Geo- and Cosmochemistry

Jan Leitner   Dr. Jan Leitner - e-Mail

Institut für Geowissenschaften
Im Neuenheimer Feld 234-236
D-69120 Heidelberg




  • Education and Employment
    2005 Physics diploma (Institute for Planetology, University of Münster, Germany), Thesis title: "TOF-SIMS-Analyse von Matrix des Meteoriten Renazzo"
    2005-2007 Research Associate, Institute for Planetology, University of Münster, Germany
    2008 Doctorate (Institute for Planetology, University of Münster, Germany), Thesis title: "TOF-SIMS analysis of crater residues from particles of comet 81P/Wild 2"
    2008-2009 Research Scholarship holder of the Max Planck Society, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
    2010-2022 Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Particle Chemistry Department, Mainz, Germany
    2022- Research Associate at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany

  • Research interests and current projects
    • Micro- and nanoanalytical methods: Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) and electron beam techniques)
      • NanoSIMS (Nanoscale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry): Isotope and trace element measurements of extraterrestrial materials
      • Trace element analysis with sub-micrometer resolution of foraminifera tests
    • Meteorites, Comets, and related space missions
    • Interplanetary and interstellar dust, presolar grains; extraterrestrial organics
    • Formation and early phase of the Solar System
    • Stellare evolution and nucleosynthesis

  • Miscellaneous
    • Member of the Geochemical Society
    • Member of the Meteoritical Society

  • Selected publications
    • Vollmer C., Kepaptsoglou D. M., Leitner J., Busemann H., Spring N., Ramasse Q., Hoppe P., and Nittler L. R. (2014) Fluid-induced organic synthesis in the solar nebula recorded in extraterrestrial dust from meteorites. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 111 (43), 15338–15343.
    • Leitner J., Vollmer C., Floss C., Zipfel J., and Hoppe P. (2016) Ancient Stardust in Fine-grained Chondrule Dust Rims from Carbonaceous Chondrites. Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 434, 117–128.
    • Hoppe P., Leitner J., and Kodolányi J. (2017) The stardust abundance in the local interstellar cloud at the birth of the Solar System. Nat. Astron., 1, 617–620.
    • Leitner J., Hoppe P., Floss C., Hillion F., and Henkel T. (2018) Correlated Nanoscale Characterization of a Unique Complex Oxygen-rich Stardust Grain: Implications for Circumstellar Dust Formation. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 221, 255–274.
    • Leitner J. and Hoppe P. (2019) A New Population of Dust from Stellar Explosions among Meteoritic Stardust. Nat. Astron., 3, 725–729.
    • Vollmer C., Leitner J., Kepaptsoglou D., Ramasse Q., King A. J., Schofield P. S., Bischoff A., and Hoppe P. (2020) A pristine 15N-depleted organic component detected within the carbonaceous chondrite Maribo. Sci. Rep., 10:20251.
    • Hoppe P., Leitner J., Kodolányi J., Borrmann S., and Jones A. P. (2022) Dust from Supernovae and their Progenitors in the Solar Nebula. Nat. Astron.,
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