Computational Aerosol Physics group

What does our group do?

Computational aerosol physics group is working on deepening the theoretical understanding of the formation of the very smallest molecular clusters in the atmosphere. We use a palette of different m computational and theoretical approaches from molecular dynamic simulations to thermodynamics cover cluster sizes from only a few weakly bound molecules up to large, thermally stable nanoparticles containing hundreds of molecules. Our description of molecular interactions spans from sphere collision theories and bulk liquid approximations to high level quantum mechanical treatment of the electrons. We are verifying our models by comparing to results with laboratory experiments, work to understand the fate of cluster in various instruments, and test feasibility of various particle formation processes in various atmospheric conditions.

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