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Here's the latest news from AirUCI — our events, our people, our science.



Wed, 04/07/2021
On Wednesday, April 7th, AirUCI facutly Steve Davis will present a virtual lecture for the Beckman Center's Distinctive Voices series.  His talk is entitled, "Carbon Emissions During a Pandemic: and is open only to Beckman registered guests.  The registration system will be open for this event one week ahead of time, so mark your calendar!  Additional details


Tue, 12/08/2020
Environment and Engineering News published an article on December 8th quoting a new paper from AirUCI faculty Steve Davis on the true costs of wildfires.  Official death tolls count only those killed directly by wildfires, but exponentially more deaths are attributed to the smoke and air pollution they generate.  The paper also counts tens of billions of dollars in economic disruption and health costs that are not included in official estimates of $24.7 billion in damage, which tallies only property that was destroyed or damaged.   The study represents an expansive way of...
Thu, 12/03/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is among the most highly cited researchers in the world.  Last week, Clarivate, an analytics company, announced its annual list of highly cited researchers. To make the list a researcher’s publications need to be in the top one percent of citations in a field in a given year.  Twenty UCI researchers are on the list, and 10 are from the School of Physical Sciences, including Steve — many congratulations!
Wed, 11/18/2020
AirUCI grad student Annie Rohrbacher (Finlayson-Pitts research group) has been awarded an academic scholarship from the Southern California Timing Association, an association in which she participates in motorcycle land speed racing.  The SCTA-BNI Scholarship Program assists dedicated students that are an asset to the sport of Land Speed Racing. The SCTA is the sanctioning body of the world’s fastest speed trials. Annie participates with Anderson Miller Racing, which has achieved three land speed records at the Ohio Mile and the Bonneville Salt Flats. Well done, Annie!
Wed, 11/11/2020
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer is quoted in a New York Times article on the increasing use of hydrogen as a fuel, especially for transportation.  Jack is director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center, AirUCI partner organization at UCI, which has experimented with hydrogen for years and formed partnerships with local governments and major corporations to popularize its use in Southern California.   Jack does not think hydrogen will become the dominant energy source soon, but he argues that it has great potential as a fuel for vehicles, power plants, and appliances. ...
Mon, 11/02/2020
AirUCI faculty (and Chemistry Professor Emeritus) Benny Gerber has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS) "for his fundamental contributions to the structure and dynamics of polyatomic molecular systems and deciphering mechanisms of atmospheric reactions".  This prize is the ICS's highest honor, drawing on Benny's decades of groundbreaking work in Israel, in Irvine, in Finland, and elsewhere.  Congratulations, Benny!  Additional details
Tue, 10/20/2020
AirUCI faculty Jim Smith has been nominated for the Innovator of the Year award presented by the UCI Beall Applied Innovation Center.  The center, with generous support from Don and Ken Beall, created awards to recognize UCI researchers who are actively working to promote commercialization of university intellectual property, which supports industry growth and moves inventions from the lab to market to benefit humankind.  The awards will be announced at a virtual event on October 27, 2020.  
Thu, 10/15/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in an article in Scientific American on the drop in CO2 emissions due to the COVID virus.  Global emissions fell 1,550 million metric tons in the first half of 2020, according to a study published yesterday in the journal Nature Communications, the most since the end of WWII, underlining the depths of the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic this year.   “Considering how disruptive the pandemic has been in all our lives, it seems like a small number,” said Steve, who contributed to the study. “The task of...
Mon, 10/12/2020
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer's decade long research into storing energy using hydrogen is attracting new attention.  HIs 2016-2020 campus demonstration project, in conjunction with the Southern California Gas Company, was a success. it made renewable hydrogen from solar power using an electrolyzer, then took that renewable hydrogen, injected it into our natural gas grid, then delivered it through our natural gas grid to a natural gas combined cycle plant to make partially decarbonized electricity from it.   The energy industry’s interest in using power-to-gas as a storage...
Fri, 10/09/2020
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is co-author of a study which shows that replacing coal powered energy generating plants with natural gas powered plants may not have the intended effect of reducing global warming gases.  While burning natural gas reduces by half the CO2 released into the atmosphere, the emissions and methane leaks from new gas plants zero out the CO2 cuts achieved from closing coal plants.   The new study marks one of the first major attempts to measure the cumulative lifetime emissions from the U.S. power sector since the fracking boom shifted the majority of...