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Thu, 11/30/2017
AirUCI faculty Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UCI, is quoted in an article in the New York Times describing how hydrogen fuel cells are being used to power massive data centers.  These data centers could become an important market for fuel cells because the industry “appears to want to be more environmentally sensitive but more reliant on their own resources.”  Compared to fossil fuel-burning centers, fuel cells are more efficient and quieter, which has proven a surprising barrier to their acceptance among potential customers,...
Tue, 11/28/2017
AirUCI co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts and UCI Chemistry Professor Nien-Hui Ge were included a virtual issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry in honor of the 150th birthday of Marie Curie.  The issue highlights the science and publications by 66 women scientists and researchers who have published in J. Phys. Chem.  Details
Mon, 11/27/2017
AirUCi faculty John Hemminger has been appointed external scientific member of the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin.  FHI has a long history of excellence in physical chemistry research and is recognized as the highest ranked surface science research institute in the world.  The Scientific Member designation is that of the Directors of the MPG Institutes.  Congratulations, John!
Mon, 11/27/2017
AirUCI faculty Jack Brouwer was quoted in Transportation Topics journal in an article on fuel cells and how they're being used to extend distance and payload of freight trucks.  “With fuel cells, it’s possible to make a totally zero-emissions truck that can haul a big payload over a reasonable distance without adding so much weight," Brouwer said.  This type of separate power and energy sizing of the truck’s fuel cell “is not possible with batteries alone.”    Read the article
Mon, 11/06/2017
AirUCI founder and Co-Director Barbara Finlayson Pitts has received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research from the UCI Academic Senate. The awards ceremony and reception were held November 6, 2017 at the Newkirk Alumni Center on campus.  Congratulations, Barb!
Fri, 11/03/2017
AirUCI Co-Director Sergey Nizkorodov, along with AirUCI collaborators Julia and Alex Laskin, have published a well-received review of mass spectrometry and its use in atmospheric chemistry in the journal Analytical Chemistry.  The review presents new developments in MS instrumentation and methods, summarizes selected applications of MS-based techniques, and discusses several promising directions in the field.   Read the article
Mon, 10/30/2017
AirUCI founder and Co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research by the UCI Academic Senate, which is the senior award for research that the campus conveys.  Congratulations, Barb!
Tue, 10/24/2017
AirUCI faculty Steven Davis was asked to comment on an article in Science describing the challenges of balancing poverty eradication with climate change mitigation, although he was not involved with the work.  The study implies that climate and human development goals are not necessarily inconsistent, but “It really kind of depends on what level of poverty we’re OK with,” he said.  The bottom line, he adds is that, “If we’re really trying to consider getting people not just out of extreme poverty, but into the middle class, then maybe we do have more of...
Sat, 10/21/2017
On Saturday, October 21st, AirUCI grad student Allison Vander Wall will be participating with UCI’s Iota Sigma Pi chapter in a science outreach event at United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County and teaching chemistry to children with disabilities. This science event opened in early October, but this week’s theme is climate change so Allison will be presenting atmospheric chemistry demonstartions to the children.  Allison is in the Finlayson-Pitts research group.
Thu, 10/12/2017
An article on BuzzFeed quotes AirUCI faculty Ralph Delfino about the effects of smoke from the numerous wildfires burning in the Bay Area.  While the effects of short-term exposure to the smoke and ash from these fires is unclear, Ralph's work after previous fires has shown that the unhealthful air quality they produced caused measurable spikes in lung disease.  Read the article