Frank Keutsch

Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship


Harvard University

Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Prof. Jia Chen

Focus Group
Air Pollution and Climate​​​​​​​

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Short CV

Frank Keutsch is Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He received his PhD (Physical Chemistry) at the University of California Berkeley and his Diplom at TU Munich (Chemistry). His research combines laboratory and field experiments with instrument development to investigate fundamental mechanisms of anthropogenic influence on atmospheric composition within the context of impacts on climate, humans and the environment.

Selected Awards

  • 2015, LFUI Guest Professorship
  • 2014, Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award
  • 2013, Vilas Associate Award
  • 2012, Honored Instructor Award
  • 2006, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry
  • 2005, Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award

Research Interests

atmospheric chemistry, air quality, human-induced change, pollution health, atmosphere-biosphere interactions, stratospheric ozone and dynamics, climate intervention/geoengineering, sensor development

Selected Publications

  • “Experimental reaction rates constrain estimates of ozone response to calcium carbonate geoengineering,” Z. Dai, D. K. Weisenstein, F. N. Keutsch, D. W. Keith Comm. Earth & Environ. 1, Article number 63, (2020).
  • “Stratospheric solar geoengineering without ozone loss,” D. W. Keith, D. K. Weisenstein, J. A. Dykema and F. N. Keutsch Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1615572113 (2016).
  • “Sulfate Formation via Cloud Processing from Isoprene Hydroxyl Hydroperoxides (ISOPOOH),” E. Dovrou, J. C. Rivera-Rios, K. H. Bates, and F. N. Keutsch Environ. Sci. Technol. 53, 12476-12484. (2019).
  • “Contribution of Hydroxymethane Sulfonate to Ambient Particulate Matter: A Potential Explanation for High Particulate Sulfur During Severe Winter Haze in Beijing,” J. M. Moch, E. Dovrou, L. J. Mickley, F. N. Keutsch, Y. Cheng, D. J. Jacob, J. K. Jiang, M, Li, J. W. Munger, X. H. Qiao, and Q. Zhag, Geophys. Res. Lett, 45, 11969-11979, doi:10.1029/2018GL079309 (2019).
  • “Formaldehyde (HCHO) As a Hazardous Air Pollutant: Mapping Surface Air Concentrations from Satellite and Inferring Cancer Risks in the United States,” L. Zhu, D. J. Jacob, F. N. Keutsch, L. J. Mickley, R. Scheffe, M. Strum. G. G. Abad, K. Chance, K. Yang, B. Rappenglück, D. B. Millet, M. Baasandorj, L. Jaegle, and V. Shah, Environ. Sci. Technol. 51, doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b01356 (2017).
  • “Speciation of OH reactivity above the canopy of an isoprene-dominated forest,” J. Kaiser, K. M. Skog, K. Baumann, S. B. Bertman, S. B. Brown, W. H. Brune, J. D. Crounse, J. A. de Gouw, E. S. Edgerton, P. A. Feiner, A. H. Goldstein, A. Koss, P. K. Misztal, T. B. Nguyen, K. F. Olson, J. M. St. Clair, A. P. Teng, S. Toma, P. O. Wennberg, R. J. Wild, L. Zhang, and F. N. Keutsch Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 9349-9359, doi:10.5194/acp-16-9349-2016 (2016).
  • “Experimental reaction rates constrain estimates of ozone response to CaCO3 geoengineering” Z. Dai, D. K. Weisenstein, F. N. Keutsch, D. W. Keith Nature Communications Earth & Environment 1, 63, (2020).
  • “Formaldehyde production from isoprene oxidation across NOx regimes,” G. M. Wolfe, J. Kaiser, T. F. Hanisco, F. N. Keutsch, J. A. de Gouw, J. B. Gilman, M. Graus, C. D. Hatch, J. Holloway, L. W. Horowitz, B. H. Lee, B. M. Lerner, F. Lopez-Hilifiker, J. Mao, M. R. Marvin, J. Peischl, I. B. Pollack, J. M. Roberts, T. B. Ryerson, J. A. Thornton, P. R. Veres, and C. Warneke Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16, 2597-2610, doi:10.5194/acp- 16-2597-2016, (2016).
  • “Kinetics and Products of the Reaction of the First-Generation Isoprene Hydroxy Hydroperoxide (ISOPOOH) with OH,” J. M. St. Clair, J. C. Rivera-Rios, J. D. Crounse, H. C. Knap, K. H. Bates, A. P. Teng, S. Jørgensen, H. G. Kjaergaard, F. N. Keutsch, and P. O. Wennberg J. Phys. Chem. A 120, 1441-1451, doi:10.1021/acs.jpca.5b06532, (2016).
  • “Conversion of hydroperoxides to carbonyls in field and laboratory instrumentation: observational bias in diagnosing pristine versus anthropogenically-controlled atmospheric chemistry” J. Rivera-Rios, T. B. Nguyen, J. D, Crounse, W. Jud, J. M. St. Clair, T. Mikoviny, J. B. Gilman, B. M. Lerner, J. B. Kaiser, J. de Gouw, A. Wisthaler, A. Hansel, P. O. Wennberg, J. H. Seinfeld and F. N. Keutsch Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 8645-8651, doi:10.1002/2014GL061919 (2014).