Encyclopedia of Geochemistry

2018 Edition
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Copper Isotopes

  • Paul SavageEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-39312-4_282


Copper stable isotopes; Cu isotopes


Copper has two stable isotopes, 63Cu and 65Cu, with relative abundances of 69.15% and 30.85%, respectively. A transition metal, Cu is moderately siderophile and strongly chalcophile (around 2/3 of Earth’s Cu is thought to be stored in its core). Copper is redox-sensitive and is present in three oxidation states in terrestrial environments: native Cu0, Cu+ and Cu2+. Copper is both economically important and an essential micronutrient. For all these reasons, isotopic variations of Cu have the potential to inform us of processes, sources, and phenomena in all disciplines of the geosciences. A more detailed review of the myriad applications of Cu isotopes is given by Moynier et al. (in press).


As with many other stable isotope systems, accurate, precise, and routine measurement of Cu isotope ratio was made possible with the advent of Multi-collector Inductively-Coupled-Plasma Mass Spectrometry (MC-ICPMS) and precisions of...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK