Chemists discover ozone-boosting reaction
AirUCI is an Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute funded by the National Science Foundation. Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and colleagues found new chemistry that increases ozone formation, missing from existing models of choking smog.
Creating new nanomaterials
The Allon Hochbaum group has created a variety of nanocrystal shapes from Ge, C, and N such as triangular platelets, rods, and twinned decahedra particles typically seen only in noble metal nanocrystal syntheses.
Rowland Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund
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Designing novel catalytic reactions for renewable fuels
The research in Prof. Jenny Yang's laboratory is centered on developing efficient and abundant metal catalysts for the production of fuels or feedstock chemicals using renewable energy. The team combines synthesis with advanced instrumental methods to decipher the mechanisms and optimize the catalysts.

Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa (left) and Professor Zhibin Guan, pictured at the UCI Alumni Reception at ACS San Diego

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

March 17, 2016

I am thrilled to share the exciting news that Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, will join our faculty in June, 2016.  Manabu received his Ph.D. at MPI Mainz and, following a brief postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech with Professor John Seinfeld, returned to Mainz as Leader of the Organic Aerosols & Oxidants Research Group.   Manabu will pursue a deeper understanding of the multi-phase chemistry of reactive oxygen species (ROS) at the interface between the atmosphere and biosphere, and their effects on air quality and public health. His new research program will  
combine laboratory experiments, field measurements, and kinetic multilayer modeling.

Dr. Shiraiwa joins one of the strongest faculty in Atmospheric Chemistry world-wide, including Donald Blake, Filipp Furche, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Benny Gerber, John Hemminger, Craig Murray, Sergey Nizkorodov, James Smith, and Doug Tobias.

We are delighted to welcome Manabu to our Department!!