Imperial College London

Professor Mark Rehkämper

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Professor of Isotope Geochemistry



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450Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





My research applies novel isotopic techniques to advance understanding in earth, planetary, environmental and life sciences.


  • Stable isotope geochemistry and biogeochemistry of trace metals
  • Cosmochemistry and solid earth geochemistry
  • Marine geochemistry and paleoceanography
  • Novel applications of trace metal stable isotope systems for research in biomedicine, environmental geochemistry and agricultural sciences
  • Isotopic tracing of engineered nanomaterials
  • Development of new techniques of isotopic analysis

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of the Joint Publications Committee of the Meteoritical Society and the Geochemical Society to oversee Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Associate Editor of Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
  • Editorial board member for Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry (JAAS)

Education and Professional Experience

  • Academic staff at Imperial College London since 2005
  • Research Scientist, ETH Zurich, 2000-2005
  • Research Scientist, University of Münster, 1998-1999
  • Research Fellow, University of Michigan, 1995-1997
  • PhD in Geochemistry, Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry & University of Mainz, 1991-1995
  • Diplom in Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, 1990
  • Vordiplom in Chemistry, University of Marburg, 1987



Xie RC, Rehkämper M, Grasse P, et al., 2019, Corrigendum to “Isotopic evidence for complex biogeochemical cycling of Cd in the eastern tropical South Pacific” [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 512 (2019) 134–146](S0012821X19300913)(10.1016/j.epsl.2019.02.001), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:524, ISSN:0012-821X

Zhang P, Misra S, Guo Z, et al., Stable isotope labelling of metal/metal oxide nanomaterials for environmental and biological tracing, Nature Protocols, ISSN:1750-2799

Rehkamper M, Moore R, Maret W, et al., 2019, Assessment of coupled Zn concentration and natural stable isotope analyses of urine as a novel probe of Zn status, Metallomics, ISSN:1756-5901

Xie RC, Rehkamper M, Grasse P, et al., Isotopic evidence for complex biogeochemical cycling of Cd in the eastern tropical South Pacific, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, ISSN:0012-821X

Wiggenhauser M, Bigalke M, Imseng M, et al., 2019, Using isotopes to trace freshly applied cadmium through mineral phosphorus fertilization in soil-fertilizer-plant systems, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:648, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:779-786

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