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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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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In Memoriam: Jim Pitts Jr.
"The School will miss his big smile, humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship." To learn more about Jim Pitts' fascinating life, post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts.
http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts
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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

Seminars and Events

Research Highlights

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-...
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Grads Yampolsky and Banik (Apkarian lab) team with Prof Potma and other collaborators to measure single-molecule vibrations recorded through time-...