Tao Mingxin



An Introduction to Scientific Research by Tao Mingxin

Tao Mingxin, male, Han nationality, born in Baiyin, Gansu Province in 1953, is a professor and a supervisor of Ph.D. candidates at Beijing Normal University. He serves as the director of the academic board of the School of Resources at BNU, as the director of the Research Center for Oil and Gas Resources at BNU, and as chief scientist for the "985" project platform. He graduated from the Department of Geology and Geography, Lanzhou University, in 1976, having majored in Geology, and stayed on there to teach. In 1984 he was admitted to Lanzhou Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Sciences Research, and was awarded there a Master’s degree in Structural Geology and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry, having worked at the Institute for a long time. In 1994 he was selected as a research fellow by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In 1997 he was appointed a Ph.D. supervisor by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has served as deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Gas Geochemistry and as deputy director of the Academic Committee. He has been honored with the Fang Shuquan Young Scientist Award and has received other awards from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, has secured a government special allowance certificate, and was elected a representative to the Tenth CPC Congress of Gansu Province. He has also served as an evaluation expert for the National Science and Technology Award and as a member of many professional committees, including the Petroleum Geology of China Geological Society. He is also an editor and has worked for such magazines as Petroleum Geology & Experiment, Natural Gas Geoscience, and Special Oil & Gas Reservoirs. He has participated in long-term collaborative research with international counterparts and has visited many countries for academic exchange and short-term study.

While engaged in research in Structural Geology and Geochemistry and the crossover field, Structural Geochemistry, Tao Mingxin has presided over a series of studies, including the completion of national "973" projects, national research / support scheme sub-topics, programs funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and major projects of the Chinese Academy of Sciences International Cooperation and Ministry of Education. He has published over one hundred papers and books (the papers have appeared in both domestic and international journals, including Nature, for which his Natural Sciences work has been awarded first prize many times (comprehensive major achievements) by the Chinese Academy of Science).

Tao Mingzxin’s main research interests and post-graduate training direction are as follows:
Gas Geochemistry: including studies of stable isotope geochemistry of coalbed methane / natural gas / CO2 and other non-hydrocarbon gases and types of causes;
Petroliferous Basins: the tectonic deformation of basins, tectonic stress fields, dynamic nature, and the formation and distribution of reservoir structure ;
Noble Gas Isotopes and Deep Fluids: the composition and source tracing of the noble gas isotope of a variety of fluids and rock ores, mantle degassing, and deep structure, etc.;
New Formation: research on the new formation activities of orogenic belt and foreland areas, including uplift, erosion, fault, and dynamics.

Graduates with the following background(s) are recruited: Geological Prospecting and Mining, Chemistry, Physics.
Tel: 010-58802253; E-mail: mxtao@bnu.edu.cn

Major Achievements and Awards

 

  1. Rift valley simulation and its geological significance: taking first prize in the Excellent Paper competition of the first Youth Symposium on Geology, in Gansu Province in 1986, and winning the Excellent Paper award of the Geological Society of China's first National Youth Symposium on Geology, in 1987 (ranked first);
  2. Industrial accumulation and formation conditions of mantle-derived helium: taking second prize in the Natural Science Award competition of the Chinese Academy of Science (92Z-2-018-03);
  3. Characteristics and significance of helium isotopes in CO2 gas in Yaojie Coal: taking first prize in the Academic Excellence Award competition of the Geological Society of Gansu Province (1992, ranked first);
  4. Formation theory and applications of natural gas: taking first prize in the Natural Science Award competition of the Chinese Academy of Science, and honored for significant comprehensive results by the Chinese Academy of Science (95Z-1-011-08);
  5. Distribution of helium isotope in natural gas in the Chinese oil and gas basins: winning the world Chinese Major Academic Achievement Award (achievement registration number: 232490, 1999, ranked third);
  6. Studies of geochemical characteristics, resources, disasters, and environmental issues regarding coalbed methane: taking third prize in the Gansu Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award competition (2001-3-090-1);
  7. Prediction and evaluation of the exploration of coalbed methane in a low-permeability reservoir: taking second prize in the Coal Industry and Technology Progress Award competition (2002-210-R10);
  8. Evolution of the CBM reservoir-forming dynamic system with mixed secondary biogenic and thermogenic gases in the Huainan Coalfield, China: taking first prize in the Shanxi Provincial Natural Science Award competition for Academic Excellence, (certificate number: 2008101017, ranked third).

Academic Papers
English Academic papers

1. Ralf Hetzel, Samuel Niedermann, Mingxin Tao, Peter W. Kubik, Susan Ivy- Ochs, Bo Gao. Manfred R. Strecker. Low slip rates and long-term preservation of geomorphic features in Central Asia. Nature, 2002, 417(23): 428-432.
2. Mingxin Tao,et al. Secondary biological coalbed gas in the Xinji area, Anhui province, China: Evidence from the geochemical features and secondary changes. International Journal of Coal Geology, 71(2007): 358-370.
3. Tao Mingxin, et al. Secondary biogenic coalbed gas in some coal fields of China. Chinese Science Bulletin,2005 Vol. 50 Supp. I,24—29.
4. Tao Mingxin, et al. Tectonic and Geochemical Characteristics and Reserved Conditions of a Mantle Source Gas Accumulation Zone in Eastern China. Science in China (Series D), 1997, 40(1):73--80.
5. Ralf Hetzel, Tao Mingxin, et al. Late Pleistocene/Holocene slip rate of the Zhangye thrust (Qilian Shan, China) and implications for the active growth of the Northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Tectonics,2004,23,1-17.
6. XU Yongchang, SHEN Ping, Tao Mingxin, et al. Industrial Accumulation of Mantle-Source Helium and the Tancheng-Lujiang Fracture Zone. Chinese Science Bulletin , 1991,36(6): 494-498.
7. Tao Mingxin, et al. Characteristics of the Helium Isotope in CO2 Gas in the Yao-jie Coalfield and Its Significance. Chinese Science Bulletin, 1992, 37(2):126—130.
8. Tao Mingxin. Characteristics of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic stress fields of the Urumqi-Usu region, Xinjiang. Acta Geologica Sinica, 1993, 6(1):17-31.
9. XU Yongchang, SHEN Ping, Tao Mingxin, et al. Distribution of the Helium Isotopes in Natural Gases from Oil-gas-bearing Basins in China, Chinese Science Bulletin, 1994,39(22):1905-1911.
10. XU Yongchang, SHEN Ping, Tao Mingxin, et al. Geochemistry of mantle-derived volatiles in natural gases from eastern China’s oil/gas provinces (Ⅰ)- A novel helium resource-commercial accumulation of mantle-derived helium in the sedimentary crust, Science in China(Series D),1997,40(2):120--129.
11. XU Yongchang, SHEN Ping, Tao Mingxin, et al. Geochemistry of mantle-derived volatiles in natural gases from eastern China’s oil/gas provinces (Ⅱ)- Helium, argon, and hydrocarbons in mantle volatiles, Science in China (Series D) ,1997,40(3):315-321.
12. Tao M. X., XU Y. C. The tectonogeochemical divisions and noble gases in China, Chinese Science Bulletin, 1998, 43, supp.128.
13. XU Yongchang, SHEN Ping, CHEN Jianfa, Tao Mingxin. Upper Precambrian Oil/Gas Potential and the Sinian Gas Field in China. The Search for Deep Gas. Geologisches Jahrbuch Reihe D, Heft 107. 1999, 83-98.
14. Ralf Hetzel, Samuel Niedermann, Susan Ivy-Ochs, Peter W. Kubik, Tao Mingxin, Bo Gao. 21Ne versus 10Be and 26Al exposure ages of fluvial terraces: the influence of crustal Ne in quarts . Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2002, 201, 575-591.
15. R. Hetzel, S. Niedermann, Tao Mingxin, M.R. Strecker, S. Ivy-Ochs, P.W. Kubik. Self-Similar Growth of Mountain Ranges: Examples from the Broken Foreland of Northeastern Tibet. European Geophysical Society, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 2003, Vol. 5, 01981.
16. Stokes, S., Hetzel, R., Bailey, R.M., Tao Mingxin. Combined IRSL-OSL Single Aliquot Regeneration (SAR) Equivalent Dose (De) Estimates from Source-Proximal Chinese Loess. Quaternary Science Reviews , 2003,22,975-983.
17. Ralf Hetzel, Tao Mingxin, et al. Implications of the fault scaling law for the growth of topography: mountain ranges in the broken foreland of Northeast Tibet. Terra Nova, 2004, Vol16 (3), 157-162.
18. Tao Mingxin, et al. Features of Mantle Degasification and the Deep Geological Structure of Different Typical Fracture Zones in China. Science in China (D), 2005,48(7):1074-1088.
19. Duan Yi, Wu Baoxiang, Zheng Chaoyang , Wang Chuanyuan, Zhang Hui, Tao Mingxin, et al. Studies on the kinetics of hydrocarbon generation from coals in Qinshui Basin. Chinese Science Bulletin,2005,50 (17): 1904-1911.
20. ZHANG Hong, CUI Yongjun, Tao Mingxin, et al. Evolution of the CBM reservoir-forming dynamic system with mixed secondary biogenic and thermogenic gases in the Huainan Coalfield, China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2005 Vol. 50 Supp. I, 30-39.
21. Yvonne Kustera, Ralf Hetzel, Matthias Krbetscheka, Tao Mingxin. Holocene loess sedimentation along the Qilian Shan (China): Significance for understanding the processes and timing of loess deposition. Quaternary Science Reviews, 2006, 25,114-125.
22. MA Jinlong, Tao Mingxin (corresponding author), YE Xianren. Characteristics and origins of primary fluids and noble gases in mantle-derived minerals from the Yishu area, Shandong Province, China. Science in China (D), 2006,49(1): 77-87.
23.Tao Mingxin. Research progress in studies on coalbed gas geochemistry. Progress in natural science, 2006, 16(3):215-220.
24. Ralf Hetzel, Samuel Niedermann, Tao Mingxin, et al. Climatic versus tectonic control of river incisions at the frontier of Northeastern Tibet: 10Be exposure-dating of river terraces at the mountain front of the Qilian Shan. Journal of Geophysical Research, 2006, VOL.111, 1-13.
25. HU Wenxuan, SONG Yucai, CHEN Xiaoming, Tao Mingxin, et al. Noble gases in corundum megacrysts from the basalts in Changle, Shandong Province, eastern China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2007, 52(3):380-387.
26. Xianren Ye, Tao Mingxi, et al. Helium and neon isotopic compositions in the ophiolites from the Yarlung Zangbo River, Southwestern China: Information from a deep mantle. Science in China (D), 2007, 50(6): 801-802.
27. Li Zhong-Ping, Tao Mingxin (corresponding author), et al. Determination of the Isotope Composition of Dissolved Inorganic Carbons by Gas Chromatography/Conventional Isotope-ratio Mass Spectrometry. CHINESE JOURNAL OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 2007, 35(10): 1455-1458.
28. L. Palumbo, R. Hetzel, M. Tao, X. Li. Topographic and lithologic control on catchment-wide denudation rates derived from cosmogenic 10Be in two mountain ranges at the frontier of Northeastern Tibet, Geomorphology, 2009, 117, 130–142.
29. L. Palumbo, R. Hetzel, M. Tao, X. Li, J. Guo. Deciphering the rate of mountain growth during the topographic pre-steady state: An example from the Northeastern frontier of the Tibetan Plateau. TECTONICS, 2009, 28(2):12-18. TC4017, doi: 10.1029.
30. L. Palumbo, R. Hetzel, M. Tao, X. Li. Catchment-wide denudation rates at the frontier of Northeastern Tibet from in situ-produced cosmogenic 10Be. Terra Nova, 2010, 23(1): 42–48.

Selected Chinese Academic Papers

1. Tao Mingxin. On academic ideas about geomechanics and problems in development. Advances in Earth Science, 1989,(5): 22-25.
2. Tao Mingxin, et al. A simulation experiment with the rift system and its geological implications. Geological Review, 1989,35(4):359-365.
3. Xu Yongchang, Shen Ping, Tao Mingxin, et al. Industrial storage of mantle helium and the Tan-Lu fault zone. Chinese Science Bulletin, 1990, (12): 932-935.
4. Tao Mingxin. The characteristics of structural deformation in the Urumqi-Usu region on the face of the Northern Tianshan Mountains. Xinjiang Geology, 1990,8(4),351-361.
5. Tao Mingxin, et al. Characteristics of helium isotopes of Yaojie Coal CO2 gas and their significance. Chinese Science Bulletin, 1991, (12): 921 - 923.
6. Tao Mingxin. Characteristics of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic stress fields of the Urumqi - Usu region, Xinjiang. Acta Geologica Sinica, 1992, 66 (3):206-218.
7. Tao Mingxin. On the Formation Mechanism and Classification of the Primary Structure of the Intrusive Body. Journal of Lanzhou University (Natural Science Edition), 1992,28(1):109-116.
8. Tao Mingxin, et al. Carbon dioxide outburst and its prevention in a Yaojie Coal Mine, Gansu. Journal of Natural Disasters, 1994,3 (3): 85-89.
9. Xu Yongchang, Shen Ping, Tao Mingxin, et al. The distribution of helium isotopes in petroliferous basins in China, Chinese Science Bulletin, 1994, 39 (16):1505-1508.
10. Tao Mingxin. A Tectonic Environmental Analysis of Turpan-Hand Basin: the Genetic Relationships between the Basin and the Orogenic Belt of the Continental Inner Plate. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, 1994,12(4):40-49.
11. Tao Mingxin, et al. The evolution and structural characteristics of the Taojie F19 fracture zone. Coal Geology of China, 1995, 7(3): 12-16.
12. Tao Mingxin, et al. CO2 concentration in the Yaojie Coal Mine and the structural geochemical characteristics of the spatial variation of δ13C. Chinese Science Bulletin, 1995,40(3):260-263 .
13. Tao Mingxin. The structural geochemical partition, type, and potential of China’s natural gas resources. Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development Strategy, Beijing: China Environmental Science Press, 1995, 66-70.
14. Xu Yongchang, Shen Ping, Tao Mingxin, Liu Wenhui. The geochemistry of mantle-derived volatiles of natural gas in the East Oil and Gas field: new type of I: helium resources. Scientia Sinica Terrae, Ser. D, 1996,26 (1):1-8.
15. Xu Yongchang, Shen Ping, Tao Mingxin. The geochemistry of mantle-derived volatiles of natural gas in the East Oil and Gas field - Ⅱ: helium, argon, and carbon compounds in mantle-derived volatiles. Scientia Sinica Terrae, Ser. D, 1996,26 (2): 187-192.
16. Tao Mingxin, et al. Tectonics, geochemical characteristics, and accumulation conditions of the mantle-source gas reservoir accumulation zone in Eastern China, Scientia Sinica Terrae, Ser. D, 1996,39 (6) :531-536.
17. Tao Mingxin, et al. Formation characteristics and conditions of the mantle helium reservoir in North Jiangsu Basin. Natural Gas Geoscience, 1997,8(3):1-8.
18. Tao Mingxin, et al. The tectonic environment, typical gas reservoir, and exploration direction of coal-type gas in provinces in China I: coal-type gas of the upper Paleozoic. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, 1998,16(3):25-30.
19. Tao Mingxin, et al. The tectonic environment, typical gas reservoir, and exploration direction of coal-type gas in provinces in China II: coal-type gas of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic periods. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, 1999,17(4):620-626.
20. Tao Mingxin, et al. Coalbed methane: a new energy resource and its hazards and environmental problems. Bulletin of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, 1999,18(3):182-188.
21. Tao Mingxin, et al. Active characteristics and cumulative effects of mantle-derived fluids in Eastern China. Geotectonica Et Metallogenia, 2001,3:265-270.
22. Tao Mingxin. The properties, divisions, and oil-gas-forming specialization of the tectonic environment of China’s petroliferous areas. Advances in Earth Science, 2001, 16 (6):746-754.
23. Tao Mingxin, et al. Mantle degassing and deep geological features of different types of fault zones in China. Scientia Sinica Terrae (D Series), 2005 (5): 441-451.
24. Tao Mingxin, et al. Secondary biogenic coalbed methane found in some Chinese coal mines. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2005,50 (SupplⅠ) :14-18.
25. Zhang Hong, Cui Yongjun, Tao Mingxin, et al. Evolution of the CBM reservoir-forming dynamic system with mixed secondary biogenic and thermogenic gases in the Huainan Coalfield, China. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2005,50 (SupplⅠ): 19-26.
26. Tao Mingxin. Research status quo and development trend of coalbed methane geochemistry. Progress in Natural Science, 2005, 15 (6): 648-652.
27. Ma Jinlong, Tao Mingxin (Corresponding Author), Ye Xianren. The geochemistry of the fluids and rare gases in mantle minerals in the Yishu Area of Shandong Province, China. Scientia Sinica Terrae (D Series), 2005 (11):1019-1027.
28. Wang Wanchun, Tao Mingxin, et al. C25, C30, and other acyclic isoprenoid alkanes in the coal rock of the Liyazhuang Coal Mine, and their geochemical significance. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, 2006,24(6):897-900.
29. Ye Xianren, Tao Mingxin, et al. Measuring the He and Ne isotopic composition of the Brahmaputra ophiolites with the sub-heating method: information from the deep mantle. Scientia Sinica Terrae (D Series), 2007, 37 (5):573-583.
30. Li Zhongping, Tao Mingxin (corresponding author), et al. Gas chromatograph-determination of the carbon isotope of a dissolved inorganic carbon by isotopic mass spectrometry. Chinese Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2007,35(10):1455-1458.
31. Tao Mingxin, Xie Guang-xin. Research Progress on "the Formation and Evolution, Genetic Types, and Contribution of CBM (Coalbed Methane).” Natural Gas Geoscience, 2008,19(6):894-896.
32. Ma Yuzhen, Tao Mingxin, et al. Hazard of H2S and SO2 Contents in Coalbed Methane and Natural Gas. Acta Geologica Sinica, 2008,82(10):1408-1415.
33. Wang Zuodong, Meng Qianxiang, Tao Mingxin, et al. Identification of C19-C29 steranes and 25-norhopanes in source rock, and the geological significance. Acta Sedimentologica Sinica, 2009,27(1):180-185.
34. Li Zhong-Ping, Li Liwu, Tao Mingxin, et al. Development of a thermal conversion device for the determination of monomer hydrocarbon hydrogen isotopes. Chinese Journal of Analytical Chemistry, 2010, 38(9): 1371-1376.
35. Tao Mingxin. The two kinds of tectonic unit systems in the Turpan-Hami Basin, Xinjiang Province, China. Geological Bulletin of China, 2010,29(2~3):297-304.

Monographs

1. Xu Yongchang, et al. Genetic theory of natural gas and its application, 1994, Science Press (one of the main authors, unsorted).
2. Xu Yongchang, Shen Ping, Liu Wenhui, Tao Mingxin, Sun Mingliang, Du Jianguo. Geochemistry of rare gas in natural gases.1998, Science Press.
3. Xu Yongchang, Liu Wenhui, Shen Ping, Tao Mingxin. Geochemistry of noble gases in natural gases.1996, Science Press.
4. Xu Yongchang, Fu Jiamo, Zheng Jianjing. Formation of natural gas and the foundation of big and medium-sized gas fields. 2000, Science Press (one of authors).
5. Liu Wenhui, Chen Jianfa, Tao Mingxin. Collected works on the geochemistry of natural gas, 2002, Geological Publishing House.
6. Jin Zhijun, Hu Wenxuan, Zhang Liuping, Tao Mingxin. The activity of deep fluids and the oil-gas reservoir accumulation effect, 2007, Science Press.

Popular Science Publications

Tao Xiaohan (pseudonym). It is time to smash bottles of alcohol: stories of the well-known geologist, Li Siguang. Gansu Daily, 1980, 2, 27.
Tao Mingxin. Dragon. Gansu Daily, 1980, 4, 22, 4th page. Reproduced from Science and Technology, edited by Renmin University of China, 1980, 9, 47-48.
Tao Mingxin. Geology and geologists. Lanzhou University, 1980, No. 19.
Tao Mingxin. Environmental Issues in Coal Mining and the Comprehensive Utilization of Resources. Science, 2000, 52 (1): 21-23.





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