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Prof. Dan Cziczo

Victor P. Starr Career Devevelopment Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry



Research Interests:
Dan Cziczo is an atmospheric scientist interested in the interrelationship of particulate matter and cloud formation. His research utilizes laboratory and field studies to elucidate how small particles interact with water vapor to form droplets and ice crystals which are important players in the Earth’s climate system. Experiments include using small cloud chambers in the laboratory to mimic atmospheric conditions that lead to cloud formation and observing clouds in situ from remote mountaintop sites or through the use of research aircraft. Dan’s current research interests include: Chemical composition of atmospheric aerosols with an emphasis on their effect on cloud formation mechanisms, Earth's radiative budget, and meteoritic debris and launch vehicle emissions in the atmosphere.

Biographical Statement:
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Selected Publications:

Link to Publications as listed on Cziczo Research Group webpage (

Zawadowicz, M. A, et al., Single-Particle Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry Utilizing a Femtosecond Desorption and Ionization Laser, Anal. Chem., 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b03158 (2015).

Ardon-Dryer, K., Huang, Y.-W. and Cziczo, D. J., Laboratory studies of collection efficiency of sub-micrometer aerosol particles by cloud droplets on a single-droplet basis, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 9159–9171 (2015).

Zawadowicz, M. A, Proud, S. R., Seppalainen, S. S. and Cziczo, D. J., Hygroscopic and phase separation properties of ammonium sulfate/organics/water ternary solutions, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8975–8986 (2015).

Ardon-Dryer, K., Garimella, S., Huang Y.-w., Christopoulos, C., and Cziczo, D. J., Evaluation of DMA Size Selection of Dry Dispersed Mineral Dust Particles, in press at Aero. Sci. Tech. (2015).

Cziczo, D. J. et al. Ice nucleation by surrogates of Martian mineral dust: What can we learn about Mars without leaving Earth?, J. Geophys. Res. : Planets, 118, 1–10 (2013).

Cziczo, D. J. et al. Clarifying the dominant sources and mechanisms of cirrus cloud formation, Science, 340, 1320-1323 (2013).

Friedman, B. et al., Cloud Condensation Nuclei Measurements at a High Elevation Site:  Composition and Hygroscopicity, A.C.P., 13, 11839-11851 (2013).

Pekour, M. et al., Development of a new airborne humidigraph system, Aero. Sci. Tech. 47, 201-207 (2013).

Atkinson, D. et al., Aerosol Optical Hygroscopicity Measurements during the 2010 CARES Campaign, in press at A.C.P. (2015).

Garimella, S., Y.-W. Huang, J. Seewald, and D. J. Cziczo, Cloud condensation nucleus activity comparison of dry- and wet-generated mineral dust aerosol: the significance of soluble material, A.C.P. 14, 6003 (2014).

Cziczo, D. J.  and K. D. Froyd, Sampling the Composition of Cirrus Ice Residuals, Atmos. Res., 142, 15-31 (INVITED, 2014).


Contact Information

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B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 1992
M.S., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 1997
Ph.D., Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 1999