Raman microscopy
Potma group members align a sophisticated Raman microscopy capable of chemically-selective imaging of biological tissues and whole organisms. The Potma lab uses non-linear optical spectroscopy and microscopy to image lipids and cholesterol in tissues and cells.
Undergraduate research at UCI
Dozens of chemistry undergraduate students participate in chemistry research each year and present their results at UROP and other conferences.  Most labs actively seek bright, motivated undergraduates, and many undergrads find opportunities just by talking to professors.
Ready to make new molecules
The Rychnovsky lab members are preparing for a new day in the lab. This natural products synthesis lab combines organic methods with chemical biology to turn all protective gear yellow.
Schrödinger cats and conical intersections
The Mukamel group can predict an outcome of an ultrafast ultraviolet excitation of complex molecules resulting in a passage through conical intersections.  They are world-leaders at non-linear spectroscopy.

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 newest colleagues, Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa, Dr. Annmarie Carlton, and Dr. Steve Mang, and we are very impressed with the quality of this year's applicants to our graduate program. 2017 promises to be a superb year for the UCI Department of Chemistry.