Dr. Nicolas Bukowiecki

photo of Nicolas Bukowiecki Scientist
Aerosol Physics Group

Paul Scherrer Institute
5232 Villigen – PSI

Telephone: +41 56 310 2465
E-mail: nicolas.bukowiecki@psi.ch

Main Research Activities

Ongoing projects: Tools and Methods:
  • Data Chain Management
  • Aerosol sampling using rotating drum impactors (RDI)
  • Synchrotron radiation based X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (SR-XRF)
  • Mobile Measurement Platforms
Accomplished projects:


2009 - date Research scientist at the Paul Scherrer Institut, Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry
2006 - 2009 Research scientist at Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research
2003 - 2005 Postdoc at the Paul Scherrer Institut, Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry
2003 received Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (Dr. sc. nat. ETH), ETH Zürich
1999 - 2003 Ph.D. studies at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland. Dissertation: Mobile pollutant measurement laboratories - Spatial distribution and seasonal variation of aerosol parameters in the Zürich (Switzerland) and Minneapolis (USA) area. Advisor: Dr. U. Baltensperger (PSI), Supervisor: Prof. Dr. T. Peter (ETHZ). Open access: http://dx.doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-004598583
1999 received Diploma in Chemistry (master degree equivalent), ETH Zürich. Thesis: Laser-induced thermal desorption of ice films: Collisional cooling in the desorption plume. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. R. Zenobi
1993 - 1999 Diploma studies at the Department of Chemistry of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zürich). Focus: Analytical and inorganic chemistry


Bukowiecki, N., Weingartner, E., Gysel, M., Collaud Coen, M., Zieger, P., Herrmann, E., Steinbacher, M., Gäggeler, H.W. and Baltensperger, U.: A Review of More Than 20 Years of Aerosol Observation at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch, Switzerland (3580 m asl),
Aerosol and Air Quality Research, in press, doi:10.4209/aaqr.2015.05.0305, 2015.

Fröhlich, R., Cubison, M. J., Slowik, J. G., Bukowiecki, N., Canonaco, F., Henne, S., Herrmann, E., Gysel, M., Steinbacher, M., Baltensperger, U., and Prévôt, A. S. H.: Fourteen months of on-line measurements of the non-refractory submicron aerosol at the Jungfraujoch (3580 m a.s.l.) – chemical composition, origins and organic aerosol sources,
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 18225-18284, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-18225-2015, 2015.

Hoyle, C. R., Webster, C. S., Rieder, H. E., Hammer, E., Gysel, M., Bukowiecki, N., Weingartner, E., Steinbacher, M., and Baltensperger, U.: Chemical and physical influences on aerosol activation in liquid clouds: an empirical study based on observations from the Jungfraujoch, Switzerland,
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 15469-15510, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-15469-2015, 2015.

Visser, S., Slowik, J. G., Furger, M., Zotter, P., Bukowiecki, N., Canonaco, F., Flechsig, U., Appel, K., Green, D. C., Tremper, A. H., Young, D. E., Williams, P. I., Allan, J. D., Coe, H., Williams, L. R., Mohr, C., Xu, L., Ng, N. L., Nemitz, E., Barlow, J. F., Halios, C. H., Fleming, Z. L., Baltensperger, U., and Prévôt, A. S. H.: Advanced source apportionment of size-resolved trace elements at multiple sites in London during winter,
Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 15, 14733-14781, doi:10.5194/acpd-15-14733-2015, 2015.

Herrmann, E., Weingartner, E., Henne, S., Vuilleumier, L., Bukowiecki, N., Steinbacher, M., Conen, F., Collaud Coen, M., Hammer, E., Jurányi, Z. and Baltensperger, U.: Analysis of long-term aerosol size distribution data from Jungfraujoch with emphasis on free tropospheric conditions, cloud influence, and air mass transport,
J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, in press. doi:10.1002/2015JD023660, 2015.

Hammer, E., Bukowiecki, N., Luo, B. P., Lohmann, U., Marcolli, C., Weingartner, E., Baltensperger, U., and Hoyle, C. R.: Sensitivity estimations for cloud droplet formation in the vicinity of the high alpine research station Jungfraujoch (3580 m a.s.l.),
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 10309-10323, doi:10.5194/acp-15-10309-2015, 2015.

Visser, S., Slowik, J. G., Furger, M., Zotter, P., Bukowiecki, N., Dressler, R., Flechsig, U., Appel, K., Green, D. C., Tremper, A. H., Young, D. E., Williams, P. I., Allan, J. D., Herndon, S. C., Williams, L. R., Mohr, C., Xu, L., Ng, N. L., Detournay, A., Barlow, J. F., Halios, C. H., Fleming, Z. L., Baltensperger, U., and Prévôt, A. S. H.: Kerb and urban increment of highly time-resolved trace elements in PM10, PM2.5 and PM1.0 winter aerosol in London during ClearfLo 2012,
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2367-2386, doi:10.5194/acp-15-2367-2015, 2015.

Conen, F., Rodruguez, S., Hüglin, C., Henne, S., Herrmann, E., Bukowiecki, N., and Alewell, C.: Atmospheric ice nuclei at the high-altitude observatory Jungfraujoch, Switzerland,
Tellus B 2015, 67, 25014, doi:10.3402/tellusb.v67.25014

Hammer, E., Gysel, M., Roberts, G. C., Elias, T., Hofer, J., Hoyle, C. R., Bukowiecki, N., Dupont, J.-C., Burnet, F., Baltensperger, U., and Weingartner, E.: Size-dependent particle activation properties in fog during the ParisFog 2012/13 field campaign,
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 10517-10533, doi:10.5194/acp-14-10517-2014, 2014.

Hammer, E., Bukowiecki, N., Gysel, M., Jurányi, Z., Hoyle, C. R., Vogt, R., Baltensperger, U., and Weingartner, E.: Investigation of the effective peak supersaturation for liquid-phase clouds at the high-alpine site Jungfraujoch, Switzerland (3580 m a.s.l.),
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 1123-1139, doi:10.5194/acp-14-1123-2014, 2014.

Ketterer, C., Zieger, P., Bukowiecki, N., Collaud Coen, M., Maier, O., Ruffieux, D. and Weingartner, E: Investigation of the planetary boundary layer in the Swiss Alps using remote sensing and in-situ measurements,
Boundary Layer Meteorology, 2013, doi:10.1007/s10546-013-9897-8, 2014.

Beddows, D. C. S., Dall'Osto, M., Harrison, R. M., Kulmala, M., Asmi, A., Wiedensohler, A., Laj, P., Fjaeraa, A.M., Sellegri, K., Birmili, W., Bukowiecki, N., Weingartner, E., Baltensperger, U., Zdimal, V., Zikova, N., Putaud, J.-P., Marinoni, A., Tunved, P., Hansson, H.-C., Fiebig, M., Kivekäs, N., Swietlicki, E., Lihavainen, H., Asmi, E., Ulevicius, V., Aalto, P. P., Mihalopoulos, N., Kalivitis, N., Kalapov, I., Kiss, G., de Leeuw, G., Henzing, B., O'Dowd, C., Jennings, S. G., Flentje, H., Meinhardt, F., Ries, L., Denier van der Gon, H. A. C., and Visschedijk, A. J. H.: Variations in tropospheric submicron particle size distributions across the European continent 2008–2009,
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 4327-4348, doi:10.5194/acp-14-4327-2014, 2014.

Fröhlich, R., Cubison, M. J., Slowik, J. G., Bukowiecki, N., Prévôt, A. S. H., Baltensperger, U., Schneider, J., Kimmel, J. R., Gonin, M., Rohner, U., Worsnop, D. R., and Jayne, J. T.: The ToF-ACSM: a portable aerosol chemical speciation monitor with TOFMS detection,
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 3225-3241, doi:10.5194/amt-6-3225-2013, 2013.

Collaud Coen, M., Andrews, E., Asmi, A., Baltensperger, U., Bukowiecki, N., Day, D., Fiebig, M., Fjaeraa, A. M., Flentje, H., Hyvärinen, A., Jefferson, A., Jennings, S. G., Kouvarakis, G., Lihavainen, H., Lund Myhre, C., Malm, W. C., Mihapopoulos, N., Molenar, J. V., O'Dowd, C., Ogren, J. A., Schichtel, B. A., Sheridan, P., Virkkula, A., Weingartner, E., Weller, R., and Laj, P.: Aerosol decadal trends – Part 1: In-situ optical measurements at GAW and IMPROVE stations,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13, 869-894, doi:10.5194/acp-13-869-2013, 2013.

Asmi, A., Collaud Coen, M., Ogren, J. A., Andrews, E., Sheridan, P., Jefferson, A., Weingartner, E., Baltensperger, U., Bukowiecki, N., Lihavainen, H., Kivekäs, N., Asmi, E., Aalto, P. P., Kulmala, M., Wiedensohler, A., Birmili, W., Hamed, A., O'Dowd, C., G Jennings, S., Weller, R., Flentje, H., Fjaeraa, A. M., Fiebig, M., Myhre, C. L., Hallar, A. G., Swietlicki, E., Kristensson, A., and Laj, P.: Aerosol decadal trends – Part 2: In-situ aerosol particle number concentrations at GAW and ACTRIS stations,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13, 895-916, doi:10.5194/acp-13-895-2013, 2013.

Spiegel, J. K., Zieger, P., Bukowiecki, N., Hammer, E., Weingartner, E., and Eugster, W.: Evaluating the capabilities and uncertainties of droplet measurements for the fog droplet spectrometer (FM-100),
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 5, 2237-2260, doi:10.5194/amt-5-2237-2012, 2012.

Zieger, P., Kienast-Sjögren, E., Starace, M., von Bismarck, J., Bukowiecki, N., Baltensperger, U., Wienhold, F. G., Peter, T., Ruhtz, T., Collaud Coen, M., Vuilleumier, L., Maier, O., Emili, E., Popp, C., and Weingartner, E.: Spatial variation of aerosol optical properties around the high-alpine site Jungfraujoch (3580 m a.s.l.),
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 12, 7231-7249, doi:10.5194/acp-12-7231-2012, 2012.

Kristiansen, N. I., Stohl, A., Prata, A.J., Bukowiecki, N., Dacre, H., Eckhardt, S., Henne, S., Hort, M.C., Johnson, B.T., Marenco, F., Neininger, B., Reitebuch, O., Seibert , P., Thomson, D.J., Webster, H.N., and Weinzierl, B., Performance assessment of a volcanic ash transport model mini-ensemble used for inverse modeling of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption,
Journal of Geophysical Research 117, D00U11, doi:10.1029/2011JD016844, 2012

Amato, F., Pandolfi, M., Moreno, T., Furger, M., Pey, J., Alastuey, A., Bukowiecki, N., Prevot, A.S.H., Baltensperger, U, and Querol, X., Sources and variability of inhalable road dust particles in three European cities,
Atmospheric Environment 45, 6777-6787, 2011.

Bukowiecki, N., Zieger, P., Weingartner, E., Jurányi, Z., Gysel, M., Neininger, B., Schneider, B., Hueglin, C., Ulrich, A., Wichser, A., Henne, S., Brunner, D., Kaegi, R., Schwikowski, M., Tobler, L., Wienhold, F. G., Engel, I., Buchmann, B., Peter, T., and Baltensperger, U.: Ground-based and airborne in-situ measurements of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic aerosol plume in Switzerland in spring 2010,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 10011-10030, doi:10.5194/acp-11-10011-2011, 2011.

Jurányi, Z., Gysel, M., Weingartner, E., Bukowiecki, N., Kammermann, L., and Baltensperger, U.: A 17 month climatology of the cloud condensation nuclei number concentration at the high alpine site Jungfraujoch,
Journal of Geophysical Research 116, D10204, doi:10.1029/2010JD015199, 2011.

Amato, F., Viana, M., Richard, A., Furger, M., Prévôt, A. S. H., Nava, S., Lucarelli, F., Bukowiecki, N., Alastuey, A., Reche, C., Moreno, T., Pandolfi, M., Pey, J., and Querol, X.: Size and time-resolved roadside enrichment of atmospheric particulate pollutants,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 2917-2931, 2011.

Richard, A., Gianini, M. F. D., Mohr, C., Furger, M., Bukowiecki, N., Minguillón, M. C., Lienemann, P., Flechsig, U., Appel, K., DeCarlo, P. F., Heringa, M. F., Chirico, R., Baltensperger, U., and Prévôt, A. S. H.: Source apportionment of size and time resolved trace elements and organic aerosols from an urban courtyard site in Switzerland,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 8945-8963, 2011.

Gehrig, R., Zeyer, K., Bukowiecki, N., Lienemann, P., Poulikakos, L.D., Furger, M. and Buchmann, B., Mobile load simulators - A tool to distinguish between the emissions due to abrasion and resuspension of PM10 from road surfaces,
Atmospheric Environment 44, 4937-4943, 2010.

Richard, A., Bukowiecki, N., Lienemann, P., Furger, M., Fierz, M., Minguillon, M.C., Weideli, B., Figi, R., Flechsig, U., Appel, K., Prévôt, A.S.H. and Baltensperger, U., Quantitative sampling and analysis of trace elements in atmospheric aerosols: impactor characterization and Synchrotron-XRF mass calibration,
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 3, 1473–1485, 2010.

Manninen, H. E., Nieminen, T., Asmi, E., Gagné, S., Häkkinen, S., Lehtipalo, K., Aalto, P., Vana, M., Mirme, A., Mirme, S., Hôrrak, U., Plass-Dülmer, C., Stange, G., Kiss, G., Hoffer, A., Törö, N., Moerman, M., Henzing, B., de Leeuw, G., Brinkenberg, M., Kouvarakis, G. N., Bougiatioti, A., Mihalopoulos, N., O’Dowd, C., Ceburnis, D., Arneth, A., Svenningsson, B., Swietlicki, E., Tarozzi, L., Decesari, S., Facchini, M. C., Birmili, W., Sonntag, A., Wiedensohler, A., Boulon, J., Sellegri, K., Laj, P., Gysel, M., Bukowiecki, N., Weingartner, E., Wehrle, G., Laaksonen, A., Hamed, A., Joutsensaari, J., Petäjä, T., Kerminen, V.-M. and Kulmala, M., EUCAARI ion spectrometer measurements at 12 European sites – analysis of new particle formation events,
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10, 7907–7927, 2010.

Figi, R., Nagel, O., Tuchschmid, M., Lienemann, P., Gfeller, U. and Bukowiecki, N., Quantitative analysis of heavy metals in automotive brake linings: A comparison between wet-chemistry based analysis and in-situ screening with a handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer,
Analytica Chimica Acta 676, 46–52, 2010.

Bukowiecki, N., Lienemann, P., Hill, R., Richard, A., Furger, M., Prévôt, A.S.H., Baltensperger, U, Buchmann, B. and Gehrig, R., PM10 emission factors for non-exhaust particles generated by road traffic in an urban street canyon and along a freeway in Switzerland.
Atmospheric Environment 44 (19) 2330-2340, 2010.

Bukowiecki, N., Lienemann, P., Hill, M., Figi, R., Richard, A., Furger, M., Rickers, K., Falkenberg, G., Zhao, Y., Cliff, S.S., Prévôt, A.S.H., Baltensperger, U, Buchmann, B. and Gehrig, R., Real-world emission factors for antimony and other brake wear related trace elements: Size-segregated values for light and heavy duty vehicles.
Environmental Science and Technology 43 (21), 8072–8078, 2009.

Bukowiecki, N., Richard, A., Furger, M., Aguirre, M., Huthwelker, T., Lienemann, P., Gehrig, R., and Baltensperger., U., Deposition uniformity and particle size distribution of ambient aerosol collected with a rotating drum impactor.
Aerosol Science and Technology 43, 891-901, 2009.

Bukowiecki, N., P. Lienemann, C. N. Zwicky, M. Furger, A. Richard, G. Falkenberg, K. Rickers, D. Grolimund, C. Borca, M. Hill, R. Gehrig, and U. Baltensperger, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry for high throughput analysis of atmospheric aerosol samples: The benefits of synchrotron X-rays.
Spectrochimica Acta Part B 63, 929-938, 2008.

Gehrig, R., Hill, M., Lienemann, P., Zwicky, C.N., Bukowiecki N., Weingartner E., Baltensperger, U. and Buchmann, B., Contribution of railway traffic to local PM10 concentrations in Switzerland,
Atmospheric Environment 41, 923-933, 2007.

Bukowiecki, N., Gehrig, R., Hill, M., Lienemann, P., Zwicky, C.N., Buchmann, B., Weingartner, E. and Baltensperger, U., Iron, manganese and copper emitted by railway traffic: Size-segregated mass concentrations in ambient air.
Atmospheric Environment 41, 878-889, 2007.

Bukowiecki, N., Hill, M., Gehrig, R., Lienemann, P., Zwicky, C.N., Hegedüs, F., Falkenberg, G., Weingartner, E. and Baltensperger, U., Trace metals in ambient air: Hourly size-segregated mass concentrations detemined by Synchrotron-XRF.
Environmental Science and Technology 39, 5754-5762, 2005.

Bukowiecki, N., Dommen, J., Prévôt, A.S.H., Weingartner, E. and Baltensperger, U. (2003), Fine and ultrafine particles in the Zurich ( Switzerland) area measured with a mobile laboratory: An assessment of the seasonal and regional variation throughout a year.
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 3, 1477-1494, 2003.

Bukowiecki, N., Dommen, J., Prevot, A.S.H., Richter, R., Weingartner, E. and Baltensperger, U., A mobile pollutant measurement laboratory – Measuring gas phase and aerosol ambient concentrations with high spatial and temporal resolution.
Atmospheric Environment 36, 5569-5579, 2002.

Bukowiecki, N., Kittelson, D.B., Watts, W.F., Burtscher, H., Weingartner, E. and Baltensperger, U., Real-time characterization of ultrafine and accumulation mode particles in ambient combustion aerosols.
Journal of Aerosol Science 33, 1139-1154, 2002.

Nessler, R., Bukowiecki, N., Henning, S., Weingartner, E., Calpini, B. and Baltensperger, U., Simultaneous dry and ambient measurements of aerosol size distributions at the Jungfraujoch.
Tellus 55B, 808-819, 2003.

Kasper, M., Matter, U., Burtscher, H., Bukowiecki, N. and Mayer, A., NanoMet, a new instrument for on-line size- and substance-specific particle emission analysis.
SAE Technical Paper Series, No. 2001-01-0216, 2001.
Awarded with the SAE Arch. T. Colwell Award (Society of Automotive Engineering)

Burtscher, H., Baltensperger, U., Bukowiecki, N., Cohn, P., Hüglin, C., Mohr, M., Matter, U., Nyeki, S., Schmatloch, V., Streit, N. and Weingartner, E., Separation of volatile and non-volatile aerosol fractions by thermodesorption: instrumental development and applications.
Journal of Aerosol Science 32, 427-442, 2001.

Kittelson, D.B., Johnson, J., Watts, W., Wei, Q., Drayton, M., Paulsen, D. and Bukowiecki, N., Diesel aerosol sampling in the atmosphere.
SAE Technical Paper Series, No. 2000-01-2212, 2000.