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Prof. Dr. Friedhelm von Blanckenburg



FvB aktuell

Geochemistry group

Malteserstr. 74-100, Building N, Room N5

12249 Berlin


Geochemistry of the Earth Surface

GFZ - Head of Section 3.4 Earth Surface Geochemistry
Room E209, Building E
D-14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-2852

Scientific interests

Friedhelm von Blanckenburg explores the Geochemistry of the Earth's surface by inorganic isotope geochemical and mass spectrometric methods.

Previously he has dealt with deciphering the processes in the interior of the Earth, such as the origin of granitic rocks in collisional mountains. This led him to propose the so-called "slab breakoff" hypothesis. He then turned his isotopic tools onto ocean sediments to determine the transfer of erosion products into the oceans.

Today he deals with the quantification of processes at the Earth's surface. As one main tool he uses cosmogenic nuclides. These rare clocks of the Earth surface allow the quantitative, physically-based analysis of landscape development and its interaction with the environment and with tectonic processes. A focus of his work is set on the mechanisms of pre-anthropogenic erosion processes. He developed approaches for measurements of „paleo-erosion and weathering rates“. Cosmogenic nuclides in terrestrial and ocean sediment time series disclose the magnitude of variations in late-Cenozoic and glacial-interglacial erosion and weathering rates.

The second area of research is the high-precision determination by mass spectrometric methods of the small shifts in the relative abundances of the isotopes of metal  and metalloid elements such as Li, Mg, Si and Sr. With his group he uses these new systems to track the massive biogeochemical fluxes at the Earth's surface – and  follow them from the rock to soils and into plants, and from there into river water and eventually into the oceans. These isotopic systems fractionate if they form a) secondary minerals in weathering; b) these elements are taken up by plants. Emphasis is on 1) field studies in the so-called "critical zone"; 2) the determination of the isotopic fractionation factors in inorganic and biological systems; 3) the development of suitable methods for in situ determination of isotope ratios at the micro scale by means of femtosecond laser ablation; 4) the creation of mass balance models that simulate these processes.

Towards knowledge transfer he explores the potential contributions of metal isotope methods to biomedicine. He was the first to demonstrate that the isotope ratios of iron evolve along the human food chain

Watch Friedhelm von Blanckenburg’s science movies:

 EarthShape: The Skin of the Earth – Where Life Meets Rocks

Link: https://go.daf.li/EarthShape

 IsoNose – Isotopes and Mass Spectrometry

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDLYRuJs-Jo&list=PLTx3jCvV_WdfBW9QZGq9RgujyBeKaFtTj

 Weathering: Why is Soil on Earth?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTx3jCvV_WdcZVUuR44J5pq4zrNVeZX_W



Degree ("Diplom") in Geology, Technical University of Berlin

1986 – 1990

Ph-D in Geochemistry/Geochronology, ETH Zürich

Professional Experience

1991 – 1995

Postdoc in Isotope Geochemistry, University of Cambridge, England

1995 – 1997

Senior Research Assistent, University of Oxford, England

1997 – 2001

Lecturer, University of Berne, Switzerland

2001 – 2008

Professor for Geochemistry, University of Hannover

2008 – Date

Professor for Geochemistry of Earth Surface Processes, GFZ Potsdam and FU Berlin, Head of Section 3.4 at GFZ Potsdam

Editorial Activities

Principle Editor „Elements“

Editorial Board „American Journal of Science


Ralph Alger Bagnold Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2010)

Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2009)

Member of the Berlin Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften (2015)

Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry (2016)

Fellow of the American Geophysical Union AGU (2018)

Coordinated Projects:

Coordinator: European Union Marie Curie Inititial Training Network "IsoNose" Isotopic Tools as Novel Sensors of Earth Surface Resources , Isonose.eu

Co-Coordinator: DFG (German National Science Foundation) Priority Program (SPP) "Earthshape": Earth Surface Shaping by Biota (with Todd Ehlers, U Tübingen), Earthshape.net   

Science Movie

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Researcher ID: K-4711-2013

  • Caves Rugenstein, J. K., Ibarra, D. E., von Blanckenburg, F.  (2019): Neogene cooling driven by land surface reactivity rather than increased weathering fluxes. - Nature, 571, pp. 99-102. http://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1332-y
  • Uhlig, D., von Blanckenburg, F.  (2019): How Slow Rock Weathering Balances Nutrient Loss During Fast Forest Floor Turnover in Montane, Temperate Forest Ecosystems. - Frontiers in Earth Science, 7, 159. http://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00159
  • Pokharel, R., Gerrits, R., Schuessler, J.A., von Blanckenburg, F., 2019. Mechanisms of olivine dissolution by rock-inhabiting fungi explored using magnesium stable isotopes. Chemical Geology 525, 18-27. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.07.001
  • Binnie, S.A., Dewald, A., Heinze, S., Voronina, E., Hein, A., Wittmann, H., von Blanckenburg, F., Hetzel, R., Christl, M., Schaller, M., Léanni, L., Team, A., Hippe, K., Vockenhuber, C., Ivy-Ochs, S., Maden, C., Fülöp, R.H., Fink, D., Wilcken, K.M., Fujioka, T., Fabel, D., Freeman, S.P.H.T., Xu, S., Fifield, L.K., Akçar, N., Spiegel, C., Dunai, T.J., 2019. Preliminary results of CoQtz-N: A quartz reference material for terrestrial in-situ cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al measurements. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 456, 203-212. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2019.04.073
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (2019) Does Earth Still Offer Discoveries? Elements 15, 75-75.
  • Oelkers, E.H., Butcher, R., Pogge von Strandmann, P.A.E., Schuessler, J.A., von Blanckenburg, F., Snæbjörnsdóttir, S.Ó., Mesfin, K., Aradóttir, E.S., Gunnarsson, I., Sigfússon, B., Gunnlaugsson, E., Matter, J.M., Stute, M. and Gislason, S.R. (2019) Using stable Mg isotope signatures to assess the fate of magnesium during the in situ mineralisation of CO2 and H2S at the CarbFix site in SW-Iceland. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 245, 542-555.
  • Stamm, F.M., Zambardi, T., Chmeleff, J., Schott, J., von Blanckenburg, F. and Oelkers, E.H. (2019) The Experimental determination of equilibrium Si isotope fractionation factors among H4SiO4°, H3SiO4-and amorphous Silica (SiO2· 0.32 H2O) at 25 and 75 oC using the three-isotope method. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
  • van Dongen, R., Scherler, D., Wittmann, H. and von Blanckenburg, F. (2019) Cosmogenic 10Be in river sediment: where grain size matters and why. Earth Surface Dynamics 7, 393-410.
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (2018a) The Excitement of Science Discoveries in the Blue Sky. Elements 14, 75-75.
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (2018b) The irony of iron - Life’s major trace element. Elements 14, 367-367.
  • Bernhard, N., Moskwa, L.-M., Schmidt, K., Oeser, R.A., Aburto, F., Bader, M.Y., Baumann, K., von Blanckenburg, F., Boy, J. and van den Brink, L. et al. (2018) Pedogenic and microbial interrelations to regional climate and local topography: New insights from a climate gradient (arid to humid) along the Coastal Cordillera of Chile. Catena 170, 335-355.
  • Frick, D.A., Schuessler, J.A., Sommer, M. and Blanckenburg, F. (2018) Laser Ablation In Situ Silicon Stable Isotope Analysis of Phytoliths. Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 43, 77-91.
  • Oeser, R.A., Stroncik, N., Moskwa, L.-M., Bernhard, N., Schaller, M., Canessa, R., van den Brink, L., Köster, M., Brucker, E. and Stock, S…. von Blanckenburg, F (2018) Chemistry and microbiology of the Critical Zone along a steep climate and vegetation gradient in the Chilean Coastal Cordillera. Catena 170, 183-203.
  • Pokharel, R., Gerrits, R., Schuessler, J.A., Frings, P.J., Sobotka, R., Gorbushina, A.A. and von Blanckenburg, F. (2018) Magnesium Stable Isotope Fractionation on a Cellular Level Explored by Cyanobacteria and Black Fungi with Implications for Higher Plants. Environ Sci Technol 52, 12216-12224.
  • Schuessler, J.A., von Blanckenburg, F., Bouchez, J., Uhlig, D. and Hewawasam, T. (2018) Nutrient cycling in a tropical montane rainforest under a supply-limited weathering regime traced by elemental mass balances and Mg stable isotopes. Chemical Geology.
  • Wittmann, H., Oelze, M., Roig, H. and von Blanckenburg, F. (2018) Are seasonal variations in river-floodplain sediment exchange in the lower Amazon River basin resolvable through meteoric cosmogenic 10Be to stable 9Be ratios? Geomorphology 322, 148-158.
  • Wohlgemuth-Ueberwasser, C.C., Schuessler, J.A., von Blanckenburg, F. and Möller, A. (2018) Matrix dependency of baddeleyite U–Pb geochronology by femtosecond-LA-ICP-MS and comparison with nanosecond-LA-ICP-MS. J Anal Atom Spectrom 33, 967-974.
  • Dannhaus, N., Wittmann, H., Krám, P., Christl, M., von Blanckenburg, F., (2018). Catchment-wide weathering and erosion rates of mafic, ultramafic, and granitic rock from cosmogenic meteoric 10 Be/ 9 Be ratios. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 222, 618-641. 10.1016/j.gca.2017.11.005
  • Pokharel, R., Gerrits, R., Schuessler, J.A., Floor, G.H., Gorbushina, A.A., von Blanckenburg, F., (2017). Mg Isotope Fractionation during Uptake by a Rock-Inhabiting, Model Microcolonial Fungus Knufia petricola at Acidic and Neutral pH. Environ Sci Technol 51, 9691-9699. 10.1021/acs.est.7b01798
  • Rahaman, W., Wittmann, H., von Blanckenburg, F., (2017). Denudation rates and the degree of chemical weathering in the Ganga River basin from ratios of meteoric cosmogenic Be-10 to stable Be-9. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 469, 156-169. 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.001
  • Steinhoefel, G., Breuer, J., von Blanckenburg, F., Horn, I., Sommer, M., (2017). The dynamics of Si cycling during weathering in two small catchments in the Black Forest (Germany) traced by Si isotopes. Chemical Geology. 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.06.026
  • Tatzel, M., von Blanckenburg, F., Oelze, M., Bouchez, J., Hippler, D., (2017). Late Neoproterozoic seawater oxygenation by siliceous sponges. Nature communications 8, 621. 10.1038/s41467-017-00586-5
  • Uhlig, D., Schuessler, J.A., Bouchez, J., Dixon, J.L., von Blanckenburg, F., (2017). Quantifying nutrient uptake as driver of rock weathering in forest ecosystems by magnesium stable isotopes. Biogeosciences 14, 3111-3128. 10.5194/bg-14-3111-2017
  • von Blanckenburg, F., (2017). Sleeping Beauties and the Grind of Scientific Communication. Elements 13, 147-147. 10.2113/gselements.13.3.147
  • von Blanckenburg, F., (2017). Your Next Conference: Combat Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Stay at Home. Elements 13, 371-371. 10.2138/gselements.13.6.371
  • Wittmann, H., von Blanckenburg, F., Mohtadi, M., Christl, M., Bernhardt, A., (2017). The competition between coastal trace metal fluxes and oceanic mixing from the 10Be/9Be ratio: Implications for sedimentary records. Geophysical Research Letters 44, 8443-8452. 10.1002/2017GL074259
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (2016): Geochemical samples: beautiful small or better big? - Elements, 12, 3, p. 155-156. http://doi.org/10.2113/gselements.12.3.155
  • Oelze, M., Schuessler, J., von Blanckenburg, F., 2016. Mass bias stabilization by Mg doping for Si stable isotope analysis by MC-ICP-MS. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6JA00218H
  • Frick, D.A., Schuessler, J.A., von Blanckenburg, F., 2016. Development of routines for simultaneous in situ chemical composition and stable Si isotope ratios analyses by femtosecond laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta., http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aca.2016.08.029
  • von Blanckenburg, F., Wittmann, H., Schuessler, J.A., 2016. HELGES: Helmholtz Laboratory for the Geochemistry of the Earth Surface. Journal of large-scale research facilities JLSRF, 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/jlsrf-2-141
  • Bol, R., Julich, D., Brödlin, D., Siemens, J., Kaiser, K., Dippold, M. A., Spielvogel, S., Zilla, T., Mewes, D., von Blanckenburg, F., Puhlmann, H., Holzmann, S., Weiler, M., Amelung, W., Lang, F., Kuzyakov, Y., Feger, K.-H., Gottselig, N., Klumpp, E., Missong, A., Winkelmann, C., Uhlig, D., Sohrt, J., von Wilpert, K., Wu, B., Hagedorn, F. (2016): Dissolved and colloidal phosphorus fluxes in forest ecosystems-an almost blind spot in ecosystem research. - Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 179, 4, p. 425-438. http://doi.org/10.1002/jpln.201600079 
  • Maher, K., von Blanckenburg, F. (2016): Surface ages and weathering rates from 10Be(meteoric) and 10Be/9Be: Insights from differential mass balance and reactive transport modeling. - Chemical Geology. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.07.016
  • Wittmann, H., von Blanckenburg, F. (2016): The geological significance of cosmogenic nuclides in large lowland river basins. - Earth-Science Reviews, 159, p. 118-141. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.06.001 
  • Tatzel, M., von Blanckenburg, F., Oelze, M., Schuessler, J. A., Bohrmann, G. (2015): The silicon isotope record of early silica diagenesis. - Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 428, p. 293-303. 
  • Wittmann, H., von Blanckenburg, F., Dannhaus, N., Bouchez, J., Gaillardet, J., Guyot, J., Maurice, L., Roig, H., Filizola, N., Christl, M. (2015): A test of the cosmogenic 10Be(meteoric)/9Be proxy for simultaneously determining basin-wide erosion rates, denudation rates, and the degree of weathering in the Amazon basin. - Journal of Geophysical Research, 120, 12, p. 2498-2528.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., Bouchez, J., Ibarra, D.E. and Maher, K. (2015) Stable runoff and weathering fluxes into the oceans over Quaternary climate cycles. Nature Geosciences 10.1038/ngeo2452.
  • Oelze, M., von Blanckenburg, F., Bouchez, J., Hoellen, D., Dietzel, M., 2015. The effect of Al on Si isotope fractionation investigated by silica precipitation experiments. Chem. Geol. 397, 94-105.
  • Vanacker, V., von Blanckenburg, F., Govers, G., Molina, A., Campforts, B., Kubik, P.W., 2015. Transient river response, captured by channel steepness and its concavity. Geomorphology 228, 234-243.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., Schuessler, J.A., 2014. Element Cycling in the Critical Zone as Viewed by New Isotope Tools. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science 10, 173-178.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., Willenbring, J.K., 2014. Cosmogenic Nuclides: Dates and Rates of Earth-Surface Change. Elements 10, 341-346.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and J. Bouchez (2014), River fluxes to the sea from the oceans 10Be/9Be ratio, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 387, 34-43, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.11.005.
  • Schuessler, J. A., and F. von Blanckenburg (2014), Testing the limits of micro-scale analyses of Si stable isotopes by femtosecond laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with application to rock weathering, Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy, 98, 1-18, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sab.2014.05.002.
  • Oelze, M., F. von Blanckenburg, D. Hoellen, M. Dietzel, and J. Bouchez (2014), Si stable isotope fractionation during adsorption and the competition between kinetic and equilibrium isotope fractionation: Implications for weathering systems, Chemical Geology, 380(0), 161-171, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.04.027.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., et al. (2014), An iron stable isotope comparison between human erythrocytes and plasma, Metallomics, 10.1039/C4MT00124A, doi:10.1039/C4MT00124A.
  • Gschwind, H.-P., et al. (2014), Iron uptake and ferrokinetics in healthy male subjects of an iron-based oral phosphate binder (SBR759) labeled with the stable isotope 58Fe, Metallomics, 10.1039/C4MT00126A, doi:10.1039/C4MT00126A.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., J. Noordmann, and M. Guelke-Stelling (2013), The Iron Stable Isotope Fingerprint of the Human Diet, J Agr Food Chem, 61(49), 11893-11899, doi:10.1021/jf402358n.
  • Bouchez, J., F. von Blanckenburg, and J. A. Schuessler (2013), Modeling novel stable isotope ratios in the weathering zone, American Journal of Science, 313, 267-308, doi:10.2475/04.2013.00.
  • Hewawasam, T., F. von Blanckenburg, J. Bouchez, J. L. Dixon, J. A. Schuessler, and R. Maekeler (2013), Slow advance of the weathering front during deep, supply-limited saprolite formation in the tropical Highlands of Sri Lanka, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 118, 202-230, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2013.05.006.
  • Pascovici, G., et al. (2013), A new beam profile monitor and time of flight system for CologneAMS, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 294(0), 410-415, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2012.04.026.
  • Dewald, A., et al. (2013), CologneAMS, a dedicated center for accelerator mass spectrometry in Germany, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 294(0), 18-23, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nimb.2012.04.030.
  • Guelke-Stelling, M., and F. von Blanckenburg (2012), Fe isotope fractionation caused by translocation of iron during growth of bean and oat as models of strategy I and II plants, Plant and Soil, 352, 217-231, doi:10.1007/s11104-011-0990-9.
  • Dixon, J. L., and F. von Blanckenburg (2012), Soils as pacemakers and limiters of global silicate weathering, Comptes rendus - Geoscience, 344, 597-609, doi:10.1016/j.crte.2012.10.012.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., J. Bouchez, and H. Wittmann (2012), Earth surface erosion and weathering from the 10Be (meteoric)/9Be ratio, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 351-352, 295-305, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.07.022.
  • Wittmann, H., et al. (2012), The dependence of meteoric 10Be concentrations on particle size in Amazon River bed sediment and the extraction of reactive 10Be/9Be ratios, Chemical Geology, 318-319, 126-138, doi:doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.04.031.
  • Wittmann, H., F. von Blanckenburg, L. Maurice, J. L. Guyot, and P. W. Kubik (2011), Recycling of Amazon floodplain sediment quantified by cosmogenic Al-26 and Be-10, Geology, 39, 467-470.
  • Norton, K. P., F. von Blanckenburg, R. DiBiase, F. Schlunegger, and P. W. Kubik (2011), Cosmogenic 10Be-derived denudation rates of the Eastern and Southern European Alps, International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau), 100, 1163-1179, doi:10.1007/s00531-010-0626-y.
  • Wittmann, H., F. von Blanckenburg, L. Maurice, J. L. Guyot, N. Filizola, and P. W. Kubik (2011), Sediment production and delivery in the Amazon River basin quantified by in situ–produced cosmogenic nuclides and recent river loads, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 123, 10.1130/B30317.30311, doi:10.1130/B30317.1.
  • Steinhoefel, G., J. Breuer, F. von Blanckenburg, I. Horn, D. Kaczorek, and M. Sommer (2011), Micrometer silicon isotope diagnostics of soils by UV femtosecond laser ablation, Chemical Geology, 286, 280-289.
  • Willenbring, J. K., and F. von Blanckenburg (2010a), Long-term stability of global erosion rates and weathering during late-Cenozoic cooling, Nature, 465, 211-214.
  • Willenbring, J. K., and F. von Blanckenburg (2010b), Meteoric cosmogenic Beryllium-10 adsorbed to river sediment and soil: applications for Earth-surface dynamics, Earth Science Reviews, 98, 105-122, doi:doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2009.10.008.
  • Norton, K. P., and F. von Blanckenburg (2010), Silicate weathering of soil-mantled slopes in an active Alpine landscape, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 74, 5243-5258, doi:10.1016/j.gca.2010.06.019.
  • Norton, K. P., F. von Blanckenburg, and P. W. Kubik (2010), Cosmogenic nuclide-derived rates of diffusive and stochastic erosion in the glacially scuplted upper Rhone valley, Swiss Alps, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 35, 651-662, doi:10.1002/esp.1961.
  • Chmeleff, J., F. von Blanckenburg, K. Kossert, and D. Jakob (2010), Determination of the 10Be half-life by multicollector ICP-MS and liquid scintillation counting, NIM-B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms, 268(2), 192-199.
  • Scherler, D., B. Bookhagen, M. R. Strecker, F. von Blanckenburg, and D. Rood (2010), Timing and extent of late Quaternary glaciation in the western Himalaya constrained by 10Be moraine dating in Garhwal, India, Quaternary Science Reviews, 29, 815-831, doi:doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2009.11.031.
  • Guelke, M., F. von Blanckenburg, M. Staubwasser, R. Schoenberg, and H. Stuetzel (2010), Determining the stable iron isotope signature of plant-available iron in soils, Chemical Geology, 277, 269-280, doi:10.1016/ j.chemgeo.2010.08.010.
  • Wittmann, H., F. von Blanckenburg, J. L. Guyot, A. Laraque, C. Bernal, and P. W. Kubik (2010), Sediment production and transport from in situ-produced cosmogenic 10Be and river loads in the Napo River basin, an upper Amazon tributary of Ecuador and Peru, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 31, 45-53.
  • Steinhoefel, G., F. von Blanckenburg, I. Horn, K. O. Konhauser, N. J. Beukes, and J. Gutzmer (2010), Deciphering formation processes of banded iron formations from the Transvaal and the Hamersley successions by combined Si and Fe isotope analysis using UV femtosecond laser ablation, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 74, 2677-2696, doi:doi:10.1016/j.gca.2010.01.028.
  • Wittmann, H., and F. von Blanckenburg (2009), Cosmogenic nuclide budgeting of floodplain sediment transfer, Geomorphology, 109, 246-256, doi:doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.03.006  
  • Steinhoefel, G., I. Horn, and F. von Blanckenburg (2009a), Micro-scale tracing of Fe and Si isotope signatures in banded iron formation using femtosecond laser ablation, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 73, 5343-5360, doi:doi:10.1016/j.gca.2009.05.037.
  • Steinhoefel, G., I. Horn, and F. von Blanckenburg (2009b), Matrix-independent Fe isotope ratio determination in silicates using UV femtosecond laser ablation, Chemical Geology, 268, 67-73, doi:doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.07.010.
  • Wittmann, H., F. von Blanckenburg, J. L. Guyot, L. Maurice, and P. W. Kubik (2009), From source to sink: Preserving the cosmogenic 10Be-derived denudation rate signal of the Bolivian Andes in sediment of the Beni and Mamoré foreland basins, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 288, 463-474, doi:doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2009.10.008.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., N. von Wirén, M. Guelke, D. Weiss, and T. Bullen (2009), Fractionation of metal stable isotopes by higher plants, Elements, 5, 375-380, doi:10.2113/gselements.5.6.375.
  • Schoenberg, R., M. A. W. Marks, J. A. Schuessler, F. von Blanckenburg, and G. Markl (2009), Fe isotope systematics of coexisting amphibole and pyroxene in the alkaline igneous rock suite of the Ilímaussaq Complex, South Greenland, Chemical Geology, 258, 65-77.
  • Champagnac, J. D., F. Schlunegger, K. P. Norton, F. von Blanckenburg, L. M. Abbühl, and M. Schwab (2009), Erosion-driven uplift of the modern Central Alps, Tectonophysics, 474, 236-249, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2009.02.024
  • Goethals, M. M., et al. (2009), An improved experimental determination of cosmogenic 10Be/21Ne and 26Al/21Ne production ratios in quartz, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 284, 187-198.
  • Schoenberg, R., S. Zink, M. Staubwasser, and F. von Blanckenburg (2008), The stable Cr isotope inventory of solid Earth reservoirs determined by double-spike MC-ICP-MS, Chemical Geology, 249, 294-306.
  • Hofmann, B. A., J. D. Farmer, F. von Blanckenburg, and A. E. Fallick (2008), Subsurface filamentous fabrics (SFF): An evaluation of origins based on morphological and geochemical criteria, with implications for Exopaleontology, Astrobiology, 8, 87-117.
  • Chmeleff, J., I. Horn, G. Steinhoefel, and F. von Blanckenburg (2008), In situ determination of precise stable Si isotope ratios by UV femtosecond laser ablation high- resolution multi-collector ICP-MS, Chemical Geology, 249, 155-166.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., M. Mamberti, R. Schoenberg, B. S. Kamber, and G. E. Webb (2008), The iron isotope composition of stromatolitic carbonate, Chemical Geology, 249, 113-128.
  • Norton, K. P., F. von Blanckenburg, F. Schlunegger, M. Schwab, and P. W. Kubik (2008), Cosmogenic nuclide-based investigation of spatial erosion and hillslope coupling in the geomorphically transient foreland of the Swiss Alps, Geomorphology, 95, 474-486.
  • Hovius, N., and F. von Blanckenburg (2007), Constraining the denudational response to faulting, in The Dynamics of Fault Zones, edited by M. Handy, D. Hirth and N. Hovius, pp. 231-272, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Horn, I., and F. von Blanckenburg (2007), Investigation of elemental and isotopic fractionation during 196 nm femtosecond laser ablation multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, Spectrochimica Acta Part B, 62, 410-422.
  • Guelke, M., and F. von Blanckenburg (2007), Fractionation of iron isotopes in higher plants, Environmental Science and Technology, 41, 1896-1901, doi:doi:10.1021/es062288j.
  • Anderson, S. P., F. von Blanckenburg, and A. F. White (2007), Physical and chemical controls in the critical zone, Elements, 3, 315-319.
  • Vanacker, V., F. von Blanckenburg, T. Hewawasam, and P. W. Kubik (2007), Constraining landscape development of the Sri Lankan escarpment with cosmogenic nuclides in river sediment, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 253, 402-414.
  • Wittmann, H., F. von Blanckenburg, T. Kruesmann, K. P. Norton, and P. W. Kubik (2007), The relation between rock uplift and denudation from cosmogenic nuclides in river sediment in the Central Alps of Switzerland, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 112, F04010, doi:04010.01029/ 02006JF000729.
  • Frost, C. D., F. von Blanckenburg, R. Schoenberg, B. R. Frost, and S. M. Swapp (2007), Preservation of Fe isotope heterogeneities during diagenesis and metamorphism of banded iron-formation (Erratum in DOI 10.1007/s00410-006-0141-0), Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 153, 211-235, doi:DOI 10.1007/s00410-006-0141-0.
  • Vanacker, V., et al. (2007), Restoring dense vegetation can slow mountian erosion to near natural benchmark levels, Geology, 35, 303-306.
  • Schoenberg, R., and F. von Blanckenburg (2006), Modes and scales of intra-planetary iron isotope fractionation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 252, 342-359.
  • Staubwasser, M., F. von Blanckenburg, and R. Schoenberg (2006), Iron isotopes in the early marine diagenetic iron cycle, Geology, 34, 629-632.
  • Markl, G., F. von Blanckenburg, and T. Wagner (2006), Iron isotope fractionation during hydrothermal ore deposition and alteration, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 70, 3011-3030.
  • Horn, I., R. Schoenberg, and F. von Blanckenburg (2006), Comment on "Analysis of Fe isotopes in sulfides and iron meteorites by laser ablation high-mass resolution multi-collector ICP mass spectrometry" by J. Kosler, R. B. Pedersen, C. Kruber, and P. J. Sylvester, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 21, 211 - 213.
  • Schuessler, J. A., R. Schoenberg, H. Behrens, and F. von Blanckenburg (2006), The experimental calibration of the iron isotope fractionation factor between pyrrhotite and peralkaline rhyolitic melt, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 71, 417-433.
  • Kelly, M. A., S. Ivy-Ochs, P. W. Kubik, F. von Blanckenburg, and C. Schlüchter (2006), Chronology of deglaciation based on 10Be dates of glacial erosional features in the Grimsel Pass region, central Swiss Alps, Boreas, 35, 634-643.
  • Horn, I., F. von Blanckenburg, R. Schoenberg, G. Steinhoefel, and G. Markl (2006), In situ iron isotope ratio determination using UV-femtosecond laser ablation with application to hydrothermal ore formation processes, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 70, 3677-3688.
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (2005), The control mechanisms of erosion and weathering at basin scale from cosmogenic nuclides in river sediment (Frontiers Article), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 237, 462-479.
  • Walczyk, T., and F. von Blanckenburg (2005), Deciphering the iron isotope message of the human body, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 242, 117-134.
  • Schoenberg, R., and F. von Blanckenburg (2005), An assessment of the accuracy of stable Fe isotope ratio measurements on samples with organic and inorganic matrices by high-resolution multicollector ICP-MS, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 242, 257-272.
  • Krayenbuehl, P. A., T. Walczyk, R. Schoenberg, F. von Blanckenburg, and G. Schulthess (2005), Hereditary hemochromatosis is reflected in the iron isotope composition of blood, Blood, DOI 10.1182/blood-2004-07-2807.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., T. Hewawasam, and P. Kubik (2004), Cosmogenic nuclide evidence for low weathering and denudation in the wet tropical Highlands of Sri Lanka, J. Geoph. Res., 109, doi10.1029/2003JF000049.
  • Kelly, M. A., P. W. Kubik, F. von Blanckenburg, and C. Schluechter (2004), Surface exposure dating of the Great Aletsch Glacier Egesen moraine system, western Swiss Alps, using the cosmogenic nuclide 10Be, J. of Quaternary Science, 19, 431-441.
  • Schaller, M., F. von Blanckenburg, N. Hovius, A. Veldkamp, M. W. van der Berg, and P. W. Kubik (2004), Paleo-erosion rates from cosmogenic 10Be in a 1.3 Ma terrace sequence: Response of the River Meuse to changes in climate and rock uplift rate, Jour. Geol., 112, 127-144.
  • Siebert, C., t. F. Nägler, F. von Blanckenburg, and J. D. Kramers (2003), Molybdenum isotope records as a potential proxy for paleoceanography, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 211, 159-171.
  • Schaller, M., F. von Blanckenburg, H. Veit, and P. W. Kubik (2003), Influence of periglacial cover-beds on in situ-produced cosmogenic 10Be in soil sections, Geomorphology, 49, 255-267.
  • Hewawasam, T., F. von Blanckenburg, M. Schaller, and P. Kubik (2003), Increase of human over natural erosion rates in tropical highlands constrained by cosmogenic nuclides, Geology, 31(7), 597-600.
  • Morel, P., F. von Blanckenburg, M. Schaller, P. W. Kubik, and M. Hinderer (2003), Lithology, landscape dissection, and glaciation controls on catchment erosion as determined by cosmogenic nuclides in river sediment (the Wutach Gorge, Black Forest), Tera Nova, 15, 398-404.
  • Walczyk, T., and F. von Blanckenburg (2002), Natural iron isotope variations in human blood, Science, 295, 2065-2066.
  • Schaller, M., F. von Blanckenburg, A. Veldkamp, L. A. Tebbens, N. Hovius, and P. W. Kubik (2002), A 30,000 yr record of erosion rates from cosmogenic 10Be in Middle European river terraces, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 204, 309-322.
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (Ed.) (2001), Ocean Process Tracers: Long-term Tracer Changes, 1492-1503 pp., Academic Press, London.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and T. F. Nägler (2001), Weathering versus circulation-controlled changes in radiogenic isotope tracer composition of the Labrador Sea and Northern Atlantic Deep Water, Paleoceanography, 16, 424-434.
  • Schaller, M., F. von Blanckenburg, N. Hovius, and P. W. Kubik (2001), Large-scale erosion rates from in situ-produced cosmogenic nuclides in European river sediments, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 188, 441-458.
  • Henk, A., F. von Blanckenburg, F. Finger, U. Schaltegger, and G. Zulauf (Eds.) (2000), Syn-convergent high-temperature metamorphism and magmatism in the Variscides: a discussion of potential heat sources, 387-399 pp., Geological Society London Special Publications, London.
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (1999), Tracing past ocean circulation ?, Science, 286, 1862-1863.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and R. K. O'Nions (1999), Response of beryllium and radiogenic isotope ratios in Northern Atlantic Deep Water to the onset of Northern Hemisphere Glaciation, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 167, 175-182.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and H. Igel (1999), Lateral mixing and advection of reactive isotope tracers in ocean basins: observations and mechanisms, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 169, 113-128.
  • Igel, H., and F. von Blanckenburg (1999), Lateral mixing and advection of reactive isotope tracers in ocean basins: numerical modeling, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 1, 1999GC000003.
  • Davies, J. H., and F. von Blanckenburg (1998), Thermal controls on slab breakoff and the rise of high-pressure rocks during continental collision, in When Continents Collide: Geodynamics and Geochemistry of ultra-high Pressure Rocks, edited by B. Hacker and J. G. Liou, pp. 97-115, Kluwer Academics, Amsterdam.
  • O'Nions, R. K., M. Frank, F. von Blanckenburg, and H. F. Ling (1998), Secular variations of Nd and Pb isotopes in ferromanganese crusts from the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 155, 15-28.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., et al. (1998), The origin of Alpine plutons along the Periadriatic Lineament, Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen, 78, 55-66.
  • Ling, H. F., et al. (1997), Evolution of Nd and Pb isotopes in Central Pacific seawater from ferromanganese crusts, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 146, 1-12.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and J. H. Davies (1996), Feasibility of double slab breakoff (Cretaceous and Tertiary) during the Alpine convergence, Eclogae geologica Helvetica, 89, 111-127.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., R. K. O'Nions, and J. R. Hein (1996), Distribution and sources of pre-anthropogenic lead isotopes in deep ocean water from Fe-Mn crusts, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 60, 4957-4963.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., N. S. Belshaw, and R. K. O'Nions (1996), Separation of 9Be and cosmogenic 10Be from environmental materials and SIMS isotope dilution analysis, Chemical Geology, 129, 93-99.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., R. K. O'Nions, N. S. Belshaw, A. Gibb, and J. R. Hein (1996), Global distribution of Beryllium isotopes in deep ocean water as derived from Fe-Mn crusts, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 141, 213-226.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and J. H. Davies (1995), Slab breakoff: A model for syncollisional magmatism and tectonics in the Alps, Tectonics, 14, 120-131.
  • Davies, J. H., and F. von Blanckenburg (1995), Slab breakoff: A model of lithosphere detachment and its test in the magmatism and deformation of collisional orogens, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 129, 85-102.
  • Belshaw, N. S., R. K. O'Nions, and F. von Blanckenburg (1995), A SIMS method for 10Be/9Be ratio measurement in environmental materials, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Physics, 142, 55-67.
  • von Blanckenburg, F. (1992), Combined high-precision chronometry and geochemical tracing using accessory minerals: applied to the Central-Alpine Bergell intrusion (central-Europe), Chemical Geology, 100, 19-40.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., G. Früh-Green, K. Diethelm, and P. Stille (1992), Nd-, Sr-, O-isotopic and chemical evidence for a two-stage contamination history of mantle magma in the Central-Alpine Bergell intrusion, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 110, 33-45.
  • Villa, I. M., and F. von Blanckenburg (1991), A hornblende 39Ar-40Ar age traverse of the Bregaglia tonalite (southeast Central Alps), Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen, 71, 73-87.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and G. Morteani (1989), Crystallization and deformation of amphiboles, and cummingtonite-forming reactions in the garbenschists of the Western Tauern Window (Eastern Alps, northeast Italy-western Austria), Lithos, 23, 163-177.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., I. M. Villa, H. Baur, G. Morteani, and R. H. Steiger (1989), Time calibration of a PT-path from the Western Tauern Window, Eastern Alps: the problem of closure temperatures, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 101, 1-11.
  • von Blanckenburg, F., and I. Villa (1988), Argon retentivity and argon excess in amphiboles from the garbenschists of the Western Tauern Window, Eastern Alps, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 100, 1-11.