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The unexplored world of aerosol surfaces and their impacts.

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Project "SURFACE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: OULU
postcode: 90014

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Total cost 1˙499˙626 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙626 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2016-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2022-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    OULUN YLIOPISTO FI (OULU) coordinator 1˙499˙626.00


 Project objective

We are changing the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, with profound consequences for the environment and our wellbeing. Tiny aerosol particles are globally responsible for much of the health effects and mortality related to air pollution and play key roles in regulating Earth’s climate via their critical influence on both radiation balance and cloud formation. Every single cloud droplet has been nucleated on the surface of an aerosol particle. Aerosols and droplets provide the media for condensed-phase chemistry in the atmosphere, but large gaps remain in our understanding of their formation, transformations, and climate interactions. Surface properties may play crucial roles in these processes, but currently next to nothing is known about the surfaces of atmospheric aerosols and cloud droplets and their impacts are almost entirely unconstrained. My recent work strongly suggests that such surfaces are significantly different from their associated bulk material and that these unique properties can impact aerosol processes all the way to the global scale. Very few surface-specific properties are currently considered when evaluating aerosol effects on atmospheric chemistry and global climate. Novel developments of cutting-edge computational and experimental methods, in particular synchrotron-based photoelectron spectroscopy, now for the first time makes direct molecular-level characterizations of atmospheric surfaces feasible. This project will demonstrate and quantify potential surface impacts in the atmosphere, by first directly characterizing realistic atmospheric surfaces, and then trace fingerprints of specific surface properties in a hierarchy of experimental and modelled aerosol processes and atmospheric effects. Successful demonstrations of unique aerosol surface fingerprints will constitute truly novel insights into a currently uncharted area of the atmospheric system and identify an entirely new frontier in aerosol research and atmospheric science.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Jack J. Lin, Jussi Malila, Nønne L. Prisle
Cloud droplet activation of organic–salt mixtures predicted from two model treatments of the droplet surface
published pages: 1611-1629, ISSN: 2050-7887, DOI: 10.1039/c8em00345a
Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 20/11 2019-10-31
2019 Jonas Elm, Noora Hyttinen, Jack J. Lin, Theo Kurtén, Nønne L. Prisle
Strong Even/Odd Pattern in the Computed Gas-Phase Stability of Dicarboxylic Acid Dimers: Implications for Condensation Thermodynamics
published pages: , ISSN: 1089-5639, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.9b08020
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2019-10-31
2019 T. Berndt, W. Scholz, B. Mentler, L. Fischer, E. H. Hoffmann, A. Tilgner, N. Hyttinen, N. L. Prisle, A. Hansel, H. Herrmann
Fast Peroxy Radical Isomerization and OH Recycling in the Reaction of OH Radicals with Dimethyl Sulfide
published pages: 6478-6483, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.9b02567
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2019-10-31
2018 Jack Jie Lin, Jussi Malila, Nonne L. Prisle
Cloud droplet activation of organic–salt mixtures predicted from two model treatments of the droplet surface
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-7887, DOI: 10.1039/c8em00345a
Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 2019-04-18
2018 Theo Kurtén, Noora Hyttinen, Emma L. D'Ambro, Joel Thornton, Nønne L. Prisle
Estimating the saturation vapor pressures of isoprene oxidationproducts C<sub>5</sub>H<sub>12</sub>O<sub>6</sub> and C<sub>5</sub>H<sub>10</sub>O<sub>6</sub> using COSMO-RS
published pages: 1-27, ISSN: 1680-7375, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-848
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-04-18
2017 Martta Toivola, Nønne L. Prisle, Jonas Elm, Eleanor M. Waxman, Rainer Volkamer, Theo Kurtén
Can COSMOTherm Predict a Salting in Effect?
published pages: 6288-6295, ISSN: 1089-5639, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b04847
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 121/33 2019-04-18
2018 Jussi Malila
On the early studies recognizing the role of sulphuric acid in atmospheric haze and new particle formation
published pages: 1-11, ISSN: 1600-0889, DOI: 10.1080/16000889.2018.1471913
Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology 70/1 2019-04-18
2017 Lauri Hautala, Kari Jänkälä, Mikko-Heikki Mikkelä, Paavo Turunen, Nønne L. Prisle, Minna Patanen, Maxim Tchaplyguine, Marko Huttula
Probing RbBr solvation in freestanding sub-2 nm water clusters
published pages: 25158-25167, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c7cp04398h
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19/36 2019-04-18
2018 Nønne L. Prisle, Jack J. Lin, Sara K. Purdue, Haisheng Lin, J. Carson Meredith, Athanasios Nenes
CCN activity of six pollenkitts and the influence of their surface activity
published pages: 1-26, ISSN: 1680-7375, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-394
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-04-18
2018 Anthony R. Toribio, Nønne L. Prisle, Anthony S. Wexler
Statistical Mechanics of Multilayer Sorption: Surface Concentration Modeling and XPS Measurement
published pages: 1461-1464, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00332
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/6 2019-04-18
2018 Josephina Werner, Ingmar Persson, Olle Björneholm, Delphine Kawecki, Clara-Magdalena Saak, Marie-Madeleine Walz, Victor Ekholm, Isaak Unger, Corina Valtl, Carl Caleman, Gunnar Öhrwall, Nønne L. Prisle
Shifted equilibria of organic acids and bases in the aqueous surface region
published pages: 23281-23293, ISSN: 1463-9076, DOI: 10.1039/c8cp01898g
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20/36 2019-04-18
2018 Nonne L. Prisle, Bjarke Molgaard
Modeling CCN activity of chemically unresolved model HULIS, including surface tension, non-ideality, and surface partitioning
published pages: 1-23, ISSN: 1680-7375, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-789
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-04-18
2018 Michael Boy, Erik S. Thomson, Juan-C. Acosta Navarro, Olafur Arnalds, Ekaterina Batchvarova, Jaana Bäck, Frank Berninger, Merete Bilde, Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova, Dimitri Castarède, Maryam Dalirian, Gerrit de Leeuw, Monika Dragosics, Ella-Maria Duplissy, Jonathan Duplissy, Annica M. L. Ekman, Keyan Fang, Jean-Charles Gallet, Marianne Glasius, Sven-Erik Gryning, Henrik Grythe, Hans-Christen Hansson, Margareta Hansson, Elisabeth Isaksson, Trond Iversen, Ingibjorg Jonsdottir, Ville Kasurinen, Alf Kirkevåg, Atte Korhola, Radovan Krejci, Jon Egill Kristjansson, Hanna K. Lappalainen, Antti Lauri, Matti Leppäranta, Heikki Lihavainen, Risto Makkonen, Andreas Massling, Outi Meinander, E. Douglas Nilsson, Haraldur Olafsson, Jan B. C. Pettersson, Nønne L. Prisle, Ilona Riipinen, Pontus Roldin, Meri Ruppel, Matthew Salter, Maria Sand, Øyvind Seland, Heikki Seppä, Henrik Skov, Joana Soares, Andreas Stohl, Johan Ström, Jonas Svensson, Erik Swietlicki, Ksenia Tabakova, Throstur Thorsteinsson, Aki Virkkula, Gesa A. Weyhenmeyer, Yusheng Wu, Paul Zieger, Markku Kulmala
Interactions between the atmosphere, cryosphere and ecosystemsat northern high latitudes
published pages: 1-82, ISSN: 1680-7375, DOI: 10.5194/acp-2018-733
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions 2019-04-18
2018 Xiangrui Kong, Martin J. Wolf, Michael Roesch, Erik S. Thomson, Thorsten Bartels-Rausch, Peter A. Alpert, Markus Ammann, Nønne L. Prisle, Daniel J. Cziczo
A continuous flow diffusion chamber study of sea salt particles acting as cloud nuclei: deliquescence and ice nucleation
published pages: 1463806, ISSN: 1600-0889, DOI: 10.1080/16000889.2018.1463806
Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology 70/1 2019-04-18

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