Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Mikinori Kuwata

Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF), Asian School of the Environment

Email: kuwata@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: +65 65923606
Office: N2 01B 22
Asst Prof Mikinori Kuwata

Biography
Dr. Mikinori Kuwata is working on atmospheric chemistry. He received B.Sc in chemistry from the University of Tokyo (Japan). After that, he received Ph.D in earth and planetary science from the University of Tokyo. His Ph.D work focused on observational and experimental study of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity of atmospheric aerosol particles. He has participated international atmospheric observation campaigns during his Ph.D work. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University during 2009-2013. He investigated formation mechanisms and physicochemical properties of atmospheric organic aerosol particles by both experimental and theoretical approaches. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
Research Interests
His research goal is to understand chemical processes in the atmosphere, those are important for both global and regional environments.
His specific research interests include:
(1) Haze originated from forest burning
Including Singapore, many countries in Southeast Asia are experiencing haze originated from forest burning. Those haze plumes have significant adverse effects on regional environments such as human health and visibility. Chemical reactions in the atmosphere form compounds responsible for those phenomena. He is trying to understand emission and formation mechanisms of those compounds by atmospheric observation and laboratory experiments.

(2) Atmospheric chemistry in tropical region
Tropical rainforest is a globally important source of atmospheric trace gas species. Chemical reactions of those species form some key materials for the global climate such as nuclei of cloud droplets. Human activities in tropical areas, including Southeast Asia, are changing those naturally occurring chemistry. For instance, emission of trace gas species from plantation is significantly different from original tropical rainforests, altering chemistry in the atmosphere. Enhanced human activity in the tropical region provide a higher chance for anthropogenic species to react with biogenic origin compounds, perturbing original chemistry in the atmosphere. He is interested in quantifying how interaction between human activities and tropical environment changes chemistry in the atmosphere, and how the perturbation affects the global climate.
Current Projects
  • Atmospheric Organic Aerosol In The Changing Environment Of Southeast Asia
  • Atmospheric Organic Aerosol in the Changing Environment of Southeast Asia
  • Haze Monitoring
  • Parameterizing Emission Factors Of Greenhouse Gases AndParticulate Matters From Tropical Peatland Burning As AFunction Of Burning Conditions
  • To contribute, or not to contribute: Effects of organic-rich phases in aerosol particles on cloud condensation nuclei activation
  • Tools for Managing Tropical Peatlands and Controlling Haze in Southeast Asia
Selected Publications
  • Budisulistiorini, S. H.; Riva, M.; Chen, J.; Itoh, M.; Surratt, J. D.; Kuwata, M. (2017). Light-Absorbing Brown Carbon Aerosol Constituents from Combustion of Indonesian Peat and Biomass. Environmental Science and Technology, .
  • Kuwata, Mikinori. (2015). Particle Classification by the Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer-Particle Mass Analyzer System. AEROSOL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 49, 508-520.
  • Saukko, Erkka; Zorn, Soeren; Kuwata, Mikinori; Keskinen, Jorma; Virtanen, Annele. (2015). Phase State and Deliquescence Hysteresis of Ammonium-Sulfate-Seeded Secondary Organic Aerosol. AEROSOL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 49, 531-537.
  • Zhang, Y.; Sanchez, M. S.; Douet, C.; Wang, Y.; Bateman, A. P.; Gong, Z.; Kuwata, M.; Renbaum-Wolff, L.; Sato, B. B.; Liu, P. F.; Bertram, A. K.; Geiger, F. M.; Martin, S. T. (2015). Changing shapes and implied viscosities of suspended submicron particles. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 7819-7829.

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