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.
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.
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

November 18, 2014

Our department's interest in Atmospheric Chemistry dates back to the 1974 paper of Sherry Rowland and Mario Molina on stratospheric ozone depletion by chlorofluorocarbons, which led to their 1995 Nobel Prize. AirUCI is a campus research unit (partly funded by NSF) which focuses on the chemistry and physics of the troposphere, including the influence of air pollutants on human health.

Now I am excited to announce a new initiative. Our aim is to create a truly global understanding of sources, sinks and chemistry of airborne particles, and their impacts on human health, visibility, and climate. We will identify and hire three world-class Atmospheric scientists in Chemistry. (Others will be hired in Earth System Sciences and the school of Medicine.)

With best regards,
Reg Penner

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