Ready to make new molecules
The Rychnovsky lab members are preparing for a new day in the lab. This natural products synthesis lab combines organic methods with chemical biology to turn all protective gear yellow.
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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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Designing novel catalytic reactions for renewable fuels
The research in Prof. Jenny Yang's laboratory is centered on developing efficient and abundant metal catalysts for the production of fuels or feedstock chemicals using renewable energy. The team combines synthesis with advanced instrumental methods to decipher the mechanisms and optimize the catalysts.
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Schrödinger cats and conical intersections
The Mukamel group can predict an outcome of an ultrafast ultraviolet excitation of complex molecules resulting in a passage through conical intersections.  They are world-leaders at non-linear spectroscopy.
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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.
 
Please join us! Explore our website. Partake of classes. Apply to our graduate program. Pursue employment opportunities. Contact our faculty.
 
The Department welcomes our newest faculty member, Dr. Elizabeth Bess, who begins July 1 as an Assistant Professor in Chemical Biology.
 
The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence through inclusion and diversity. We welcome, respect, and are strengthened by our diversity (more)