Looking for a molecular Waldo?
Finding one molecule among billions is tough, but graduate student Adam Bateman manages using a sensitive cavity ring-down spectrometer.
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Creating a buzz
UC Irvine researchers have developed the first "plastic antibodies" successfully employed in live organisms - stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice.
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In Memoriam: Jim Pitts Jr.
"The School will miss his big smile, humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship." To learn more about Jim Pitts' fascinating life, post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts.
http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts
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Rowland Endowed Chair and Fellowship Fund
An endowed chair and fellowship fund will facilitate the opportunity to recruit and retain the world's premier chemists and students to build on UCI's tradition of world-changing research. Learn more about the campaign for an Endowed Chair & Fellowship Fund In Honor of Professor F. Sherwood Rowland at http://ps.uci.edu/rowland.  
http://ps.uci.edu/rowland
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Message from Chair Reginald Penner

May 27, 2015

I want to share with you two pieces of exciting news:  First, Professor Shaul Mukamel has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Shaul is a pioneer in nonlinear optical spectroscopy who has led the development of a theoretical foundation for these experiments.  As Chancellor Howard Gilman put it, "This extraordinary recognition only confirms what we have long known: Shaul Mukamel is a true pioneer whose insightful and profound research has transformed his field and created important new areas of exploration.”

Second, we have learned that Dr. James Smith will join us as a new faculty member in Fall 2015.  Jim is presently a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. CO.  Jim's program builds on our existing strength of Atmospheric Chemistry.  He brings to the Department expertise in instrumentation development and nanoparticle analysis that is absolutely unique - and certain to be hugely beneficial to our students.

So, we congratulate Shaul on his election to the NAS, and we look forward to welcoming Jim as our newest colleague!

Seminars and Events

Wed, Aug 5

Tue, Aug 11

Seminar, 1:30pm, NS2 1201
Prof Ben Zhong Tang, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Overman Lecture, 3:30pm, NS2 1201
TBA

Research

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A new set of reagents (triazines) for tagging biomolecules in live cells reported by the Prescher group in JACS.
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In a recent JACS Communication, the Guan lab shows that a simple neighboring group can drastically change bulk materials properties.