Chemistry, Processes, and Measurements

Prof. John C. Hemminger

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University of California, Irvine
334B Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6020

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; External Scientific Member, Fritz Haber Institute. [Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University, MA]. He brings expertise in the application of surface science methodologies to problems of atmospheric interest.
Prof. Hemminger’s research combines structural experiments (scanning tunneling microscopy and electron microscopies) with spectroscopic experiments (vibrational spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry) to understand chemical reactions at the air/water interface.

Research Interests: 
  • Surface Chemistry and Physics
Selected Honors and Awards: 
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
1986 Distinguished Research Award of the UCI Alumni Association
Fellow of the American Physical Society. Elected 1993
Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. Elected 1998
Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 1999
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Elected 2002
2003 Charles R. Bennett "Service Through Chemistry" Award, Orange County Section, ACS
2004 National ACS Award: "Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry"
2006, Chair Elect, Chemistry Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2007, Chair, Chemistry Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2006, American Vacuum Society, Medard W. Welch Award for Outstanding Theoretical and/or Experimental Research

Prof. R. Benny Gerber

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University of California, Irvine
334A Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-6758

Profesor of Chemistry; Professor of Theoretical and Physical Chemistry and Fiedler Chair in Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel [Ph.D. from University of Oxford, England]. Professor Gerber brings expertise in the quantum chemical simulation of atmospherically relevant systems to the ORU.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Graham Senior Scholarship, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 1966
Senior Mathematical Prize of outstanding Research Thesis, Oxford University, 1968
Fellow of the American Physical Society, elected 1989
Saerree K. and Louis P. Fiedler Chair in Chemistry, from 1989
Michael Milken Prize for long-standing excellence in Teaching Hebrew University, 1990
Max-Planck Research Award (by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 1991
I.M. Kolthoff Prize in Chemistry (by the Technion, Haifa, 1992)
Medal of the University of Helsinki and Rector’s invited lecturer, University of Helsinki, Finland, 1993
Israel Chemical Society Prize, 2004
Medal of the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Sciences, 2006
Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters, elected 2007
Gold Medal of the Israel Chemical Society, the ICS's highest honor, 2020

Prof. Filipp U. Furche

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University of California, Irvine
2135 Natural Sciences II
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-5051

Professor of Chemistry [Ph.D. in Chemistry, Universität Karlsruhe (TH)]. Professor Furche brings his theory expertise, particularly in electronic structure, to apply to the complex systems found in the atmosphere and in biological systems.

Research Interests: 
  • Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Selected Honors and Awards: 
Fellow, German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), 1995
Chemical Society of Karlsruhe graduation Award, 1998
Dr. Otto Röhm Memorial Foundation Award, 2003
Heinz Maier- Leibnitz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004
Appointed to The Young Academy (Die Junge Akademie), 2006
Dozentenstipendium of the German Chemical Industry Fund, 2007 (awarded up to five excellent young scientists per year)
LiseMeitner-Minerva Outstanding Young German Scientist Award, 2008
Dirac Medal of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, 2013
Early-Career Award in Theoretical Physical Chemistry, 2014
UCI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research, 2017

Prof. Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts

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328 Rowland Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-2025

Group web site:

(949) 824-7670
Research Interests: 
  • Atmospheric Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry
Selected Honors and Awards: 
Governor General's Medal, Trent University, 1970
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1970
National Research Council of Canada Science Scholarship in 1970 and a Postgraduate Scholarship in 1974 (were not used since both could be applied only in Canada)
Outstanding Young Women of America, 1979
Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Awards (1984, 1986 and 1988) at California State University, Fullerton
Honorary Member into the Golden Key National Honor Society
Distinguished Faculty Member/Faculty Marshal, School of Natural Science and Mathematics, California State University, Fullerton, 1990
Alumni Lecturer, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, 1990-91
J. Diefenderfer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Students, California State University, Fullerton, 1991
State of California Governor's Employee Safety Award, 1991
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1994
UCI School of Physical Sciences Award for Outstanding Contribut ions to Undergraduate Education, 1996-1997
Orange County ACS Service Through Chemistry Award, 1999
UCI Graduate Voice Faculty Mentor Award, 2000
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2002
American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, 2004
American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2006
National Academy of Sciences, 2006
UCI Distinguished Professor, 2006
ACS Tolman Medal, 2008
Coalition for Clean Air's Carl Moyer Award for Scientific Leadership and Technical Excellence for body of work in restoring clean air to California, 2009
Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2013
Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award, California Air Resources Board, 2013
Honorary Lifetime Member, Iota Sigma Pi, 2016
Francis P. Garvan–John M. Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, 2017
Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, University of California Irvine, 2017-2018
Polanyi Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2018
Environment Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019
California 74th Assembly District's Woman of the Year, 2021

Prof. Michael B. Dennin

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University of California, Irvine
4129 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-2995

Professor of Physics & Astronomy; UCI Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning [Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara]. Professor Dennin brings expertise in laboratory studies on the behavior of biologically relevant organics, including proteins, to the ORU. Professor Dennin's main research interests are in systems that are driven out of equilibrium and model systems for biological membranes. Some of the questions focused on in his lab include:

Research Interests: 
  • Experimental condensed matter
Selected Honors and Awards: 
UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching (2007)
UCI Teaching Excellence Award, School of Physical Sciences (2006)
UCI Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research (2001 - 2002)
Cottrell Scholar (2000 - 2006)
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2000 - 2004)
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research (2000)
Outstanding/Inspirational Professor within School of Physical Sciences (1999)
Research Innovation Award, presented by Research Corporation (March 1999)

Prof. Donald R. Blake

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Department of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
570 Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 2025
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-4195

Professor of Chemistry at UC Irvine.

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California Irvine.

Research Interests: 
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Analysis of trace gases in exhaled breath
Selected Honors and Awards: 
Bank of America Chemistry Award 1975
UCI Chemistry Department Outstanding Teaching Award 1979
Excellence in Undergraduate Research 2001
ACS Chuck Bennett Service through Chemistry 2004
Outstanding Professor Alpha Phi Society 2000, 2002, 2005
NASA Group Achievement Award 1993, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009
Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, Physical Sciences 2008
Elected Fellow of AAAS 2008
Lauds and Laurels 2009
Elected Fellow of AGU 2009
American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology 2013
Tolman Medal, Southern California Section of the American Chemical Society, 2022