Eizo Nakamura

Eizo Nakamura
"Establishment of Comprehensive Analytical System for Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Materials (CASTEM) and its Applications"


Director and Professor
Institute for Planetary Materials, Okayama University at Misasa
Misasa-cho, Tottori 682-0193, JAPAN
E-mail: eizonak@misasa.okayama-u.ac.jp
TEL: 81-858-43-3745 FAX:81-858-43-2184


Date of Birth: May 3, 1955

Home Address:
178 Nijigaoka-cho, Kurayoshi, Tottori 682-0036, JAPAN

TEL & FAX: 81-858-26-3527

Ph.D. (1986) University of Toronto
Special Graduate Student (1984) The Australian National University
M.Sc.(1980) Tohoku University
B.Sc.(1978) Yamaguchi University

Professional Experience:
Apr. 2016 –
Director of the Institute for Planetary Materials
Okayama University at Misasa

Apr. 2014 – March 2016
Director of the Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior
Okayama University at Misasa

Jul. 2003 – March 2008
Program Leader of “Center of Excellence for the 21st Century in Japan”, entitled “Establishment of an International Research Center for Solid Earth Science”

Apr. 2003 – Aug. 2010
Director of the Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior
Okayama University at Misasa

Apr. 2000 – Present
Adjunct Professor of the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Jun. 1995 – Present
Professor, Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior,
Okayama University at Misasa
Feb. 1992
Associate Professor, Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior
Okayama University at Misasa

Sep. 1987
Assistant Professor, Institute for Study of the Earth's Interior
Okayama University at Misasa

Sep. 1986
Post-doctoral Fellow, Institut de Physique du Globe
Department des Sciences de la Terre, Universites de Paris 6 &7

Sep. 1981 - May, 1985
Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Geology
University of Toronto

Member and Service:
2003 – Present Member of Steering Committee for Space Science (JAXA/ISAS)

2010 – 2012 Member of Hayabusasa Sample Allocation Committee (JAXA/JSpec)

2007- Present Member of Editorial Board, Geostandars and Geoanalytical Research

2006 - 2009 Member of the Science Council of Japan

2005 - 2008 Member of the Commission on SECE of the IUGS

2004 Honorary Professor, Institute of Geology & Geophysics,
Chinese Academy of Sciences

2004 Guest Editor with Rudnick, R. L. "Lithium isotope geochemistry". Chemical Geology

2003 – 2010 Board of Trustees of Okayama University

2000-2002 Editorial Board, Chemical Geology

1998-2000 Editor, Earth, Planets and Space

Research Field:
Petrology, Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry, Geochronology and Bio-medical science based on comprehensive geochemical analysis including major and trace element analyses, multi-isotope analyses such as Li, B, O, Sr, Ce, Nd, Hf, Os and Pb, and chronological methods such as K-Ar, Rb-Sr, La-Ce, Sm-Nd, Re-Os, Lu-Hf, U-Pb, U-Th-Ra and Mn-Cr under ultra-clean condition.

Lectures at:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U.S.A.
Harvard University
Universites de Paris 6 & 7
Finnigan Mat, Bremen, Germany
Australian National University
Institute of Earth Sciences, Academica Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Nanjing University, China
Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Science, China
University of Toronto
University of Stavanger
Hokkaido University
University of Tokyo
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Nagoya University
Toyama University
Kanazawa University
Kyoto University
Kobe University

International Symposia and Seminars that I have mainly organized:

  • Misasa International Symposium Misasa VI: “Frontiers in Earth and Planetary Materials Research – Origin, Evolution and Dynamics-“. Misasa, Japan, March 8-11, 2016.
  • Misasa International Symposium Misasa V: “Comprehensive Exploration of the Solar System.” Misasa, Japan, March 6-8, 2015.
  • Misasa International Symposium Misasa IV: “Solar System Exploration and New Geosciences –Perspective for the Next Decade-“. Kurayoshi, Japan, 24-26, February, 2012.
  • Misasa International Symposium Misasa III jointly held with the 3rd AASPP international Seminar “Origin, Evolution and Dynamics of the Earth”, Misasa, Japan, 21-23 March, 2008
  • 2nd International AASPP Seminar ~Cameroon Volcanic Line-East African Rift Valley Volcanoes and the Underlying Mantle~, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dec 17-18, 2006.
  • International Seminar AASPP-Misasa "Magmatic gases, their trip from the mantle to the surface of the Earth", Misasa, Japan, Feb 27, 2006.
  • Misasa International Symposium MISASA-2 "The Evolution of Early Stage of Earth and Solar System", Kurayoshi, Japan, Feb 25-26, 2006.
  • COE-21 International Symposium MISASA "Origin, Evolution and Dynamics of the Earth", Misasa, Japan, Mar 5-6, 2005.
  • 1st Joint Symposium with Carnegie Institution of Washington, Geophysical Laboratory, “Material transport and phase change in the subduction zone”, Misasa, Japan, Jun 18-20, 1996.

    Current graduate students whom I am supervising at ISEI at Misasa:
  • Debarati Das (India) Oxygen and chromium isotope cosmochemistry in ureilites
  • Xiaoyu Zhou (China) Geochemistry of varved lake sediments
  • Ivan Pineda Velasco (Spain) Origin of adakite magma in Southwestern Japan
  • Tai Truong Nguyen (Vietnam) Geochemistry and Geochronology of alkaline basalts
  • Que Dinh Hoang (Vietnam) Origin of hot spring waters in Japan
  • Dejene Hailemariam Feyissa (Ethiopia) Evolution of Afar plume in Ethiopia
  • Belay Iyasu (Ethiopia) Geochemistry and geochronology of Cameroon Volcanic Line lavas
  • Yemer Tegereda (Ethiopia) Origin of granite magmas in south-western Japan.

PhD Theses that I have supervised at ISEI of Okayama University at Misasa:

  • Ranaweera LALINDRA (2011) Ancient hydrothermal fluid-peridotite interaction at mid-ocean ridges revealed from Horoman peridotites, Japan.
  • Melesse GEMECHU (2010) Nature and evolution of North-Western and Southern Ethiopian mantle xenoliths.
  • Akane YAMAKAWA (2010)Mn-Cr age of monomict ureilites: implications for Cr isotopic structure of the early inner solar system
  • Wang QIAOYUN (2010) Determination of F and Cl in silicates and application to geochemistry
  • Tesfaye BIZUNEH (2008) Evolution of the Ethiopia Rift System based on geochronological and geochemical study on mafic lavas from Amaro and Yabello areas.
  • Sanjeewa MALAVIARACHCHI (2008) Understanding of melting and melt/fluid migration within the Earth’s upper mantle using major and trace element and multi-isotopic (Pb, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf) geochemical tools on residual peridotites.
  • Charles Messo (2008) Geochemistry of volcanic and plutonic rocks from the Southern Musoma-Mara greenstone belt: implication for the evolution of the Tanzanian craton.
  • Patrick SAKYI (2008) Magma plumbming system of the Hawaiian Volcanoes: Constraints from geochemical and Pb isotopic study of olivine-hosted melt inclusions.
  • Satoshi TOKESHI (2008) Role of asthenospheric and lithospheric mantle incorporated into intraplate volcanism along a continental margin: Constraints from temporal and spatial geochemical variations of volcanic rocks from northern Kyushu, Japan.
  • Amar-Amgalan SERJLKHUMBE (2008) U-Pb geochronology and multi-isotopic systems of granitoids from Mongolia, Central Asian Orogenic Belt: Implications for granitoid origin and crustal growth during the Phanerozoic.
  • Kalinina Elena ALEXEEVNA (2007) Comprehensive geochemical study of the volcanic rocks of the northern part of the Cretaceous Okhotsk-Chukotka Volcanic Belt (NE Russia), and its implications for geodynamic models.
  • Takele Chekol AKALU (2007) Geochemical evolution of shallow magma plumbing system in the last 240 years, and mantle melting processes beneath Hekla volcano, Iceland: Implication from 238U-230Th-226Ra isotopic disequilibrium and comprehensive geochemical study.
  • Maria Isabel Marin-Ceron (2007) Major, trace element and multi-isotope systematics of SW Colombian volcanic arc, northern Andes: Implication for the stability of carbonate-rich sediment at subduction zone and the genesis of andesite magma.
  • Yinghuai LU (2007) Development of analytical methods for Lu-Hf isotope system and applications to studies of crustal growth.
  • Hiroshi KITAGAWA (2006) Petrological and geochemical study of the Icelandic Tertiary lavas: Implications for the evolution of Iceland mantle plume.
  • Takeru MORIYAMA (2006) Geochemical and isotopic study of lower crustal xenoliths from Oki-Dogo, Southwest Japan: Implications for the origin and evolution of the continental lower crust.
  • Tomohiro USUI (2004) A geochemical study of the origin of eclogite xenoliths from the Colorado Plateau, southwestern United States: Implications for the evolution of subducted oceanic crust.
  • Hiroyuki TAKEI (2002) Development of precise analytical techniques for major and trace element concentrations in rock samples and their application to the Hishikari Gold Mine, southern Kyushu, Japan.
  • Arshad, ALI (1999) Geochemical and isotopic study of pyroxene granulites of Swat, Chilas Complex, Kohistan Island arc, Northern Pakistan
  • Tetsuya YOKOYAMA (1999) Development of precise isotope analysis of uranium and thorium for the study of uranium-thorium disequilibrium in the magma processes.
  • Katsura KOBAYASHI (1998) Multi-isotope and trace element systematics of Akagi Volcano: Implication for interaction between island arc magma and lower crust.
  • Toshio NAKANO (1998) Boron isotope and trace element geochemistry of subduction-related metamorphic rocks: Implications for the transportation of elements during metamorphism.
  • Yoshiyuki IIZUKA (1996) Experimental study on the slab-mantle interactions in subduction zones and its implications for the material recycling through the subduction zones.
  • Takuya MORIGUTI (1995) Development of lithium isotope analysis and its application to the geochemistry of oceanic crust and island arc volcanics.
  • Masako YOSHIKAWA (1993) Development of Strontium isotopic analysis for Mg-rich samples and the Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotope systematics in the Horoman peridotite complex, Hokkaido, Japan.
  • Tomoyuki SHIBATA (1992) The lead, strontium and neodymium isotopic studies on the Quaternary volcanic rocks from northeastern Japan: implications for the slab mantle interaction in subduction zone.
  • Tsuyoshi ISHIKAWA (1991) Development of boron isotopic analysis and its application to the geochemistry of oceanic crust and Island arc volcanics.
  • Akio MAKISHIMA (1991) Development of precise cerium isotope analysis and its application to the geochemistry.

Master Thesis that I have supervised at ISEI of Okayama University at Misasa:

  • Melesse Alemayehu GEMECHU (2007) Petrology and geochemistry of mantle xenoliths from plateau and southern rift zone of Ethiopia.
  • Masaki WATANABE (2005) Development of high precision Li isotope analysis for olivine with High Resolution Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, and its application to the Horoman Peridotite Complex: Implications for mantle metasomatism.
  • Ryoko MIYAZATO (2005) Geochemical study of Kurihashi granite massif, Kitakami, NE Japan.
  • Masaaki TANIMOTO (2003) Lead isotope systematics of Horoman peridotite complex, Hokkaido, northern Japan.
  • Takeru MORIYAMA (2002) Petrology and geochemistry of mafic and ultramafic xenoliths from Oki-Dogo island, southwest Japan.
  • Tomohiro USUI (2001) Petrology and trace element geochemistry of eclogite xenoliths from the Colorado Plateau.
  • Mayumi NAKANISHI (1998) Development of the quantitative analyses of rhenium and platinum group elements.
  • Toshio NAKANO (1994) Boron isotope systematics of subduction-related metamorphic rocks from the Sambagawa metamorphic belt, central Shikoku, Japan
  • Masako YOSHIKAWA (1990) Trace Sr isotope analyses of magnesium-rich samples using DCTA and tantalum activator.

List of selected publications ever (Eizo Nakamura)

  1. Nakamura, E., I.H. Campbell and S-s. Sun,Influence of subducting processes on the geochemistry of Japanese alkaline basalts. Nature,306, 55-58, 1985.
  2. Nakamura, E., T. Ishikawa, J.L. Birck and C.J. Allegre, Precise boron isotope analysis of natural rock samples using a boron-mannitol complex. Chem. Geol. (Isotope Geosci.), 94, 193-204, 1992.
  3. Ishikawa, T. and Nakamura, E. Origin of the slab component in arc lavas from across-arc variation of B and Pb isotopes. Nature, 370, 205-208, 1994.
  4. Nakamura, E. and Kushiro, I. Trace element diffusion in jadeite and diopside melts at high pressures and its geochemical implication. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 62, 3151-3160, 1998.
  5. Moriguti, T. and Nakamura, E., Across-arc variation of Li isotopes in arc lavas and implications for crust/mantle recycling at subduction zones. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 163, 167-174, 1998.
  6. Yoshikawa, M. and Nakamura, E., Geochemical evolution of the Horoman peridotite complex: Implications for melt extraction, metasomatism and compositional layering in the mantle. J. Geophys. Res., 105, 2879-2901, 2000.
  7. Nakano, T. and Nakamura, E. Boron isotope geochemistry of metasedimentary rocks and tourmalines in the subduction-zone metamorphism. Phys. Earth Planet. Interiors, 127, 233-252, 2001.
  8. Nakamura, E., Makishima, A., Moriguti, T., Kobayashi, K., Sakaguchi, C., Yokoyama, T., Tanaka, R., Kuritani, T. and Takei, H., Comprehensive geochemical analyses of small amounts (< 100mg) of extraterrestrial samples for the analytical competition related to the sample return mission MUSES-C, Inst. Space Astronaut. Sci. Rep. SP. 16, 49-101, 2003.
  9. Yokoyama, T., Kobayashi, K., Kuritani, T., Nakamura, E., Mantle metasomatism and rapid ascent of slab components beneath island arcs: Evidence from 238U-230Th-226Ra disequilibria of Miyakejima volcano, Izu arc, Japan, J. Geophys. Res., 108(B7), 2329, doi: 10.1029/2002JB002103, 2003.
  10. Usui, T., Nakamura, E., Kobayashi, K., Maruyama, S. and Helmstaedt, H., Fate of the subducted Farallon plate inferred from eclogite xenoliths in the Colorado Plateau, Geology, 31, 589-592, 2003.
  11. Kobayashi, K., Tanaka, R., Moriguti, T., Shimizu, K. and Nakamura, E., Lithium, Boron and Lead Isotope Systematics of Glass Inclusions in Olivines from Hawaiian Lavas: Evidence for Recycled Components in the Hawaiian Plume. Chemical Geology, 212, 143-161, 2004.
  12. Koga, K.T., Walter, M.J., Nakamura, E. and Kobayashi, K., Carbon self-diffusion in a natural diamond, Physical Review, 72, Art. No. 024108. 2005.
  13. Usui, T., Nakamura, E., Helmstaedt, H., Petrology and Geochemistry of Eclogite Xenoliths form the Colorado Plateau: Implications for the Evolution of subducted Oceanic Crust, J. Petrol., 47, 929-964, 2006.
  14. Kuritani, T., Yokoyama, T., Nakamura, E., Rates of Thermal and Chemical Evolution of Magmas in a Cooling Magma Chamber: a Chronological and Theoretical Study on Basaltic and Andesitic Lavas from Rishiri Volcano, Japan., J. Petrol., 48, 1295 – 1319, 2007.
  15. Ishikawa, A., Kuritani, T., Makishima, A., Nakamura, E., Ancient recycled crust beneath the Ontong Java Plateau: Isotopic evidence form the garnet clinopyroxenite xenoliths, Malaita, Solomon Islands., Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 259, 134 – 148, 2007.
  16. Malaviarachchi, S.P.K., Makishima, A., Tanimoto, M., Kuritani, T., Nakamura, E., Highly unradiogenic lead isotope ratios from the Horoman peridotite in Japan. Nature Geoscience., 1, 859-863, 2008.
  17. Kitagawa, H., Kobayashi, K., Makishima, A., Nakamura, E., Multiple Pulses of the Mantle Plume: Evidence from Tertiary Icelandic Lavas. J. Petrol., 49, 1365-1396, 2008.
  18. Tanaka, R., Makishima, A., Nakamura, E., Hawaiian double volcanic chain triggered by an episodic involvement of recycled material: Constraints from temporal Sr–Nd–Hf–Pb isotopic trend of the Loa-type volcanoes. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 265, 450 – 465, 2008.
  19. Nakamura E., Makishima, A., Hagino, K., Okabe, K., Accumulation of radium in ferruginous protein bodies formed in lung tissue: association of resulting radiation hotspots with malignant mesothelioma and other malignancies, Proc. Japan Acad. Ser. B, 85, 229-239, 2009.
  20. Yamakawa, A., Yamashita, K., Makishima, A., Nakamura, E. Chromium isotope systematics of achondrites: Chronology and isotopic heterogeneity of the inner solar system. Astrophy. J.., 720, 150-154, 2010.
  21. Nakamura, E., Makishima, A., Moriguti, T., Kobayashi, K., Tanaka, R., Kunihiro, T., Tsujimori, T., Sakaguchi, C., Kitagawa, H., Ota, T., Yachi, Y., Yada, T., Abe, M., Fujimura, A., Ueno, M., Mukai, T., Yoshikawa, M., Kawaguchi, J., Space environment of an asteroid preserved on micrograins returned by the Hayabusa spacecraft, PNAS Plus, 109(11), E624-E629, 2012. [LINK](2012-02-28 09:13), 2012.
  22. Wim J. Malfait1, W.J, Seifert, R., Petitgirard, S., Perrillat, J-P., Mohamed Mezouar, M., Ota, T., Eizo Nakamura, E., Philippe Lerch, P. and Sanchez-Valle, C., Supervolcano eruptions driven by melt buoyancy in large silicic magma chambers, Nature Geoscience, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO2042, 2014.