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Jos Lelieveld received a PhD from the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Utrecht University (1990). His thesis subject was "The role of clouds in tropospheric chemistry" (supervisor Prof. Paul Crutzen). He worked at Stockholm University (1991) and the University of California, San Diego (1992), and became a Professor at Wageningen University in 1993 and at Utrecht University in 1995. In 2000 he was appointed as a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. Since January 2008 he is a Professor at the Cyprus Institute and leads the Atmospheric and Climate Modeling group of the EEWRC. In July 2010, the Board of the Institute bestowed the title of 'Institute Professor'. He published more than 320 peer-reviewed articles of which many are highly cited. He is a member of the German national academy of sciences Leopoldina, of international committees and societies, and received international distinctions.
Atmospheric multiphase chemistry, ozone, aerosols and climate, the atmospheric cleaning mechanism (radical chemistry), global atmospheric change. In Cyprus his research focuses on atmospheric and climate change in the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa