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.
Rowland Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund
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Going for gold
Gold nanowires can activate a credit card or launch a missile. Ervin Meneses, a 17-year old summer intern, grows gold-coated filaments 1,000th the width of a human hair.
Imaging the inner workings of single molecules
Professor Ara Apkarian and colleagues are attempting to take time-lapse images of single molecules. His team was awarded $20 million from the National Science Foundation.  UC Irvine scientists hope to make the first ever real-time videos of single molecules in action - a feat that has so far proved elusive, because the size and time scales are so small.

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

April 1, 2015.

We received the exciting news yesterday that nine graduate students from UCI Chemistry received awards from the 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) Program. As the success rate for applications to this prestigious program is just 12% across all areas of science, we are very fortunate indeed. We beat last year's record year by two. Congratulations to our superb graduate students for this well-deserved recognition.

We also thank our dedicated faculty and staff, including Lori Green and Profs Liz Jarvo and Sergey Nizkorodov, and others, who invest tremendous effort in coordinating our applications to this program each year. Congratulations, and thanks, to you all!



In this month's Nature Communications, Prof Doug Tobias and others explain how water mobility helps to activate functional protein dynamics.
How can you write the density of a quantum system of many fermions without solving the Schroedinger equation?  Raphael Ribeiro's (Burke...