Research Projects


The INUIT Ice Nuclei Research Unit consists the following research projects:




In situ measurements of ice nucleating particles (INP) and quantification of biological INP

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius

Assistance: Fabian Frank, Rebecca Kohl


Chemical analysis of ice nuclei and ice particle residuals by combination of single particle mass spectrometry and counter-flow virtual impaction technique

Project leader: Dr. Johannes Schneider, Dr. Frank Stratmann

Assistance: Stephan Mertes, Hans-Christian Clemen, Thomas Conrath


The importance of ice nuclei types and freezing modes for the initiation of the ice phase and precipitation: Model studies based on laboratory measurements

Project leader: Dr. Karoline Diehl, Dr. Miklós Szakáll

Assistance: Oliver Eppers, Amelie Mayer


Heterogeneous ice nucleation induced by porous materials

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Thomas Koop

Assistance: Dr. Carsten Budke, Katharina Dreischmeier, Evelyn Jantsch


Statistics of ice nucleation conditions in mixed-phase clouds

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose

Assistance: Dr. Monika Niemand, Dr. Luke Hande, Isabelle Reichardt


From lab to field: examining immersion freezing of atmospheric relevant ice nucleating particles

Project leader: Dr. Heike Wex

Assistance: Dr. Susan Hartmann, Sarah Grawe, Thomas Conrath, Stefanie Augustin


Comprehensive process studies of heterogeneous ice nucleation: From single cloud droplets to cloud simulations

Project leader: Dr. Ottmar Möhler, Dr. Alexei Kiselev, Prof. Thomas Leisner



Chemical and mineralogical characterization of ice nuclei and ice particle residuals

Project leader: PD Dr. Martin Ebert, Prof. Dr. Stephan Weinbruch, Dr. Heinz Bingemer

Assistance: Daniel Weber


Screening and characterization of biological ice nuclei and their influence on the ice nucleation activity of soil dust

Project leader: Dr. Janine Fröhlich, PD Dr. Ulrich Pöschl

Assistance: Dr. Bernhard G. Pummer, Dr. Martin Linden, Dr. Jan Frederik Scheel, Petya Yordanova, Anna T. Kunert


Central coordination & administration of the INUIT research unit

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius

Assistance: Birte Hülsen und Susanne Staechelin