Xu-Cheng He, PhD


2018 - 2021, PhD in Atmospheric Sciences (Distinction), University of Helsinki

- Advisors: Prof. Markku Kulmala, Prof. Jasper Kirkby, Prof. Mikko Sipilä, Prof. Matti Rissanen, Prof. Theo Kurtén

2015 - 2017, MSc in Atmospheric Sciences, University of Helsinki

- Advisors: Prof. Mikko Sipilä, Prof. Matti Rissanen

2011 - 2015, BSc in Meteorology, Yunnan University

- Advisor: Dr. Di Zhao
Find me on: Twitter, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, WebofScience


2023.01 - present, visiting researcher at University of Cambridge
2017.09 - present, run coordinator for marine particle formation studies at the CLOUD project at CERN
2022.09 - 2023.04, post-doctoral researcher at Finnish Meteorological Institute
2022.03 - 2022.08, visiting researcher at Carnegie Mellon University
2021.09 - 2022.02, post-doctoral researcher at University of Helsinki
2021.03 - 2021.08, visiting researcher at Beijing University of Chemical Technology
2020.09 - 2021.01, visiting researcher at Nanjing University
2020.02 - 2020.03, visiting researcher at Spanish National Research Council
2016.06 - 2017.12, research assistant at University of Helsinki


2023, Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XVII) participant
2022, Extraordinary Potential Prize of 2021 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad (20 recipients globally, 10,000 $)
2022, Dissertation price, all faculties (4/500), University of Helsinki (4,000 €)
2022, NOSA ECS Aerosologist award (Early Career Scientist), Nordic Society of Aerosol Research
2021, Outstanding thesis award, Doctoral School of Natural Sciences, University of Helsinki (2,000 €)
2015, International student grant, University of Helsinki (1,500 €)
2015, Best thesis award (1/43), Yunnan University
2012, Campus star in science and innovation (10/4000), Yunnan University


2022-2025, post-doctoral researcher fellowship, Academy of Finland (364,377 €)
2022, post-doctoral researcher grant, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation (56,000 €)
2018-2021, Doctoral school fellowship, University of Helsinki (ca. 108,000 €)


2020-present, reviewer for Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Geophysical Research Letters and Environmental Science & Technology


Course Assistance

2018. Course assistant for formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols
2019. Course assistant for the 3rd course on climate science at high latitudes: eScience for linking Arctic measurements and modeling in Abisko



Ying Zhang(2018.09-2022.05), graduated MSc student at Beijing University of Chemical Technology. Thesis title: Contribution of inorganic acids containing oxygen in gas-particle process to particle number concentration in urban Beijing

Scientific activities

Selected Invited Talks

2022.08. Invited speaker, Measurement of Nucleating Clusters at the CLOUD Chamber, Gordon Research Conference, Italy
2022.05. Iodine oxoacids: overlooked players in atmospheric aerosol formation. Carnegie Mellon University, US
2021.01. Role of iodine in the atmosphere. Nanjing University, China

Conference and workshop participation

2022. 2 oral presentations in conferences.
2021. 2 oral presentations in conferences (one best oral presentation award); 3 oral presentations in scientific meetings
2020. 1 oral presentations in a conference
2019. 2 poster presentations in conferences; 3 oral presentations in scientific meetings
2018. 3 oral presentations in scientific meetings
2017. 1 oral and 3 poster presentations in conferences; 4 oral presentations in scientific meetings


Social media outreach

2020.10 - present. Twitter. Main content related to my recent research and scientific life. 172 followers.
Ca. 2016 - present. Science & society Q&A website (Zhihu.com, in Chinese) content provider (currently anonymous). 460 followers.