Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius

Foto (c) Uni Frankfurt/Uwe Dettmar

Experimental Atmospheric Research

Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences        
Department of Geosciences/Geography

Altenhöferallee 1
60438 Frankfurt am Main

Room: 3.315
Tel: +49 (69) 798-40258


                                                                    Researcher-ID       A-2681-2011

ORCHID 0000-0003-3153-4630


Focus of Research

Atmospheric aerosol, aerosol nucleation and aerosol precursor gases, atmospheric ions and ion clusters, ice nucleation, aerosol composition, trace gases, aerosol-cloud-interactions, aircraft emissions, aerosol impacts on climate;
Methods: chemical ionization mass spectrometry, aerosol mass spectrometry, condensation particle counters; aircraft research, aerosol chambers, field stations.


Curriculum Vitae  
  Joachim Curtius
 since 10/2007 Professor for Experimental Atmospheric Research at the Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
 01/2002 - 09/2007 Research Assistant at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz.
03/2000 - 12/2001 Postdoc at the Aeronomy Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA, Atmospheric Chemical Kinetics Group, Boulder, Colorado, USA
 06/1999 - 02/2000 Postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, Atmospheric Sciences Division, Heidelberg, Germany
 05/1996 - 05/1999 PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, 
Atmospheric Sciences Division, Heidelberg, Germany.
 1990-1996 Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg, Physics Department (Diploma Thesis)
  • Coordinator of EU-H2020 Marie Curie Initial Training Network “CLOUD-MOTION” (2017-2021)
  • Coordinator of BMBF projects “CLOUD-09”, “CLOUD-12”, and “CLOUD-16” (since 2009)
  • Member of CLOUD Scientific Steering Committee (since 2008)
  • Spokesperson of DFG Special Priority Program SPP 1294 “HALO” (since 2010)
  • Member of HALO Scientific Steering Committee (since 2010)
  • Spokesperson of DFG Research Unit FOR 2515 “INUIT” (since 2012)
  • Coordinator of EU-FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network “CLOUD-TRAIN” (2012-2016)
  • Coordinator of EU-FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network “CLOUD-ITN” (2008-2012)
  • Scientist of the Year, Alfons and Gertrud Kassel-Foundation (2017)
  • Otto-Hahn-Medal of the Max Planck Society (2000)
  • Gesellschaft für Aerosolforschung (GAeF)
  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)
  • Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft (DMG)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics und Atmospheric Measurement Techniques:  Co-Editor

Selected recent publications

J. Curtius, M. Granzin & J. Schrod, Testing mobile air purifiers in a school classroom: Reducing the airborne transmission risk for SARS-CoV-2, Aerosol Science and Technology, 55:5, 586-599, (2021), DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2021.1877257

Xu-Cheng He, et al.: Role of iodine oxoacids in atmospheric aerosol nucleation, Science, 371, 589+, (2021) (DOI: 10.1126/SCIENCE.ABE0298).

Wang, M., Kong, W., Marten, R. et al., Rapid growth of new atmospheric particles by nitric acid and ammonia condensation. Nature 581, 184–189 (2020) (

Dunne, E.M., et al., Global atmospheric particle formation from CERN CLOUD measurements. Science, 354, 1119-1124, doi: 10.1126/science.aaf2649 (2016) (

Gordon, H., et al., Reduced anthropogenic aerosol radiative forcing caused by biogenic new particle formation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113, 12053-12058, (2016) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1602360113, (

Wendisch, M., et al., ACRIDICON–CHUVA Campaign: Studying Tropical Deep Convective Clouds and Precipitation over Amazonia Using the New German Research Aircraft HALO. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97, 1885-1908, (2016) doi: 10.1175/bams-d-14-00255.1 (

Kirkby, J., et al., Ion-induced nucleation of pure biogenic particles, Nature, 533, 521-527, doi: 10.1038/nature17953, 2016 (

Tröstl, J., et al., Low-volatility organic compounds are key to initial particle growth in the atmosphere, Nature, 533, 527-531, doi: 10.1038/nature18271, 2016 (

Bianchi, F., et al., New particle formation in the free troposphere: a question of chemistry and timing, Science, 282, 89-92, doi: 10.1126/science.aad5456, 2016 (

Lehtipalo, K., et al., The effect of acid-base clustering and ions on the growth of atmospheric nano-particles, Nature Communications, 7, 11594, doi: 10.1038/ncomms11594, 2016 (

Voigt, C., et al., ML-CIRRUS - The airborne experiment on natural cirrus and contrail cirrus with the high-altitude long-range research aircraft HALO, Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., online, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00213.1, 2016 (

Kürten, A., et al., Neutral molecular cluster formation of sulfuric acid-dimethylamine observed in real time under atmospheric conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111, 15019-15024, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404853111, 2014 (

Kirkby, J., et al., Role of sulphuric acid, ammonia and galactic cosmic rays in atmospheric aerosol nucleation. Nature, 476, 429-U77, doi: 10.1038/nature10343, 2011 (