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.
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.
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.
Unboiling an egg
Greg Weiss and his lab members, in collaboration with their Australian collaborators, figured out a way to refold proteins after they unfold in heat treatment and were awarded the 2015 Chemistry Ig Nobel Prize for "un-boling an egg."

Message from Chair James Nowick

Welcome to the UCI Department of Chemistry! My colleagues and I are committed to providing undergraduate and graduate students with world-class education and training while pushing the frontiers of knowledge through cutting-edge research. Our department comprises more than sixty active research groups, with expertise in Analytical, Atmospheric, Inorganic, Organic, Physical, and Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, as well as Chemical Biology, Materials and Nanochemistry, and Chemical Education.

Please join us! Explore our website. Partake of classes. Apply to our graduate program. Pursue employment opportunities. Contact our faculty. 

We are delighted to be joined by our incoming graduate class of more than fifty students and our newest colleagues, Dr. Manabu Shiraiwa, Dr. Annmarie Carlton, and Dr. Steve Mang.

Seminars and Events

Thu, Aug 4

PhD defense, 2:30pm, NS2 1201
Jordan Vincent, Furche Group

Wed, Aug 24

PhD defense, 1:00am, NS2 2201
Sandra Brown, Mandelshtam Group

Wed, Aug 31

PhD defense, 1:00pm, NS2 2201
Raphael Ribeiro, Burke Group