Vlassis Papadopoulos

Supervisor: Prof. Hari Tsikos
Co-supervisor: Dr Bertus Smith (UJ)
Sponsor: Angloamerican Ltd


Vlassis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the National University of Athens in 2013 with a 4-year BSc in Geology, shortly after he obtained his classical guitar degree in 2012. As part of his undergraduate studies, he carried out a project on the origin of controversial meta-sedimentary rocks in Greece using petrography, geochemistry, and thermo-barometry. Having decided to put his musical career temporarily on hold, he moved to South Africa in April 2014 to continue his studies in Geology at MSc level. His current project focuses on the so-called “Manganore” BIF of the Transvaal Supergroup in the Northern Cape Province. As the Manganore rocks typically underlie high-grade iron ores in the region, Vlassis is currently examining their petrography, bulk geochemistry and O-isotope geochemistry, in an attempt to shed light on their alteration history and possibly on the genesis of the stratigraphically adjacent iron ores themselves. In his spare time, he enjoys composing music, writing, reading, watching movies, cooking and baking, as well as engaging in all kinds of thought-provoking discussions with his girlfriend.

Project title

Mineralogical and geochemical constraints on the origin, alteration history and metallogenic significance of the Manganore iron formation, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Contact details

E-mail: g14p8650@campus.ru.ac.za; ksaviar22128@hotmail.com
Cell: 0736863943

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