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.
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Vortex protein purifier
The Weiss lab attracts researchers from around the world with a passion for understanding biomolecules. Here, they are working with a vortex fluid device. They purify and refold proteins using only mechanical energy.
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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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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.
 
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We welcome our incoming class of 50 graduate students and warmly wish them success in their first steps toward their doctoral degrees.
 
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