• Research Areas

    • As an isotope geochemist/cosmochemist I am using natural variations in the abundance of isotopes to investigate the processes and timescales of the formation and evolution of matter
  • CV


    Doctor of Sciences, ETH Zurich
    Diploma in Geology-Paleontology, University of Cologne
    Diploma in Mineralogy, University of Cologne


    Research Associate at the Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    Postdoc in the ISOCORE project at the Institut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
    Postdoc and Lab manager at the Origins Lab, Dept. of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, USA
    Postdoc at the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Scientific assistance at the Institute of Geochemistry and Petrology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Student assistance at the Institute of Mineralogy, University of Cologne, Germany
    Civilian service at Weyertal Hospital intensive care unit, Cologne, Germany


    Victor-Moritz-Goldschmidt Award
    Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship - Swiss National Science Foundation
    Pellas-Ryder Award for best student paper in planetary sciences - Geological Society of America and Meteoritical Society
    ETH Medal for outstanding PhD thesis - ETH Zurich
    Bernd Rendel-Preis for young researchers - German research society (DFG)
    Stipend of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to carry out Diploma thesis at ETH Zurich, Switzerland - DAAD

    External functions

    Meteoritical Society
    German Mineralogical Society
  • Publications

    • Gerber S., Burkhardt C., Budde G., Metzler K., Kleine T. . ‘Mixing and Transport of Dust in the Early Solar Nebula as Inferred from Titanium Isotope Variations among Chondrules.’ Astrophysical Journal Letters 841, No. 1. doi: 10.3847/2041-8213/aa72a2.
    • Kruijer, T.S. Burkhardt, C. Budde, G. Kleine, T. . ‘Age of Jupiter inferred from the distinct genetics and formation times of meteorites.’ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114, No. 26: 6712-6716. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704461114.
    • Render, Jan Fischer-Gödde, Mario Burkhardt, Christoph Kleine, Thorsten. . ‘The cosmic molybdenum-neodymium isotope correlation and the building material of the Earth.’ Geochemical Perspectives Letters 3: 170-178. doi: 10.7185/geochemlet.1720.

    • Budde G., Burkhardt C., Brennecka G.A., Fischer-Gödde M., Kruijer T.S., Kleine T. . ‘Molybdenum isotopic evidence for the origin of chondrules and a distinct genetic heritage of carbonaceous and non-carbonaceous meteorites.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 454: 293-303. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2016.09.020.
    • Burkhardt C., Borg L., Brennecka G., Shollenberger Q., Dauphas N., Kleine T. . ‘A nucleosynthetic origin for the Earth's anomalous 142 Nd composition.’ Nature 537, No. 7620: 394-398. doi: 10.1038/nature18956.
    • Budde G., Kleine T., Kruijer T.S., Burkhardt C., Metzler K. . ‘Tungsten isotopic constraints on the age and origin of chondrules.’ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 113: 2886-2891. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1524980113.

    • Dauphas N, Poitrasson F, Burkhardt C, Kobayashi H, Kurosawa K. . ‘Planetary and meteoritic Mg/Si and δ30Si variations inherited from solar nebula chemistry.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 427: 236-248. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.07.008.
    • Burkhardt C, Schönbächler M. . ‘Intrinsic W nucleosynthetic isotope variations in carbonaceous chondrites: Implications for W nucleosynthesis and nebular vs. parent body processing of presolar materials.’ Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 165: 361-375. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2015.06.012.
    • Fischer-Gödde M., Burkhardt C., Kruijer T., Kleine T. . ‘Ru isotope heterogeneity in the solar protoplanetary disk.’ Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 168: 151-171. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2015.07.032.

    Articles in Journals
    • Kruijer, T.S., Kleine, T., Fischer-Gödde, M., Burkhardt, C., Wieler, R. . ‘Nucleosynthetic W isotope anomalies and the Hf-W chronometry of Ca-Al-rich inclusions.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 403: 317-327.
    • Burkhardt C., Hin R.C., Kleine T., Bourdon B. . ‘Evidence for Mo isotope fractionation in the solar nebula and during planetary differentiation.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 391, No. null: 201-211. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2014.01.037.
    • Dauphas, N., Burkhardt, C., Warren, P.H., Teng, F.-Z. . ‘Geochemical arguments for an Earth-like Moon-forming impactor.’ Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A 372: 20130244. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2013.0244.
    Articles in Encyclopedia
    • Burkhardt, C. . ‘Isotopic composition of the Moon and the lunar isotopic crisis.’ In Encyclopedia of Lunar Science, edited by B. Cudnik.: Springer International Publishing.

    • Hin R.C., Burkhardt C., Schmidt M.W., Bourdon B., Kleine T. . ‘Experimental evidence for Mo isotope fractionation between metal and silicate liquids.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 379, No. null: 38-48. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2013.08.003.

    • Burkhardt C, Kleine T, Dauphas N, Wieler R. . ‘Origin of isotopic heterogeneity in the solar nebula by thermal processing and mixing of nebular dust.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 357: 298-307. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2012.09.048.
    • Burkhardt C, Kleine T, Dauphas N, Wieler R. . ‘Nucleosynthetic tungsten isotope anomalies in acid leachates of the Murchison chondrite: Implications for hafnium-tungsten chronometry.’ The Astrophysical Journal Letters 753: L6.
    • Kruijer T.S., Sprung P., Kleine T., Leya I., Burkhardt C., Wieler R. . ‘Hf–W chronometry of core formation in planetesimals inferred from weakly irradiated iron meteorites.’ Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 99: 287-304.

    • Burkhardt C, Kleine T, Oberli F, Pack A, Bourdon B, Wieler R. . ‘Molybdenum isotope anomalies in meteorites: Constraints on solar nebula evolution and origin of the Earth.’ Earth and Planetary Science Letters 312: 390-400. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.10.010.

    • Burkhardt C, Kleine T, Bourdon B, Palme H, Zipfel J, Friedrich JM, Ebel DS. . ‘Hf-W mineral isochron for Ca,Al-rich inclusions: Age of the solar system and the timing of core formation in planetesimals.’ Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 72, No. 24: 6177-6197. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2008.10.023.