership with Goldfields Limited.

Afterwards, Francois kept a foot in the CET by working as a research assistant, allowing him to strengthen his background in economic geology.  Concurrently, he compiled the results obtained in the course of his Master’s research project in a paper (submitted in December 2014).

After 4 years focused on Archean tectonic and associated gold mineralization, he decided to enlarge his skills by undertaking a PhD in the Eastern Andean cordillera (Peru), supervised by Prof Steffen Hagemann, and financially supported by the “Compania Minera de Poderosa”. Objectives of his regional scale study is to combine laser ICP-MS analyses on sulfides (trace element signatures) of the mineralized areas with the Lu-Hf signatures of the plutonic and volcanic rocks (host rocks to mineralization) in order to constrain the metallogenic evolution of the Marañón Valley Au belt (Eastern Andean Cordillera, Peru).

Research Experiences

  • Re-evaluation of the Archaean geodynamic evolution using cartographic distribution of Sm/Nd model ages: application to the Kaapvaal craton (South Africa)
  • Mineralogy, geochemistry, and structural controls of three orogenic gold deposits (Turret, Donegal and Maria) from the Agnew-Mt. White district in the Yilgarn Craton (Western Australia)
  • Studies of the distribution of trace elements within sulfides associated with the Frog's Leg Gold Orogenic Gold deposits (Western Australia)