Prof. Hanna Vehkamäki's research group studies atmospheric aerosols: these are solid or liquid particles suspended in atmospheric air. Aerosol particles can both warm and cool the climate, but their combined net effect is cooling. So for climate models and predictions, it is important to better understand their formation. The group's focus is on the formation and properties of the smallest of aerosol particles, using computational and theoretical methods to understand cluster and particle formation. They use a palette of different modeling approaches from inexpensive hard sphere collision theories and bulk liquid approximations to high level quantum mechanical treatment of each electron.
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