Dr. Jozef Lengyel

Emmy Noether Junior Research Group

Multi-collisional conditions in ion traps as a novel tool towards a molecular understanding of atmospheric aerosol nucleation

Chair of Physical Chemistry

Aerosols, Clusters, and Environment

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Jozef Lengyel (b. 1987) conducts research in the area of gas-phase chemistry of hydrated ions and clusters. His research aims at a better understanding of heterogeneous processes elucidating complex reaction mechanisms and solvation chemistry with a particular emphasis on atmospheric chemistry and catalysis. His current work involves the development of experimental methods for determining particle nucleation rates.

Dr. Lengyel studied chemistry at the TU Bratislava and received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry jointly at the Heyrovský Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague. He pursued his postdoctoral research at the University of Innsbruck (2016-2017) and then at TUM (2018-2020). In 2020 he has received funding from the German Research Foundation through the Emmy-Noether Program to establish an independent junior research group at TUM.


    • Emmy Noether Junior Research Group of the German Research Foundation (2020)
    • Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018)
    • Lise-Meitner Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund (2016)
    • Journal of Mass Spectrometry Award (2014)
    • Gordon F. Kirkbright Bursary Award (2014)

    Lengyel J, Levin N, Wensink FJ, Lushchikova OV, Barnett RN,  Landman U, Heiz U, Bakker JM, Tschurl M: Carbide dihydrides: Carbonaceous species identified in Ta4+‐mediated methane dehydrogenation. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59(52): 23631-23635.


    Lengyel J, Pysanenko A, Fárníková K, Pluhařová E, Fárník M: Oxidation enhances aerosol nucleation: Measurement of kinetic pickup probability of organic molecules on hydrated acid clusters. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2020; 11(6): 2101-2105.


    Levin N, Lengyel J, Eckhard JF, Tschurl M, Heiz U: Catalytic non-oxidative coupling of methane on Ta8O2+. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2020; 142(12): 5862-5869.


    Fárník M, Lengyel J: Mass spectrometry of aerosol particle analogues in molecular beam experiments. Mass Spectrometry Reviews 2018; 37(5): 630-651.


    Lengyel J, Pysanenko A, Poterya V, Slavíček P, Fárník M, Kočišek J, Fedor J: Irregular shapes of water clusters generated in supersonic expansion. Physical Review Letters 2014; 112(11): 113401.