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InstitutionPaul Scherrer Institut
DepartmentLaboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry
AddressCH-5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Phone+41-56-310-2408
Fax+41-56-310-4525
World Wide Web  http://lac.web.psi.ch/

Principal investigator:

NamePD Dr. Urs Baltensperger
PositionHead of Laboratory
Email Mail to U. Baltensperger
Scientific interests Physical and chemical aerosol characterization, as well as effects on climate and heterogeneous chemistry, by combining laboratory and field experiments

Important publications:

R. Fisseha, J. Dommen, K. Gäggeler, E. Weingartner, V. Samburova, M. Kalberer, U. Baltensperger, Online gas and aerosol measurement of water soluble carboxylic acids in Zurich, J. Geophys. Res., in press, 2006.

D. Paulsen, E. Weingartner, M.R. Alfarra, U. Baltensperger, Volatility measurements of photochemically- and nebulizer-generated organic paricles, J. Aerosol Sci., in press, 2006.

S. Szidat, T.M. Jenk, H.-A. Synal, M. Kalberer, L. Wacker, I. Hajdas, A. Kasper-Giebl, U. Baltensperger, Contributions of fossil fuel, biomass burning, and biogenic emissions to carbonaceous aerosols in Zürich as traced by 14C, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D07206, doi: 10.1029/2005JD006590, 2006.

D.S. Gross, M.F. Gälli, M. Kalberer, A.S.H. Prévôt, J. Dommen, M.R. Alfarra, J. Duplissy, K- Gaeggeler, A. Gascho, A. Metzger, U. Baltensperger, Real-time measurement of oligomeric species in secondary organic aerosol with the aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer, Anal. Chem., 78, 2130-2137, 2006.

G. McFiggans, P. Artaxo, U. Baltensperger, H. Coe, M.C. Facchini, G. Feingold, S. Fuzzi, M. Gysel, A. Laaksonen, U. Lohmann, T.F. Mentel, D.M. Murphy, C.D. O'Dowd, J.R. Snider, E. Weingartner, The effect of physical and chemical aerosol properties on warm cloud droplet activation, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 5, 8507-8646, 2005.

V. Samburova, S. Szidat, C. Hueglin, R. Fisseha, U. Baltensperger, R. Zenobi, M. Kalberer, Seasonal variation of high-molecular weight compounds in the water-soluble fraction of organic urban aerosols, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D23210, doi:10.1029/2005JD005910, 2005.

A. Petzold, M. Gysel, X. Vancassel, R. Hitzenberger, H. Puxbaum, S. Vrchoticky, E. Weingartner, U. Baltensperger, P. Mirabel, On the effects of organic matter and sulphur-containing compounds on the CCN activation of combustion particles, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 3187-3203, 2005.

R. Fisseha, J. Dommen, L. Gutzwiller, E. Weingartner, M. Gysel, C. Emmenegger, M. Kalberer, U. Baltensperger, Seasonal and diurnal characteristics of water soluble inorganic compounds in the gas and aerosol phase in the Zurich area, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 5, 5809-5839, 2005.

M. Sax, R. Zenobi, U. Baltensperger, M. Kalberer, Time resolved infrared spectroscopic analysis of aerosol formed by photo-oxidation of 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene and a-pinene, Aerosol Sci. Technol., 39, 822-830, 2005.

C. Hak, I. Pundt, S. Trick, C. Kern, U. Platt, J. Dommen, C. Ordonez, A. S. H. Prevot, W. Junkermann, C. Atorga-Llorens, B. R. Larsen, J. Mellqvist, A. Strandberg, Y. Yu, B. Balle, J. Kleffmann, J. C. Lörzer, G. O. Braathen, R. Volkamer, Intercomparison of four different in-situ techniques for ambient formaldehyde measurements in urban air. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 2881-2900, 2005.

U. Baltensperger, M. Kalberer, J. Dommen, D. Paulsen, M.R. Alfarra, H. Coe, R. Fisseha, A. Gascho, M. Gysel, S. Nyeki, M. Sax, M. Steinbacher, A.S.H. Prévôt, S. Sjögren, E. Weingartner, R. Zenobi, Secondary organic aerosols from anthropogenic and biogenic precursors, Faraday Discuss., 130, 265-278, 2005.

D. Paulsen, J. Dommen, M. Kalberer, A.S.H. Prévôt, R. Richter, M. Sax, M. Steinbacher, E. Weingartner, U. Baltensperger, Secondary organic aerosol formation by irradiation of 1,3,5 trimethylbenzene-NOX-H2O in a new reaction chamber for atmospheric chemistry and physics, Environ. Sci. Technol., 39, 2668-2678, 2005.

K.-P. Hinz, A. Trimborn, E. Weingartner, S. Henning, U. Baltensperger, B. Spengler, Aerosol single particle compositions at the Jungfraujoch, J. Aerosol Sci., 36, 123-145, 2005.

C. Hueglin, R. Gehrig, U. Baltensperger, M. Gysel, C. Monn, H. Vonmont, Chemical characterisation of PM2.5, PM10 and coarse particles at urban, near-city and rural sites in Switzerland, Atmos. Environ., 39, 637-651, 2005.

R. Nessler, E. Weingartner, U. Baltensperger, Effect of humidity on aerosol light absorption and its implications for extinction and single scattering albedo illustrated for a site in the lower free troposphere, J. Aerosol Sci., 36, 958-972, 2005.

R. Fisseha, J. Dommen, M. Sax, D. Paulsen, M. Kalberer, R. Maurer, F. Höfler, E. Weingartner, U. Baltensperger, Identification of organic acids in secondary organic aerosol and the corresponding gas phase from chamber experiments, Anal. Chem., 76, 6535-6540, 2004.

M. Schaap, G. Spindler, M. Schulz, K. Acker, W. Maenhaut, A. Berner, W. Wieprecht, N. Streit, K. Mueller, E. Brüggemann, J.-P. Putaud, H. Puxbaum, U. Baltensperger, H. ten Brink, Artefacts in the sampling of nitrate studied in the "INTERCOMP" campaigns of EUROTRAC-AEROSOL, Atmos. Environ., 38, 6487-6496, 2004.

K. Müller, G. Spindler, W. Maenhaut, R. Hitzenberger, W. Wieprecht, U. Baltensperger, H. Ten Brink, INTERCOMP2000, a campaign to assess the comparability of methods in use in Europe for measuring aerosol composition, Atmos. Environ., 38, 6459-6466, 2004.

S. Szidat, T.M. Jenk, H.W. Gäggeler, H.-A. Synal, R. Fisseha, U. Baltensperger, M. Kalberer, V. Samburova, S. Reimann, I. Hajdas, Radiocarbon (14C) deduced biogenic and anthropogenic contributions to organic carbon (OC) of urban aerosols from Zürich, Switzerland, Atmos. Environ., 38, 4035-4044, 2004.

S. Szidat, T.M. Jenk, H.W. Gäggeler, H.-A. Synal, R. Fisseha, U. Baltensperger, M. Kalberer, V. Samburova, L. Wacker, M. Saurer, M. Schwikowski, I. Hajdas, Source apportionment of aerosols by 14C measurements in different carbonaceous particle fractions, Radiocarbon, 46, 475-484, 2004.

M. Kalberer, D. Paulsen, M. Sax, M. Steinbacher, J. Dommen, A.S.H. Prévôt, R. Fisseha, E. Weingartner, V. Frankevich, R. Zenobi, U. Baltensperger, Identification of polymers as major components of atmospheric organic aerosols, Science, 303, 1659-1662, 2004.

R. van Dingenen, F. Raes, J.-P. Putaud, U. Baltensperger, A. Charron, M.-C. Facchini, S. Decesari, S. Fuzzi, R. Gehrig, H.-C. Hansson, R.M. Harrision, C. Hüglin, A.M. Jones, P. Laj, G. Lorbeer, W. Maenhaut, F. Palmgren, X. Querol, S. Rodriguez, J. Schneider, H. ten Brink, P. Tunved, K. Torseth, B. Wehner, E. Weingartner, A. Wiedensohler, P. Wahlin, A european aerosol phenomenology, 1: physical characteristics of particulate matter at kerbside, urban, rural and background sites in Europe, Atmos. Environ., 38, 2561-2577, 2004.

S. Henning, S. Bojinski, K. Diehl, S. Ghan, S. Nyeki, E. Weingartner, S. Wurzler, U. Baltensperger, Aerosol partitioning in natural mixed-phase clouds, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L06101, doi:10.1029/2003GL019025, 2004.

M. Gysel, E. Weingartner, S. Nyeki, D. Paulsen, U. Baltensperger, I. Galambos, G. Kiss, Hygroscopic properties of water-soluble matter and humic-like organics in atmospheric fine aerosol, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 35-50, 2004.