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.
http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts
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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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Open Chemistry is UCI's chemistry curriculum offered free to the world!
Developed as part of UCI’s commitment to fostering learning globally through a collaborative effort of the UCI School of Physical Sciences and UCI OpenCourseWare, UCI OpenChem provides free and open access to chemistry video lectures.  
http://ps.uci.edu/content/openchemistry-lectures
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Message from Chair Reginald Penner

May 27, 2015

I want to share with you two pieces of exciting news:  First, Professor Shaul Mukamel has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Shaul is a pioneer in nonlinear optical spectroscopy who has led the development of a theoretical foundation for these experiments.  As Chancellor Howard Gilman put it, "This extraordinary recognition only confirms what we have long known: Shaul Mukamel is a true pioneer whose insightful and profound research has transformed his field and created important new areas of exploration.”

Second, we have learned that Dr. James Smith will join us as a new faculty member in Fall 2015.  Jim is presently a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. CO.  Jim's program builds on our existing strength of Atmospheric Chemistry.  He brings to the Department expertise in instrumentation development and nanoparticle analysis that is absolutely unique - and certain to be hugely beneficial to our students.

So, we congratulate Shaul on his election to the NAS, and we look forward to welcoming Jim as our newest colleague!

Seminars and Events

Wed, Sep 2

Thu, Sep 17

Seminar, 4:00pm, NS2 1201
Prof Shawn Collins, University of Montreal

Tue, Sep 29

Physical, 3:30pm, RH 104
Prof Dage Sundholm, University of Helsinki
TBA

Research

jarvopic
..for stereospecific synthesis of substituted cyclopropanes.
jenn again
...with a new transformation for tagging biomolecules in complex environments.