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. 
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.
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.  
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.

Message from Chair Reginald Penner

January 7, 2016

Winter quarter has begun and the El Nino rains have finally materialized. We're delighted by this because we need the water and rain is such a rarity here! We'll also be welcoming some of the best and brightest graduating seniors in the country who have been accepted to our graduate program for Fall 2016.

2016 promises to be an amazing year for UCI Chemistry, and for science more generally, on our campus. As our celebration of UCI's 50th birthday continues, the campus has initiated renovations to Engineering Hall to create a new, $15M Center for Transmission Electron Microscopy that will open in summer 2016. CTEM - lead by new hire Professor Xiaoqing Pan - will provide chemists and other scientists access to the most advanced academic TEM facility in the country. In addition, a new center for soft materials characterization has been approved by our administration. TEMPR (for Thermal, Elemental, Mechanical, Polymer, and Rheological) will house shared instrumentation for materials characterization, focusing especially on soft materials.

These new cutting-edge tools will impact science in many groups within Chemistry, and across the UCI campus. We are extremely fortunate to be the beneficiaries of these amazing and bountiful investments in science infrastructure, and we look forward to sharing them with present and future students.