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A Practical Guide to Atmospheric Simulation Chambers

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  • Unique source for researchers working in different areas of chamber studies

  • Practical reference guide for the use of atmospheric simulation chambers

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction to Atmospheric Simulation Chambers and Their Applications

    • Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Karl-Heinz Becker, Jean-François Doussin, Hendrik Fuchs, Paul Seakins, John Wenger et al.
    Pages 1-72Open Access
  3. Physical and Chemical Characterization of the Chamber

    • Rami Alfarra, Marie Camredon, Mathieu Cazaunau, Jean-François Doussin, Hendrik Fuchs, Spiro Jorga et al.
    Pages 73-111Open Access
  4. Preparation of Simulation Chambers for Experiments

    • David Bell, Jean-François Doussin, Thorsten Hohaus
    Pages 113-127Open Access
  5. Preparation of Experiments: Addition and In Situ Production of Trace Gases and Oxidants in the Gas Phase

    • David M. Bell, Manuela Cirtog, Jean-François Doussin, Hendrik Fuchs, Jan Illmann, Amalia Muñoz et al.
    Pages 129-161Open Access
  6. Preparation of the Experiment: Addition of Particles

    • Rami Alfarra, Urs Baltensperger, David M. Bell, Silvia Giulia Danelli, Claudia Di Biagio, Jean-François Doussin et al.
    Pages 163-206Open Access
  7. Sampling for Offline Analysis

    • Esther Borrás, Hartmut Herrmann, Markus Kalberer, Amalia Muñoz, Anke Mutzel, Teresa Vera et al.
    Pages 207-240Open Access
  8. Analysis of Chamber Data

    • Paul Seakins, Arnaud Allanic, Adla Jammoul, Albelwahid Mellouki, Amalia Muñoz, Andrew R. Rickard et al.
    Pages 241-291Open Access
  9. Application of Simulation Chambers to Investigate Interfacial Processes

    • Peter A. Alpert, François Bernard, Paul Connolly, Odile Crabeck, Christian George, Jan Kaiser et al.
    Pages 293-330Open Access
  10. Conclusions

    • Jean-François Doussin
    Pages 331-339Open Access

About this book

This open access title presents atmospheric simulation chambers as effective tools for atmospheric chemistry research. State-of-the-art simulation chambers provide unprecedented opportunities for atmospheric scientists to perform experiments that address the most important questions in air quality and climate research. The book covers technical details about chamber preparation and practical guidelines on their usage, while also delivering relevant historical and contextual information. It not only serves as a key publication for knowledge transfer within the simulation chamber research community, but it also provides the global atmospheric science community with a unique resource that outlines best practice for the operation of simulation chambers. The authors summarize the latest advances in chamber interoperability and standard protocols in order to provide the research community and the next generations of scientists with a unique technical reference guide for the use of simulation chambers. The volume will be of great interest to researchers and graduates working in the fields of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sciences and Technology, Paris-Est Créteil University—CNRS, Créteil, France

    Jean-François Doussin

  • Department of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany

    Hendrik Fuchs, Astrid Kiendler-Scharr

  • Department of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

    Paul Seakins

  • School of Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

    John Wenger

About the editors

Prof. Jean-Francois Doussin has led for more than 20 years the research group at LISA dealing with both field and airborne measurement of VOCs and NOy and with experimental simulations in smog chambers. These activities involves secondary aerosol, mineral dust, soots or cloud droplets chemistry and aims at understanding the transformations of atmospheric contaminants as well as their impact on their climate or air pollution relevant properties. This work has led to more than 120 peer-reviewed articles. J-F Doussin was the coordinator of the EUROCHAMP-2020 Integrated Activities which was funded by the European Commission to coordinate atmospheric simulation chambers across Europe. Since then, he has conducted the integration of atmospheric simulation chamber in the ACTRIS European Research Infrastructure.  

In the French National Research Centre (CNRS), J-F Doussin is now Scientific Deputy Director at CNRS-INSU in charge of the Oceanographic and Atmospheric division). 

Hendrik Fuchs is Professor for Experimental Physics at University Cologne, Germany since 2021. Since 2008 he has been a researcher at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany. He obtained his PhD in 2006 from Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany. He received a Consolidator Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). Research interests: atmospheric radical chemistry, field and chamber studies.


Astrid Kiendler-Scharr is Director of IEK-8: Troposphere, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH since 2012 and Professor for Experimental Physics at University Cologne, Germany.  Her research focusses on organic aerosol and atmospheric chemistry, chemistry–climate interactions, and atmosphere–biosphere exchange and feedback. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and was lead author of the 6th assessment report of the IPCC. She currently chairs the ACTRIS simulation chamber committee.


Paul Seakins is Head of Physical Chemistry and Professor of Reaction Kinetics at University of Leeds, where he has worked since 1992. He obtained his D.Phil in laboratory kinetics from the University of Oxford in 1990 and then worked for two years as a SERC/NATO Fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At the School of Chemistry, University of Leeds,  he continues to study laboratory kinetics of elementary reactions with applications to combustion and atmospheric chemistry of both the Earth and other planets. Additionally, he has led the development of the Highly Instrumented Chamber for Atmospheric Chemistry (HIRAC). A feature of HIRAC is the focus on radical measurements including the development of new methodologies.


John Wenger is a Professor of Physical Chemistry at University College Cork (UCC) and joint founder of the Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry. Prof. Wenger has over 25 years research experience in atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, producing over 110 publications. His research has mainly focused on the chemical and physical processes affecting atmospheric composition, air quality and climate, with a particular emphasis on the use of atmospheric simulation chambers to investigate the chemistry of volatile organic compounds and secondary organic aerosols.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: A Practical Guide to Atmospheric Simulation Chambers

  • Editors: Jean-François Doussin, Hendrik Fuchs, Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Paul Seakins, John Wenger

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-22277-1

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Chemistry and Materials Science, Chemistry and Material Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-22276-4Published: 24 April 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-22279-5Published: 24 April 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-22277-1Published: 23 April 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 339

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations, 92 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Chemistry, Statistical Theory and Methods, Climate, general

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