Sun Zhilei

Author: Updated:2015-07-29



AssociateResearch Fellow,Sun Zhilei

Correspondence Address: No.62, Fuzhou Road, Qingdao, China.

Institute: Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology

Postcode: 266071

Telephone: 86-0532-85723759



Date of Birth: 02/03/1975

Sex: Male

Languages: Chinese


Ph.D., Geochemistry (2007/09-2010/07)

Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

M.Sc., Sedimentary Geology (2003/09-2007/07)

Institute of Sedimentary Geology, Chengdu University of Technology

B.Eng., railway engineering (1994/09-1998/07)

Southwest Jiaotong University


The development of biomineralization in seafloor extreme environment (including hydrothermal vent and cold seeping systems) is conducive to the research and the exploration about the early earth’s history, the life evolution, the subsurface biosphere and the terrestrial planets. The hydrothermal biomineralization has in the decade becomes the focus of geobiological research with the introduction of the microelectronic technology and molecular biology technology. Available information indicates that microorganisms play a critical role in the formations of Fe-Si oxyhydroxide and silicate deposits in the hydrothermal systems globally. Furthermore,the seafloorcold seeping is also tantalizing to every marine scientist. Voluminoushydrocarbon-rich fluids are transferred into seawater or even atmosphere via pervasive seafloor cold seepage systems, where a series of important biogeochemical processes occur and sustain a broad diversity of ecosystems, relying on the energy derived by chemosynthetic microbes from the oxidation of reduced chemical compounds. Both of these extreme systems are our current research interests. The involved study areas include the Southwest Indian Ridge, the Lau back arc basin, and the Okinawa Trough in the Pacific. 


[1] Zhilei Sun, Huaiyang Zhou*, Qunhui Yang, Hu Wang, ShenxuBao, Huiqiang Yao, 2011. Hydrothermal Fe-Si-Mnoxyhydroxide deposits from the Central and South Valu Fa Ridge, Lau Basin. Applied Geochemistry 26, 1192–1204.

[2] Zhilei Sun, Huaiyang Zhou*, G.P. Glasby, Qunhui Yang, Xijie Yin, Jiwei Li, Zhiqiang Chen, 2012. Formations of Fe-Mn-Si oxide and nontronite deposits: example from hydrothermal fields on the Valu Fa Ridge, Lau Basin. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 43, 64–76.

[3] Sun Zhilei, Zhou Huaiyang*, Yang Qunhui, Yin Xijie, Wang Hu, Yao Huiqiang, Dong Congfang, 2012.Growth model of a hydrothermal low-temperature Si-rich chimney: example from the CDE hydrothermal field, Lau Basin, SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences 55, 1–15.

[4] Sun Zhilei, G.P. Glasby, Li Jun*, Huang Wei, Cui Ruyong, Chen Zhigang, 2011. Keys to ancient Fe-Si formation: low-temperature hydrothermal oxide deposits along modern oceanic ridges. InterRidge News 20, 21–23.

[5] Zhilei Sun, Huaiyang Zhou*, G. P. Glasby, Zhixue Sun, Xijie Yin, Hu Wang, Jiwei, Li,2013.Mineralogical characterization and formation of Fe-Si oxyhydroxidedeposits from modern seafloor hydrothermal vents. American Mineralogist, 98, 85–97.

[6] Zhilei Sun, Helong Wei, Xunhua Zhang, Luning Shang, Xijie Yin, Yunbao Sun, Lei Xu, Wei Huang, Xianrong Zhang, 2015. A unique Fe-rich carbonate chimney associated with cold seeps in the Northern Okinawa Trough, East China Sea. Deep-Sea Research I 95, 37–53. 

[7] Zhilei Sun*, Jun Li, Wei Huang, Hailiang Dong, Crispin Little, Jiwei Li., 2015.Generation of hydrothermal Fe-Si oxyhydroxide deposit on the Southwest Indian Ridge and its implication for the origin of ancient banded iron. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeoscience, 120, doi:10.1002/2014JG002764.

[8] Zhilei Sun*, Xijie Yin, Hong Caoa, Jiwei Li, Hu Wang, Qunhui Yang, Wei Huang, Xianrong Zhang, HuaiyangZhou.Preservation of hydrothermal fingerprint in distal plume sediments at Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, under review.

[9] Sun Zhixue, Sun Zhilei*, Lu Hongjiang, Yin Xijie, Wangjin, 2010.Characteristics of carbonate cements in sandstone reservoirs: A case from Yanchang Formation, middle and southern Ordos Basin, China. Petroleum Exploration and Development 37, 543–551.

[10] Zhixue Sun, Zhilei Sun* Jun Yao, Minglu Wu, Junrong Liu, Zhenya Dou and Changrong Pei., 2014. Porosity preservation by authigenic chlorite coats in the deeply buried upper Triassic Xujiahe formation sandstones, Sichuan Basin, Western China. Journal of Petroleum Geology 37, 251–268. 

[11] G.P. Glasby, Jun Li*, Zhilei Sun, Deep-Sea Nodules and Co-rich MnCrusts.MarineGeoresources&Geotechnology, DOI:10.1080/1064119X.2013.784838, 2013.

[12] Zhou Huaiyang*, Sun Zhilei, Li Jiangtao, Yang Qunhui, 2010.Biomineralization History in Low-Temperature Hydrothermal Precipitates in Valu Fa Ridge, Lau Back-arc Basin.American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2010, abstract.

[13] Jiwei Li, Weimin Sun, Shiming Wang, Zhilei Sun, Sixiang Ling, Xiaotong Peng, 2014. Bacteria diversity, distribution and insight into their role in S and Fe biogeochemical cycling during black shale weathering.Environmental Microbiology DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12536.

[14] Yanliu Yang, Gaiyun Zhang, Zhilei Sun, Man Kit Cheung, Cheney Huang, 2014. Altererythrobacteroceanensis sp. nov., isolated from the Western Pacific. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 106, DOI 10.1007/s10482-014-0288-z.