Professor Dr. Hartmut Herrmann

Leibniz Institute for

Tropospheric Research

Permoserstraße 15

04318 Leipzig


Phone: +49 341 2717-7024

Mail: hartmut.herrmann at 

Room: 001 (Building 23.1)




Head of the Atmospheric Chemistry Department at the Leibniz-Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig


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Research areas & research interest

  • Our research intends to understand the tropospheric multiphase system.
  • Model development is based on experimental work in the laboratory and in the field.           
  • Lab work utilises state-of-the-art physical and analytical chemistry methods to study gas phase, aqueous phase, organic phase, surface and, alltogether, multiphase phenomena.         
  • Field work aims to understand chemical processing and composition of tropospheric particles, clouds, fog and rain in the complex interplay of all compartments involved.


Current projects

  • “IUPAC Task Force“ for Evaluated Kinetic Data for Atmospheric Chemistry
  •  "EUROCHAMP 2020“ Integration of European Simulation Chambers for Investigating Atmospheric Processes – Towards 2020 and beyond
  • “SEACRIFOG” Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations
  • “TRACE” Transport and transformation of atmospheric aerosol in Central Europe with a focus on anthropogenic sources
  • „PHOTOSOA“ Photosensitization: A novel pathway to SOA generation and property change in tropospheric particles
  •  "PHOSDMAP" Phosphorus Speciation in Mineral Dust and Marine Aerosol Particles
  •  "UFOPLAN-BC“ Acquisition of Black Carbon (BC) in Germany and identification of relevant sources with chemistry transportation models
  • “BBCOMP” Biomass burning organic aerosol in Europe and Asia: Molecular composition and impact on air quality
  • Determination of the EC/OC amount of PM10 samples
  • "GRIMEPASS” Characterization of Urban Grime Photochemistry as Sink or Source for Air Pollutants
  • „DUSTRISK“ A risk index for health effects of mineral dust and associated microbes
  • „DARK KNIGHT II“ Daytime atmospheric chemistry of key compounds provoked by nighttime atmospheric chemistry (Dark Knight GZ II) and the follow-up proposal for the project
  • Transfer of the analysis of anhdyomonosaccharides into the routine operation of the Saxon air quality measurement network
  • Trends, triggers and effects of the ozone load in Saxony


In total 117 third-party funded research projects with about 18 Mio Euro funding for the group.


Completed projects

(Selection of 5)

  • ACTRIS PPP – Aerosols, Cloud and Trace gases Preparatory Phase Project
  • Oceanic surface processes in the Anthropocene – SOPRAN
  • The atmospheric chemistry day of key compounds by the atmospheric chemistry night (DARK KNIGHT)
  • Marine-biological prodcution, organic aerosol particles and maritime clouds: A process chain (MarParCloud)
  • Additional load of wood heatings



Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of  Leipzig

  • Lecture “Chemistry of the atmosphere – Basics”               
  • Lecture “The tropospheric multiphase system”               
  • Seminar:  Atmospheric Chemistry                
  • Lab Course:  Atmospheric Chemistry               
  • Students individual lab courses



  • Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie (DBG)
  • Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
  • Section Photochemie the GDCh       
  • Section Wasserchemie the GDCh        
  • Head of the working group Atmosphärenchemie the GDCh in the Section of      Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology      
  • DECHEMA/GDCh/Bunsengesellschaft Joint Committee "Chemie, Luftqualität und Klima" (CLK)" ·       
  • ProcessNet Working Committee "Feinstaub" by DECHEMA, GDCH and KRdL, Co-Chair (with R. Zellner and T. Eikmann)       
  • Fellow of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - IUPAC 
  • Appointed member of the Scientific Advisory Board der „Kommission Reinhaltung der Luft“ (KRdL) in VDI and DIN
  • Member of the Evaluation Commission of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Member of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) Committee
  • German Co-representative of the International Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study project (SOLAS)
  • IUPAC Task Group on Atmospheric Chemical Kinetic Data Evaluation
  • Steering Committee of the ProcessNet Community “Sustainable Production, Energy and Resources” (SuPER) (DECHEMA)


Curriculum vitae

Academic qualification

1982-1985 |Study of chemistry (basic part|Georg August University in Göttingen
07/1985 |Pre-Diploma Exam|
1985-1986 |Study of chemistry (main part) |Georg August University in Göttingen
1986-1987 |Diploma Thesis work under the auspices of Prof. Dr. R. Zellner, Topic: "Blitzlichtphotolyse-Konduktometrie-Untersuchungen und Simulationsrechnungen zur Photolyse des Nitrat-Ions" |Institute for Physical Chemistry of the University of Göttingen
07/1987 |Diploma Exam|
1987-1990 |Ph.D. thesis work under the auspices of Prof. Dr. R. Zellner, Topic: "Zeitaufgelöste Laser-Photolyse und Stopped-Flow- Untersuchungen atmosphärisch-chemischer Oxidantien in wäßriger Phase", (i.e. "Time-resolved Laser Photolysis and Stopped-Flow Investigations of atmospheric Oxidants in aqueous Solution" Doctoral fellowship from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie |Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen
02/1990|Oral doctoral examination in the subjects of inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and computer science. Degree scholarship from the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie|

Research experience

1986-1987|Teaching assistant |Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen
1987-1990|Ph. D student |Institute for Physical Chemistry at the University of Göttingen, sponsored by a stipend of the "Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (FCI)"
1990-1991|Research scientist |Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at the University of Hannover
1991-1992|Research scientist |Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Essen
09/1992-04/93|Research stay (sponsored by a NATO/DAAD-Stipend) as Visiting Associate in Environmental Engineering Science |California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A. with Prof. Michael R. Hoffmann
06/1993- 05/1996|Appointment as "Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (C1)|Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Essen
09-11/1994|Research stay as a Visiting Associate |CalTech
03-04/1995|Research stay as a Visiting Associate |CalTech
06/1996-07/1998|Appointment as "Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (C1)" |Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Essen
05/1998|End of the Habilitation procedure with the thesis "Photochemische Bildung, Spektroskopie und Kinetik freier Radikale in wäßriger Lösung", (i.e."Photochemical Formation, Spectroscopy and Kinetics of Free Radicals in Aqueous Solution").|Venia Legendi for Physical Chemistry
Since 08/1998|Visiting professor |Shandong University (SDU) at Jinan and Fudan University (FDU) at Shanghai


Stipends & Prizes

  • Double-Hundred Talent Plan the province Shangdong, 2018-2020
  • Gay-Lussac-Humboldt-Prize, 2009/2010: for excellence in science and fostering French-German scientific collaboration - first German recipient of this prize in Atmospheric Sciences
  • Research grant by the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI), 1997
  • Post-Doc scholarship by NATO/DAAD, 1992/1993
  • Graduation scholarship of the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI), 1990
  • Ph.D. scholarship of the German Chemical Industry Fund (FCI), 1987




  • Ng, N. L., Brown, S. S., Archibald, A. T., Atlas, E., Cohen, R. C., Crowley, J. N., Day, D. A., Donahue, N. M., Fry, J. L., Fuchs, H., Griffin, R. J., Guzman, M. I., Herrmann, H. et. al. Nitrate radicals and biogenic volatile organic compounds: oxidation, mechanisms, and organic aerosol. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17, 2103-2162, doi:10.5194/acp-17-2103-2017 (2017).
  • Berndt, T., Herrmann, H., Sipilä, M. & Kulmala, M. Highly Oxidized Second-Generation Products from the Gas-Phase Reaction of OH Radicals with Isoprene. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 120, 10150-10159, doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.6b10987 (2016).
  • Hoffmann, E. H., Tilgner, A., Schrödner, R., Bräuer, P., Wolke, R. & Herrmann, H. An advanced modeling study on the impacts and atmospheric implications of multiphase dimethyl sulfide chemistry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 11776-11781, doi:10.1073/pnas.1606320113 (2016).
  • Li, X., Li, X., Chen, M., Le, H. P., Wang, F., Guo, Z., Iinuma, Y., Chen, J. M. & Herrmann, H. Atmospheric outflow of PM2.5 saccharides from megacity Shanghai to East China Sea: Impact of biological and biomass burning sources. Atmospheric Environment 143, 1-14, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.039 (2016).
  • van Pinxteren, D., Fomba, K. W., Spindler, G., Müller, K., Poulain, L., Iinuma, Y., Löschau, G., Hausmann, A. & Herrmann, H. Regional air quality in Leipzig, Germany: detailed source apportionment of size-resolved aerosol particles and comparison with the year 2000. Faraday Discussions 189, 291-315, doi:10.1039/c5fd00228a (2016).

In total 345 peer-reviewed articles (14.818 citations (ISI WoS)), 16 book chapters and 805 other publications.

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