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



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...
Fri, 04/26/2019
On April 26, 2019 AirUCI grad student Annie Rohrbacher (Finlayson-Pitts group) won the UCI AGS Graduate Research Symposium Poster Award for her current Ph.D research work.  Her poster was entitled “Atmospheric Fate of Neonicotinoid Insecticides as Pure Compounds and in Commercial Formulations”.  Congratulations, Annie!!
Wed, 04/10/2019
This Wednesday evening, April 10th, PBS will premiere their new documentary entitled Ozone Hole: How We Saved the Planet at 7 pm Pacific Time (possibly 10 pm – check your TV schedule).  In Los Angeles and Orange Counties, it will be broadcast on Channel 50, KOCE.  The program documents the background, discoveries, and solutions to the problem of CFCs accumulating in the atmosphere and endangering the planet.  The research of Sherry Rowland and Mario Molina is highlighted, and the issue is presented as a successful outcome in the environmental protection movement, one of...
Wed, 04/10/2019
AirUCI faculty Steve Davis is quoted in an article in the Los Angeles Times that describes how flying cars might not only ease traffic congestion, but might ameliorate some greenhouse gases that cause climate change.  Based on a University of Michigan study of likely emissions generated by such vehicles, the article notes that this discussion could prompt new designs that use less fossil fuel and more renewable energy sources.  Read the article
Tue, 04/02/2019
It was announced today that Doug Tobias, one of the original founding members of AirUCI, has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Chemistry at UCI, effective July 1, 2019.  Congratulations, Doug!
Mon, 03/25/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa has been selected as an Environmental Science & Technology and ES&T Letters Early Career Scientist.  The publication highlights 24 young scientists in the field of environmental science and included him, citing his studies of terbuthylazine and its heterogeneous reactions with OH.  The Shiraiwa research group conclude that the shielding effects of the surface can extend this herbicide’s atmospheric lifetimes from a few days to a few weeks, a finding that has implications on the long-range transport of this potentially toxic compound....
Wed, 03/20/2019
AirUCI is pleased to welcome Prof. Kim Fortun and Prof. Michael Fortun as new faculty in our institute.  Both are professors in UCI's School of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology (where Kim serves as Chair), with research interests in air pollution and its effects on human health.   We look forward with great anticipation to their contributions and collaborations in the work of AirUCI.
Thu, 03/14/2019
On March 2nd, 2019 AirUCI intern Anton Ni participated in Part 1 of the Orange County American Chemical Society's Chemistry Olympiad exam.  His was the highest score and his team from University High School placed 4th among 45 Orange County high schools.  160 students took the Part 1 exam and the average score was 33.2 — Anton's score was 58!  Only 13 of the 160 participants qualified to take the national test on April 27th.   Anton is also captain of the team from University High School that is going to the finals of the U.S. Department of Energy National...
Thu, 02/28/2019
AirUCI Collaborator Jean-Francois Soussin of the Laboratoire Inter-universitaire des Systèmes Atmosphériques sent us the photo below this morning.  It shows a banner hanging inside Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris with the image of longtime AirUCI collaborator Najat Saliba of the American University in Beirut!  Najat has just received the International Award for Women in Science, making her the first Lebanese-based researcher to win the award, presented annually by UNESCO and L'Oreal Cosmetics.  "For 20 years I've been working silently in my lab...
Wed, 02/27/2019
AirUCI faculty Manabu Shiraiwa was accepted into the 2018 "Make Our Planet Great Again" initiative that was launched by French President Emmanuel Macron in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.  The program was intended to attract non-French scientists to go to France and "work together on concrete solutions for our planet".  Manabu applied, was accepted, and spent a very productive month in 2018 working on computer models to study formation of SOAs in air.  Now Manabu is one of four "MOPGA" scientists profiled in an...