Images: pixabay, M. Tollinger
The large-scale production of artificial snow is essential for winter tourism. In order to provide the snow base that is required for the winter season, ski resorts typically produce large quantities of snow starting in autumn. However, because the efficiency of the conversion from water to snow is fairly low at temperatures above -15°C, it is desirable to increase the fraction of water that is converted to snow at higher temperatures. We identify and characterize the core elements in ice nucleation proteins that are required for effective ice nucleation.
Hinrich Grothe (Technical University of Vienna) link
Klaus R. Liedl (University of Innsbruck) link
Thomas Lörting (University of Innsbruck) link
Recent publications (ice nucleation proteins):
Pummer BG*, Budke C, Augustin-Bauditz S, Niedermeier D, Felgitsch L, Kampf CJ, Huber RG, Liedl KR, Loerting T, Moschen T, Schauperl M, Tollinger M, Morris CE, Wex H, Grothe H, Pöschl U, Koop T, Fröhlich-Nowoisky J.
Ice nucleation by water-soluble macromolecules.
Athmos Chem Phys 2015 (15): 4077-4091. (open access)