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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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.
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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.
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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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Message from Chair James Nowick

Welcome to the UCI Department of Chemistry! My colleagues and I are committed to providing undergraduate and graduate students with world-class education and training while pushing the frontiers of knowledge through cutting-edge research. Our department comprises more than sixty active research groups, with expertise in Analytical, Atmospheric, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, and Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, as well as Chemical Biology, Materials and Nanochemistry, and Chemical Education.

Please join us! Explore our website. Partake of classes. Apply to our graduate program. Pursue employment opportunities. Contact our faculty. 

We are delighted to be joined by our incoming graduate class of more than fifty students and our newest colleagues, Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa, Dr. Annmarie Carlton, and Dr. Steve Mang.