Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research

Soot and Carbonaceous Aerosol


The following aspects of soot research are adressed in our studies:

  • Optical properties of soot (different sources, OC/EC ratios) and coated soot particles
  • Heterogeneous reactions on the surface of soot particles
  • Carbonaceous aerosol particles in Raipur, India (composition, urban areas, idoor pollution)
  • Characterisation of particle emissions from engines (car and truck engines, new engine concepts and fuels)
  • Role of soot in nucleation of (ice) clouds (see cloud microphysics)
  • Intercomparison of soot measurement techniques 
  • Modelling the dynamics of soot aerosol particels (fractal like aggregates)


For further information please contact Dr. Harald Saathoff, or Dr. Martin Schnaiter.



Distribution, Sources and Hazard of Ambient Carbonaceous Particulates in Central India

Jaiswal N.K., Ramteke S., Chakradhari S., Patel K. S., Saathoff H., Karnae S., John K., Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 23(4), (2019).

Influence of biodiesel fuel composition on the morphology and microstructure of particles emitted from diesel engines

Savic, N., Rahman, M. M., Miljevic, B., Saathoff, H., Naumann, K. H., Leisner, T., Riches, J., Gupta, B., Motta, N., Ristovski, Z. D., Carbon, 104, 179-189 (2016)

Absorption Amplification of Black Carbon Internally Mixed with Secondary Organic Aerosol
M. Schnaiter, C. Linke, O. Möhler, K.-H. Naumann, H. Saathoff, R. Wagner, U. Schurath, B. Wehner,  J. Geophys. Res. 110 (D19), 19204 (2005)

Gasification of a soot aerosol by O3 and NO2: Temperature dependence of the reaction probability
S. Kamm, H. Saathoff, K.-H. Naumann, O. Möhler, U. Schurath, Combust. Flame 138, 353 (2004)

Transmission electron microscopical and aerosol dynamical characterization of soot aerosols

M. Wentzel, H. Gorzawski, K.-H. Naumann, H. Saathoff, and S. Weinbruch, J. Aerosol Sci. 34, 1347 (2003)

The AIDA soot characterisation campaign 1999

H. Saathoff, O. Möhler, U. Schurath, S. Kamm, B. Dippel, and D. Mihelcic, J. Aerosol Sci., 34, 1277 (2003)