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Tue, 02/28/2017
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 quotes AirUCI faculty Michael Prather on the importance of tracking and ameliorating the effects of NF3. Read the article
Mon, 02/27/2017
AirUCI faculty John Hemminger has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary’s Appreciation Award.  The text of the presentation read in part: "in recognition of your visionary leadership over 15 years of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee.  Through your skilled guidance as chairman, the committee has produced compelling strategies for cutting-edge fundamental science and world-leading scientific user facilities that are central to the United States competitiveness and the Department’s mission.  This exacting work, punctuated by several...
Wed, 02/22/2017
The 2017 winners of James N. Pitts award are Derek DuBois and Mary Villareal.  This award is given annually in honor of the late Jim Pitts, chemistry legend and husband and research partner of AirUCI co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts.  Congratulations to both winners! Derek followed a roundabout path to chemistry research, taking several years off from school in his 20s and working in various careers.  When he returned to UCI as a Chemistry major, he joined the research team of Prof. James Nowick whose group works to gain understanding of protein and peptide assembly. ...
Mon, 02/06/2017
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...
Tue, 01/17/2017
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


Thu, 12/01/2016
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
Fri, 11/25/2016
AirUCI's partner institute, the National Fuel Cell Research Center, is cited in an article about hydrogen fuel cells in the 11/25/2016 edition of the Orange County Register.  Read the article
Mon, 11/21/2016
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in the OC Register about his recent article in the journal Nature Geoscience on the effects that cement has on climate change.  The material’s carbon footprint might not be as bad as once thought and, over time, cement even soaks up some of the harmful gases emitted into the atmosphere.  Read the article
Fri, 11/18/2016
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis is quoted in a New York Times article on the challenges of meeting carbon dioxide reduction goals as agreed in last year's Paris emissions pact.    Read the article  
Mon, 11/07/2016
It is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Ralph Cicerone, brilliant scientist and close friend of many within the AirUCI family.  He died November 5th at the age of 73 after a short illness.  His innovative research projects in atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and energy helped shape science and environmental policy at the highest levels, in the U.S. and around the world.   Ralph came to UCI in 1989 as a renowned scientist and expert in atmospheric chemistry who went on to found UCI’s Department of Earth System Science and serve as dean of the School...