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.
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.
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.
Chemists discover ozone-boosting reaction
AirUCI is an Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute funded by the National Science Foundation. Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and colleagues found new chemistry that increases ozone formation, missing from existing models of choking smog.

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

April 1, 2015.

We received the exciting news yesterday that nine graduate students from UCI Chemistry received awards from the 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) Program. As the success rate for applications to this prestigious program is just 12% across all areas of science, we are very fortunate indeed. We beat last year's record year by two. Congratulations to our superb graduate students for this well-deserved recognition.

We also thank our dedicated faculty and staff, including Lori Green and Profs Liz Jarvo and Sergey Nizkorodov, and others, who invest tremendous effort in coordinating our applications to this program each year. Congratulations, and thanks, to you all!


Seminars and Events

Wed, Apr 22

Lectureship, 3:30pm, Calit 2
Prof Dr. Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr

Thu, Apr 23

Lectureship, 1:00pm, Calit 2
Prof Dr. Alois Fürstner, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr

Thu, Apr 30


In this month's Nature Communications, Prof Doug Tobias and others explain how water mobility helps to activate functional protein dynamics.
How can you write the density of a quantum system of many fermions without solving the Schroedinger equation?  Raphael Ribeiro's (Burke...