Dr. Dennis Niedermeier

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 2717-7324

Mail: dennis.niedermeier@tropos.de  

Room: 004 (Building 23.3)



Scientific staff



Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics


Research fields and interests

Droplet activation

Heterogeneous ice nucleation


Cloud microphysics - turbulence interaction


Curriculum vitae

Scientific career

Since 12/2015 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany

08/2016 – 07/2017 Feodor-Lynen Return-Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-foundation, Bonn, Germany

05/2014 - 10/2015 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, USA (Feodor-Lynen fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-foundation, Bonn, Germany)

07/2012 - 04/2014 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany

Scientific Education

06/2012 PhD in Meteorology from the University of Leipzig, Germany (summa cum laude)

07/2007 – 06/2012 PhD student at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig, Germany

Academic Education

03/2007 Diplom (M.Sc.) in Meteorology from the University of Leipzig, Germany

10/2001 – 03/2007 Study at the University of Leipzig, Germany



Niedermeier, D., Chang, K., Cantrell, W., Chandrakar, K. K., Ciochetto, D., and Shaw, R. A. (2018): Observation of a link between energy dissipation rate and oscillation frequency of the large-scale circulation in dry and moist Rayleigh-Bénard turbulence, Phys. Rev. F., 3, 083501, doi:10.1103/PhysRevFluids.3.083501.

Chandrakar, K. K., Cantrell, W., Chang, K., Ciochetto, D., Niedermeier, D., Ovchinnikov, M., Shaw, R. A. and Yang, F. (2016). Aerosol indirect effect from turbulence-induced broadening of cloud-droplet size distributions. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 113(50), 14243-14248.

Chang, K., Bench, J., Brege, M., Cantrell, W. H., Chandrakar, K., Ciochetto, D., Mazzoleni, C., Mazzoleni, L., Niedermeier, D., and Shaw R. A. (2016): A laboratory facility to study gas-aerosol-cloud interactions in a turbulent environment: The Pi Chamber, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 97 (12), 2344-2358, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00203.1.

Hartmann, S., Wex, H., Clauss, T., Augustin-Bauditz, S., Niedermeier, D., Rösch, M., and Stratmann, F. (2016): Immersion freezing of kaolinite: Scaling with particle surface area, J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 263–278.

Niedermeier, D., Augustin-Bauditz, S., Hartmann, S., Wex, H., Ignatius, K., and F. Stratmann (2015): Can we define an asymptotic value for the ice active surface site density for heterogeneous ice nucleation?, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 5036–5046, doi:10.1002/2014JD022814.

Pummer, B. G., Budke, C., Augustin-Bauditz, S., Niedermeier, D., Felgitsch, L., Kampf, C. J., Huber, R. G., Liedl, K. R., Loerting, T., Moschen, T., Schauperl, M., Tollinger, M., Morris, C. E., Wex, H., Grothe, H., Pöschl, U., Koop, T., and Fröhlich-Nowoisky, J. (2015): Ice nucleation by water-soluble macromolecules, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 4077-4091, doi:10.5194/acp-15-4077-2015.

Hiranuma, N., Augustin-Bauditz, S., Bingemer, H., Budke, C., Curtius, J., Danielczok, A., Diehl, K., Dreischmeier, K., Ebert, M., Frank, F., Hoffmann, N., Kandler, K., Kiselev, A., Koop, T., Leisner, T., Möhler, O., Nillius, B., Peckhaus, A., Rose, D., Weinbruch, S., Wex, H., Boose, Y., DeMott, P. J., Hader, J. D., Hill, T. C. J., Kanji, Z. A., Kulkarni, G., Levin, E. J. T., McCluskey, C. S., Murakami, M., Murray, B. J., Niedermeier, D., Petters, M. D., O'Sullivan, D., Saito, A., Schill, G. P., Tajiri, T., Tolbert, M. A., Welti, A., Whale, T. F., Wright, T. P., and Yamashita, K. (2015): A comprehensive laboratory study on the immersion freezing behavior of illite NX particles: a comparison of 17 ice nucleation measurement techniques, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2489-2518, doi:10.5194/acp-15-2489-2015.

Wex, H., Augustin-Bauditz, S., Boose, Y., Budke, C., Curtius, J., Diehl, K., Dreyer, A., Frank, F., Hartmann, S., Hiranuma, N., Jantsch, E., Kanji, Z. A., Kiselev, A., Koop, T., Möhler, O., Niedermeier, D., Nillius, B., Rösch, M., Rose, D., Schmidt, C., Steinke, I., and Stratmann, F. (2015): Intercomparing different devices for the investigation of ice nucleating particles using Snomax® as test substance, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 1463-1485, doi:10.5194/acp-15-1463-2015.

Augustin-Bauditz, S., Wex, H., Kanter, S., Ebert, M., Niedermeier, D., Stolz, F., Prager, A., and Stratmann, F. (2014): The immersion mode ice nucleation behavior of mineral dusts: A comparison of different pure and surface modified dusts, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL061317.

Wex, H., DeMott, P. J., Tobo, Y., Hartmann, S., Rösch, M., Clauss, T., Tomsche, L., Niedermeier, D., and Stratmann, F.(2014): Kaolinite particles as ice nuclei: learning from the use of different kaolinite samples and different coatings, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 5529-5546, doi:10.5194/acp-14-5529-2014

Niedermeier, D., Ervens, B., Clauss, T., Voigtländer, J., Wex, H., Hartmann, S., and Stratmann, F. (2014): A computationally efficient description of heterogeneous freezing: A simplified version of the Soccer ball model, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2013GL058684.

Augustin, S., Wex, H., Niedermeier, D., Pummer, B., Grothe, H., Hartmann, S., Tomsche, L., Clauss, T., Voigtländer, J., Ignatius, K., and Stratmann, F. (2013): Immersion freezing of birch pollen washing water, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 10989-11003, doi:10.5194/acp-13-10989-2013.

Hartmann, S., Augustin, S., Clauss, T., Voigtländer, J., Niedermeier, D., Wex, H., Stratmann, F. (2013): Immersion freezing of ice nucleating active protein complexes, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 5751-5766, doi:10.5194/acp-13-5751-2013.

Clauss, T., Kiselev, A., Hartmann, S., Augustin, S., Pfeifer, S., Niedermeier, D., Wex, H., Stratmann, F. (2013): Application of linear polarized light for the discrimination of frozen and liquid droplets in ice nucleation experiments, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 1041- 1052, doi:10.5194/amt-6-1041-2013.

Tobo, Y., DeMott, P. J., Raddatz, M., Niedermeier, D., Hartmann, S., Kreidenweis, S. M., Strat-mann, F., Wex, H. (2012): Impacts of chemical reactivity on ice nucleation of kaolinite particles: a case study of levoglucosan and sulfuric acid, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L19803, doi:10.1029/2012GL053007.

Niedermeier, D., Hartmann, S., Clauss, T., Wex, H., Kiselev, A., Sullivan, R. C., DeMott, P. J., Petters, M. D., Reitz, P., Schneider, J., Mikhailov, E., Sierau, B., Stetzer, O., Reimann, B., Bundke, U., Shaw, R. A., Buchholz, A., Mentel, T. F., Stratmann, F. (2011): Experimental study of the role of physicochemical surface processing on the IN ability of mineral dust particles, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 11131-11144, doi:10.5194/acp-11-11131-2011.

Niedermeier, D., Shaw, R. A., Hartmann, S., Wex, H., Clauss, T., Voigtländer, J., Stratmann, F. (2011): Heterogeneous ice nucleation: exploring the transition from stochastic to singular freezing behavior, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 8767-8775, doi:10.5194/acp-11-8767-2011.

Reitz, P., Spindler, C., Mentel, T. F., Poulain, L., Wex, H., Mildenberger, K., Niedermeier, D., Hartmann, S., Clauss, T., Stratmann, F., Sullivan, R. C., DeMott, P. J., Petters, M. D., Sierau, B., Schneider, J. (2011): Surface modification of mineral dust particles by sulphuric acid processing: implications for ice nucleation abilities, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 7839-7858, doi:10.5194/acp-11-7839-2011.

Hartmann, S., Niedermeier, D., Voigtländer, J., Clauss, T., Shaw, R. A., Wex, H., Kiselev, A., Stratmann, F. (2011): Homogeneous and heterogeneous ice nucleation at LACIS: operating principle and theoretical studies, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1753-1767, doi:10.5194/acp-11-1753-2011.

Sullivan, R. C., Petters, M. D., DeMott, P. J., Kreidenweis, S. M., Wex, H., Niedermeier, D., Hartmann, S., Clauss, T., Stratmann, F., Reitz, P. and Schneider, J. (2010): Irreversible loss of ice nucleation active sites in mineral dust particles caused by sulphuric acid condensation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 11471-11487, doi:10.5194/acp-10-11471-2010.

Niedermeier, D., Hartmann, S., Shaw, R. A., Covert, D., Mentel, T. F., Schneider, J., Poulain, L., Reitz, P., Spindler, C., Clauss, T., Kiselev, A., Hallbauer, E., Wex, H., Mildenberger, K., Stratmann, F. (2010): Heterogeneous freezing of droplets with immersed mineral dust particles - measurements and parameterization, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 3601-3614, doi:10.5194/acp-10-3601-2010.

Wex, H., Stratmann, F., Hennig, T., Hartmann, S., Niedermeier, D., Nilsson, E., Ocskay, R., Rose, D., Salma, I., Ziese, M. (2008): Connecting hygroscopic growth at high humidities to cloud activation for different particle types, Environ. Res. Lett., 3, 1-10.

Niedermeier, D., Wex, H., Voigtländer, J., Stratmann, F., Brüggemann, E., Kiselev, A., Henk, H., Heintzenberg, J. (2008): LACIS-measurements and parameterization of sea-salt particle hygroscopic growth and activation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 579-590, doi:10.5194/acp-8-579-2008.

Voigtländer, J., Stratmann, F., Niedermeier, D., Wex, H., Kiselev, A. (2007): Mass accommodation coefficient of water: a combined computational dynamics and experimental data analysis, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D20208, doi:10.1029/2007JD008604.