Mr Christian Marien

Mr Christian Marien

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Researcher in Geochemistry and Economic Geology



Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg
B.Sc. Applied Geosciences
2007 - 2010

Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg
M.Sc. Applied Geosciences
2010 - 2014

Plymouth University
PhD Researcher
2014 - ongoing

Geochemical and Mineralogical characterisation of Carbonatites using XRF, XRD and SEM. 
University of the Free State (South Africa). April - September 2014

Digitization of geological maps from the Harz mountains using ArcGIS.
Geological Survey of Saxony Anhalt. July - August 2010

Exploration Industry
Characterisation of a potential REE mineralisation in core samples of the Carbonatite-Ultramafic-Complex Delitzsch, Germany. 
Geological Survey of Saxony Anhalt. April - September 2011

Mineralogical Characterisation of REE ore from Carbonatite-Ultramafic-Complex Delitzsch, Germany and dump material from multiple sources using SEM. 
Ceritech AG. 2012 - 2014

Professional membership

SGA - Society for Geology and Applied to Mineral Deposits
SG - Geological Society of London
EGU - European Geosciences Union

Teaching interests


GEOL 1001 - The Dynamic Earth
GEOL 1002 - Earth Materials
GEOL 1003 - Geosystems
GEOL 2002/2009 - Structures, Magmas and Volcanoes
GEOL 2003 - Geospatial Techniques

Research interests

PhD topic

From mantle to ore: Constraining the geological processes that build a major REE-deposit.

Research Focus
- Critical Materials, especially REE.
- The nature of CARBONATITES     

- Mantle Processes
- Sustainable Mining 
- Thorium-fuelled Molten Salt Reactors