Dr. Robin Lewis Modini

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Scientist

Paul Scherrer Institute
Forschungsstrasse 111
5232 Villigen PSI
Switzerland


  • Health effects of black carbon, metal, and organic aerosols (SNF project)
  • Measurement and modeling of aerosol optical properties, with a particular focus on absorbing aerosols (ACTRIS, EUROCHAMP, EMPIR Black Carbon)
  • Characterization of black carbon particles with the Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2) (ACTRIS, EUROCHAMP, EMPIR Black Carbon)
  • Field measurements of aerosols and clouds (e.g. AC/BC project: Black carbon measurements in the air and clouds at Zeppelin Observatory, Svalbard)
  • Measurement of aerosol-cloud interactions
  • Sea spray and other marine aerosols
  • Cravigan LT, Mallet MD, Vaattovaara P, Harvey MJ, Law CS, Modini RL, et al.
    Sea spray aerosol organic enrichment, water uptake and surface tension effects
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2020; 20(13): 7955-7977. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-7955-2020
    DORA PSI
  • Motos G, Corbin JC, Schmale J, Modini RL, Bertò M, Kupiszewski P, et al.
    Black carbon aerosols in the lower free troposphere are heavily coated in summer but largely uncoated in winter at Jungfraujoch in the Swiss Alps
    Geophysical Research Letters. 2020; 47(14): e2020GL088011 (10 pp.). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088011
    DORA PSI
  • Osmont D, Brugger S, Gilgen A, Weber H, Sigl M, Modini RL, et al.
    Tracing devastating fires in Portugal to a snow archive in the Swiss Alps: a case study
    Cryosphere. 2020; 14(11): 3731-3745. https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3731-2020
    DORA PSI
  • Motos G, Schmale J, Corbin JC, Modini RL, Karlen N, Bertò M, et al.
    Cloud droplet activation properties and scavenged fraction of black carbon in liquid-phase clouds at the high-alpine research station Jungfraujoch (3580 m a.s.l.)
    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2019; 19(6): 3833-3855. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-3833-2019
    DORA PSI
  • Schmale J, Baccarini A, Thurnherr I, Henning S, Efraim A, Regayre L, et al.
    Overview of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition: study of preindustrial-like aerosols and their climate effects (ACE-SPACE)
    Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 2019; 100: 2260-2283. https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0187.1
    DORA PSI

Modini, R. L. and Takahama, S. Sampling strategies and post-processing methods for increasing the time resolution of organic aerosol measurements requiring long sample-collection times Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2016; 9(7), 3337–3354, doi:10.5194/amt-9-3337-2016

Sanchez, K. J., Russell, L. M., Modini, R. L., Frossard, A. A., Ahlm, L., et al. Meteorological and Aerosol Effects on Marine Cloud Microphysical Properties Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 2016; 2015JD024595, doi:10.1002/2015JD024595.

Modini, R. L., Frossard, A. A., Ahlm, L, Russell, L. M., Corrigan, C.E., et al. Primary-marine-aerosol-cloud interactions off the coast of California Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 2015; 10.1002/2014JD022963.

Allen, H. M., Draper, D. C., Ayres, B. R., Ault, A., Bondy, A., Takahama, S., et al. Influence of crustal dust and sea spray supermicron particle concentrations and acidity on inorganic NO3-aerosol during the 2013 Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2015; 15(18), 10669–10685.

Schroder, J. C., Hanna, S. J., Modini, R. L., Corrigan, A. L., et al. Size-resolved observations of refractory black carbon particles in cloud droplets at a marine boundary layer site Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2015; 15(3), 1367–1383.

Cravigan, L. T., Ristovski, Z., Modini, R. L., Keywood, M. D. and Gras, J. L. Observation of sea-salt fraction in sub-100nm diameter particles at Cape Grim Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 2015; 2014JD022601.

Zhao, R., Lee, A. K. Y., Wentzell, J. J. B., Mcdonald, A. M., et al. Cloud partitioning of isocyanic acid (HNCO) and evidence of secondary source of HNCO in ambient air Geophysical Research Letters. 2014; 41(19), 6962–6969.

Collins, D. B., Zhao, D. F., Ruppel, M. J., Laskina, O., et al. Direct aerosol chemical composition measurements to evaluate the physicochemical differences between controlled sea spray aerosol generation schemes Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2014; 7(11), 3667–3683.

Meskhidze, N., Petters, M. D., Tsigaridis, K., Bates, T., O’Dowd, C., et al.  Production mechanisms, number concentration, size distribution, chemical composition, and optical properties of sea spray aerosols Atmospheric Science Letters, 2013.

Modini, R. L., Russell, L. M., Deane, G. B., and Stokes, M. D. Effect of soluble surfactant on bubble persistence and bubble-produced aerosol particles Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.  2013; 1-13.

Prather, K. A., Bertram, T. H., Grassian, V. H., Deane, G. B., et al. Bringing the ocean into the laboratory to probe the chemical complexity of sea spray aerosol Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2013; 110(19). 7550-7555.

Wonaschütz, A., Coggon, M., Sorooshian, A., Modini, R. L., et al. Hygroscopic properties of organic aerosol particles emitted in the marine atmosphere Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2013; 13, 9819-9835.

Russell, L. M., Sorooshian, A., Seinfeld, J. H., Albrecht, B. A., Nenes, A., et al. Eastern Pacific Emitted Aerosol Cloud Experiment (E-PEACE) Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 2013; 94, 709-729.

Dunlop, M., Ristovski, Z. D., Gallagher, E., Parcsi, G., Modini, R. L., et al. Odour, dust and non-methane volatile organic-compound emissions from tunnel-ventilated layer-chicken sheds: a case study of two farms Animal Production Science. 2013.

Modini, R. L., Harris, B., and Ristovski, Z. D. The organic fraction of bubble generated, accumulation mode Sea Spray Aerosol (SSA) Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2010; 10, 2867-2877.

Modini, R. L., Johnson, G. R., He, C., and Ristovski, Z. D. Observation of the suppression of water uptake by marine particles Atmospheric Research. 2010; 98(2), 219-228.

Modini, R. L., Agranovski, V., Meyer, N. K., Gallagher, E., Dunlop, M., and Ristovski, Z. D. Dust emissions from a tunnel-ventilated broiler poultry shed with fresh and partially reused litter Animal Production Science. 2010; 50, 552-556.

Surawski, N. C., Miljevic, B., Roberts, B. A., Modini, R. L., Situ, R., et al. Particle Emissions, Volatility, and Toxicity from an Ethanol Fumigated Compression Ignition Engine Environmental Science & Technology. 2010; 44(1), 229-235.

Modini, R. L., Ristovski, Z. D., Johnson, G. R., He, C., Surawski, et al. New particle formation and growth at a remote, sub-tropical coastal location Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2009; 9, 7607-7621.

Ovadnevaite, J.,  Ceburnis, D.,  Plauskaite-Sukiene, K.,  Modini, R., et al. Volcanic sulphate and arctic dust plumes over the North Atlantic Ocean Atmospheric Environment. 2009; 43, 4968-4974.

Morawska, L., He, C.,  Johnson, G.,  Jayaratne, R.,  Salthammer, T.,  et al. An Investigation into the Characteristics and Formation Mechanisms of Particles Originating from the Operation of Laser Printers Environmental Science and Technology. 2009; 43, 1015-1022.

Miljevic, B., Modini, R. L., Bottle, S. E., and Ristovski, Z. D. On the efficiency of impingers with fritted nozzle tip for collection of ultrafine particles Atmospheric Environment. 2009; 43, 1372-1376.

Johnson, G. R., Fletcher, C., Meyer, N., Modini, R., and Ristovski, Z. D. A robust, portable H-TDMA for field use Journal of Aerosol Science. 2008; 39, 850-861.

Professional experience

- 2016 -- current: Tenure-track scientist in the Aerosol Physics Group, Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

- 2012 -- 2016: Postdoctoral research scientist in the Atmospheric Particle Research Laboratory (APRL) at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (adviser: Prof. Satoshi Takahama)

- 2010 -- 2012: Postdoctoral research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, USA (adviser: Prof. Lynn Russell)

Education

- 2007 -- 2010: PhD Physics at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Thesis title: Investigation of the effect of organics on the water uptake of marine aerosols (supervisor: Prof. Zoran Ristovski)

- 2002 -- 2005: B.App.Sci with Honours in Physics from Queensland University of Technology, Australia

  • Marie Curie COFUND Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (EPFL Fellows), 2014 – 2016
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography Postdoctoral Fellowship Award funded by Sempra Energy, 2010 – 2012