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Francis Albarède

2018 Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences Recipient

Professor Emeritus, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Adjunct Faculty, Rice University


Over the last 10 years, I have continued to develop new elemental and isotopic techniques based on inductively-coupled mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS), but have also explored new theoretical applications, in particular medicine (with copper isotopes being a promising cancer biomarker of some cancers) and archaeology. I nevertheless maintained a steady interest for previous themes, such as planetary sciences, the origin of volatiles in the solar system, crustal growth, and Early Earth. I feel that my most original contributions were also successful when I could combine cutting-edge analytical techniques with physics and chemistry-oriented modeling of natural processes.

Selected Publications

Fujii, Toshiyuki, and Francis Albarède. 109 Ag–107 Ag fractionation in fluids with applications to ore deposits, archeometry, and cosmochemistry. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 234 (2018): 37-49.

Albarède, Francis, Philippe Télouk, and Vincent Balter. Medical applications of isotope metallomics. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 82, no. 1 (2017): 851-885.

Bondanese, Victor P., Aline Lamboux, Melanie Simon, Jérôme E. Lafont, Emmanuelle Albalat, Sylvain Pichat, Jean-Marc Vanacker et al. Hypoxia induces copper stable isotope fractionation in hepatocellular carcinoma, in a HIF-independent manner. Metallomics 8, no. 11 (2016): 1177-1184.

Albarède, Francis, J. Blichert-Toft, M. Rivoal, and P. Telouk. A glimpse into the Roman finances of the Second Punic War through silver isotopes. Geochemical Perspectives Letters 2 (2016): 127.

Delile, Hugo, Janne Blichert-Toft, Jean-Philippe Goiran, Simon Keay, and Francis Albarède. Lead in ancient Rome’s city waters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences111, no. 18 (2014): 6594-6599.

Albalat, Emmanuelle, Janne Blichert-Toft, Philippe Telouk, and Francis Albarède. The lunar neutron energy spectrum inferred from the isotope compositions of rare-earth elements and hafnium in Apollo samples. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 429 (2015): 147-156.

Blichert‐Toft, Janne, Hugo Delile, Cin‐Ty Lee, Zofia Stos‐Gale, Kjell Billström, Tom Andersen, Huhma Hannu, and Francis Albarède. Large‐scale tectonic cycles in Europe revealed by distinct Pb isotope provinces. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 17, no. 10 (2016): 3854-3864.