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AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer, associate director of AirUCI's partner institute APEP, announced that their research on power-to-gas technology potentially holds the ability to dramatically increase the use of intermittent renewable energy. In partnership with Southern California Gas Company, APEP has demonstrated that the UC Irvine campus microgrid could increase the portion of renewable energy it uses from 3.5% to 35% by implementing a power-to-gas strategy. "With power-to-gas technology, you don’t need to stop renewable power generation when demand is low....
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is working to map the migration of air pollution risk to regions far from factories that produce the pollution. “Previous studies proved that air pollution can travel great distances and cause harm far from emitting factories,” Steve says. “Our research shows that trade extends the distance between cause and effect by separating consumers in one region and people who suffer adverse health impacts, who are often on the other side of the world.” Read the article Read the article in Science Magazine
AirUCI faculty Filipp Furche's work is the basis for a collaborative study of plutonium with Los Alamos National Laboratory. This finding uncovered a significant new chemical attribute of plutonium—the identification and structural verification of the +2 oxidation state in a molecular system—and marks out plutonium, already known for its extremely complex chemistry, as the actinide element with the largest number of confirmed oxidation states. Read the article
AirUCI's Mallory Hinks, graduate student in the Nizkorodov group. has been awarded a fellowship from the UCI Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence. These fellowships are designed to recognize and reward some of UCI's most gifted graduate students. Congratulations, Mallory!
The research group of AirUCI faculty Michael Prather has found that the combination of prolonged hot spells with poor air quality greatly compounds the negative effects of each and can pose a major risk to human health. Prather’s group made the findings after examining 15 years of surface observations (1999-2013) for the eastern United States and Canada. Read the article
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Women's History Month, UCI's web site listed a number of UC Irvine women faculty who excel in their fields and AirUCI co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts was featured among them. Well deserved, and congratulations, Barbara! View article
Nitrogen trifluoride, or NF3, is a key chemical agent used to manufacture certain types of photovoltaic cells for solar panels, as well as semiconductors and LCD flat screens. NF3 is thought to be 17,200 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. An article on Seeker.com quotes AirUCI faculty Michael Prather on the importance of tracking and ameliorating the effects of NF3. Read the article
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was quoted in an article in the Fiji Sun about the landing at Nadi International Airport of NASA's DC-8 Airborne Science Laboratory. The aircraft is used by NASA in partnership with research insitutions to collect data in support of projects serving the world's scientific community. It is currently on a mission to study the impact of human-produced pollution on greenhouse gases and chemically reactive gases in the atmosphere. Prof. Prather commented on how the data they are collecting will be used by the ATom science team. Read...
AirUCI faculty Michael Prather was interviewed on KCRW on January 17, 2017 in a segment entitled, "What Would You Tell Trump" and he exhorted the incoming president to acknowledge and work to alleviate climate change, saying he could still play a significant role in the effort. Read the article
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer has been working on development of the hydrogen battery for several years and is closing in on an operational model. His work has attracted attention around the world and is noted in an article in the Orange County Register. Read the article