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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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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!

Research

Guan highlight
In a recent JACS Communication, the Guan lab shows that a simple neighboring group can drastically change bulk materials properties.   
water
In this month's Nature Communications, Prof Doug Tobias and others explain how water mobility helps to activate functional protein dynamics.