Aerosol, cloud and climate interactions
Organic aerosol, particles, ice crystals and water droplets are all important for cloud formation; and their surfaces are fundamental to atmospheric chemistry and physics. Since clouds are essential for the development of the climate, it is important to strengthen the understanding of the clouds’ impact on chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere.
Our research endeavours to identify and fill the knowledge gaps regarding air quality and its impact on our quality of life.
Energy and transport
To ensure a sustainable future, we need to understand how emissions from the energy and transport sectors, and their subsequent atmospheric transformation, affects the composition of the air, our health, ecosystem and climate. Our research focusses on the chemical and physical properties of fuels and emissions.
Photochemical smog affects the properties of aerosol particles. For example, transformation of soot can alter water uptake and cloud formation. To better understand the atmospheric chemistry within photochemical smog, we study complex oxidation mechanisms for organic compounds that contribute to the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA).