Chemical Kinetics & Reaction Mechanisms

Multiphase chemical processes in the aerosol lifecycle. Adapted from Berkemeier et al., International Aerosol Modeling Algorithms Conference, Davis, 2019.

Research Group Dr. Thomas Berkemeier []

Many processes in the atmosphere and in the human body occur at and across interfaces and thus constitute multiphase chemical systems. Developing a detailed description of the multiphase reaction kinetics of these systems is vital for understanding the rates at which particles evolve, compounds degrade and oxidants are formed or consumed. The Chemical Kinetics & Reaction Mechanisms Group aims at resolving the large remaining uncertainties found in the complex reaction mechanisms of Atmospheric and Physiological Chemistry. For this purpose, we use elaborate computer models and algorithms that can factor in a large amount of laboratory data, and consider that chemical reactions are often closely entangled with transport processes.

Key Topics

- Kinetic Modelling and Laboratory Studies of Redox Chemisty in Physiological Chemistry & Biology

- Kinetic Modelling of Gas-Surface Interactions
  (Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry)

- Development of Kinetic Models, Modelling Frameworks
  and Optimization Algorithms


- Kinetic Multi-Layer Models

- Kinetic Experiments in the Laboratory: Chamber and Flow Reactor Studies

- Global Optimization Methods, Sensitivity Studies & Machine Learning


Thomas Berkemeier
Eleni Dovrou
Hyun Gu Kang
Matteo Krüger
Steven Lelieveld
Boris Mashtakov
Ashmi Mishra
Jake Wilson

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