Dan Cziczo

Dan Cziczo

Victor P. Starr Career Dev. Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Email djcziczo [at] mit [dot] edu

Phone 617.324.4882

Office 54-1324


Ph.D., University of Chicago


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.


NASA Group Achievement Award, ARCTAS MissionDOE Outstanding Performance Award, ISDAC CampaignPresidential Early Career Award for Scientists and EngineersCIRES Outstanding Performance Award


Friedman, B., G. Kulkarni, J. Beránek, A. Zelenyuk, J. A. Thornton, and D. J. Cziczo
Ice Nucleation and Droplet Formation by Bare and Coated Soot Particles
J. Geophys. Res., doi:10.1029/2011JD015999 (2011)

Hiranuma N., M. Kohn, M. S. Pekour, D. A. Nelson, J. E. Shilling, and D. J. Cziczo
Droplet activation, separation, and compositional analysis: Laboratory studies and atmospheric measurements
A.M.T.D. 4, 691 (2011)

D. J. Cziczo, et al.
Inadvertent Climate Modification Due to Anthropogenic Lead
Nature Geosciences, 10.1038/ngeo499 (2009)

Pekour, M. and D. J. Cziczo
Wake Capture, Particle Breakup and Other Artifacts Associated with Counterflow Virtual Impaction
Aero. Sci. Tech. 45, 748 (2011)

Kulkarni, G., M. Pekour, A. Afchine, D. M. Murphy, and D. J. Cziczo
Comparison of Experimental and Numerical Studies of the Performance Characteristics of a Pumped Counterflow Virtual Impactor
Aero. Sci. Tech. 45, 382 (2011)

McFarquhar, G. et al.
Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC): The Impact of Arctic Aerosols on Clouds
B.A.M.S. 10.1175/2010BAMS2935.1 (2010)

Kamphus, M. et al.
Chemical Composition of Ambient Aerosol, Ice Residues and Cloud Droplet Residues in Mixed-Phase Clouds: Single Particle Analysis During the Cloud and Aerosol Characterization Experiment (CLACE 6)
A.C.P. 10, 8077 (2010)

Spichtinger, P., and D. J. Cziczo
Impact of Heterogeneous Ice Nuclei on Homogeneous Freezing Events
J. Geophys. Res. 10.1029/2009JD012168 (2010)

Kammermann, L. et al.
Arctic Atmospheric Aerosol Composition 3: CCN Prediction Using Hygroscopic Growth Factors as a Chemistry Proxy
J. Geophys. Res. 10.1029/2009JD012447 (2010)

D. J. Cziczo, et al.
Deactivation of Ice Nuclei Due to Atmospherically Relevant Surface Coatings
Environ. Res. Lett., 10.1088/1748-9326/4/4/044013 (2009)

Herich et al.
Arctic Atmospheric Aerosol Composition 2: Hygroscopic Growth Properties
J. Geophys. Res. 10.1029/2008JD011574 (2009).

Friedman et al.
Arctic Atmospheric Aerosol Composition 1: Ambient Aerosol Characterization
J. Geophys. Res. 10.1029/2009JD011772 (2009)

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