Wolfram Birmili

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Research scientist (formerly at the Tropospheric Aerosols Workgroup)

Wolfram Birmili, PhD

Current affiliation:

Division II 1.3 (Indoor hygiene and health-related environmental impacts)

Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt)

Corrensplatz 1, 14195 Berlin, Germany

E-mail: wolfram.birmili(at)uba.de

Phone.: +49 30-8903-1306

Research interests

  • Indoor air pollution
  • Atmospheric aerosols - climate & health
  • Aerosol physical and chemical processes
  • Aerosol measurement and characterisation techniques
  • Secondary formation of new atmospheric particles
  • Long-range transport of atmospheric aerosols
  • Statistical analysis of long-term atmospheric observations
  • Urban and traffic-generated aerosols
  • Microscale dispersion of urban aerosols
  • Boundary layer meteorology

Short Curriculum Vitae

from to what? where?
Oct 1989 Dec 1994 Undergraduate and graduate studies in Physics University of Tübingen, Germany
Aug 1991 Jun 1992 Studies in Physics, English, French Mount Allison University, Canada
Jan 1995 Mar 1998 Research work on a PhD thesis Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Germany
Aug 1998 PhD thesis "Atmospheric new particle formation in continental air masses" University of Leipzig, Faculty of Physics and Geoscience, Germany
April 1998 Feb 2003 Postdoctoral research Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Germany
Mar 2001 Feb 2003 EU Marie Curie Research Fellow University of Birmingham, Department of Environmental Health, UK
Since May 2003 Research scientist Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Germany
Jan 2004 Dec 2009 Research group leader Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Germany
Jan 2006 Jun 2006 Guest professor University of Helsinki, Division of Atmospheric Sciences


This list includes first-author publications.

  • Birmili, W., Weinhold, K., Rasch, F., Sonntag, A., Sun, J. et al.: Long-term observations of tropospheric particle number size distributions and equivalent black carbon mass concentrations in the German Ultrafine Aerosol Network (GUAN), Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 355-382, 2016. Download at ESSD
  • Birmili, W., Sun, J., Weinhold, K., Merkel, M., Rasch, F. et al.: Atmospheric aerosol measurements in the German Ultrafine Aerosol Network (GUAN) - Part III: Black Carbon mass and particle number concentrations 2009-2014, Gefahrst. Reinh. Luft, 75(11/12), 479-488, 2015. Download PDF courtesy of SPRINGER-VDI-VERLAG ©2015
  • Birmili, W., Rückerl, R., Hoffmann, B., Weinmayr, G., Schins, R., Kuhlbusch, T. A. J., Vogel, A., Weber, K., Franck, U., Cyrys, J., Peters, A.: Ultrafine aerosol particles in ambient air: Perspectives to elucidate their health effects (Ultrafeine Aerosolpartikel in der Außenluft: Perspektiven zur Aufklärung ihrer Gesundheitseffekte). Gefahrst. Reinh. Luft, 74(11/12): 492-500, 2014. Download PDF courtesy of SPRINGER-VDI-VERLAG
  • Birmili, W., Rehn, J., Vogel, A., Boehlke, C., Weber, K., and Rasch, F.: Micro-scale variability of urban particle number and mass concentrations in Leipzig, Germany, Meteorolog. Z., 22, 155–165, 2013. Download from MetZ
  • Birmili, W., Tomsche, L., Sonntag, A., Opelt, C., Weinhold, K., Nordmann, S., Schmidt, W.: Variability of aerosol particles in the urban atmosphere of Dresden (Germany): Effects of spatial scale and particle size, Meteorolog. Z., 22, 195–211, 2013. Download from MetZ
  • Birmili, W., K. Heinke, M. Pitz, J. Matschullat, A. Wiedensohler, J. Cyrys, H.-E. Wichmann, A. Peters: Particle number size distributions in urban air before and after volatilisation. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 4643-4660, 2010. Download form ACP
  • Birmili, W., T. Göbel, A. Sonntag, L. Ries, R. Sohmer, S. Gilge, I. Levin, and A. Stohl. A case of transatlantic aerosol transport detected at the Schneefernerhaus Observatory (2650 m) on the northern edge of the Alps. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 19 (6), 591-600, 2010. Download from MetZ
  • Birmili, W., B. Alaviippola, D. Hinneburg, O. Knoth, T. Tuch, J. Borken-Kleefeld, A. Schacht (2009). Dispersion of traffic-related exhaust particles near the Berlin urban motorway: Estimation of fleet emission factors. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 2355-2374. Download form ACP
  • Birmili, W., K. Weinhold, S. Nordmann, A. Wiedensohler, G. Spindler, K. Müller, H. Herrmann, T. Gnauk, M. Pitz, J. Cyrys, H. Flentje, C. Nickel, T. A. J. Kuhlbusch, G. Löschau, D. Haase, F. Meinhardt, A. Schwerin, L. Ries, K. Wirtz (2009). Atmospheric aerosol measurements in the German Ultrafine Aerosol Network (GUAN): Part 1 - Soot and particle number size distributions. Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft, 69(4), 137-145.
  • Birmili, W. , L. Ries, R. Sohmer, A. Anastou, A. Sonntag, K. König, I. Levin, (2009) Feine und ultrafeine Aerosolpartikel an der GAW-Station Schneefernerhaus/Zugspitze. Gefahrstoffe Reinhaltung der Luft, 69(1/2), 31-35.
  • Birmili, W., K. Schwirn, A. Nowak, T. Petäjä, J. Joutsensaari, D. Rose, A. Wiedensohler, K. Hämeri, P. Aalto, Kulmala M., M. Boy (2009). Hygroscopic Growth of Atmospheric Particle Number Size Distributions in the Finnish Boreal Forest Region. Boreal Env. Res., 14, 458-480.
  • Birmili, W. , K. Schepanski, A. Ansmann, G. Spindler, I. Tegen, B. Wehner, A. Nowak, E. Reimer, I. Mattis, K. Müller, E. Brüggemann, T. Gnauk, H. Herrmann, A. Wiedensohler, D. Althausen, A. Schladitz, T. Tuch, G. Löschau (2008). A case of extreme particulate matter concentrations over Central Europe caused by dust emitted over the southern Ukraine. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8(4), 997-1016. Download from ACP
  • Birmili, W., K. Stopfkuchen, M. Hermann, A. Wiedensohler, J. Heintzenberg (2007). Particle penetration through a 300 m inlet pipe for sampling atmospheric aerosols from a tall meteorological tower. Aerosol Sc. Tech., 41, 811-817.
  • Birmili, W. , T. Hoffmann (2006). Encyclopedia of Respiratory Medicine: Particulate and Dust Pollution, Inorganic and Organic Compounds. Elsevier, 110-120.
  • Birmili, W. , A. G. Allen, F. Bary, R. Harrison (2006). Trace Metal Concentrations and Water Solubility in Size-Fractionated Atmospheric Particles and Influence of Road Traffic. Environ. Sci. Tech., 40, 1144-1153.
  • Birmili, W., H. Berresheim, C. Plass-Dülmer, T. Elste, S. Gilge, A. Wiedensohler, U. Uhrner (2003). The Hohenpeisenberg aerosol formation experiment (HAFEX): a long-term study including size-resolved aerosol, H2SO4, OH, and monoterpenes measurements, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 361-376. Download from ACP
  • Birmili, W., A. Wiedensohler, J. Heintzenberg, K. Lehmann (2001). Atmospheric particle number size distribution in central Europe: Statistical relations to air masses and meteorology. J. Geophys. Res., 106, D23, 32,005-32,018.
  • Birmili, W., A. Wiedensohler, C. Plass-Dülmer, H. Berresheim (2000). Evolution of Newly Formed Aerosol Particles in the Continbental Boundary Layer: A Case Study Including OH and H2SO4 Measurements. Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 15, 2205-2208.
  • Birmili, W., A. Wiedensohler (2000). New particle formation in the continental boundary laxer: Meteorological and gas phase parameter influence. Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 20, 3325-3328.
  • Birmili, W., F. Stratmann, A. Wiedensohler (1999). Design of a DMA-based size spectrometer for a large particle size range and stable operation. J. Aerosol Sci., 30, 4, 549-553.
  • Birmili, W., B. Yuskiewicz, A. Wiedensohler, F. Stratmann, T. W. Choularton, K. N. Bower (1999). Climate-relevant modification of the aerosol size distribution by processes associated with orographic clouds. Atmos. Res., 50, 241-263.
  • Birmili, W., F. Stratmann, A. Wiedensohler, D. Covert, L. M. Russel, O. Berg (1997). Determination of Differential Mobility Analyzer Transfer Functions Using Identical Instruments in Series. Aerosol Sci. Tech., 27, 215-223.

Other interests

Family, music, mountains, cats.

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