Dan Cziczo is an atmospheric scientist interested in the interrelationship of particulate matter and cloud formation. His research utilizes laboratory and field studies to elucidate how small particles interact with water vapor to form droplets and ice crystals which are important players in the Earth’s climate system. Experiments include using small cloud chambers in the laboratory to mimic atmospheric conditions that lead to cloud formation and observing clouds in situ from remote mountaintop sites or through the use of research aircraft. Dan’s current research interests include: Chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols with an emphasis on their effect on cloud formation mechanisms, Earth's radiative budget, and meteoritic debris and launch vehicle emissions in the atmosphere.
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Baustian K.J., D.J. Cziczo, M.E. Wise, et al. 2012: Importance of aerosol composition, mixing state and morphology for heterogeneous ice nucleation: A combined field and laboratory approach, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 117(D6): D06217
Friedman, B., G. Kulkarni, J. Beránek, A. Zelenyuk, J.A. Thornton and D.J. Cziczo, 2011: Ice nucleation and droplet formation by bare and coated soot particles, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 116(D17): D17203
Wong, J.P.S., A.K.Y. Lee, J.G. Slowik, D.J. Cziczo, et al., 2011: Oxidation of ambient biogenic secondary organic aerosol by hydroxyl radicals: Effects on cloud condensation nuclei activity, Geophysical Research Letters, 38(22): L22805
Hiranuma, N., M. Kohn, M.S. Pekour, D.A. Nelson, J.E. Shilling and D.J. Cziczo, 2011: Droplet activation, separation, and compositional analysis: Laboratory studies and amospheric measurements, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions, 4(1): 691-713
Link to Publications as listed on Cziczo Research Group webpage (http://cziczogroup.scripts.mit.edu/wp/publications/)