Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Reducing manure and fertilizers decreases atmospheric fine particles

October 27, 2017

A decrease of agricultural ammonia emissions avoids mortality attributable to air pollution [more]


The myth of the pristine Amazon rainforest

March 08, 2017

Indigenous inhabitants shaped the rainforest by domesticating tree species in pre-Columbian times [more]

Research publications 2016

Amazon rain helps make more rain

October 27, 2016

In the Amazon region, downdrafts bring aerosol particles from higher altitudes to the atmospheric layer where clouds form. [more]


Suspense in the movie theatre air

May 12, 2016

Cinemagoers' exhaled breath reveals the scene that is playing [more]


Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

May 02, 2016

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change [more]


The effect of bacterial ice nuclei

April 23, 2016

Bacteria induce the formation of ice crystals by changing the order and dynamics of surface water molecules [more]


Why nerve cells die

January 12, 2016

Protein aggregates in cytoplasm interfere with important transport routes [more]

Research publications 2015

Elemental metamorphosis

December 17, 2015

With very high pressure chemical elements could be examined under new aspects [more]


More deaths due to air pollution

September 16, 2015

Air pollution could claim 6.6 million lives by 2050 [more]


Protection for Brazilian wetlands

September 13, 2015

A study involving Max Planck researchers creates the basis for new regulations [more]


Middle East: The atmospheric signs of the crises

August 19, 2015

A study shows how armed conflicts, political and economic crises and also environmental legislation impacts air quality in the Middle East. [more]


Superconductivity: No resistance at record temperatures

August 18, 2015

Hydrogen sulfide loses its electrical resistance under high pressure at minus 70 degrees Celsius [more]


New source of greenhouse gases discovered

July 14, 2015

Lichens, mosses and cyanobacteria produce large amounts of nitrous oxide [more]


At least 40,000 tree species in the tropical forests

June 09, 2015

Study surprises with new numbers: forests of the Indo-Pacific region are as rich in species as the tropics in America [more]

Research publications 2014

High tech at a lofty height

December 11, 2014

A 325-metre-high climate research tower is being built in the Amazon rainforest [more]


Each grain is different

August 14, 2014

The interstellar dust particles from the Stardust mission show great variations in their elemental composition and structure [more]


At the methane source of plants

June 25, 2014

Plants produce greenhouse gas from the amino acid methionine [more]

Research publications 2013

Terror bird was frightening but harmless

September 10, 2013

The prehistoric bird Gastornis was probably not a bird of prey but a herbivore [more]


Sulfate aerosols cool climate less than assumed

May 14, 2013

Life span of cloud-forming sulfate particles in the air is shorter than assumed due to a sulfur dioxide oxidation pathway which has been neglected in climate models so far [more]

Research publications 2012

Methane source discovered in the underbrush

September 05, 2012

Greenhouse gas is also released by fungi [more]


More carbon dioxide leads to less clouds

September 03, 2012

A new feedback mechanism operating between vegetation and cloud formation could enhance the climate change [more]


How salt in the rainforest becomes clouds

August 30, 2012

Potassium salts from fungi and plants initiate the formation of aerosol particles upon which moisture from the air condenses [more]


Increase of air pollution

August 01, 2012

Atmospheric model calculates changes in air quality for a large portion of the world’s population over the coming decades [more]


Wallflowers of the Earth system

June 01, 2012

Algae, lichens, and mosses take up huge amounts of carbon dioxide and nitrogen from the atmosphere and thus also influence the climate [more]


Methane on Mars is not an indication for life

May 31, 2012

Intense UV radiation on the red planet releases methane from organic materials which meteorites transport onto its surface [more]


Probability of contamination from severe nuclear reactor accidents is higher than expected

May 22, 2012

Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents [more]


Glass sponge as a living climate archive

April 04, 2012

An 11,000 year-old deep-sea sponge provides a record of past environmental changes in the sea [more]


Catalyser for clean rainforest air

February 29, 2012

Plant odour isoprene buffers atmospheric self-cleaning capacity [more]


The chemistry of exploding stars

January 19, 2012

Meteorite contains evidence of formation of sulfur molecules derived from the ejecta of a supernova explosion [more]

Research publications 2011

Megacity emissions sensed from space

October 05, 2011

The emissions of nitrogen oxides can be determined from satellite measurements of the pollution levels by using a mathematical trick [more]


Breathless in the Megacity

September 22, 2011

Together with an Indian Partner Group of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Bhola Ram Gurjar is analyzing the pollution in Indian megacities and how badly it is affecting the health of city dwellers. [more]


Nitrogen in the soil cleans the air

August 19, 2011

Nitrogen-containing soil is a source of hydroxyl radicals that remove pollutants from the atmosphere [more]


Deep recycling in the Earth faster than thought

August 10, 2011

Sunken ocean crust resurfaces from Earth’s mantle after only 500 million years [more]


The hidden danger of oxygen

February 17, 2011

Long-lived reactive oxygen intermediates that develop on particles in the atmosphere could explain why more and more people are suffering from allergies [more]


Atmosphere cleans itself more efficiently than previously thought

January 13, 2011

Concentration of pollutant-degrading hydroxyl radicals in the air remains stable worldwide [more]

Research publications 2010

Max Planck research protects the Amazon rainforest

December 15, 2010

Extensive inventory forms basis for legislation governing when trees in the Brazilian rainforests can be logged [more]


The Amazon rainforest - a cloud factory

September 20, 2010

Scientists demonstrate that atmospheric aerosols above the Amazon rainforest are mainly produced by biological sources and are able to draw conclusions about the mechanisms of this ecosystem [more]


Dust which makes clouds grow

February 23, 2010

Aerosols are the salt in our climate soup. Step by step climate researchers find out the manyfold ways, in which the tiny particles in the atmosphere affect the formation of clouds and precipitation.


Research publications 2008

Moderate quantities of dirt make more rain

September 09, 2008

An international team of scientists sums up the current effects of aerosols on precipitation [more]


Looking at methane sources in the right light

May 27, 2008

UV radiation and rising temperatures increase methane emissions from plants [more]

Research publications 2006

The Treasure in Meteorites

May 10, 2006

American-German research team finds interstellar organic materials in meteorites [more]

Research publications 2005

New Software for Modelling Earth Systems

November 17, 2005

2005 Billing Prize for scientific computation goes to the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry's "Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy)" [more]

Research publications 2004

What actually influences air pollution over the Indian Ocean?

August 25, 2004

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry detect substantial pollution of the atmosphere during periods between summer or winter monsoons [more]


Increasing Ozone over the Atlantic Ocean

May 13, 2004

Max Planck Scientists discovered that ozone smog is increasingly a global problem [more]


"Smoking" Rain Clouds over the Amazon

February 27, 2004

Forest fires in the Amazon rainforest intensify turbulence in the weather and could have global impact, report German Max Planck scientists [more]


Astonishing discovery over the Amazon rainforest

February 25, 2004

International research team has discovered huge amounts of unexpected organic aerosols over the South-American tropical rain forests [more]

Research publications 2003

The fiery face of the Arctic deep

July 18, 2003

Results from a German-American Arctic expedition to the Gakkel Ridge have implications for the understanding of the generation of new seafloor [more]

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