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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Visualizing breaking bonds
The Craig Murray group is exploring unconventional mechanisms in the photochemistry of small molecules using state-of-the-art velocity-map-imaging methods.
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Raman microscopy
Potma group members align a sophisticated Raman microscopy capable of chemically-selective imaging of biological tissues and whole organisms. The Potma lab uses non-linear optical spectroscopy and microscopy to image lipids and cholesterol in tissues and cells.
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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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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.