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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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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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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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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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

Research Highlights

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In a recent Nature Materials article, the Guan group has established for the first time a direct correlation of single-molecule properties with bulk...
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The Penner group's work on Electrodeposited Nanophotonics is discussed in a feature article by Reg on the latest cover of J. Phys. Chem C.