Advances in Aerosol Instrumentation for Atmospheric Science

K. Barmpounis

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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nderstanding the processes related to particle formation in the atmosphere is crucial in order to quantify more accurately their effect on climate. New particle formation is a global scale phenomenon, through which significant amounts of new particles are introduced in the atmosphere. A main mechanism of new particle formation is ion-induced nucleation, where vapor molecules nucleate on pre-existing atmospheric ions. It follows that in order to understand the mechanism of ion-induced nucleation, research must be focused on the very first steps of formation which normally lay in the sub-2nm size range. The work of this thesis is focused on facilitating the research on new particle formation by advancing the instrumentation state-of-the-art, but also performing experimental work on the dynamics of ion-induced nucleation.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Schmidt-Ott, A., Supervisor
  • Biskos, G., Supervisor
Award date9 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Aerosol instrumentation
  • condensation particle counter
  • differential mobility analyzer
  • heterogeneous nucleation
  • sign-preference in ion-induced nucleation

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