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Thomas Koop

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Thomas Koop

© Universität Bielefeld

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 2024: Vice dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at Bielefeld University
2022 - 2024: Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at Bielefeld University
2020 - 2022: Vice dean of the Faculty of Chemistry at Bielefeld University
since 2022: Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
2001 - 2022: 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 Invited Talks

2022: Gordon Research Conference on Biomineralization, Castelldefels (Spain)
2021: Telluride Conference on Cryopreservation grand challenges: fundamental molecular science to applications, Telluride (U.S.A.)
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

Hallsworth, J.E., Koop, T., Dallas, T.D., Zorzano, M.-P., Burkhardt, J., Golyshina, O. V., Martín-Torres, J., Dymond, M. K., Ball, P., McKay, C. P.;
Water activity in Venus’s uninhabitable clouds and other planetary atmospheres,
Nature Astron., 5, 665-675, 2021.   article online*
Eickhoff, L., Dreischmeier, K., Zipori, A., Sirotinskaya, V., Adar, C., Reicher, N., Braslavsky, I., Rudich, Y., 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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