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Thomas Koop

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Thomas Koop

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Prof. Dr. Thomas Koop
Faculty of Chemistry
Bielefeld University
Universitätsstr. 25
D-33615 Bielefeld

Phone: +49-(0)521-106-6135
Room: UHG E3-150

ResearcherID: B-7861-2008

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Personal Information

born 1967 in Homberg (Niederrhein), Germany

married, three children

Education and Academic Career

1987 - 1992: Undergraduate student of Chemistry at the University of Duisburg (Germany)
1993 - 1996: PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz (Germany) with Prof. Paul J. Crutzen
1997 - 1998: Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (U.S.A.) with Prof. Mario J. Molina
1999 - 2004: Research Associate and Lecturer at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) with Prof. Thomas Peter
2002: Guest Scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle (U.S.A.)
Since 2004: Professor of Physical Chemistry at Bielefeld University

Degrees granted

1992: Diploma in Chemistry, University of Duisburg (Germany)
1996: Ph.D. in Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany)
2004: Habilitation, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

Honors and Awards

1990 - 1992: Scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation
1997: Otto Hahn Medal 1996 of the Max Planck Society for outstanding scientific achievements of a young scientist
1997 - 1998: Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2002: Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2003 - 2008: Elected Member of Die Junge Akademie at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina
2003: Latsis Prize of the ETH Zurich for outstanding independent scientific contributions by a young scientist at ETH Zurich
2006: Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize of the Westfälisch-Lippische Universitätsgesellschaft for outstanding achievements and personal dedication in teaching at Bielefeld University
2008: Marian Smoluchowski Award of the Association for Aerosol Research for significant research contribution to aerosol science (shared with Markus Kalberer)
2016: Harold S. Johnston Lecture in Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, UC Berkeley


since 2001: Co-founder and Executive Editor of the Journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
2004 - 2007: Speaker of the working group "Water" at Die Junge Akademie
2007 - 2008: Member of the Executive Board of the Die Junge Akademie
since 2004: Coordinator of the Graduate School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Bielefeld University
since 2017: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
since 2018: Member of the Committee on Nucleation and Atmospheric Aerosols

Selected Recent Invited Talks

2018: Gordon Research Conference on Water and Aqueous Solutions, Holderness School (U.S.A.)
2017: 3rd Ice Binding Proteins Conference, Rehovot (Israel)
2016: Towards a Molecular Understanding of Atmospheric Aerosols, Santa Cruz (U.S.A.)
2016: The Royal Society Theo Murphy meeting: Nucleation - past and future challenges for experiment, theory and simulation, Chicheley Hall, Chicheley (UK)
2016: WaterX: Exotic properties of water under extreme conditions, Nice (France)
2015: Princeton Center for Theoretical Science Workshop "Ice Nucleation", Princeton University (U.S.A.)
2014: Stefano Franscini Conference "Towards a molecular-level understanding of atmospheric aerosols", Monte Verita, Ascona (Switzerland)
2014: Mario Molina Symposium, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla (U.S.A.)
2013: Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of Liquids, Holderness School (U.S.A.)
2012: 12th IGAC Open Science Conference "Atmospheric Chemistry in the Anthropocene", Beijing (China)
2012: American Chemical Society National Fall Meeting, Philadelphia (U.S.A.)
2012: European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna (Austria)
2011: Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, Mount Snow Resort (U.S.A.)

Selected Publications

Eickhoff, L., Dreischmeier, K., Zipori, A., Sirotinskaya, V., Adar, C., Reicher, N., Braslavsky, I., Rudich, Y., and Koop, T.;
Contrasting behavior of antifreeze proteins: ice growth inhibitors and ice nucleation promoters,
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 10, 966-972, 2019.   article online*
Dreischmeier, K.; Budke, C.; Wiehemeier, L.; Kottke, T.; Koop, T.;
Boreal pollen contain ice-nucleating as well as ice-binding ‘antifreeze’ polysaccharides,
Sci. Rep., 7, 41890, 2017.   article online
Koop, T.;
Crystals creeping out of cracks,
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 114, 797-799, 2017.   article online*
Koop, T.; Mahowald, N.
The seeds of ice in clouds (non-reviewed),
Nature, 498, 302-303, 2013.   article online*
Adler, G.; Koop, T.; Haspel, C.; Taraniuk, I.; Moise, T.; Koren, I.; Heiblum, R.H.; Rudich, Y.;
Formation of highly porous aerosol particles by atmospheric freeze-drying in ice clouds,
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110, 20414-20419, 2013.   article online*
Koop, T.; Bookhold, J.; Shiraiwa, M.; Pöschl, U.;
Perspective: Glass transition and phase state of organic compounds: Dependency on molecular properties and implications for secondary organic aerosols in the atmosphere,
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 13, 19238-19255, 2011.   article online*
Shiraiwa, M.; Ammann, M.; Koop, T.; Pöschl, U.;
Gas uptake and chemical aging of semisolid organic aerosol particles,
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 108, 11003–11008, 2011.   article online*
Virtanen, A.; Joutsensaari, J.; Koop, T.; Kannosto, J.; Yli-Pirilä, P.; Leskinen, J.; Mäkelä, J.M.; Holopainen, J.K.; Pöschl, U.; Kulmala, M.; Worsnop, D.R.; Laaksonen, A.;
An amorphous solid state of biogenic secondary organic aerosol particles,
Nature, 467, 824-827, 2010.   article online*
Koop, T.;
'Snow joke as festive season gives rise to a blizzard of fake flakes (non-reviewed),
Nature, 462, 985, 2009.   article online*
Zobrist, B.; Marcolli, C.; Pedernera, D.A.; Koop, T.;
Do atmospheric aerosols form glasses?,
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 5221-5244, 2008.   article online
Peter, T.; Marcolli, C.; Spichtinger, P.; Corti, T.; Baker, M.B.; Koop, T.;
When dry air is too humid,
Science, 314, 1399-1402, 2006.   article online*
Murphy, D.M.; Koop, T.;
Review of the vapour pressures of ice and supercooled water for atmospheric applications,
Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc., 131, 1539-1565, 2005.   article online*
Koop, T.;
Homogeneous Ice Nucleation in Water and Aqueous Solutions (Review Article),
Z. Phys. Chem., 218, 1231-1258, 2004.   article online*
Koop, T.; Luo, B.P.; Tsias, A., Peter, T.;
Water activity as the determinant for homogeneous ice nucleation in aqueous solutions,
Nature, 406, 611-614, 2000.   article online*
Koop, T.; Ng, H.P.; Molina, L.T.; Molina, M.J.;
A New Optical Technique to Study Aerosol Phase Transitions: The Nucleation of Ice from H2SO4 Aerosols,
J. Phys. Chem. A, 102, 8924-8931, 1998.   article online*
Koop, T.; Carslaw, K.S.;
Melting of H2SO4·4H2O Particles Upon Cooling: Implications for Polar Stratospheric Clouds,
Science, 272, 1638-1641, 1996.   article online*
Koop, T.; Biermann, U.M.; Raber, W.; Luo, B.P.; Crutzen, P.J.; Peter, T.;
Do stratospheric aerosol droplets freeze above the ice frost point?,
Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 917-920, 1995.   article online*

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