Prof. Nenes

Athanasios Nenes

Laboratory of Atmospheric Processes and their Impacts, School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering 
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne 
CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Tel. :+41 21 69 38031

Affiliated Scientist
ICE-HT/FORTH, GR-26504 Patras, Greece
Tel: [+30]2610.965343


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering

California Institute of Technology


M.S., Atmospheric Chemistry

University of Miami


Dipl. Eng., Chemical Engineering

National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Professor of Atmospheric Processes

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne


Visiting Professor

California Institute of Technology; University of Athens, Greece; National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Affiliated Scientist

National Observatory of Athens, Greece


Affiliated Scientist

Foundation for Research and Technology, Greece



Georgia Institute of Technology


Associate Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology


Associate Professor

Georgia Institute of Technology


Swiss Academy of Sciences, co-Chair for Atmospheric Science Research Infrastructure 2020-pres.
President of Atmospheric Sciences Section, European Geophysical Union. 2019-pres.
Science Board, Greek Institute for Research and Development 2018-present
Committee on Nucleation and Atmospheric Aerosols, Member 2013-present
BACCHUS Scientific Advisory Board 2014-present
Editor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 2004-present
Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) – Working Group 38 (Atmospheric input of chemicals to the ocean) 2017-present
National Research Council, Committee on the Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research, National Academy of Sciences 2014-2016
Secretary of Aerosols & Clouds, Atmospheric Sciences, American Geophysical Union. 2012-2016
President of Atmospheric Sciences Section, European Geophysical Union. 2018-present
Board of Directors, American Association for Aerosol Research 2014-2017
Conference Chair, American Association for Aerosol Research Annual Conference 2014
Conference Chair, International Aerosol Modeling Algorithms (IAMA) Conference 2011
Conference co-Chair, International Aerosol Modeling Algorithms (IAMA) Conference 2013
Conference Organization Committee, American Association for Aerosol Research 2011-2015
Student Liason Chair, American Association for Aerosol Research 2009
Tutorial Chair, American Association for Aerosol Research 2009
Education Outreach Chair, American Association for Aerosol Research 2010
Student Liason Committee, American Association for Aerosol Research 2006-2009
Education Outreach Committee, American Association for Aerosol Research 2007-2010
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2016) The Future of Atmospheric Chemistry Research: Remembering Yesterday, Understanding Today, Anticipating Tomorrow. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. DOI: 10.17226/235730
  • Nenes, A., Murray, B., Bougiatioti, A. (2014) Mineral Dust and Its Microphysical Interactions with Clouds, In Knippertz, P., and Stuut, J.B., Mineral Dust: A Key Player in the Earth System, pp. 287-325, Springer, ISBN 978-94-017-8977-6
  • Kanakidou, M., Myriokefalitakis, S., Papadimitriou, V.C., Nenes, A. (2020), Aerosol impacts on atmospheric chemistry and composition of deposition, In Dulac, F., and Sauvage, S., Atmospheric Chemistry and its Impacts in the Mediterranean Region, Springer
Group Achievement Award, NASA


US EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award Honorable Mention


European Research Council, Consolidator Grant 2016
Johnson Faculty Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT) 2016
Faces of Inclusive Excellence, GIT, 2015; Cullen-Peck Fellow, GIT 2014
Dreyfus Foundation Postdoctoral Mentor in Environmental Chemistry 2014
Vaughan Lectureship in Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology 2014
Atmospheric Sciences Section Ascent Award, American Geophysical Union 2012
Outstanding Faculty Research Author, GIT 2012
Kenneth T. Whitby Award, American Association for Aerosol Research 2012
Georgia Power Faculty Scholar, GIT 2011
Group Achievement Award, NASA 2009 – 2010
Dean’s Distinguished Lecture, College of Engineering, Columbia University 2010
Henry G. Houghton Award, American Meteorological Society 2009
Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award, GIT 2007
Sheldon K Friedlander Award, American Association for Aerosol Research 2005
Blanchard-Milliken Young Faculty Fellowship, GIT 2004
NASA New Investigator Program Award 2004
National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2004
ACCESS Colloquium Participation 2003
Dean’s Prize, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences 1998
Best Diploma Thesis Award in Chemical Engineering, Chamber of Engineers (Greece)


Ito, A., Myriokefalitakis, S., Kanakidou, M., Mahowald, N.M., Scanza, R.A., Hamilton, D.S., Baker, A.R., Jickells, T., Sarin, M., Bikkina, S., Gao, Y., Shelley, R.U., Buck, C.S., Landing, W.M., Bowie, A.R., Perron, M.M.G., Guieu, C., Meskhidze, N., Johnson, M.S., Feng, Y., Kok, J.F., Nenes, A., Duce, R.A. (2019) Pyrogenic iron: The missing link to high iron solubility in aerosols, Sci.Adv., 5(5), doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7671
Guo, H., Weber, R.J., Nenes, A. (2017) High levels of ammonia do not raise fine particle pH sufficiently to yield nitrogen oxide-dominated sulfate production, Sci.Rep., 7, 12109, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11704-0
Zieger, P., O. Vaisanen, J. Corbin, D. Partridge, S. Bastelberger, M. Mousavi-Fard, B. Rosati, M. Gysel, U.K. Krieger, C. Leck, A. Nenes, I. Riipinen, A. Virtanen, and M. E. Salter (2017) Revising the hygroscopicity of inorganic sea salt aerosol, Nature Comm., 8, 15883, doi:10.1038/ncomms15883
Zhang, Y., Forrister, H., Liu, J., Dibb, J., Anderson, B., Schwarz, J.P., Perring, A.E., Jimenez, J.L., Campuzano-Jost, P., Wang, Y., Nenes, A., Weber, R.J. (2017) Convection Transports Brown Carbon to the Upper Troposphere Affecting Top of Atmosphere Radiative Forcing, Nature Geosci., doi:10.1038/ngeo2960
Li, W., Xu, L., Liu, X., Zhang, J., Lin, Y., Yao, X., Gao, H., Zhang, D., Chen, J., Wang, W., Harrison, R., Zhang, X., Shao, L., Fu, P., Nenes, A., Shi, Z. (2017) Air pollution – aerosol interactions produce more bioavailable iron for ocean ecosystems, Sci. Advances, 3, e1601749
Stockdale, A., Krom, M.D., Mortimer, R.J.G., Benning, L.G., Carslaw, K., Herbert, R., Shi, Z., Myriokefalitakis, S., Kanakidou, M., and Nenes, A. (2016) Supply of bioavailable phosphorus to the oceans: understanding the nature of atmospheric acid processing of mineral dusts, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci,, doi:10.1073/pnas.1608136113
Dunne, E.M., Gordon, H., Kurten, A., Almeida, J., Williamson, C., Ortega, I.K., Pringle, K.J., Adamov, A., Baltensperger, U., Barmet, P., Benduhn, F., Bianchi, F., Breitenlechner, M., Clarke, A., Curtius, J., Dommen, J., Donahue, N.M., Duplissy, J., Ehrhart, S., Flagan, R.C., Franchin, A., Hansel, A., Kangasluoma, J., Kirkby, J., Kulmala, M., Kupc, A., Lehtipalo, K., Makhmutov, V., Nenes, A.,  Onnela, A., Rap, A. Reddington, C.L.S., Riccobono, F., Richards, N.A.D., Rissanen, M.P., Schobesberger, S., Sengupta, K., Simon, M., Stozkhov, Y., Tome, A., Trostl, J., Wagner, P.E., Winkler, P.M., Worsnop, D.R., and Carslaw, K.S. (2016) Global atmospheric particle formation from CERN CLOUD measurements, Science, doi:10.1126/science.aaf2649.
Ito, T., Nenes, A., Johnson, M. S., Meskhidze, N., Valett, J., and Deutsch, C. (2016) Late 20th century deoxygenation of the tropical Pacific enhanced by aerosol pollutants, Nature Geosci., doi:10.1038/ngeo2717
Laaksonen, A., Malila, J., Nenes, A., Hung, H.M., Chen, J.P. (2016) Surface fractal dimension, water adsorption efficiency, and cloud nucleation activity of insoluble aerosol, Sci.Rep., 6, 25504, doi:10.1038/srep25504
Sullivan, S.C., Lee, D., Oreopoulos, L., and Nenes, A (2016) The role of updraft velocity in temporal variability of cloud hydrometeor number, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci, 113, 21, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1514039113
Seinfeld, J.H., Bretherton, C.S., Carslaw, K.S., Coe, H., DeMott, P.J., Dunlea, E.J., Feingold, G., Ghan, S.J., Guenther, A.B., Kahn, R.A., Kracunas, I.P., Kreidenweis, S.M., Molina, M.J., Nenes, A., Penner, J.E., Prather, K.A., Ramanathan, V., Ramaswamy, V., Rasch, P.J., Ravishankara, A.R., Rosenfeld, D., Stephens, G., Wood R. (2016) Improving Our Fundamental Understanding of the Role of Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in the Climate System, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci, 113, 21, 5781-5790, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1514043113
Weber, R.J., Guo, H., Russell, A.G., Nenes, A. (2016) High aerosol acidity despite declining atmospheric sulfate concentrations over the past 15 years, Nature Geosci., doi:10.1038/ngeo2665
Kerl, P., Zhang, W., Moreno-Cruz, J., Nenes, A., Realff, M., Russell, A., Sokol, J., Thomas, V.M. (2015) A New Approach for Optimal Electricity Planning and Dispatching with Hourly Time-Scale Air Quality and Health Considerations, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci., 112, 10884-10889, doi:10.1073/pnas.1413143112
Xu, L., Guo, H., Boyd, C., Bougiatioti, A., Cerully, K., Hite, J., Isaacman, G., Olson, K., Goldstein, A., Kosse, A., Gouw, J.D., Baumann, K., Knote, C., Lee, S., Weber, R., Nenes, A., Ng, N.L. (2015) Effects of Anthropogenic Emissions on Aerosol Formation from Isoprene and Monoterpenes in the Southeastern United States: Insights from SOAS and Beyond, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci., 112, 37-42, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1417609112
Raatikainen,T.,  Nenes,A., Seinfeld, J. H., Morales,R., Moore, R. H.,  Lathem, T. L., Lance, S., Padro, L. T., Lin, J. J., Cerully, K., Bougiatioti, A., Cozic, J., Ruehl, C., Chuang, P. Y., Anderson, B.,  Flagan, R.C., Jonsson, H.,  Mihalopoulos, N., and J. N. Smith (2013) Worldwide data sets constrain the water vapor uptake coefficient in cloud formation, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci., 10.1073/pnas.1219591110
Sareen, N., Schwier, A.N., Lathem, T., Nenes, A. and V. F. McNeill (2013) Surfactants from the gas phase may enhance aerosol cloud nucleation, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci., doi: 10.1073/pnas. 1204838110
DeLeon-Rodriguez, N., Lathem, T.L., Rodriguez, L.M., Barazesh, J.M., Anderson, B.E., Beyersdorf, A.J., Ziemba, L.D., Bergin, M., Nenes, A., Konstantinidis, K.T. (2013) The microbiome of the upper troposphere: species composition and prevalence, effects of tropical storms, and atmospheric implications, Proc.Nat.Acad.Sci., doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212089110

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