Around the world with a gas can
The Blake lab uses chromatography to simultaneously quantify more than a hundred volatile compounds in air samples collected from all over the world. Many of these samples are collected in airplane flights over specific areas, such as Beijing or the Arctic. UCI is a world-leader in atmospheric chemistry.
Looking for a molecular Waldo?
Finding one molecule among billions is tough, but graduate student Adam Bateman manages using a sensitive cavity ring-down spectrometer.
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.
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.

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.