Unboiling an egg
Greg Weiss and his lab members, in collaboration with their Australian collaborators, figured out a way to refold proteins after they unfold in heat treatment and were awarded the 2015 Chemistry Ig Nobel Prize for "un-boling an egg."
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. 
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.
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.

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.

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