Prof. Miikka Dal Maso became a professor at the aerosol physics laboratory in 2016, after nearly 4 years as an associate professor at the same laboratory. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of Helsinki, after which he did a 2-year post-doctoral research period at the Jülich Research Centre in Germany. Dal Maso’s main research focus is secondary aerosol formation, but his research covers understanding aerosol processes and their numerical modeling over a wide range of applications.
Prof. Dal Maso’s current research tries to answer the question of how the emissions from man-made aerosol sources evolve in the atmosphere and how they affect climate and air quality. This involves detailed charaterization of the emitted aerosol with latest methods, experimental simulation of the atmospheric dilution and oxidation processes, and numerical modeling of the physical and chemical transformations the aerosol experiences in its life-cycle. Lately, he has aimed to use atmospheric mass spectrometric methods (CI-TOF-CIMS and FIGAERO-CIMS) in emission and mobile settings.
Dal Maso has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers with over 8700 citations (h-index 44), of which 2 are in Science, 2 in Nature and 2 in its sister papers (Geosciences, Protocols) and 1 in PNAS. He is the chairman of the board of the Finnish Association of Aerosol Research. He has supervised 3 PhD and 8 MSc theses and is currently supervising 5 PhD students. Dal Maso teaches Aerosol Physics and Aerosol Measurement Techniques courses, as well as the introductory course on climate change, Climate.now. He has participated in developing new university-level online learning materials for climate and sustainability education via the Climate University project.
- Miska Olin (PhD student)
- Pauli Simonen (PhD student)
- Mikko Poikkimäki (PhD student)
- Oskari Kangasniemi (PhD student)
- Turo Välikangas (PhD student)
- Henna Hietikko (MSc Student)
Recent and ongoing projects
- caLIBRAte – developing a nanomaterial risk assessment system, based on a suite of tested and calibrated manufactured nano-specific risk prioritisation and control banding tools.
- CONDENZ is a research project that will extend our knowledge of clusters and NPF to new environmental zones, such as coasts, the Arctic, farmlands, and traffic. We conduct expeditions using the Tampere University mobile laboratory, fitted with constant measurement suite of two mass spectrometers, cluster-sized aerosol detectors, and gas detectors. We extend such measurements to new, unprobed areas and provide quantitative intercomparisons between environments, and produce an unprecedented open dataset of atmospheric clusters.
- OASIS – The overall objective of the OASIS project is to provide solid scientific knowledge of optimized aerosol seeding strategies for precipitation enhancement in the UAE region. The proposed work combines experimental, theoretical and modeling approaches to simultaneously advance the fundamental knowledge underlying rain enhancement efforts, and to provide practical guidance and tools for future field explorations.
- Climate University – The project “Multidisciplinary digital learning in sustainability challenges – flexible study paths to the working life”, shortened to Climate University, is a collaboration project of eleven universities and is funded by Ministry of Education and Culture and Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.