Marco Fiorentini

Associate Professor, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M006), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 2153 Citations
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Personal profile


PhD Research 

In 2001-2004, I conducted my PhD research between the University of Western Australia and Monash University, in an industry-funded project coordinated by AMIRA.


Past research opportunities 

Since the end of my PhD, I have had a noteworthy record in terms of integrated research activity within and across groups in academia and industry, liaising and working efficiently with key national and international academic and governmental institutions. Since the beginning of my appointment as a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia in 2005, I have successfully led industry-funded research initiatives and leveraged industry funds through federal and state funding agencies. In October 2012, I got a permanent position as an Associate Professor at UWA.


Current role

At UWA, I have been employed in a research-intensive position. However, since 2009 I coordinate a third-year petrology class and a fifth-year economic geology unit. From an administrative point of view, I am involved in numerous service roles across the School of Earth Sciences (SES) and across the Faculty of Science at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Together with being a Senior Research Leader at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) since its inception in 2006, in 2015-2018 I have been a Chief Investigator and Node Director in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Core to Crust Fluid Systems (CCFS), and since 2016 I am the Deputy Head of the School of Earth Sciences at UWA. In addition, I am the chair of the Research and Engagement Committee in SES, as well as the school research representative in the Faculty.


The field of my research focuses on igneous petrology and isotopic geochemistry applied to magmatic mineral systems, which aims at unravelling the complex sulfur and metal cycle at the scale of the lithosphere. Recent work aims at unravelling the emplacement dynamics of pipe-like igneous systems - chonoliths, which contain sulfide mineralisation enriched in nickel, copper and the immensely valuable platinum group elements. From a practical point of view, I have experience on 1) trace element and isotopic geochemistry of magmatic and hydrothermal systems, 2) stable and radiogenic isotope analysis of sulfide and hydromagmatic phases, and 3) combined trace element mineral chemistry, EBSD and three-dimensional CT micro-tomography of sulfide and oxide mineral phases.


In my work, I promote the philosophy that fundamental science and applied research are two sides of the same coin.I have a noteworthy record in terms of integrated research activity within and across groups in academia and industry. The successful initiative that characterises my approach to scientific investigation is reflected by the wide-ranging nature of the research projects I am involved in, which stretches from pure fundamental science to more applied investigation. 


The quality of my research outputs is reflected in multiple ways. I have a noteworthy publication record despite the confidential nature of some of my research. Since the end of my PhD in 2005, I have been very successful in collaborating across a wide range of research initiatives, spanning from field-based studies to the application of extremely sophisticated cutting-edge analytical techniques with researchers from governmental institutions, both at the state and federal level. My knowledge of foreign languages has enabled me to communicate freely and maintain ongoing research collaborations with numerous institutions overseas. As a result, the success of my research initiative is also reflected by my capacity to liaise with the best researchers in selected fields of investigation. A snapshot of my research is available on Scopus and Google Scholar.

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Research Output 2004 2019

3 Citations (Scopus)

A metasomatized lithospheric mantle control on the metallogenic signature of post-subduction magmatism

Holwell, D. A., Fiorentini, M., McDonald, I., Lu, Y., Giuliani, A., Smith, D. J., Keith, M. & Locmelis, M., 1 Dec 2019, In : Nature Communications. 10, 1, 3511.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ore deposits
Earth mantle
4 Citations (Scopus)

Evidence for dyke-parallel shear during syn-intrusion fracturing

Dering, G. M., Micklethwaite, S., Cruden, A. R., Barnes, S. J. & Fiorentini, M. L., 1 Feb 2019, In : Earth and Planetary Science Letters. 507, p. 119-130 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Geology and geochronology of the Paleoproterozoic Hart Dolerite, Western Australia

Ramsay, R. R., Eves, A. E., Denyszyn, S. W., Wingate, M. T. D., Fiorentini, M., Gwalani, L. G. & Rogers, K. A., 1 Dec 2019, In : Precambrian Research. 335, 105482.

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Projects 2005 2022