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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
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.
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.

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

September 28, 2015

Today is the first day of classes for Fall Quarter 2015. This freshmen class is our fiftieth since the founding of UCI in 1965. Earlier this month, we also welcomed 31 new graduate students to our fiftieth graduate class in the Department. In the fall of 1965, we had only three! This data is pulled from a wonderful recollection of the history of UCI Chemistry authored by Hal Moore, that you can download here: (small version 7MB, large version 238MB)

In fifty years, Chemistry has grown from a faculty of 7, to a faculty of 49 and a ranking in the top 25 nationwide. The 7 founders who put us on the path to success were: Dave Brant, Don Bunker, Marjorie Caserio, Ed K.C. Lee, Hal Moore, F. Sherry Rowland (the first chair of Chemistry), and Bob Taft. Dave, Hal, and Marjorie will celebrate with us next week at a Founder's Day celebration on the UCI campus. We also welcome our newest faculty: Jim Smith, an atmospheric chemist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and Michael Green, a bioinorganic chemist formerly of Penn State University.

As a Department, we focus on our goals for the future but in this golden anniversary year, we are also celebrating our history, especially the very special people who launched our Department 50 years ago today.


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 Guan Lab deliver siRNA into cells.
Surface enzyme chemistries 2
ultrasensitive microarray biosensing with SPR imaging from Corn Lab