Short CV/Education and training

  • 1969
    born

  • 1992 – 1997
    various research positions at University of Helsinki, Departments of Physics

  • 1994
    Master of Science in theoretical physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

  • 1998
    PhD in theoretical physics, University of Helsinki, Finland

  • 1998 – 1999
    Research fellow at university College London, United Kingdom

  • 2000 – 2009
    various research positions at University of Helsinki, Departments of Physics

  • Since 2009
    professor in computational aerosol physics at University of Helsinki, Department of Physics, leading a research group of around 10 people

Selected publications

  • Paul M. Winkler, Aron Vrtala, Gerhard Steiner, Daniela Wimmer, Hanna Vehkamäki, Kari E. J. Lehtinen, Georg P. Reischl, Markku Kulmala and Paul E. Wagner:

    Quantitative characterization of critical nanoclusters nucleated on large single molecules.

    Physical Review Letters, Vol 108, 085701, 2012.

  • Ismael K. Ortega, Oona Kupiainen, Theo Kurtén, Tinja Olenius, Olli Wilkman, Matthew J. McGrath, Ville Loukonen, and Hanna Vehkamäki:

    From quantum chemical formation free energies to evaporation rates.

    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol 12, pp. 225-235, 2012.

  • Tuukka Petäjä, Mikko Sipilä, Pauli Paasonen, Tuomo Nieminen, Theo Kurtén, Ismael K. Ortega, Frank Stratmann, Hanna Vehkamäki, Torsten Berndt and Markku Kulmala: Experimental observation of strongly bound dimers of sulphuric acid nucleating in the atmosphere.

    Physical Review Letters, Vol 106, 228302, 2011.

  • Tuukka Petäjä, Mikko Sipilä, Pauli Paasonen, Tuomo Nieminen, Theo Kurtén, Ismael K. Ortega, Frank Stratmann, Hanna Vehkamäki, Torsten Berndt and Markku Kulmala:

    Experimental observation of strongly bound dimers of sulphuric acid nucleating in the atmosphere.

    Physical Review Letters, Vol 106, 228302, 2011.

  • Mikael Ehn, Heikki Junninen, Tuukka Petäjä, Theo Kurtén, Veli-Matti Kerminen, Siegfried Schobesberger, Hanna E. Manninen, Ismael K. Ortega, Hanna Vehkamäki, Markku Kulmala, and Douglas R. Worsnop: Composition and temporal behavior of ambient ions in the boreal forest.

    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol 10, pp. 8513-8530, 2010.

  • Ismael K. Ortega, Theo Kurtén, Hanna Vehkamäki, and Markku Kulmala:

    The role of ammonia in sulfuric acid ion induced nucleation.

    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol 8, pp. 2859-2867, 2008.

  • Paul M. Winkler, Gerhard Steiner, Aron Vrtala, Hanna Vehkamäki, Madis Noppel, Kari E. J. Lehtinen, Georg P. Reischl, Paul E. Wagner, and Markku Kulmala Heterogeneous Nucleation Experiments Bridging the Scale from Molecular Ion Clusters to Nanoparticles

    Science, Vol 319, pp. 1374-1377, 2008.

  • Theo Kurtén, Ville Loukonen, Hanna Vehkamäki, and Markku Kulmala: Amines are likely to enhance neutral and ion-induced sulfuric acid-water nucleation in the

    atmosphere more effectively than ammonia.

    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Vol 8, pp. 4095-4103, 2008.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • European Research Council Starting Grant ('Role of Molecular Clusters in Atmospheric Particle Formation') and University of Helsinki support money, 2011 – 2015

  • Academy of Finland research grant in Computational science research programme: Coordinator of the consortium ComQuaCC 'Computational research chain from quantum chemistry to climate change', 2010 – 2013

  • Nessling foundation grant for a PhD student ('Role of sulphuric acid in climate change and air quality'), 2009

  • Nordic Council of Ministers: Coordinator of a Nordforsk Network NICITA 'Nordic Network for Ionic Clusters In The Atmosphere', 2009 – 2012

  • Väisälä foundation grant ('Women's aerosol train' project together with Ilona Riipinen), 2008

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Examiner/opponent in a Ph. D. defense:

  • University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2011

  • Tampere University of Technology, Finland, 2008

  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2008

  • University College London, United Kingdom, 2007

  • Stockholm University, Sweden, 2005 and 2002 (two times)

Examiner of a PhD thesis:

  • University of Helsinki, Finland, 2005

Reviewing activities:

  • Reviewer of the docent application University of Eastern Finland, 2010

  • Reviewer of applicants for a research position Finnish Meteorological Institute, 2009

  • Reviewer of a project, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2008

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • board and miniature gaming, knitting, reading, military history, traveling, yoga, orienteering


Soft Skills

  • Family: Husband and two daughters, maternity leave 5.5.-10.12. 2007 (7 months) and 6.5.-9.12. 2005 (7 months)


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