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.
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
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.
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.

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

August 20, 2014

August 2014 has been an amazing month for the Department. Earlier, at the ACS Meeting in San Francisco, we celebrated ACS Awards to four of our faculty: Ara Apkarian, Filipp Furche, Tom Poulos, and Doug Tobias. Then, even as these awards were being presented, we received the news that three other faculty from the Department would be honored with ACS Awards in 2015: Bill Evans (The ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry), Larry Overman (the Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry), and Shaul Mukamel (the Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science & Technology). So we all look forward to continuing celebrations of our distinguished colleagues into 2015!

In a few weeks we will be energized by the arrival of 66 new graduate students to the Department (the second largest class in our history) and the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year. We wish you all an exciting and productive academic year!

With best regards,
Reg Penner

Research Highlights

The Penner group's work on Electrodeposited Nanophotonics is discussed in a feature article by Reg on the latest cover of J. Phys. Chem C.
Dong-Guan Highlights
In a collaboration between the Dong and Guan groups, grad student Nathan Oldenhuis discovered a highly efficient synthesis of chiral amines via a Ru-...