Chun-Kit Lai

Senior Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science




BSc (HKU), MPhil (HKU), PhD (CODES, UTAS, Australia)


Economic Geology
Plate tectonic reconstruction
Orogenic gold deposits
Porphyry copper deposits
SE Asia geology
Central Asian Orogenic Belt


Gold deposits in Borneo: Exploration potential and environmental impacts

Discovery of high-quality gold-(copper) deposits is successively reported in the Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan regions of Borneo. Despite the economic significance, the extend of the Bornean gold mineralisation has never been well established. Recent discovery of extensive hydrothermal pyrite occurrence in sedimentary rocks highlights the presence of ancient hydrothermal activities in the country and thus gold prospectivity. This 2-year project (starts in May 2018) represents our first step to develop UBD into a regional hub of Economic Geology and Mineral Resource research. With an integrated approach of ore deposit geology, radiometric age dating, geochemistry, statistics and GIS spatial analysis, we aim to delineate the space-time distribution of gold mineralisation in Borneo and assess the regional/local (esp. within Brunei Darussalam) gold-forming potential. Meanwhile, we will also investigate the potential environmental impacts of Bornean gold exploration/mining activities. The project contributes to the further strengthening/diversification of the national economy on one hand, and safeguarding the nation from cross-border mining-related pollution on another.

Applications Invited
MSc, PhD

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