New Professor of Environamental Physics Heikki Junninen
On 21 June 2019, the University of Tartu Senate elected Heikki Junninen as the Professor of Environmental Physics, following the recommendations by the Institute of Physics and the Faculty of Science. His work is related to the determination of the chemical composition of the atmosphere and the investigation of atmospheric particle formation. Heikki Junninen is one of the world's most cited scientists.
Heikki Junninen graduated from primary school in Koidula Gymnasium in Pärnu and continued his further education in Finland, earning a master's degree in environmental sciences at Kuopio University (2001) and a PhD in physics at the University of Helsinki (2014). He has worked as an assistant at the University of Kuopio and as a researcher and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, as well as a software architect at Kärsa Oy. In September 2017, Heikki returned to Estonia with the Mobilitas+ top researcher grant, starting to work as a senior researcher of atmospheric physics at the Institute of Physics of the University of Tartu.
Heikki Junninen has published over a hundred research papers, including eleven articles in the journals of "Nature" and "Science". His publications have merited over ten thousand citations, generating an h-index 45 according to the Web of Science database and 52 by Google scholar. Heikki has also seven patents and one patent application in his account. Heikki Junninen's research focuses on the application and development of mass spectrometric methods for studying the physico-chemical properties of atmospheric, aerosol and nanoclusters, involving both field and laboratory measurements, data processing and software development, as well as the improvement of measurement techniques and instruments.
Heikki Junninen has taught several courses related to statistical data processing and measurement techniques at the University of Helsinki and various winter and autumn schools. At the University of Tartu, he is currently a co-teacher at the physics master's course "Data Analysis and Scientific Computing", and also at the new course "Atmospheric and Climate Sciences" that will start in the autumn. In addition, Heikki is also participating in the development of the international open e-course (MOOC) “Air Quality in a Changing World” curated by the University of Helsinki. Under the supervision of Heikki Junninen, two bachelor's and four master's theses have been completed and one doctoral thesis has been defended. He is currently supervising four doctoral students.