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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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."
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Molecular stopwatch
Graduate student Ben Toulson next to a state-of-the-art velocity map imaging instrument he built in the Murray lab, which uses several spectroscopies to probe gas-phase chemistry, as part of UCI’s world-leading atmospheric chemistry.
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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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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.
 
We welcome our incoming class of 50 graduate students and warmly wish them success in their first steps toward their doctoral degrees.
 
The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence through inclusion and diversity. We welcome, respect, and are strengthened by our diversity (more)

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