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, Isotopic evidence for complex biogeochemical cycling of Cd in the eastern tropical South Pacific, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:512, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:134-146

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

Imseng M, Wiggenhauser M, Keller A, et al., 2019, Towards an understanding of the Cd isotope fractionation during transfer from the soil to the cereal grain, Environmental Pollution, Vol:244, ISSN:0269-7491, Pages:834-844

Brett A, Prytulak J, Hammond SJ, et al., 2018, Thallium Mass Fraction and Stable Isotope Ratios of Sixteen Geological Reference Materials, Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research, Vol:42, ISSN:1639-4488, Pages:339-360

Schlitzer R, Anderson RF, Dodas EM, et al., 2018, The GEOTRACES Intermediate Data Product 2017, Chemical Geology, Vol:493, ISSN:0009-2541, Pages:210-223

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