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High precision isotopic measurements of heavy elements in extra-terrestrial materials: origin and age of the solar system volatile element depletion

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Project "PRISTINE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE JUSSIEU 1
city: PARIS
postcode: 75238

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
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 Total cost 1˙487˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙487˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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1    INSTITUT DE PHYSIQUE DU GLOBE DE PARIS FR (PARIS) coordinator 1˙487˙500.00


 Project objective

'The objectives of this proposal, PRISTINE (high PRecision ISotopic measurements of heavy elements in extra-Terrestrial materials: origIN and age of the solar system volatile Element depletion), are to develop new cutting edge high precision isotopic measurements to understand the origin of the Earth, Moon and solar system volatile elements and link their relative depletion in the different planets to their formation mechanism. In addition, the understanding of the origin of the volatile elements will have direct consequences for the understanding of the origin of the Earth’s water. To that end, we will approach the problem from two angles: 1) Develop and use novel stable isotope systems for volatile elements (e.g. Zn, Ga, Cu, and Rb) in terrestrial, lunar and meteoritic materials to constrain the origin of solar system’s volatile element depletion 2) Determine the age of the volatile element depletion by using a novel and original approach: calculate the original Rb/Sr ratio of the Solar Nebula by measuring the isotopic composition of the Sun with respect to Sr via the isotopic composition of solar wind implanted in lunar soil grains. The stable isotope composition (goal #1) will give us new constraints on the mechanisms (e.g. evaporation following a giant impact or incomplete condensation) that have shaped the abundances of the volatile elements in terrestrial planets, while the timing (goal #2) will be used to differentiate between nebular events (early) from planetary events (late). These new results will have major implications on our understanding of the origin of the Earth and of the Moon, and they will be used to test the giant impact hypothesis of the Moon and the origin of the Earth’s water.



year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Inglis, Moynier, Creech
High-precision zirconium stable isotope measurements of geological reference materials as measured by double-spike MC-ICPMS
published pages: , ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.07.007
Chemical Geology 2020-02-26
2018 Constraining compositional proxies for Earth’s accretion and core formation through high pressure and high temperature Zn and S metal-silicate partitioning
Constraining compositional proxies for Earth’s accretion and core formation through high pressure and high temperature Zn and S metal-silicate partitioning
published pages: , ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2018.04.032
Geochimica et Cosmochimica ACta 2020-02-26
2018 Z. Deng, F. Moynier, P.A. Sossi, M. Chaussidon
Bridging the depleted MORB mantle and the continental crust using titanium isotopes
published pages: 11-15, ISSN: 2410-3403, DOI: 10.7185/geochemlet.1831
Geochemical Perspectives Letters 2020-02-26
2019 Elishevah van Kooten, Frédéric Moynier
Zinc isotope analyses of singularly small samples (<5 ng Zn): Investigating chondrule-matrix complementarity in Leoville
published pages: 248-268, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.07.022
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 261 2020-02-26
2019 Elsa Amsellem, Frédéric Moynier, Igor S. Puchtel
Evolution of the Ca isotopic composition of the mantle
published pages: 195-206, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.05.026
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 258 2020-02-26
2019 Déborah Chavrit, Manuel A. Moreira, David A. Fike, Frédéric Moynier
Unusual neon isotopic composition in Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks: Fluorine bearing mineral contribution or trace of an impact event?
published pages: 52-59, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.04.025
Chemical Geology 520 2020-02-26
2019 Zhengbin Deng, Marc Chaussidon, Paul Savage, François Robert, Raphaël Pik, Frédéric Moynier
Titanium isotopes as a tracer for the plume or island arc affinity of felsic rocks
published pages: 1132-1135, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1809164116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/4 2020-02-26
2019 Elishevah M. M. E. van Kooten, Frédéric Moynier, Arnaud Agranier
A unifying model for the accretion of chondrules and matrix
published pages: 18860-18866, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1907592116
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116/38 2020-02-26
2019 Paolo A. Sossi, Stephan Klemme, Hugh St.C. O\'Neill, Jasper Berndt, Frédéric Moynier
Evaporation of moderately volatile elements from silicate melts: experiments and theory
published pages: 204-231, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.06.021
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 260 2020-02-26
2018 Berengere Mougel, Frederic Moynier, Christian Koeberl, Daniel Wielandt, Martin Bizzarro
Identification of a meteoritic component using chromium isotopic composition of impact rocks from the Lonar impact structure, India
published pages: 2592-2599, ISSN: 1086-9379, DOI: 10.1111/maps.13312
Meteoritics & Planetary Science 54/10 2020-02-26
2019 B. Mahan, J. Siebert, J. Badro, S. Borensztajn, F. Moynier
Reply to Comment by Jennings et al. (2019b) on “Investigating Earth\'s Formation History through Copper and Sulfur Metal‐Silicate Partitioning During Core‐Mantle Differentiation”, by Mahan et al. (2018)
published pages: , ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1029/2019jb017599
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 2020-02-26
2019 Zhengbin Deng, Marc Chaussidon, Martin Guitreau, Igor S. Puchtel, Nicolas Dauphas, Frédéric Moynier
An oceanic subduction origin for Archaean granitoids revealed by silicon isotopes
published pages: 774-778, ISSN: 1752-0894, DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0407-6
Nature Geoscience 12/9 2020-02-26
2018 Brandon Mahan, Frédéric Moynier, Julien Siebert, Bleuenn Gueguen, Arnaud Agranier, Emily A. Pringle, Jean Bollard, James N. Connelly, Martin Bizzarro
Volatile element evolution of chondrules through time
published pages: 8547-8552, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1807263115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/34 2020-02-26
2018 B. Mahan, J. Siebert, I. Blanchard, J. Badro, E. Kubik, P. Sossi, F. Moynier
Investigating Earth\'s Formation History Through Copper and Sulfur Metal-Silicate Partitioning During Core-Mantle Differentiation
published pages: 8349-8363, ISSN: 2169-9313, DOI: 10.1029/2018jb015991
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 123/10 2020-02-26
2019 Ke Zhu, Paolo A. Sossi, Julien Siebert, Frédéric Moynier
Tracking the volatile and magmatic history of Vesta from chromium stable isotope variations in eucrite and diogenite meteorites
published pages: 598-610, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.07.043
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 266 2020-02-26
2019 James M.D. Day, Paolo A. Sossi, Charles K. Shearer, Frederic Moynier
Volatile distributions in and on the Moon revealed by Cu and Fe isotopes in the ‘Rusty Rock’ 66095
published pages: 131-143, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.02.036
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 266 2020-02-26
2019 Ke Zhu, Frédéric Moynier, Daniel Wielandt, Kirsten K. Larsen, Jean-Alix Barrat, Martin Bizzarro
Timing and Origin of the Angrite Parent Body Inferred from Cr Isotopes
published pages: L13, ISSN: 2041-8213, DOI: 10.3847/2041-8213/ab2044
The Astrophysical Journal 877/1 2020-02-26
2019 Edward C. Inglis, Frédéric Moynier, John Creech, Zhengbin Deng, James M.D. Day, Fang-Zhen Teng, Martin Bizzarro, Matthew Jackson, Paul Savage
Isotopic fractionation of zirconium during magmatic differentiation and the stable isotope composition of the silicate Earth
published pages: 311-323, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.02.010
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 250 2020-02-26
2019 John B. Creech, Frédéric Moynier, Christian Koeberl
Volatile loss under a diffusion-limited regime in tektites: Evidence from tin stable isotopes
published pages: 119279, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.119279
Chemical Geology 528 2020-02-26
2017 Brandon Mahan, Julien Siebert, Emily A. Pringle, Frédéric Moynier
Elemental partitioning and isotopic fractionation of Zn between metal and silicate and geochemical estimation of the S content of the Earth’s core
published pages: 252-270, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.09.013
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 196 2020-02-26
2017 Marc Chaussidon Zhengbin Deng Johan Villeneuve Julien Moureau Bruce Watson Frank Richter Frederic Moynier
In situ analysis of non-traditional isotopes by SIMS and LA-MC-ICP-MS:key aspects and the example of Mg isotopes in olivines and silicate glasses.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Review in Mineralogy and Geochemistry-Non traditional stable isotopes 2020-02-26
2017 Frédéric Moynier, Toshiyuki Fujii
Calcium isotope fractionation between aqueous compounds relevant to low-temperature geochemistry, biology and medicine
published pages: 44255, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep44255
Scientific Reports 7 2020-02-26
2017 Chizu Kato, Frédéric Moynier, Julien Foriel, Fang-Zhen Teng, Igor S. Puchtel
The gallium isotopic composition of the bulk silicate Earth
published pages: 164-172, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.11.020
Chemical Geology 448 2020-02-26
2017 Paolo A. Sossi, Frédéric Moynier, Marc Chaussidon, Johan Villeneuve, Chizu Kato, Matthieu Gounelle
Early Solar System irradiation quantified by linked vanadium and beryllium isotope variations in meteorites
published pages: 55, ISSN: 2397-3366, DOI: 10.1038/s41550-017-0055
Nature Astronomy 1/4 2020-02-26
2017 Frederic Moynier Derek Vance Toshiyuki Fujii Paul Savage
The Cu and Zn isotope geochemistr
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Review in Mineralogy and Geochemistry-Non-traditional stable isotopes 2020-02-26
2017 J.B. Creech, F. Moynier, N. Badullovich
Tin stable isotope analysis of geological materials by double-spike MC-ICPMS
published pages: 61-67, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.03.013
Chemical Geology 457 2020-02-26
2017 Chizu Kato, Frédéric Moynier
Gallium isotopic evidence for extensive volatile loss from the Moon during its formation
published pages: e1700571, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700571
Science Advances 3/7 2020-02-26
2015 Chizu Kato, Frederic Moynier, Maria C. Valdes, Jasmeet K. Dhaliwal, James M.D. Day
Extensive volatile loss during formation and differentiation of the Moon
published pages: 7617, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8617
Nature Communications 6 2020-02-26
2017 Frédéric Moynier, Toshiyuki Fujii
Theoretical isotopic fractionation of magnesium between chlorophylls
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-07305-6
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-02-26
2016 Heng Chen, Frédéric Moynier, Munir Humayun, M. Cole Bishop, Jeffrey T. Williams
Cosmogenic effects on Cu isotopes in IVB iron meteorites
published pages: 145-154, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.03.006
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 182 2020-02-26
2017 Tomáš Magna, Karel Žák, Andreas Pack, Frédéric Moynier, Bérengère Mougel, Stefan Peters, Roman Skála, Šárka Jonášová, Jiří Mizera, Zdeněk Řanda
Zhamanshin astrobleme provides evidence for carbonaceous chondrite and post-impact exchange between ejecta and Earth’s atmosphere
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00192-5
Nature Communications 8/1 2020-02-26
2016 J.B. Creech, J.A. Baker, M.R. Handler, J.-P. Lorand, M. Storey, A.N. Wainwright, A. Luguet, F. Moynier, M. Bizzarro
Late accretion history of the terrestrial planets inferred from platinum stable isotopes
published pages: 94-104, ISSN: 2410-339X, DOI: 10.7185/geochemlet.1710
Geochemical Perspectives Letters 2020-02-26
2017 Jean Bollard, James N. Connelly, Martin J. Whitehouse, Emily A. Pringle, Lydie Bonal, Jes K. Jørgensen, Åke Nordlund, Frédéric Moynier, Martin Bizzarro
Early formation of planetary building blocks inferred from Pb isotopic ages of chondrules
published pages: e1700407, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700407
Science Advances 3/8 2020-02-26
2018 Paolo A. Sossi, Oliver Nebel, Hugh St.C. O\'Neill, Frédéric Moynier
Zinc isotope composition of the Earth and its behaviour during planetary accretion
published pages: 73-84, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.12.006
Chemical Geology 477 2020-02-26
2018 Julien Siebert, Paolo A. Sossi, Ingrid Blanchard, Brandon Mahan, James Badro, Frédéric Moynier
Chondritic Mn/Na ratio and limited post-nebular volatile loss of the Earth
published pages: 130-139, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.12.042
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 485 2020-02-26
2017 Paolo A. Sossi, Frédéric Moynier
Chemical and isotopic kinship of iron in the Earth and Moon deduced from the lunar Mg-Suite
published pages: 125-135, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.029
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 471 2020-02-26
2016 Anat Shahar Paul Savage Frederic Moynier
Stable isotope evidence for differentiation of planetesimals. In. Planetesimals: Early Differentiation and Consequences for Planets. Cambridge University Press.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Planetesimals: Early Differentiation and Consequences for Planets. 2020-02-26
2016 Emily A. Pringle, Frédéric Moynier, Paul S. Savage, Matthew G. Jackson, Manuel Moreira, James M.D. Day
Silicon isotopes reveal recycled altered oceanic crust in the mantle sources of Ocean Island Basalts
published pages: 282-295, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.06.008
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 189 2020-02-26
2016 C. Defouilloy, P. Cartigny, N. Assayag, F. Moynier, J.-A. Barrat
High-precision sulfur isotope composition of enstatite meteorites and implications of the formation and evolution of their parent bodies
published pages: 393-409, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.10.009
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 172 2020-02-26
2015 Frédéric Moynier, Emily A. Pringle, Audrey Bouvier, Julien Moureau
Barium stable isotope composition of the Earth, meteorites, and calcium–aluminum-rich inclusions
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2015.08.002
Chemical Geology 413 2020-02-26
2017 Elsa Amsellem, Frédéric Moynier, Emily A. Pringle, Audrey Bouvier, Heng Chen, James M.D. Day
Testing the chondrule-rich accretion model for planetary embryos using calcium isotopes
published pages: 75-83, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.022
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 469 2020-02-26
2018 Elsa Amsellem, Frédéric Moynier, James M.D. Day, Manuel Moreira, Igor S. Puchtel, Fang-Zhen Teng
The stable strontium isotopic composition of ocean island basalts, mid-ocean ridge basalts, and komatiites
published pages: 595-602, ISSN: 0009-2541, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.03.030
Chemical Geology 483 2020-02-26
2018 Brandon Mahan, Frédéric Moynier, Pierre Beck, Emily A. Pringle, Julien Siebert
A history of violence: Insights into post-accretionary heating in carbonaceous chondrites from volatile element abundances, Zn isotopes and water contents
published pages: 19-35, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.09.027
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 220 2020-02-26
2016 Déborah Chavrit, Manuel A. Moreira, Frédéric Moynier
Estimation of the extraterrestrial 3He and 20Ne fluxes on Earth from He and Ne systematics in marine sediments
published pages: 10-18, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2015.12.030
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 436 2020-02-26
2015 P.S. Savage, F. Moynier, H. Chen, G. Shofner, J. Siebert, J. Badro, I.S. Puchtel
Copper isotope evidence for large-scale sulphide fractionation during Earth’s differentiation
published pages: 53-64, ISSN: 2410-339X, DOI: 10.7185/geochemlet.1506
Geochemical Perspectives Letters 2020-02-26
2018 Bérengère Mougel, Frédéric Moynier, Christa Göpel
Chromium isotopic homogeneity between the Moon, the Earth, and enstatite chondrites
published pages: 1-8, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.10.018
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 481 2020-02-26
2017 J.B. Creech, F. Moynier, M. Bizzarro
Tracing metal–silicate segregation and late veneer in the Earth and the ureilite parent body with palladium stable isotopes
published pages: 28-41, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.04.040
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 216 2020-02-26
2017 Chizu Kato, Frédéric Moynier
Gallium isotopic evidence for the fate of moderately volatile elements in planetary bodies and refractory inclusions
published pages: 330-339, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.09.028
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 479 2020-02-26
2015 Toshiyuki Fujii, Emily A. Pringle, Marc Chaussidon, Frédéric Moynier
Isotope fractionation of Si in protonation/deprotonation reaction of silicic acid: A new pH proxy
published pages: 193-205, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.07.003
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 168 2020-02-26
2018 Jasmeet K. Dhaliwal, James M.D. Day, Frédéric Moynier
Volatile element loss during planetary magma ocean phases
published pages: 249-260, ISSN: 0019-1035, DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2017.09.002
Icarus 300 2020-02-26
2017 Emily A. Pringle, Frédéric Moynier
Rubidium isotopic composition of the Earth, meteorites, and the Moon: Evidence for the origin of volatile loss during planetary accretion
published pages: 62-70, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.05.033
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 473 2020-02-26
2017 James M. D. Day, Frédéric Moynier, Charles K. Shearer
Late-stage magmatic outgassing from a volatile-depleted Moon
published pages: 9547-9551, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1708236114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/36 2020-02-26
2018 Quentin Charbonnier, Frédéric Moynier, Julien Bouchez
Barium isotope cosmochemistry and geochemistry
published pages: 385-394, ISSN: 2095-9273, DOI: 10.1016/j.scib.2018.01.018
Science Bulletin 63/6 2020-02-26
2017 Emily A. Pringle, Frédéric Moynier, Pierre Beck, Randal Paniello, Dominik C. Hezel
The origin of volatile element depletion in early solar system material: Clues from Zn isotopes in chondrules
published pages: 62-71, ISSN: 0012-821X, DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.04.002
Earth and Planetary Science Letters 468 2020-02-26
2017 Zuzana Rodovská, Tomáš Magna, Karel Žák, Chizu Kato, Paul S. Savage, Frédéric Moynier, Roman Skála, Josef Ježek
Implications for behavior of volatile elements during impacts-Zinc and copper systematics in sediments from the Ries impact structure and central European tektites
published pages: 2178-2192, ISSN: 1086-9379, DOI: 10.1111/maps.12922
Meteoritics & Planetary Science 52/10 2020-02-26
2017 Day, J, Shearer, C., Moynier, F.
Evaporative fractionation of zinc during the first nuclear detonation
published pages: , ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1602668
Science Advances 2020-02-26
2015 Frédéric Moynier Bruce Fegley
The Earth\'s Building Blocks
published pages: 27-47, ISSN: , DOI:
The Early Earth Accretion and differentiation 2020-02-26

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