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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Creating a buzz
UC Irvine researchers have developed the first "plastic antibodies" successfully employed in live organisms - stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice.
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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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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!

Seminars and Events

Wed, Aug 5

Tue, Aug 11

Overman Lecture, 3:30pm, TBA
TBA

Fri, Aug 14

PhD defense, 10:30pm, NS2 1201
Jason Tolentino, Law Group
TBA

Research

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A new set of reagents (triazines) for tagging biomolecules in live cells reported by the Prescher group in JACS.
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In a recent JACS Communication, the Guan lab shows that a simple neighboring group can drastically change bulk materials properties.