Prof. Dr. Cyril Chelle-Michou

Prof. Dr.  Cyril Chelle-Michou


ETH Zürich

Dep. of Earth Sciences

Prof. Dr. Cyril Chelle-Michou

Inst. für Geochemie und Petrologie

NW F 83

Clausiusstrasse 25

8092 Zürich


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Research area

Cyril Chelle-Michou’s research focuses on the study of mineral resources. He takes a cross-disciplinary approach where methods, data and concepts encompassing a broad range of fields (economic geology, geochronology, petrology, geochemistry, tectonics and numerical modelling) are interconnected to unravel the processes that have shaped our planet and generated the natural resources upon which our society relies. His approach considers mineral resource systems at the scale of the entire crust within which a range of geological processes may have converged to form small-scale metal concentrations.

His group’s main research objectives are to (1) identify as well as quantify the relative importance of various geological processes in controlling the size of mineral deposits and the endowment of mineral belts, (2) quantify magmatic-hydrothermal fluxes of dynamically (temporally and spatially) evolving systems, (3) develop new exploration methods and decision tools to help targeting the mineralisation with the biggest potential as early as possible, and (4) develop high-precision geochronological methods.

Curriculum Vitae

Cyril Chelle-Michou has been an Assistant Professor of Mineral Resource Systems at the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology in the Department of Earth Sciences since December 2018.

He was born in Pessac (France) in 1985.

Cyril Chelle-Michou obtained a double diploma in Geological Engineering from the National School of Geology of Nancy (ENSG), France, and a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from the Luleå University of Technology (LTU), Sweden, in 2008. After working with the Swedish and New Caledonian mineral industries for a short time, he completed his PhD in Earth Science at the University of Geneva in 2013.

From 2014 to 2018, he was a postdoctoral researcher successively at the University of Geneva, the University Jean Monnet (Saint-Etienne, France), and the University of Bristol (UK).

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