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2019

Mon, 07/01/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is extensively quoted in an article in National Geographic that discusses his study, which was published in Nature, on the number of fossil fuel power plants currently built (as well as cars, factories, and buildings).  If these operate normally for their expected life spans, the CO2 generated will almost certainly exceed the 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) goal of the Paris Climate Accords.    “Our study is dead simple,” said Steve.  To limit warming to 1.5°C., not only should no new fossil-fuel-using infrastructure be built, ever...
Fri, 06/28/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa and Doug Tobias are key members of the MOCCIE working group which, along with members from several other universities here and abroad, studies indoor air pollution.  A recent paper published in Nature explains how skin oils react with ozone and other gases to produce a range of volatile and semi-volatile gases and substances, creating a "Pig Pen" effect, almost like a cloud of these substances.  AirUCI postdoc Pascale Lakey (Shiraiwa group) and our collaborator Donghyun Rim are also co-authors on this paper.   Read the article
Thu, 06/20/2019
AirUCI grad student Andrea Rohrbacher in the Finlayson-Pitts group has received a Ridge-2-Reef Fellowship sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  This program is offered at UCI to provide research training in urban ecosystems management, and Annie has been quite active over the past two years.  This fellowship will support her continued training following an environmental solutions practicum that facilitates cross-disciplinary interaction to address real-world management problems.  Congratulations, Annie!
Fri, 06/14/2019
AirUCI's Brenna Biggs, graduate student in the Blake research group, has been selected by UCI's Sustainability Resource Center to be a Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) Fellow for the 2019-20 academic year.  These paid opportunities are sponsored by the UC President’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative and the fellowships require a yearlong commitment.  Recipients work on exciting projects across a range of topics which may include zero waste, energy justice, community resilience, food security, urban gardening, community-aligned carbon offsets, and campus sustainability...
Thu, 06/13/2019
AirUCI is proud to announce that Anton Ni, who is graduating this month from University High School in Irvine, has placed among the top four competitors in the National Chemistry Olympiad which was held at the University of Maryland June 2-13, 2019.  Anton will be going on to compete in Paris at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad to be held July 21-30, 2019.  Anton has been assisting in the Finlayson-Pitts labs over the past two summers, conducting research, compiling data, and contributing to published papers.  He will be starting university this fall at MIT.  We...
Tue, 06/04/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis and his postdocs, Yue Qin and Dan Tong, are among the co-authors on an article in the journal Nature Sustainability which finds that a combination of water scarcity and inflexible demand puts the world’s largest river basins — serving a fifth of the world's population — at risk.  Climate change-driven incidents, such as droughts and heat waves, are growing in frequency, duration, and intensity and increasingly could threaten access to an essential resource for agriculture, industry, humans, and livestock, not to mention native species....
Wed, 05/22/2019
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 22, 2019, the following AirUCI students won awards: Vahe Baboomian, grad student in the Nizkorodov group, received one of the two Departmental Safety Awards. Lauren Fleming, grad student in the Nizkorodov group, was awarded the Edward K.C. Lee Award. The Michael Gebel Award was presented to Sabrina Chee (Smith group), Brenna Biggs (Blake group), and Hurik Muradyan in the group of Prof. Zhibin Guan (not in AirUCI). Congratulations to all!
Mon, 05/20/2019
On May 20th, Jason Low of the South Coast Air Quality Management District was guest speaker at a Chemistry 241/MAE 260 class taught jointly by AirUCI faculty Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and Jack Brouwer.  He spoke to the students about "New Paradigms of Tackling Air Toxics" and answered questions about related topics.  Dr. Low serves as Assistant Deputy Executive Officer at South Coast AQMD and did his undergraduate and Ph.D studies at UCI in the Ralph Cicerone research group at the same time as several of our researchers.  He is shown here with Barbara and Drs. Lisa...
Tue, 05/07/2019
AirUCI Founder, Co-Director, and Professor Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has won the 2019 Environment Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  The prize is awarded every other year for outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences in the area of environment, sustainability, and energy.  Barb received this prestigious award for her groundbreaking research identifying new processes in the formation of photochemical air pollution and establishing the molecular basis of reactions occurring at environmental interfaces — way to go, Barb!     Read the...
Sat, 04/27/2019
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer has written an op-ed for the April 27, 2019 edition of the Los Angeles Daily News that talks about a novel energy storage solution.  As Director of UCI's National Fuel Cell Research Center, AirUCI's partner organization, he describes how electricity can be converted via electrolysis to hydrogen gas which is then easily stored and available as an alternative energy source.  After a decade of development and two years of testing, Jack and his team are confident that this is a workable solution for drastically reducing carbon emissions.  Read...