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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.
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

Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa (left) and Professor Zhibin Guan, pictured at the UCI Alumni Reception at ACS San Diego

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

March 17, 2016

I am thrilled to share the exciting news that Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany, will join our faculty in June, 2016.  Manabu received his Ph.D. at MPI Mainz and, following a brief postdoctoral fellowship at Caltech with Professor John Seinfeld, returned to Mainz as Leader of the Organic Aerosols & Oxidants Research Group.   Manabu will pursue a deeper understanding of the multi-phase chemistry of reactive oxygen species (ROS) at the interface between the atmosphere and biosphere, and their effects on air quality and public health. His new research program will  
combine laboratory experiments, field measurements, and kinetic multilayer modeling.

Dr. Shiraiwa joins one of the strongest faculty in Atmospheric Chemistry world-wide, including Donald Blake, Filipp Furche, Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, Benny Gerber, John Hemminger, Craig Murray, Sergey Nizkorodov, James Smith, and Doug Tobias.

We are delighted to welcome Manabu to our Department!!

Seminars and Events

Thu, Jul 7

PhD defense, 10:00am, NS2 2201
Aaron Hollas, Heyduk Group

Tue, Jul 12

Special, 1:00pm, NS1 4112
Dr. Chao-Ping Hsu, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Wed, Jul 13