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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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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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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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Message from Chair Reginald Penner

January 23, 2015

Winter is my favorite time in Southern California because the winter rains turn the landscape green.  Over the last couple of years, that transformation hasn't occurred because of our drought, but we have green hills once again this winter, and it’s beautiful.

A similar transformation has happened in our undergraduate teaching laboratories.  Many of these labs date back to the 1960’s.  Since we are one of the largest Chemistry teaching enterprises in the country, the wear and tear on these labs has been substantial in 50 years of constant use. We have just completed renovating two of these labs, transforming them into beautiful, state-of-the-art teaching spaces for our undergraduate students (see photo at left), and we are currently installing new instrumentation.  More work remains to be done and the renovations of other teaching labs are continuing.  We are grateful to the supporters of the School of Physical Sciences Dean’s Fund, who helped make this possible. We look forward to providing an upgraded experience in Chemistry laboratory to all of our undergraduate students very soon.

With best regards,
Reg Penner

Research

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A team of scientists including Prof Sergey Nizkorodov review how carbon can brown the color of smog.
Cell-Cell Interaction
In a recent Chemical Biology paper, the Prescher group reports using engineered bioluminescent probes to image cell proximity.