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2017

Thu, 05/25/2017
At the annual Chemistry Department Edward K.C. Lee dinner held on May 24, 2017, AirUCI was again well represented.  Mallory Hinks in the Nizkorodov group won the Smitrovich Prize and Elizabeth Foreman in the Murray group received the E.K.C. Lee Award.  In addition, AirUCI's Kurtis Malecha of the Nizkorodov group and Nicholas Vizenor of the Blake group along with Vanessa Arredondo (Van Vranken group) received the Michael E. Gebel Award given to graduate students who show great promise after taking time off before graduate school to work in the "real world." ...
Wed, 05/24/2017
AirUCI Faculty Mike Kleinman was interviewed on the Channel Two local evening news on Wednesday, May 24th regarding the toxic gases emitted from the Aliso Viejo SoCalGas storage facility.  He was asked as an expert on toxins in the atmosphere to comment on the potential health effects of the leakage from the site. View the news item
Wed, 05/17/2017
AirUCI faculty Filipp Furche has won the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research for Physical Sciences.  He was formally recognized for this honor at the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 20th.  Well done, Filipp!
Thu, 05/11/2017
AirUCI founder and co-Director Barbara Finlayson-Pitts has been awarded the 2016-2017 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research by the UCI Academic Senate.  Congratulations, Barbara!
Wed, 05/10/2017
AirUCI faculty Rufus Edwards is quoted in Time Magazine in an article on air purifiers and their efficacy and safety.  He recommends choosing a device or filter certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Resources Board. Read the article
Tue, 05/09/2017
AirUCI faculty Doug Tobias has been recognized by British Royal Society of Chemistry, winning their Soft Matter / Biophysical Award.  Way to go, Doug!
Mon, 05/01/2017
AirUCI grad student Mallory Hinks of the Nizkorodov group has been offered the American Institute for Physics Congressional Science Fellowship, and she will start her career in science policy in Washington, D.C. in the fall... congratulations, Mallory!
Mon, 04/03/2017
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....
Wed, 03/29/2017
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
Thu, 03/09/2017
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