Professor Université Paris Diderot

LISA, Faculté des Sciences,                                                                                                     
61, av du Général de Gaulle                             
94010 Créteil cedex
tel: +33 (0)1 45 17 65 68
email:  desboeufs@lisa.u-pec.fr  


Master SGE:

M1: cours de chimie analytique appliquée à l'environnement:




M2: cours de chimie des aérosols et métrologie




My interest centers :
Atmospheric nutrient supply to the oceans; influences on iron solubility in aerosol, in particular in desert dust

My current research focuses on the chemistry of interactions between the atmosphere and the surface of the ocean. A major part of this involves a study of deposition in aerosols and rain of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon and iron) to the ocean, in order to assess their impact on marine productivity and hence the global carbon cycle. On a global scale, iron is the nutrient for which atmospheric inputs to the ocean have the most significant impact on phytoplankton growth. I study the factors that control how much of the iron that falls into the ocean dissolves in rainwater then in seawater as this is the fraction which helps to fuel phytoplankton growth. My works are more specifically focused on the iron-bearing dust and its solubility.

Recent Scientific projects:

- PEACETIME (ProcEss studies at the Air-sEa Interface after dust deposition in the MEditerranean sea), Coord. C. Guieu and K. Desboeufs, http://peacetime-project.org/

- MISTRALS-ChArMEX inititiative, https://mermex.mio.univ-amu.fr/

- MISTRALS- MERMEx initiative, https://charmex.lsce.ipsl.fr/

- AEROCLO-SA (AErosol RadiatiOn and CLOuds in Southern Africa), Coord. P. Formenti, https://twitter.com/aeroclo_sa

My publications:

40.   Richon, C., Dutay, J.-C., Dulac, F., Wang, R., Balkanski, Y., Nabat, P., Aumont, O., Desboeufs, K., Laurent, B., Guieu, C., Raimbault, P., and Beuvier, J.: Modeling the impacts of atmospheric deposition of nitrogen and desert dust-derived phosphorus on nutrients and biological budgets of the Mediterranean Sea, Progress in Oceanography, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2017.04.009, 2017.

39.   Mazuel, F., Espinosa, A., Luciani, N., Reffay, M., Le Borgne, R., Motte, L., Desboeufs, K., Michel, A., Pellegrino, T., and Lalatonne, Y.: Massive intracellular biodegradation of iron oxide nanoparticles evidenced magnetically at single-endosome and tissue levels, ACS nano, 10, 7627-7638, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b02876, 2016.

38.   Vincent, J., Laurent, B., Losno, R., Bon Nguyen, E., Roullet, P., Sauvage, S., Chevaillier, S., Coddeville, P., Ouboulmane, N., di Sarra, A. G., Tovar-Sanchez, A., Sferlazzo, D., Massanet, A., Triquet, S., Morales Baquero, R., Fornier, M., Coursier, C., Desboeufs, K., Dulac, F., and Bergametti, G.: Variability of mineral dust deposition in the western Mediterranean basin and south-east of France, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 8749-8766, 10.5194/acp-16-8749-2016, 2016.

37.   Denjean, C., Formenti, P., Desboeufs, K., Chevaillier, S., Triquet, S., Maillé, M., Cazaunau, M., Laurent, B., Mayol-Bracero, O. L., Vallejo, P., Quiñones, M., Gutierrez-Molina, I. E.,Cassola, F., Prati, P., Andrews, E., and Ogren, J. C. J. D.: Size distribution and optical properties of African mineral dust after intercontinental transport, J. Geophys. Res.: Atmospheres, 10.1002/2016jd024783, 2016.

36.   Espinosa, A., Silva, A. K. A., Sánchez-Iglesias, A., Grzelczak, M., Péchoux, C., Desboeufs, K., Liz-Marzán, L. M., and Wilhelm, C.: Cancer Cell Internalization of Gold Nanostars Impacts Their Photothermal Efficiency In Vitro and In Vivo: Toward a Plasmonic Thermal Fingerprint in Tumoral Environment, Advanced Healthcare Materials, 5, 1040-1048, 10.1002/adhm.201501035, 2016.

35.   Mallet M., F. Dulac, P. Formenti, P. Nabat, J. Sciare, G. Roberts, J. Pelon, G. Ancellet, D. Tanré, F. Parol, C. Denjean, G. Brogniez, A. di Sarra, L. Alados-Arboledas, J. Arndt, F. Auriol, L. Blarel, T. Bourrianne, P. Chazette, S. Chevaillier, M. Claeys, B. D'Anna, Y. Derimian, K. Desboeufs, T. Di Iorio, J.-F. Doussin, P. Durand, A. Féron, E. Freney, C. Gaimoz, P. Goloub, J. L. Gómez-Amo, M. J. Granados-Muñoz, N. Grand, E. Hamonou, I. Jankowiak, M. Jeannot, J.-F. Léon, M. Maillé, S. Mailler, D. Meloni, L. Menut, G. Momboisse, J. Nicolas, T. Podvin, V. Pont, G. Rea, J.-B. Renard, L. Roblou, K. Schepanski, A. Schwarzenboeck, K. Sellegri, M. Sicard, F. Solmon, S. Somot, B Torres, J. Totems, S. Triquet, N. Verdier, C. Verwaerde, F. Waquet, J. Wenger, and P. Zapf, Overview of the Chemistry-Aerosol Mediterranean Experiment/Aerosol Direct Radiative Forcing on the Mediterranean Climate (ChArMEx/ADRIMED) summer 2013 campaign, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 455-504, doi:10.5194/acp-16-455-2016, 2016.

34.   Zhang, Y., Mahowald, N., Scanza, R., Journet, E., Desboeufs, K., Albani, S., Kok, J., Zhuang, G., Chen, Y., Cohen, D. D., Paytan, A., Patey, M. D., Achterberg, E. P., Engelbrecht, J P., and Fomba, K. W.: Modeling the global emission, transport and deposition of trace elements associated with mineral dust, Biogeosciences, 12, 5771-5792 doi:10.5194/bg-12-5771-2015, 2015.

33.  Denjean C., S. Caquineau, K. Desboeufs, M. Maillé, B. Laurent, M. Quiñones Rosado, P. Vallejo, O. L. Mayol-Bracero and P. Formenti : Long-range transport across the Atlantic in summertime does not enhance the hygroscopicity of African mineral dust, Geophys. Res. Letters, 42, doi: 10.1002/2015GL065693, 2015.(pdf)

32.   Formenti, P., S. Caquineau, S. Chevaillier, A. Klaver, K. Desboeufs, J. L. Rajot, S. Belin, and V. Briois, Dominance of goethite over hematite in iron oxides of mineral dust from Western Africa: Quantitative partitioning by X-ray absorption spectroscopy, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 12,740–12,754, doi: 10.1002/2014JD021668, 2014.

31.  Guieu, C., O. Aumont, A. Paytan, L. Bopp, C. S. Law, N. Mahowald, E. P. Achterberg, E. Marañón, B. Salihoglu, A. Crise, T. Wagener, B. Herut, K. Desboeufs, M. Kanakidou, N. Olgun, F. Peters, E. Pulido-Villena, A. Tovar-Sanchez and C. Völker, The significance of the episodic nature of atmospheric deposition to Low Nutrient Low Chlorophyll regions, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 28, doi:10.1002/2014GB004852, 2014.


30.   Desboeufs, K., Leblond, N., Wagener, T., Bon Nguyen, E., and Guieu, C.: Chemical fate and settling of mineral dust in surface seawater after atmospheric deposition observed from dust seeding experiments in large mesocosms, Biogeosciences, 11, 5581-5594, doi:10.5194/bg-11-5581-2014, 2014. (pdf)

29.   Formenti, P., Caquineau, S., Desboeufs, K., Klaver, A., Chevaillier, S., Journet, E., and Rajot, J. L.: Mapping the physico-chemical properties of mineral dust in western Africa: mineralogical composition, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 10663-10686, doi:10.5194/acp-14-10663-2014, 2014.

28.  Guieu, C., Ridame, C., Pulido-Villena, E., Bressac, M., Desboeufs, K., and Dulac, F.: Impact of dust deposition on carbon budget: a tentative assessment from a mesocosm approach, Biogeosciences, 11, 5621-5635, 2014.

27.  Bressac, M., Guieu, C., Doxaran, D., Bourrin, F., Desboeufs, K., Leblond, N., and Ridame, C.: Quantification of the lithogenic carbon pump following a simulated dust-deposition event in large mesocosms, Biogeosciences, 11, 1007-1020, doi:10.5194/bg-11-1007-2014, 2014. pdf

26.   de Leeuw, G., C. Guieu, A. Arneth, N. Bellouin, L. Bopp , P. Boyd, H. Denier van der Gon, K. Desboeufs, F. Dulac, C. Facchini, B. Gantt, B. Langmann, N. Mahowald, E. Maranon, C. O'Dowd, N. Olgun, E. Pulido-Villena, M. Rinaldi, E. Stephanou, T. Wagener, Ocean-Atmosphere interactions of particles. In: P. Liss and M. Johnson (Editors), "Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions of Gases and Particles", Springer Earth System Sciences, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 171-246, 2013.pdf

25.   Paris, R. and K. Desboeufs, Effect of atmospheric organic complexation on iron-bearing dust solubility, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 4895–4905, doi:10.5194/acp-13-4895-2013, 2013. pdf

24.   Heimburger,A., Tharaud, M.; Monna F.; Losno R.; Desboeufs K. and Bon Nguyen, E., SLRS-5 Elemental Concentrations of Thirty-Three Uncertified Elements Deduced from SLRS-5 / SLRS-4 Ratios, Geostd.  Geonal. Res.., 2012. pdf

23.   Paris, R., Desboeufs K. and Journet, E., Variability of dust iron solubility in atmospheric waters: Investigation of the role of oxalate organic complexation, Atmos. Environ., 45, 6510-6517, 2011. pdf

22.   Formenti, P., Rajot, J. L., Desboeufs, K., Saïd, F., Grand, N., Chevaillier, S., and Schmechtig, C., Airborne observations of mineral dust over Western Africa in the summer monsoon season: spatial and vertical variability of physico-chemical and optical properties, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 6387-6410, doi:10.5194/acp-11-6387-2011, 2011. pdf

21.   Formenti, P., Schuetz, L., Balkanski, Y., Desboeufs, K., Ebert, M., Kandler, K., Petzold, A., Scheuvens, D., Weinbruch, S., and Zhang, D., Recent progress in understanding physical and chemical properties of mineral dust, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 8231-8256, doi:10.5194/acp-11-8231-2011, 2011.pdf

20.   Deguillaume, L.; Desboeufs, K.; Leriche, M.; Long, Y.; Chaumerliac, N., Effect of iron dissolution on cloud chemistry: from laboratory measurements to model results, Atmos. Pollut. Res., 1, 220-228, 2010. pdf

19.   Desboeufs K, E. Journet, J.-L. Rajot, S. Chevaillier, S. Triquet, P. Formenti, and A. Zakou Chemistry of rain events in West Africa: evidence of dust and biogenic influence in convective systems, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 9283-9293, 2010. pdf

18.   Guieu, C., Dulac, F., Desboeufs, K., Wagener, T., Pulido-Villena, E., Grisoni, J.-M., Louis, F., Ridame, C., Blain, S., Brunet, C., Bon Nguyen, E., Tran, S., Labiadh, M., and Dominici, J.-M.: Large clean mesocosms and simulated dust deposition: a new methodology to investigate responses of marine oligotrophic ecosystems to atmospheric inputs, Biogeosciences, 7, 2765-2784, doi:10.5194/bg-7-2765-2010, 2010. pdf

17.   Paris, R., K. Desboeufs, P. Formenti, S. Nava, and C. Chou, Chemical characterisation of iron in Dust and Biomass burning aerosols during AMMA-SOP0/DABEX: implication on iron solubility, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 4273-4282, doi:10.5194/acp-10-4273-2010, 2010. pdf

16.   Rajot, J.-L., P. Formenti, S. Alfaro, K. Desboeufs, S. Chevaillier, B. Chatenet, A. Gaudichet, E. Journet, B. Marticorena, S. Triquet, A. Maman, N. Mouget, and A. Zakou, AMMA dust experiment: An overview of measurements performed during the dry season special observation period (SOP0) at the Banizoumbou (Niger) supersite, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D00C14, 2008. pdf

15.   Formenti, P., J.L. Rajot, K. Desboeufs, S. Chevaillier, S. Caquineau, S. Nava, A. Gaudichet, E. Journet, S. Triquet, S. Alfaro, M. Chiari, J. M. Haywood, H. Coe, and E. J. Highwood, Regional variability of the composition of mineral dust from western Africa: Results from the AMMA SOP0/DABEX and DODO field campaigns, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D00C13, 2008. pdf

14.   Haywood, J. M., J. Pelon, P. Formenti, N. A. Bharmal, M. Brooks, G. Capes, P. Chazette, C. Chou, S. Christopher, H. Coe, J. Cuesta, Y. Derimian, K. Desboeufs, G. Greed, M. Harrison, B. Heese, E. J. Highwood, B. T. Johnson, M. Mallet, B. Marticorena, J. Marsham, S. Milton, G. Myhre, S.R. Osborne, D.J. Parker, J.-L. Rajot, M. Schulz, A. Slingo, D. Tanre, and P. Tulet, Overview of the Dust and Biomass burning Experiment and African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Special Observing Period-0., J. Geophys. Res., 113, DOOC17, 2008.

13.   McConnell, C. L., E. J. Highwood, H. Coe, P. Formenti, B. Anderson, S. Osborne, S. Nava, K. Desboeufs, G. Chen, and M. A. J. Harrison, Seasonal variations of the physical and optical characteristics of Saharan dust: Results from the Dust Outflow and Deposition to the Ocean (DODO) experiment, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D14S05, 2008.

12.   Journet, E., K. Desboeufs, S. Caquineau, & J.L. Colin, Mineralogy as a critical factor of dust iron solubility, Geophys. Res. Letters, 35, doi:10.1029/2007GL031589, 2008. pdf

11.   Journet, E., K. Desboeufs, A. Sofikitis, G. Varrault, & J.L. Colin, In Situ speciation of trace Fe(II) and Fe(III) in atmospheric waters by FZ method coupled to GFAAS analysis, Int. J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 87, 647-658, 2007.

10.   Deguillaume, L., M. Leriche, K. Desboeufs, G. Mailhot, C. George & N. Chaumerliac, Transition metals in atmospheric liquid phases: sources, reactivity and sensitive parameters, Chem. Rev., 105, 3388-3431, 2005.

9.      Desboeufs, K., & G. Cautenet, Transport and mixing zone of desert dust and sulphate over the Tropical Africa and Atlantic region, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Dis., 5, 5615-5644, 2005.

8.      Desboeufs, K., A. Sofikitis, R. Losno, J.L. Colin, & P. Ausset, Trace metals dissolution and solubility from mineral particles, Chemosphere, 58, 195-203, 2005.

7.      Sofikitis, A.M., J.L. Colin, K. Desboeufs & R. Losno, Iron analysis in atmospheric water samples by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) in water-methanol, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 378, 460-464, 2004.

6.      Desboeufs, K.V., R. Losno, & J.L. Colin, Relation between the droplet pH and the aerosol dissolution kinetic: Effect of the incorporated aerosol particles on the droplet pH during cloud process, J. Atmos. Chem., 46, 159-172, 2003.

5.      Velay, J.M., R. Losno, K.V. Desboeufs, J.L. Colin, & A. Sofikitis, Transition metals dissolution in atmospheric water: A photochemical process, J. Aerosol Sci., S757-758, 2003.

4.      Desboeufs, K.V., R. Losno, & J.L. Colin, Figures of merit of pneumatic and ultrasonic sample introduction systems in inductively coupled plasma-multichannel based emission spectrometry in an ultra-clean environment, Anal. Bioanal. Chem., 375, 567-573, 2003.

3.      Desboeufs, K.V., R. Losno, & J.L. Colin, Factors influencing aerosol solubility during cloud process, Atmos. Environ., 35, 3529-3537, 2001.

2.      Desboeufs, K.V., R. Losno, & J.L. Colin, Atmospheric particles dissolution process in cloud droplets, J. Aerosol Sci., 32, S273-274, 2001.

1.      Desboeufs, K.V., R. Losno, F. Vimeux, & S. Cholbi, pH dependent dissolution of wind transported Saharan dust, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 21287-21299, 1999.