|Jul 21, 2016||
Scientists turn old plastic bottles into fuel
Millions of tons of plastic garbage pollute our world. What if we could turn them into fuel instead? That's the ambitious plan of a team of scientists from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China.The technique involves breaking...
|Jul 07, 2016||
NASA to Deploy Flying Laboratory in Around-the-World Greenhouse Gas Study
When it comes to research, NASA's DC-8 jetliner is the only way to fly. The plane resembles a typical commercial airliner from the outside, except for the giant NASA logo on its tail. But inside, it's loaded with cutting-edge tools that will be used to study greenhouse gases during a 26-day journey...
|Jun 30, 2016||
Remember the Ozone Hole? Now There's Proof It's Healing.
After three decades of observation, scientists have finally found the first fingerprints of healing in the notorious Southern Hemisphere ozone hole. In 1974, Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland, two chemists at the University of California, Irvine, published an article in Nature detailing...
|Jun 29, 2016||
El Niño could drive intense season for Amazon fires
The long-lasting effects of El Niño are projected to cause an intense fire season in the Amazon, according to the 2016 seasonal forecast from scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine. El Niño conditions in 2015 and early 2016 altered rainfall patterns around the world. In the...
|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 24, 2016||
Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship - Current Recipient
The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society, has awarded the 11th Irving S. Sigal Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018) to Dr. Lisa Olshansky. Lisa completed her doctoral studies in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Daniel G. Nocera at Massachusetts Institute of...
|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 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 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...