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Fan Yang

Research Associate

Dr. Yang got his PhD degree in Atmospheric Sciences Program at Michigan Technological University. During that time, he conducted research on several topics, including mixed-phase stratiform clouds, laboratory work on ice nucleation, entrainment in warm clouds, and aerosol-cloud interactions in a turbulence chamber. After that, he joined the Cloud Processes Group at BNL as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include ice nucleation, precipitation processes, aerosol-cloud interactions, and cloud modeling.



  • Michigan Technological University, Department of Physics, PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, 2017.
  • Peking University, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, School of Physics, Master’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, 2012.
  • Peking University, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, School of Physics, Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, 2009.

Areas of Interest

  • Cloud Physics
  • Ice Nucleation
  • Aerosol Cloud Interaction
  • Cloud Modeling


  • Jun. 2016-present, Laboratory Study of freezing on vibration plate:  Studied the effect of mechanical vibration on ice nucleation in the lab.
  • Feb. 2016-present, Turbulence cloud chamber simulation:  Built a large-eddy simulation model for studying the the interaction of cloud microphysics with turbulence in the cloud chamber at Michigan Technological University.

Selected Publications

Yang, F., P. Kollias, R.A. Shaw, and A.M. Vogelmann, 2018: Cloud droplet size distribution broadening during diffusional growth: ripening amplified by deactivation and reactivation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 7313-7328,

Yang, F., E. P. Luke, P. Kollias, A. B. Kostinski, and A. M. Vogelmann, 2018: Scaling of Drizzle Virga Depth with Cloud Thickness for Marine Stratocumulus Clouds, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 3746-3753. doi:10.1029/2018GL077145.

Yang, F., Cruikshank, O., He, W., Kostinski, A., and Shaw, R. A. Nonthermal ice nucleation observed at distorted contact lines of supercooled water drops. Physical Review E 97, 023103, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.97.023103 (2018).

Chandrakar, K.K., Cantrell, W., Chang, K., Ciochetto, D., Niedermeier, D., Ovchinnikov, M., Shaw, R.A., Yang, F.: Aerosol indirect effect from turbulence-induced broadening of cloud droplet size distributions. PNAS, 113(50), 2016.

Yang, F., Shaw, R., Xue, H.: Conditions for super-adiabatic droplet growth after entrainment mixing.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2016.

Yang, F., Shaw, R., Gurganus, C., Chong, S.K., Yap, Y. K.: Ice nucleation at the contact line triggered by transient electrowetting fields.  Applied Physics Letters, 107 (26), 2015.

Yang, F., Ovchinnikov, M., Shaw, R.: Long-lifetime ice particles in mixed-phase clouds: quasi-steady and recycled growth.  J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120 (22), 2015.

Yang, F., Ovchinnikov, M., Shaw, R.: Microphysical consequences of the spatial distribution of ice nucleation in mixed-phase stratiform clouds.  Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (14), 2014.

Li, Z., Xue, H., Yang, F.: A modeling study of ice formation affected by aerosols.  J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118 (19), 2013.

Yang, F., Ovchinnikov, M., Shaw, R.: Minimalist model of Ice microphysics in mixed-phase stratiform clouds.  Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (14), 2013.

Yang, F., Xue, H., Deng, Z., Zhao, C., and Zhang, Q.: A closure study of cloud condensation nuclei in the North China Plain using droplet kinetic condensational growth model.  Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 5399-5411, doi:10.5194/acp-12-5399-2012, 2012.