Photograph of unique particle flow tube in Finlayson-Pitts laboratory
This custom-designed and built apparatus allows the study of the formation and growth of particles from the reactions of precursor gases under controlled conditions relevant to the atmosphere.  This flow tube has been highlighted on the Scientific American website as one of ten important atmospheric science experiments.  It requires a group effort to clean.
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.
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.
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.

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Sergey Pronin will join our faculty as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2014! Sergey is an exceptional organic chemist with interests in complex natural product synthesis and methodology development. He is presently a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Ryan Shenvi at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. Sergey received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago working with Professor Sergey Kozmin. His research program at UCI will focus on the synthesis of medicinally relevant secondary metabolites and development of new synthetic methods. Many of the molecules Sergey targets in his program are anticipated to have anticancer activity and he looks forward to collaborations with our Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center ( Sergey will be delighted to hear from any prospective graduate students with interests in organic synthesis ( We look forward to welcoming Sergey and his wife Olesya to UCI in July!

Research Highlights

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Inspired by moth eyeballs, Prof. Robert Corn and his group have developed a gold coating that dims glare and repels water. The results have been...
A new way to reduce errors in DFT calculations has been developed by quantum chemists at Yonsei Univeristy in collaboration with the Burke group....