Motivation and Scope

The large uncertainty associated with regional and global anthropogenic climate change is deeply rooted in our limited understanding of molecular scale processes occurring in aerosol and cloud particles, in particular at their interfaces with the surrounding vapor phase. Molecular scale interfacial processes govern the formation, growth and activation of droplets and ice crystals, which ultimately affect cloud properties and their climate impacts. These processes typically occur on nanoscopic temporal and spatial scales which are attainable only by a handful of techniques. This workshop showcases experimental and theoretical observations of interfacial phenomena in atmospheric aerosol over a wide range of methods, from single particle experiments (optical tweezers) to molecular simulations (quantum chemistry and QM/MM or ab initio MD, classical molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo), covering variety of topics related to major interfacial phenomena in aerosol science and cloud microphysics: heterogeneous droplet and ice nucleation and condensational particle growth. 

The main goal of the workshop is to create and reinforce links between atmospheric science and molecular physical chemistry. Besides invited talks from lead scientists in both domains we also encourage participants to submit an abstract for a live presentation.