Researcher Information

Noriyuki Kawasaki

Assistant Professor

Origin and evolution of the Solar System

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Earth and Planetary System Science


I study environments and processes of the early Solar System by in situ analyses of meteorites.

FieldCosmochemistry, Geochemistry, Planetary Sciences, Chronology
KeywordMeteorite, Solar System, Isotope, Chronology, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, Electron Microscopy

Introduction of Research

Meteorites are known to be mainly originated from asteroids. Especially, chondrite meteorites derived from undifferentiated bodies directly preserve solar protoplanetary dusts and record early events of our Solar System. I investigate in-situ measurements of isotopic compositions of chondritic components to reconstruct conditions and processes in the early Solar System.

Representative Achievements

Kawasaki N., Simon S. B., Grossman L., Sakamoto N. and Yurimoto H. (2018) “Crystal growth and disequilibrium distribution of oxygen isotopes in an igneous Ca-Al-rich inclusion from the Allende carbonaceous chondrite” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 221, 318–341.
Kawasaki N., Itoh S., Sakamoto N. and Yurimoto H. (2017) “Chronological study of oxygen isotope composition for the solar protoplanetary disk recorded in a fluffy Type A CAI from Vigarano” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 201, 83–102.
Kawasaki N., Kato C., Itoh S., Wakaki S., Ito M. and Yurimoto H. (2015) “26Al-26Mg chronology and oxygen isotope distributions of multiple melting for a Type C CAI from Allende” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 169, 99–114.
Kawasaki N., Sakamoto N. and Yurimoto H. (2012) “Oxygen isotopic and chemical zoning of melilite crystals in a Type A Ca-Al-rich inclusion of Efremovka CV3 chondrite” Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 47, 2084–2093.
Yurimoto H., Abe K., Abe M., Ebihara M., Fujimura A., Hashiguchi M., Hashizume K., Ireland T. R., Itoh S., Katayama J., Kato C., Kawaguchi J., Kawasaki N., Kitajima F., Kobayashi S., Meike T., Mukai T., Nagao K., Nakamura T., Naraoka H., Noguchi T., Okazaki R., Park C., Sakamoto N., Seto Y., Takei M., Tsuchiyama A., Uesugi M., Wakaki S., Yada T., Yamamoto K., Yoshikawa M. and Zolensky M. E. (2011) “Oxygen Isotopic Compositions of Asteroidal Materials Returned from Itokawa by the Hayabusa Mission” Science, 333, 1116–1119.
Academic degreePh.D.
Self Introduction

I am from Yamaguchi.

Academic background2006-2010: B.S. Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
2010-2012: M.S. Department of Natural History Science, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University
2012-2015: PhD. Department of Natural History Science, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University
2015-2016: JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Hokkaido University)
2016-2018: Project Researcher, ISAS, JAXA
2018-: Present position
Affiliated academic societyGeochemical Society of Japan, Meteoritical Society, Japan Geoscience Union