Department of Analytical Planetary Chemistry

As of March 2018

Research Area : Analytical Planetary Chemistry


Eizo NAKAMURA, Professor

Akio MAKISHIMA, Professor

Katsura KOBAYASHI, Professor

Tak KUNIHIRO, Associate Professor

Ryoji TANAKA, Associate Professor

Takuya MORIGUTI, Associate Professor

Hiroshi KITAGAWA, Assistant Professor

Research Themes:

  • Heterogeneity of light stable isotopes in the early solar system
  • Origin and evolution of meteorites
  • Differentiation processes related to the magma ocean in the young earth and planets
  • Element partitioning under high PT conditions
  • Origin and dynamics of magma
  • Evolution of mantle forming materials as a consequence of magma formation
  • Hydrothermal alteration processes in the ocean floor environment
  • Transportation of elements during the subduction process
  • Crust-mantle recycling and geochemical evolution of the upper mantle
  • Establishment of new biomedical materials science field
  • Astrobiology, bio-environment on the earth

Representative Publication :

  • Neavea, D. A., Shorttle, O., Oesera, M., Weyera, S., Kobayashi, K., Mantle-derived trace element variability in olivines and their melt inclusions, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 483, 90-104, 2018.
  • Bebout, G.E., Banerjee, N.R., Izawa, M.R.M., Kobayashi, K., Lazzeri, K., Nakamura, E., Nitrogen Concentrations and Isotopic Compositions of Seafloor-Altered Terrestrial Basaltic Glass: Implications for Astrobiology, Astrobiology, 18, 2017.
  • Feyissa, D. H., Shinjo, R., Kitagawa, H., Meshesha, D. Nakamura, E., Petrologic and geochemical characterisation of rift-related magmatism at the northernmost Main Ethiopian Rift: Implications for plume-lithosphere interaction and the evolution of rift mantle sources, Lithos, 282-283, 240-261, 2017.
  • Makishima, A., Origins of the Earth, moon and life: An interdisciplinary approach, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp.255, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-12-812058-3
  • Tanaka, R., Nakamura, E., Silicate-SiO reaction in a protoplanetary disk recorded by oxygen isotopes in chondrules, Nature Astronomy, 1, 0137, 2017.
  • Tanaka, R., Yokoyama, T., Kitagawa, H., Tesfaye, D.B., Nakamura, E., Evaluation of the applicability of acid leaching for the 238U-230Th internal isochron method, Chem. Geol., 396, 255-264, 2015.
  • Schiavi, F., Rosciglione, A., Kitagawa, H., Kobayashi, K., Nakamura, E., Nuccio, M.P., Ottolini, L., Paonita, A., Vannucci, R., Geochemical heterogeneities in magma beneath Mount Etna recorded by 2001006 melt inclusions, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. , doi:10.1002/2015GC005786, 2015.
  • Pineda-Velasco, I., Nguyen, T., T., Kitagawa, H., Nakamura, E., Comment on “Diverse magmatic effects of subducting a hot slab in SW Japan: Results from forward modeling” by J. Kimura et al., Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 16, 2015.