|Aug 15, 2016||
UCI physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature
Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine. “If true, it’...
|Jul 27, 2016||
James Nowick named to 2016 class of ACS fellows
The American Chemical Society has named James Nowick, UCI professor and chair of chemistry, to its 2016 class of fellows. He is one of 57 distinguished scientists chosen as ACS fellows this year for “outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest...
|Jun 24, 2016||
UC Irvine Scientists Develop New Method in Converting Plastic Garbage to Liquid Fuel
A team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China has devised a new method of converting millions of tons of plastic garbage into liquid fuels. The new method, described in a paper published in the journal Science...
|Jun 20, 2016||
Kenneth C. Janda appointed to serve second term as dean
Kenneth C. Janda has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences. The announcement came from UCI’s Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, Enrique Lavernia, on June 14th and will be effective July 1, 2016. During the last five years, the school has...
|Jun 20, 2016||
UCI chemists help find way to recycle plastic waste into fuel
Millions of tons of plastic bottles, bags and other trash littering the oceans and clogging landfills could be turned into reusable fuel, thanks to research by the University of California, Irvine and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. UCI chemist Zhibin Guan is among those who have...
|Jun 13, 2016||
UCI announces Hellman Fellows for 2016-17
Six University of California, Irvine assistant professors have received 2016-17 UCI Hellman Fellowships, which help promising junior faculty realize their full scientific and academic potential. UCI has awarded 40 Hellman Fellowships since 2013, when the campus program was established with a gift...
|Jun 07, 2016||
Evidence of a ‘Fifth Force’ Faces Scrutiny
Last year, a team of nuclear physicists in Hungary observed an anomaly in the decays of excited beryllium-8 atoms — an unexpected preference for spitting out pairs of particles with a particular angle of separation. The bump in the physicists’ data was unmistakable, with odds of less than one in...
|Jun 03, 2016||
Arctic sea ice set a record low every single day in May
After Arctic sea ice set a record low annual maximum in March, it was widely expected that this summer melt season would rank among the top 5 or 10 lowest melt seasons on record since the dawn of satellite observations there in 1979. However, even the most pessimistic projections have turned out...
|Jun 02, 2016||
Dedication of The Jenkins Room
On June 2, 2016, the Croul Hall 3rd floor conference room was dedicated as "The Jenkins Room" to offer grateful acknowledgement to Greg, Donna, and Brad Jenkins for their generous support and commitment to the advancement of scientific research. For nearly 20 years, the contributions of the Jenkins...
|May 16, 2016||
Better batteries through chemistry
University of California, Irvine researchers have invented a nanowire-based electrode that can be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, moving us closer to a battery that would never require replacement. The breakthrough work could lead to commercial batteries with greatly lengthened lifespans...