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



Sullivan KV, Moore RET, Capper MS, et al., 2021, Zinc stable isotope analysis reveals Zn dyshomeostasis in benign tumours, breast cancer, and adjacent histologically normal tissue, Matallomics

Brett EKA, Prytulak J, Rehkämper M, et al., 2021, Thallium elemental and isotopic systematics in ocean island lavas, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol:301, ISSN:0016-7037, Pages:187-210

Schilling K, Moore RET, Sullivan KV, et al., 2021, Zinc stable isotopes in urine as diagnostic for cancer of secretory organs, Lamont‐doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, Ny, Us

Capper MS, Rehkämper M, Packman H, 2020, Rhenium-based complexes and in vivo testing: A brief history, Chembiochem, Vol:21, ISSN:1439-4227, Pages:2111-2115

Griffiths A, Packman H, Leung YL, et al., 2020, Evaluation of optimized procedures for high-precision Pb isotope analyses of seawater by MC-ICP-MS, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:92, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:11232-11241

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