Professor Finkeldei and Serva Energy team up to produce cancer-fighting Ac-225

UCI Chemistry’s Professor Sarah Finkeldei, as part of a collaboration with Serva Energy, ASU, and the Mayo Clinic, is working to provide new synthetic pathways to medical isotopes for application in Targeted Alpha Therapies for cancer treatment. Using UCI’s nuclear reactor, they have transformed Radium-226, a nuclear waste product, to Actinium-225.

Jessica Kelz receives UC Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Jessica Kelz, a graduate student in the UC Irvine Department of Chemistry in the lab of Professor Rachel Martin, builds instruments that can help determine the structures of proteins.

Kelz just applied for and won the University of California’s Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship award. It’s a prestigious award that goes to only a handful of postdocs across the UC system each year, and it gives women and minority Ph.D. recipients the financial support they need to do their research.

Congratulations to Jessica Kelz!

Professor Vy Dong has been appointed as Chancellor's Professor!

Vy Dong has been awarded the title of Chancellor’s Professor.

From the Provost: “This title is used to recognize scholars who have demonstrated unusual academic merit and whose continued promise for scholarly achievement makes them of exceptional value to the university.”

For more information and a complete list of current Chancellor’s Professors, see

Prof. Finlayson-Pitts will receive an honorary doctoral degree from McGill University!

Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts will receive an honorary doctoral degree from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on June 5, 2023.

From McGill University: “Honorary doctorates are McGill University’s highest honours, and are awarded to people who have shown exceptional dedication to improving the lives of others, whether through research, art, public service, or philanthropy."

Congratulations to Professor Finlayson-Pitts on this wonderful and well-deserved honor!

Suhwan Song's Publication Featured in Nature Communications

UCI postdoc Suhwan Song has shown how to obtain chemical accuracy in simulations of water from DFT. This is the culmination of a decade-long collaboration between UCI and Professor Eunji Sim of Yonsei University. Suhwan's publication, "Extending density functional theory with near chemical accuracy beyond pure water," has been highlighted by the editors of Nature Communications.

Joe Patterson is the recipient of the 2023 Burton Medal from the MSA

Joe Patterson is the recipient to the 2023 Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America. This award honors annually distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis by a scientist who is less than 40 years old. Joe will receive his award as part of the plenary session marking the opening of the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2023 meeting in Minneapolis in July.

Congratulations to Joe on this well-deserved honor.