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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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.
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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. 
http://ps.uci.edu/news/135
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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

January 23, 2015

Winter is my favorite time in Southern California because the winter rains turn the landscape green.  Over the last couple of years, that transformation hasn't occurred because of our drought, but we have green hills once again this winter, and it’s beautiful.

A similar transformation has happened in our undergraduate teaching laboratories.  Many of these labs date back to the 1960’s.  Since we are one of the largest Chemistry teaching enterprises in the country, the wear and tear on these labs has been substantial in 50 years of constant use. We have just completed renovating two of these labs, transforming them into beautiful, state-of-the-art teaching spaces for our undergraduate students (see photo at left), and we are currently installing new instrumentation.  More work remains to be done and the renovations of other teaching labs are continuing.  We are grateful to the supporters of the School of Physical Sciences Dean’s Fund, who helped make this possible. We look forward to providing an upgraded experience in Chemistry laboratory to all of our undergraduate students very soon.

With best regards,
Reg Penner

Research

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Raphael Ribeiro's (Burke group) solution (shown) just appeared in Physical Review Letters.
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A team of scientists including Prof Sergey Nizkorodov review how carbon can brown the color of smog.