Atmospheric and indoor air chemistry

onboard PTRMS during ARCTAS 2008

   Main research interests and projects:

  • Transport and chemical transformation of air pollutants in the atmosphere

  • Indoor air quality

  • Instrument development and validation (chemical ionisation, PTR-MS)


     Group members: click here

     Complete List of publications (pdf)


Current projects:


Selected publications and projects:

  • Transport and chemical transformation of air pollutants in the atmosphere:

Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites (ARCTAS), PTR-MS measurements onboard the NASA DC-8, NASA & Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) - Agentur für Luft- und Raumfahrt & Tiroler Zukunftsstiftung (in the media:

D. J. Jacob, B. D. Field, Q. Li, D. R. Blake, J. de Gouw, C. Warneke, A. Hansel, A. Wisthaler, and H. B. Singh, Global Budget of Atmospheric Methanol: Constraints from atmospheric observations, J. Geophys. Res. 110, D08303, DOI:10.1029/2004JD005172 (2005)

A. Wisthaler, A. Hansel, R. R. Dickerson, and P. J. Crutzen, Organic trace gas measurements by PTR-MS during INDOEX 1999, J. Geophys. Res. 107(D19), 8024, DOI:10.1029/2001JD000576 (2002)

  • Indoor air quality:

A, Wisthaler, G. Tamas, D. P. Wyon, P. Strom-Tejsen, D. Space, J. Beauchamp, A. Hansel, T. D. Märk and C. J. Weschler, Products of Ozone-Initiated Chemistry in a Simulated Aircraft Environment, Environ. Sci. Technol. 39(13), 4823-4832, DOI: 10.1021/es047992j (2005)

C. J. Weschler, A. Wisthaler, S. Cowlin, G. Tamás, P. Strøm-Tejsen, A. T. Hodgson, H. Destaillats, J. Herrington, J. Zhang, W. W. Nazaroff, Ozone-Initiated Chemistry in an Occupied Simulated Aircraft Cabin, Environ. Sci. Technol. 41, 6177-6184, DOI:10.1021/es0708520 (2007)

A. Wisthaler, P. Strøm-Tejsen, L. Fang, T. J. Arnaud , A. Hansel, T. D. Märk, D. P. Wyon, PTR-MS assessment of photocatalytic and sorption-based purification of recirculated cabin air during simulated 7-hour flights with high passenger density, Environ. Sci. Technol. 41(1), 229-234, DOI: 10.1021/es060424e (2007)

L. Fang, G. Zhang, A. Wisthaler, Desiccant wheels as gas-phase absorption (GPA) air cleaners: evaluation by PTR-MS and sensory assessment, Indoor Air 18(5), 375-385, DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.2008.00538.x (2008)

  • Instrument development and validation:

T. Mikoviny, L. Kaser, and A. Wisthaler, Development and characterization of a High-Temperature Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometer (HT-PTR-MS), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 3, 537-544, 2010

Development and application of a CI-Triple-Quadrupole-MS, Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH (FFG) - Basisprogramme

M. Norman, A. Hansel, A. Wisthaler, O2+ as reagent ion in the PTR-MS instrument: Detection of gas-phase ammonia, Int. J. Mass Spectrom. 265(2-3), 382-387, DOI:10.1016/j.ijms.2007.06.010 (2007)

L. H. Mielke, D. E. Erickson, S. A. McLuckey, M. Müller, A. Wisthaler, A. Hansel, P. B. Shepson, Development of a Proton-Transfer Reaction-Linear Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer for Quantitative Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds, Anal. Chem 80(21), 8171-8177, DOI:10.1021/ac801328d (2008)

E. C. Apel, T. Brauers, R. Koppmann, et al., Intercomparison of oxygenated volatile organic compound measurements at the SAPHIR atmosphere simulation chamber, J. Geophys. Res. 113, D20307, DOI: 10.1029/2008JD009865 (2008)

A. Wisthaler, E. C. Apel, J. Bossmeyer, A. Hansel, W. Junkermann, R. Koppmann, R. Meier, K. Müller, S. J. Solomon, R. Steinbrecher, R. Tillmann, and T. Brauers, Intercomparison of formaldehyde measurements at the atmosphere simulation chamber SAPHIR, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 8, 2189-2200 (2008)