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Heterogeneous Reactions

The "Heterogeneous Reactions" group is investigating the chemical formation and the chemical ageing of atmospheric aerosols and the coupling of those to atmospheric radical chemistry (more). The central analytical methods are mass spectrometric techniques for determination of the composition of gas and particulate phase. Because of their importance for the climate we also are also investigating the effects of aerosol chemistry on climate relavant processes as hygroscopic growth or cloud droplet activation.

These studies are mainly performed in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR and in the plant chamber JPAC (IBG-2) as well as on the airship Zeppelin NT.

For current offers for PhD, Bachelor and Master thesis an interships, please contact Th. Mentel (e-mail:

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