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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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

June 19, 2014

We just received the sad news of the passing of Jim Pitts. Our Department was incredibly fortunate to have Jim amongst us for more then twenty years since the early 1990s.  He was a mentor and friend to many of us, myself included.  One could hardly have a discussion with Jim without having him express excitement for your work and remarkably, he was always up to speed on the details! This always meant a lot to me coming from Jim because he was a world-class atmospheric scientist and photochemist.  Jim was also the most ardent fan of our Department, our fantastic young faculty, and our prospects for becoming even better.  His advice, encouragement, enthusiasm, and unqualified support propelled us onward and upward, to great effect.

We will miss his big smile, the fantastic and humorous stories, and most of all, his friendship. To post a remembrance or contribute to the Jim Pitts Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, go to http://ps.uci.edu/memorial/jnpitts

Seminars and Events

Thu, Aug 21

Beyond PhD, 12:00pm, NS1 1114
Dr. Adam Tomasi, VP at ZS Pharma

Wed, Sep 3

Symposium, 2:30pm, CalIT2 Auditorium

Wed, Sep 24

Organic, 4:00pm, RH 104
Prof Zev Gartner, University of California, San Francisco
TBA

Research Highlights

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Grads Yampolsky and Banik (Apkarian lab) team with Prof Potma and other collaborators to measure single-molecule vibrations recorded through time-...
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Inspired by moth eyeballs, Prof. Robert Corn and his group have developed a gold coating that dims glare and repels water. The results have been...