Creating new nanomaterials
The Hochbaum group has created a variety of nanocrystal shapes from Ge, such as triangular platelets, rods, and twinned decahedral particles typically seen only in noble metal nanocrystal syntheses.
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Undergraduate research at UCI
Dozens of chemistry undergraduate students participate in chemistry research each year and present their results at UROP and other conferences.  Most labs actively seek bright, motivated undergraduates, and many undergrads find opportunities just by talking to professors.
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Seeing molecular bonds
Structures of single molecules absorbed on a solid surface and imaged by a scanning tunneling microscope in the Ho lab.  These experiments visualize chemistry atom-by-atom.
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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. 
http://ps.uci.edu/news/135
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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 have been designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society for work on CFCs and the threat to the ozone layer by Professor F. Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina. A dedication ceremony was held on April 18 at Rowland Hall, and a bronze plaque was installed.