Prof. Dr. Ralf Koppmann

Curriculum Vitae

Education:
2004   Inaugural lecture at the University of Frankfurt, Germany

2003   Habilitation (lecture qualification) in Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Frankfurt, Germany
Title of the professorial dissertation: Untersuchungen zur Emission flüchtiger organischer Verbindungen aus Biomasseverbrennung (Investigation of the emission of volatile organic compounds from biomass burning).

1988   PhD in phyiscs at the University of Bochum, Germany
Title of PhD thesis: Untersuchungen zur Ionisation von abgestäubtem Titan und zum Transport der Titanionen in einer Argon-Glimmentladung mittels Laser induzierter Fluoreszenz (Investigation of the ionization of sputtered titan and the transport of titan ions in an argon glow discharge using laser induced fluorescence).

1983 - 1987   Scientific assistant (PhD candidate) at the Institute for Plasma Physics at the Nuclear Research Centre Jülich, Germany

1976 - 1983   Study of physics and astronomy at the University of Bonn, Germany
Diploma in physics
Title of diploma thesis: Spektroskopische Untersuchungen an Zeta Aurigae (Spectroscopic investigations of Zeta Aurigae).

1967 - 1976   Humanistisches Gymnasium, Viersen, Germany
Abitur (high school graduation)
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Professional career:
since 2014   Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Atmospheric and Environmental Research, University of Wuppertal, Germany

since 2006   Professor of Physics / Atmospheric Physics at the University of Wuppertal, Germany

2003 – 2017   Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Graduate Studies (Graduate Programme in Chemistry), York University, Toronto, Canada

2001 - 2006   Deputy director of the newly founded Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Institute II: Troposphere at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany (Director: Prof. Dr. A. Wahner)

1997 - 2006   Head of the group “Organic Trace Gases” at the Institute for Chemistry, Institute 3: Atmospheric Chemistry at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany

1987 - 2001   Research scientist at the Institute for Chemistry, Institute 3: Atmospheric Chemistry at the Research Centre Jülich, Germany (Director: Prof. Dr. D. H. Ehhalt)
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Activities in academic bodies:
since 2014   Senate Member, University of Wuppertal

2012 - 2018   Member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Wuppertal

2012 - 2017   Spokesman of the Physics Department, University of Wuppertal

2008 - 2012   Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Wuppertal, Germany

 

Research activities:

    Sources and large scale distribution of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the troposphere and their impact on the chemistry of the atmosphere.

    Measurement of carbon and hydrogen isotope ratios of VOC as a “probe” for the investigation of atmospheric processes.

    Development of methods for the sampling of ambient air, the analytics of VOC in air samples at low mixing ratios, and development of calibration techniques.

    Development of remote sensing and calibration techniques for the application on aircraft and satellites.

    Long-term measurements of mesopause temperatures by ground-based infrared spectrometry.

Other activities:

since 2018   Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Kühlungsborn, Germany

since 2017   Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the EMeRGe Project (Effect of Megacities on the transport and transformation of pollutants on Regional and Global scales)

since 2013   Associate Editor of the Open Access Journal “Elementa”

since 2011   Member of the Steering Committee of the Helmholtz Graduate School HITEC (Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate Research)

since 2010   External member (Representative of the University of Wuppertal) in the Scientific-Technical Council of the Research Centre Jülich

since 2008   Associate Editor of the EGU-Journal "Atmospheric Measurement Techniques"

2001 - 2005   Co-Spokesman of Theme I „Earth surface-atmosphere interactions“ of the atmospheric research program AFO 2000 of the Ministry for Education and Research.

1994 - 1995   Deputy chairman of the Scientific-Technical Council of the Research Centre Jülich.

1992 - 1997   Member of the Scientific-Technical Council of the Research Centre Jülich.

1988 - 1997   Spokesman of the Institute for Atmospheric Chemistry.

Community service:

Convener of the session “Stable Isotopes in Atmospheric Research”
European Geosciences Union – General Assemblies, 2008 - 2012, Vienna, Austria.

Co-Convener of the session “Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange of Reactive Trace Gases”
European Geosciences Union – General Assembly, 24-29 April 2005, Vienna, Austria.
 
Convener of the session “Volatile Organic Compounds and Organic Aerosols“
European Geosciences Union – 1st General Assembly, 25-30 April 2004, Nice, France.
 
Convener of the session “Biogenic Reactive Trace Compounds and their Role in Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate“
Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, 8-12 December 2003, San Francisco, USA.
 
Convener of the Townhall Meeting “The Atmosphere as Part of the Earth System: The German Atmospheric Research Program AFO 2000”
EGS-AGU-EUG Joint Assembly, 6-11 April 2003, Nice, France.
 
Convener of the session „Biogenic VOC Emissions“
Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, 13-17 December 1999, San Francisco, USA.
 
Guest editor, Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry, Special issue on the POPCORN campaign: Atmospheric Meaurements during POPCORN – Characterisation of the Photochemistry over a Rural Area.
 
Organisator of the Workshop „Volatile Organic Compounds in the Troposphere“ in the frame of a GAAC-project „Network of Young Scientists in the Field of Atmospheric Chemistry“, 27‑31 October 1997, Jülich, Germany.

 
Memberships
 
Astronomische Gesellschaft
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft
American Geophysical Union
British Interplanetary Society (Fellow)
National Geographic Society