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Azhar M. Shaikh

Postdoctoral fellow
Name: Azhar M Shaikh
Location: C1 Lab 446 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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About Dr Azhar M. Shaikh


Dr Azhar Shaikh is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Johannesburg, APK. He studied geology (MSc) at Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad, located in the central part of the Large Igneous Province (LIP) of India called Deccan Traps (end-Cretaceous). He completed his PhD at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, one of the premier research institutes of India. His PhD thesis was titled ‘Mineralogy of selected kimberlite clan rocks from the Wajrakarur Kimberlite Field, southern India’. The thesis was focussed on the characterisation of a number of south Indian lamproites and kimberlites with a view to understanding the metasomatic and magmatic process that operated in the Earth’s mantle to produce different mineralogical assemblages and chemical variations in the rocks. During his PhD, he presented his work at various conferences including the 25th Goldschmidt conference in 2015 held at Prague, Czech Republic, and the 11th International Kimberlite Conference (IKC) in 2017 held at Gaborone, Botswana.

Research Interests

Dr Shaikh is interested in (i) high precision in-situ mineral analysis using microprobe and LA-ICPMS, (ii) thermal and geochemical evolution of the lithospheric mantle, and (iii) geochemistry of ‘kimberlite clan’ rocks.
His skills include mineral major and trace element analysis using microprobe, geothermobarometry, geochemistry of mantle rocks and their mineral fragments (xenocrysts).


  • S.P. Kumar, Azhar M. Shaikh, S.C. Patel, J.M. Sheikh, S. Tappe, K.L. Pruseth, S. Ravi, D. Behera: Petrology of lamproite dykes from Banganapalle (Dharwar craton, India): Evidence for spinel zonation as a recorder of multi-stage magma evolution. under review
  • Azhar M. Shaikh, S.C. Patel, Y. Bussweiler, S.P. Kumar, S. Tappe, S. Ravi, D. Mainkar: Olivine trace element compositions in diamondiferous lamproites from India: Proxies for magma origin and the nature of the lithospheric mantle beneath the Bastar and Dharwar cratons. Lithos, 2018, 324–325:501–518.
  • Azhar M. Shaikh, S.P. Kumar, S.C. Patel, S.S. Thakur, S. Ravi, D. Behera: The P3 kimberlite and P4 lamproite, Wajrakarur kimberlite field, India: mineralogy, and major and minor element compositions of olivines as records of their phenocrystic vs xenocrystic origin. Mineralogy and Petrology, 2018, 112: 609–624.
  • Azhar M. Shaikh, S.C. Patel, S. Ravi, D. Behera, K.L. Pruseth: Mineralogy of the TK1 and TK4 ‘kimberlites’ in the Timmasamudram cluster, Wajrakarur Kimberlite Field, India: Implications for lamproite magmatism in a field of kimberlites and ultramafic lamprophyres. Chemical Geology, 2017; 455:208-230.