Department of Petrology and Minerals

1. ESTABLISHMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
  Department of Petrology and Minerals (former Department of Mineralogy and Petrography) belonging to the Faculty of Geology was founded in 1976 at the Saigon University of Science which was then renamed as the Tong hop University Ho Chi Minh City in 1996 and currently as the University of Sciences, Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM). In accordance with the current objectives and tasks of training and scientific research, it has eventually been approved and decided to be renamed as the current Department by the Rector since the 15th of June 2016.

  Up to now, over 40 years of establishment and development, Department of Petrology and Minerals have made great contributions to training generations of sufficient skilled geologists from undergraduate (bachelor) to postgraduate (master and doctorate) for the country. Apart from teaching, the Department has also been actively participating in various areas such as scientific research on geology and minerals, fundamental surveys on mineral resources and geological environments, mineral technology research, research and appraisal of gemstones, semi-gemstones, and fine arts for many industries and localities.
  Over the time, Department of Petrology and Minerals is continuously developing with a group of lecturers who are highly motivated and fully specialized and trained from different domestic and abroad universities. At present, Department of Petrology and Minerals is one of the key departments of the Faculty of Geology, University of Sciences (VNU-HCM) and takes charge of teaching a variety of basic and specialized subjects for students of the Faculty of Geology (University of Sciences, VNU-HCM) and the Department of Geology and Minerals (Ho Chi Minh University of Natural Resources and Environment).
2. STAFFS
   2.1. Current staffs:

   Head of Department: NGUYEN Kim Hoang, Ph.D

NO.

AVATAR

FULL NAME

CONTACT

1

   

NGUYEN Kim Hoang, Ph.D.

Head of Department

Head of Petrology and Minerals Speciality

nkhoang@hcmus.edu.vn

2

   

Assoc. Prof. Dr. PHAM Trung Hieu

pthieu@hcmus.edu.vn

3

   

TRUONG Chi Cuong, MSc.

tccuong@hcmus.edu.vn

4

   

NONG Thi Quynh Anh, Ph.D. (graduated from University of Graz, Austria)

ntqanh@hmus.edu.vn

 

5

   

BUI Kim Ngoc, MSc.

bkngoc@hcmus.edu.vn

 

6

   

PHAM Minh, MSc.

pminh@hcmus.edu.vn

 

7

   

NINH Vu Luan, BSc.

nvluan@hcmus.edu.vn

 



    2.2. Visiting lecturers:
1.   Assoc. Dr. NGUYEN Thi Ngoc Lan (former Head of Sedimentology Department, Faculty of Geology, University of Sciences VNU-HCM)

2.   Ph.D. LE Duc Phuc (Head of Department of Marine Geology and Petroleum, Faculty of Geology, University of Sciences VNU-HCM)
3.   Assoc. Dr. TA Thi Kim Oanh (Institute of Geography and Resources, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology)
4.   Assoc. Dr. NGUYEN Van Lap (Institute of Geography and Resources, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology)
5.   Assoc. Dr. NGUYEN Viet Ky (Head of Department of Geotechnics, former Dean of Faculty of Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, VNU-HCM)
6.   Assoc. Dr. HOANG Thi Thanh Thuy (Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment)
7.   Ph.D. BUI The Vinh (Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment)
8.   Ph.D. DO Van Linh (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
9.   Ph.D. VU Ngoc Hung (Sub-National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection)
10.  MSc. TRAN Phu Hung (former Head of Department of Fundamental Geology, former Dean of Faculty of Geology, University of Sciences VNU-HCM)
11.  MSc. MAI Kim Vinh (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
12.  MSc. LE Ngoc Nang (Center for gemology research and application LIU)
13.  MSc. CAT Pham Dieu Hien (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
14.  MSc. NGUYEN Van Tuan (Corporation Survey Golden Dragon, Saigon Jewelry Company Limited – SJC)
15.  MSc. NGO Van Nen (Corporation Survey Golden Dragon, Saigon Jewelry Company Limited – SJC)

2.3. Former members:

  1. NGUYEN Duc Minh (Dean, 1975 – 1978, passed away)
  2. Assoc. Prof. HUYNH Trung (Dean, 1982 - 2003)
  3. VO Trung Chanh (Dean, 2003 - 2008)
  4. Dr. NGUYEN Kim Hoang (Dean, 2007 – 2021)
  5. Dr. VU Chi Hieu
  6. D. NGUYEN Si Anh
  7. HUYNH Van Hai (passed away)
  8. TE Thi Le Hong
  9. Dr. LE Manh Tan
  10. BUI Van Trang (passed away)
  11. D. NGO Thi Hong Van (passed away)
  12. NGUYEN Trung Khanh (passed away)
  13. TRAN Dai Thang
  14. DANG Cong Minh
  15. TRAN Van Phuoc
  16. LY Kim Long
  17. PHAM Van Sang
  18. NGUYEN Nhat Khoan
  19. TRUONG Thi Hoa
  20. NGO Thi Thanh Mai
  21. NGUYEN Van Chieu
  22. Ph. NGUYEN The Cong
  23. HOANG Thi Hong Anh
  24. DOAN Thi Anh Vu
  25. Dr. VU Ngoc Hai (Hanoi University of Mining and Geology)
  26. Dr. NGUYEN Ngoc Lien (Hanoi University of Mining and Geology)
  27. Dr. NGUYEN Chi Vu. (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
  28. Dr. NGUYEN Tuong Tri (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
  29. Dr. VU Van Vinh (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
  30. Dr. PHAM Huy Long (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
  31. Dr. TRINH Van Long (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
  32. NGUYEN Van Mai (South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division)
  33. NGUYEN Van Hai (former staff in Sacombank)
3. TEACHING AND TRAINING
   3.1. Undergraduate:

Teaching subjects of general geology and being in charge of training 2 specialities: Mineral Geology and Gemstones.

  • Basic subjects:

- GEO10004_Crystallography and Mineralogy
- GEO10005_Optical Crystallography - Rock-Forming Minerals
- GEO10006_Petrography of Igneous and Metamorphic Rock
- GEO10011_Optical Crystallography - Rock-Forming Minerals
- GEO10013_Field Geology 1
- GEO10020_General Minerals
- GEO10027_Field Geology 2

  • Specialized subjects:
  • Mineral Geology Speciality:

- GEO10101_Methods of diagnosis, search, and exploration of solid minerals
- GEO10102_Metallic mineral geology
- GEO10103_The geochemical method of minerals prospecting 
- GEO10104_Mineral Technology
- GEO10105_Structure of ore and mineral deposits
- GEO10106_Vietnam mineral resources
- GEO10107_Methods of researching ore minerals
- GEO10108_Non-metallic mineral geology
- GEO10109_Specialized Informatics

  • Gemstones Speciality:

- GEO10110_Genesis of Gemstones and semi-precious stones
- GEO10201_Gem identification
- GEO10202_Diamond identification
- GEO10203_Ruby-sapphire-emerald and identification
- GEO10204_Pearl, Melo pearl and the other organic gems
- GEO10205_Placers deposits of gemstones and semi-precious stones
- GEO10206_Synthetic and treated Gemstones
- GEO10207_Cutting-polishing gems & process of making jewelry
- GEO10208_Semi precious stones and art
- GEO10209_Specialized Informatics

   3.2. Postgraduate:

- Teaching and training various subjects of Geology for Master degree.
- Teaching and training various subjects of Geology for Doctoral degree.

Bachelor students’ field trip (2019)

Master students’ thesis defense (2015)


4. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND APPLICATION

   4.1. Basic geological research:

  1. Crystallography - Mineralogy - Petrology
  2. Petrology of Magmatic and metamorphic rocks and mineralogy
  3. General geochemistry, Geochemistry of mineralization processes (endogenous and exogenous processes), Marine geochemistry, and Applied geochemistry (Environmental geochemistry, Geochemistry of mineral prospection and exploration, and Isotope geochemistry)
  4. Mineral geology

   4.2. Applied geological research for technological development:

  1. Fundamental surveys on mineral resources, mineral prospection-exploration, and planning for mineral exploration and exploitation
  2. Orientations for proper use of minerals
  3. Environmental geochemistry, isotopic geochemistry
  4. Research and technology transfer of minerals
  5. Inspection of gemstones, semi-precious stones


Bachelor students (3rd year) on a field trip in Suoi Khiet, Binh Thuan Province.
   


Bachelor students (Mineral Geology Speciality) inspect
ing placer deposits of Titanium in the Binh Thuan seashore.


Bachelor students (Mineral Geology Speciality)
inspecting deposits of Bentonite in Nha Me, Binh Thuan.


Bachelor students (
Gemstones Speciality) inspecting deposits of sapphire in Da Ban, Binh Thuan Province.


5. LABORATORY
Laboratories are equipped for teaching and research on different areas of petrography and mineralogy. They are Petrography - Mineralogy Lab and Gemstones Lab located respectively in Linh Trung campus (Thu Duc District, HCMC) and the main campus (227 Nguyen Van Cu street, District 5, HCMC)

  
Optical polarized light microscopes in Petrography Lab (main campus 227 Nguyen Van Cu)


Optical polarized light microscopes in Petrography Lab (Linh Trung, Thu Duc district)

  
Optical microscopes in Gemstones Lab (main campus 227 Nguyen Van Cu)
   

  
An optical polarized light microscope connected with PC in Petrography Lab (Linh Trung, Thu Duc district)


6. COLLABORATION
   6.1. National collaboration:

The Department currently has research and training cooperation with the following partners:

  • South Vietnam Geological Mapping Division.
  • Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Resources Geography (Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology).
  • Faculty of Geology and Petroleum Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, VNU-HCM.
  • Department of Geology and Minerals, Ho Chi Minh City University of Natural Resources and Environment.
  • Sub-National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection.
  • Corporation Survey Golden Dragon, Saigon Jewelry Company Limited – SJC.
  • Phu Nhuan Jewelry Joint Stock Company –
  • Consultant companies of Mineral geology, etc.
   6.2. International collaboration:
  • Chungnam National University (CNU, South Korea),
  • Chonnam University (South Korea),
  • Guilin University of Technology (R.P.China),
  • Hiroshima University (Japan)

A collaboration with Ph.D. students from Chungnam University for inspection of the Hiep Duc ultramafic formation (2016)

International workshop “Crustal Evolution and associated minerals” (April 2019) 

Scientific staffs attended the conference at Hiroshima University, Japan (March 2019)

Two Master students joined the exchange program at Hiroshima University, Japan (March 2017)


Ph.D. Student NGUYEN The Cong in Chonnam University, South Korea

Ph.D. Student HOANG T.H. Anh in Chungnam University, South Korea

Ph.D. Student NONG T.Q. Anh in University of Graz, Austria

7. CONTACT:
Address: Room C02, 227 Nguyen Van Cu street, Ward 4, District 5, HCM City.

Tel: (+84.28) 38 357449 - Fax (+84.28) 38 350 096.
Email: Head of Department: nkhoang@hcmus.edu.vn

Contact

FACULTY OF GEOLOGY

227 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: (+84) 28.38 355 271
Fax: 84.028. 8 350 096         
Email: khoadiachat@hcmus.edu.vn
Office: Block C, Room C13, 1st floor

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