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April 2014: Paige Aiona has received a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation!

March 2014: Paige Aiona has received a prestigious fellowship from the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program!!! Congratulations Paige!

January 2014: Dr. Scott Epstein has accepted a job at SCAQMD. Congratulations, Scott!

January 2014:

  • Kurtis Malecha, a recent graduate of the Minnesota State University, Mankato, joins the group. Welcome Kurtis!
  • Hanna Lignell defends her PhD thesis at the University of Helsinki, with Prof. Anne Monod acting as her opponent. Congratulations Hanna!
  • The Chemistry Department hires Sergey Pronin as a new faculty member. To avoid confusion, Andy Borovik renames the pre-exiting Sergey into "Sergey the Elder". The department's quota for Sergeys has now been met.
  • The group welcomes Kurtis Malecha and Nick Vizenor, who will be spending the first half of winter quarter in the group as part of their rotations.
  • Hanna Lignell succeeds in getting an additional year of her postdoctoral appointment at Caltech funded with generous support from the Aatos Erkko Foundation. Congratulations, Hanna!

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2013

December 2013: Julie Lee goes to Korea to get married to Hyun-ik Jun on December 22, 2013. Congratulations Julie and Hyun-ik! Photo1 Photo2.

October 2013: The group welcomes Dr. Jozef Lengyel, a visitor from the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.

September 2013: The group welcomes Mariyah Saiduddin who will be doing her undergraduate research project in the group in 2013-14.

August 2013: Hanna Lignell receives a postdoctoral fellowship from the Huttunen Foundation, which will support her work at the John Seinfeld group at Caltech starting from January 2014. Congratulations Hanna!

June 2013:

  • The group welcomes Renee Leslie from the California State University, San Marcos, who will be doing a UCI Chemistry SURF project in our laboratory during the summer, and Elina Balalina, a high-school intern from the Woodbridge High School, who will work with us in the summer months. Welcome!
  • Sergey Nizkorodov receives the 2013 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award. This award recognizes exceptional mid-career scientists in the fields of atmospheric and climate sciences who have demonstrated excellence in research and leadership.

May 2013: Julie Lee graduates from The First Sino-European School on Atmospheric Chemistry in Taicang City, China. View the graduation photo. Now she is officially an atmospheric chemist!

April 2013: Sergey Nizkorodov gets promoted to a "Full Professor" and immediately gains a few additional pounds to better fit his new job title.

March 2013:

  • Dian Romonosky is awarded the NSF graduate fellowship! Congratulations Dian!
  • Maggie Marvin, a UCI chemistry senior student, and Nujhat Ali, an honors freshman student, join the lab. Maggie will be spending her last quarter at UCI doing research on aqueous photochemistry in our group before going to graduate school. Nujhat hopes to get research experience in environmental chemistry. Welcome Maggie and Nujhat!
  • Tran Nguyen's paper on O3+isoprene aerosol has been recognized in the "Top-50 most cited articles" published in Atmospheric Environment (2010-2011)!

February 2013: The group welcomes two new graduate students: Paige Aiona and Mallory Hinks. Paige graduated from Chapman University in 2012, where she did research on water chemistry. Mallory graduated from San Diego State University, where she researched surface chemistry in the laboratory of David Pullman. Welcome Mallory and Paige!

January 2013: AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in Newport Beach, CA.

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2012

November 2012: In an unprecedented turn of events, equation birthyear.mod.10 = 0 is satisfied for two group members (Julie and Scott) in one week! The power of mathematics is celebrated by consuming a fruitcake.

October 2012: The group welcomes Alexander Fast, Anthony Babore, Elizabeth Foreman, Jack Porter, Kristine Arquero, Mallory Hinks, Michelle Fairhurst and Paige Aiona. These students started their graduate studies at UCI in the fall of 2012. They will spend 5 weeks in the group to learn about the group dynamics and our on-going research projects.

September 2012: Dr. Hyun-Ji (Julie) Lee officially joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Julie obtained her PhD in 2011 from UCI for her research on breath analysis in the Rowland/Blake group. She has worked in our lab as a part-time researcher in parallel with her part-time work at SCAQMD since February 2012. She will start working in the group full time in October 2012.

May 2012: Tran Nguyen receives the 2012 Edward K.C. Lee Award - the most prestigious graduate award from the chemistry department; Amanda MacMillan receives the 2012 Gebel award; Van Tran receives 2012 American Institute of Chemists Award. Congratulations!

March 2012: Tran Nguyen presents her research at the at the University of California, Irvine, the Chancellor's Club. More details....

February 2012: The group welcomes two new members. Dian Romonosky, who did her undergraduate studies at Millikin University and did field experiments on measurements of bromine monoxide as part of NSF REU program, joins the groups as a graduate student. Julie Lee who recently graduated from he Rowland/Blake group, joins the group as a part-time researcher. Welcome Dian and Julie!

January 2012: Tran Nguyen receives "The Stanback Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Environmental Science" to do postdoctoral work at Caltech. Hanna Lignell receives the Finnish Cultural Foundation graduate fellowship. Congratulations!

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2011

November 2011: Tran Nguyen receives prestigious Chancellor’s Club Fund for Excellence Fellowship.

September 2011: The group welcomes Crisand Anderson, Aaron Gartner, Charlotte Hirsch, Melissa Palmer, and Dian Romonosky for the "rotation" period during the fall quarter of 2011.

August 2011: Kevin Nguyen from the Bolsa Grande High School joins the lab for one month as a research intern, and does great work!

July 2011: A lot of new faces in the lab all of a sudden! Sandra Blair joins the lab as a new graduate student. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico, and she comes to the lab with experience in organic synthesis and NMR. Sophia Smeragliuolo, new graduate student in the UCI chemistry program, joins the lab to do her summer project. She is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University. UCI undergraduate student Van Tran joins the lab for the summer as Chem SURF student. Last but not least, Katelyn Updyke starts her graduate research in the group. She graduated from UCI, and was previously in the group as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome everyone!

June 2011:

  • Adam Bateman receives the 2011 Michael Zach award from the Department of Chemistry. It is one of the most prestigious department's award given to "the most promising future faculty member".
  • Katelyn Updyke receives the award from the American Institute of Chemists for her outstanding academic performance and excellence in research.
  • Amanda MacMillan receives her MSc degree in Chemistry. She is off to getting her PhD next.
  • AirUCI hosts its seventh annual teacher workshop. More details...

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April 2011:

  • Amanda MacMillan is awarded a prestigious NSF graduate fellowship to support her graduate education at UCI. She is one of seven chemistry graduate students who received this fellowship - a record number for the Chemistry Department..
  • Dr. Scott Epstein joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher. Scott received his BS from the University of Delaware in 2005, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked in Prof. Neil Donahue's group. He brings experience in ozone chemistry and organic aerosol thermodynamics to the group.

March 2011: 28th Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemical Processes in the Atmosphere takes place at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) on March 3, 2011. Sergey Nizkorodov and Eric Saltzman are the organizers. More details...

January 2011:

  • Dr. James N. Pitts Jr. celebrated his 90th birthday in January 2011. Dr. Pitts' unique contributions to air pollution and atmospheric photochemistry research have inspired generations of scientists, including members of our research group. He co-founded and directed the first Statewide Air Pollution Research Center in California, and he advised California governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown on air pollution issues. His contributions to making the California air easier to breathe were recognized by the 2002 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award. You can learn more about Dr. Pitts' fascinating biography from a 2007 interview article in the Spectrum.
  • AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in Newport Beach, CA.
  • A perspective cover article [68] on molecular chemistry of organic aerosols through the application of high resolution mass spectrometry has been published by PCCP, co-authored by S.A. Nizkorodov, J. Laskin, and A. Laskin.

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2010

October 2010: Tran Nguyen wins a student poster prize for her AAAR 2010 poster "Molecular Composition of Isoprene Photooxidation Products Characterized by High Resolution Mass Spectrometry".

September 2010: Two chemistry undergraduate students, Paula Lee and Katelyn Updyke, join the group.

August 2010: Adam Bateman receives the Marvin L. Wesely Graduate Research Fellow award.

July 2010: 19 high and middle school teachers take part in the sixth annual teacher workshop organized by the AirUCI. More details...

June 2010: Our group members have received several prestigious awards this year. Joshua Klobas won the Don L. Bunker award from the Chemistry Department. Lucas Nguyen won the ACS Analytical Chemistry award. Tran Nguyen won the Gebel award.

April 2010: Joshua Klobas got admitted to the graduate program in chemistry at Harvard University.

February 2010: A recent study led by Drs. Julia and Alexander Laskin from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and our group focused on atmospheric chemistry processes that turn white organic aerosol into brown carbon particles. Processes that change the color of organic aerosols are significant because they can convert light-scattering, climate-cooling aerosols into light-absorbing, climate-warming aerosols. The study appeared in Analytical Chemistry in February 2010, and it was highlighted by the PNNL. This study was the first example of using DESI-MS for detailed characterization of organic aerosols.

January 2010: Pacifichem 2010 abstract submission window is now open from January 1 through April 5. Our group is involved in organization of two symposia (click on the symposium name to see its flier): Environmental Chemistry of Aerosols (symposium 237); Free Radical Chemistry in the Environment (symposium 73)

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2009

December 2009: Graduate student Amanda MacMillan joins the group. Amanda graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, where she worked on radiocarbon dating environmental and archaeological samples in the group of Prof. Karen Steelman. Welcome Amanda!

November 2009: Chris Harmon defends his PhD on November 10, 2009. An unusually large number of people show up at his defense (standing room only). Chris takes off the next day to start his postdoctoral research at LBNL in the group of Dr. Kevin Wilson.

September 2009: Undergraduate students Kathy Kim, Lucas Nguyen, John Morrison and Zoe Cabral join the group. Joshua Klobas returns to the group after spending his summer on quantum dot research in Germany. Mark Peterson starts graduate school at Northwestern University after finishing his summer research in the group.

September 2009: Profs. Sergey Nizkorodov (PI), Donald Blake, and Barbara Finlayson-Pitts receive an instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase two modern mass spectrometers to support multiple AirUCI collaborative research projects (MRI-0923323, Acquisition of Two High-Resolution Mass Spectrometers for Collaborative Research on Energy Use, Air Quality and Health). The first mass spectrometer is Ionicon's high-resolution PTR-MS instrument for detection of gas-phase volatile organic compounds. The second instrument is a high-resolution aerosol particle spectrometer from Aerodyne Research.

August 2009: AirUCI successfully competes for a 5-year renewal grant (A Comprehensive Approach to Understanding Chemistry at Interfaces and Atmospheric Implications) from the National Science Foundation. Just as with the previous AirUCI grant, Prof. Finlayson-Pitts leads the effort.

July 2009: 19 high and middle school teachers take part in the fifth annual teacher workshop organized by the AirUCI. More details...

June 2009: Univeristy High School's student Clement Kao signs up for a summer internship with the group.

May 2009: Chris Harmon receives the 2009 Rowland Award for his graduate research achievements. His award is announced at the 2009 departmental Lee event. Joshua Klobas receives the 2009 ACS Analytical Chemistry Award. Tran Nguyen receives the 2009 Chemistry Department's First Year Teaching Assistant Award.

March 2009: Xiang Pan defends his PhD thesis on March 9, 2009. He accepts a job offer from one of the largest Chinese analytical instrument companies, Jiangsu Skyray Instrument Co

January 2009: AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in Laguna Beach, CA.

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2008

November 2008: The group receives a 3-year grant from NSF to study photodegradation of organic aerosols by solar radiation (ATM-0831518, Photochemistry of Secondary Organic Aerosol Particles)

October 2008: Maggie Walser, who previously received her PhD in this group in 2007, receives the AGU's 2008–2009 Congressional Science Fellowship.

September 2008: A record number of undergraduate researchers join the group: Dana Henricksen, Joshua Klobas, Madelyn McKittrick, Anne Nguyen, Mark Peterson, Susann Rodas, and Carmen Seetho.

July 2008: 20 high and middle school teachers take part in the fourth annual teacher workshop organized by the AirUCI. More details...

June 2008: Dr. David Bones, who recently graduated from the research group of Prof. Leon Phillips at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, starts his postdoctoral research in the Aerosol Photochemistry Group. Dr. Bones did research on photochemistry of metal carbonyl compounds in aerosol phase prior to his arrival at UCI. He will be doing research on photochemistry of organic carbonyls in secondary organic aerosol at UCI.

May 2008: Stephen Mang defends his PhD degree on May 19, 2008. He is getting ready to starting his new job as a lecturer of chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

April 2008: The department votes in favor of Prof. Nizkorodov's tenure propotion. The tenure promotion is approved by the UC administration in July 2008.

March 2008: Adam Bateman is awarded 2008-09 Graduate Research Environmental Fellowship (GREF) by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. (DOE OBER).

January 2008:
  • Ahmad Alshawa defends his PhD degree. His defense features the largest cake ever seen by a graduate committee.
  • AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in Newport Beach, CA.
  • Dana Henricksen joins the group as an undergraduate researcher.

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2007

November 2007: The Aerosol Photochemistry Group welcomes Tran Nguyen, who graduated from USC in 2007 as its new group member. Tran was involved in research with the groups of Prof. Mark Thompson, Prof. Surya Prakash, and Prof. Robert Wu at USC. Welcome Tran!

September 2007: Stacy Wilkinson and Sero Kassabian join the group as an undergraduate researchers for 2007-08.

August 2007: Maggie Walser defends her PhD degree and starts an internship at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) in Washington, DC.

July 2007:
  • The AirUCI team offers an outreach program in environmental chemistry to 20 high and middle school teachers. Just like last year, the program is coordinated by Sergey Nizkorodov (UCI) and Mickey Laux (OCC). More details...
  • Joelle Underwood starts her independent academic career in the Department of Chemistry at Loyola University in New Orleans.
June 2007:
  • Jennifer Lopez starts her MSc project in the Aerosol Photochemistry lab. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from UCI, and she works as the UCI chemistry stockroom supervisor in parallel with studying for her MSc degree.
  • Chris Harmon joins the Aerosol Photochemistry lab. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University. At UCI, he initially worked on chemistry of secondary organic aerosol particles in Prof. Finlayson-Pitts group (2005-07), and then switched to studying hygroscopicity of nanoparticles in Aerosol Photochemistry Group.
May 2007:
  • Maggie Walser receives the most prestigious graduate student award from the UCI Chemistry Department: Edward K.C. Lee award. Stephen Mang is honored for his Outstanding Contributions to the Chemistry Department Teaching Program as a TA.
  • Anthony Gomez becomes the first graduate student to graduate from the Aerosol Photochemistry group. He accepts a postdoctoral position in the Combustion Research Facility in Sandia National Laboratory.
  • Sergey Nizkorodov is awarded a prestigious Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

April 2007: Jia-Hua Xiang joins the group and AirUCI institute as a postdoctoral researcher. Her main area of expertise is secondary organic aerosol chemistry.

March 2007: AirUCI institute hosts its annual Community Day on March 29, 2007.

February 2007: A paper by Ahmad Alshawa, Ashley Russell and Sergey Nizkorodov: "Kinetic analysis of competition between aerosol particle removal and generation by ionization air-purifiers" appeared in Environmental Science and Technology. View Channel 7 ABC News coverage of this paper (quicktime video clip). Here is a link to the UCI press release on this paper: "In presence of fragrant cleaning products, air purifiers that emit ozone can dirty the air" by Jennifer Fitzenberger

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2006

December 2006: AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in New Zealand.

October 2006: Lab OPEN HOUSE on Friday, October 20, 4-5 pm, in RH390. Free pizza!

September 2006: Enosh Cohen, Mark Dailo, Thong Do, and Tanza Lewis join the group as undergraduate student researchers for 2006-07.

July 2006: AirUCI team offers an outreach program in environmental chemistry to 20 high and middle school teachers. Just like last year, the program is coordinated by Sergey Nizkorodov (UCI) and Mickey Laux (OCC). More details...

June 2006: Aerosol Photochemistry group completes its transition to a larger lab (RH385).

May 2006: A paper by Nicole Britigan, Ahmad Alshawa, and Sergey Nizkorodov: "Quantification of ozone levels in indoor environments generated by ionization and ozonolysis air-purifiers" appeared in JAWMA 56 (2006) p. 601-610, and generated a lot of interest from the media.

View KCLA9 coverage of this paper (quicktime video clips): Clip 1 Clip 2

Here are selected reviews of this paper:

March 2006: AirUCI institute hosts its annual Community Day on March 30, 2006.

January 2006:
  • Aerosol Photochemistry group starts moving into a larger laboratory.
  • AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in Irvine.

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2005

November 2005: Sergey Nizkorodov offers a workshop “Educating High School Students about Energy Use, Air Pollution, and Climate Problems” at the Orange County Science Education Association (OCSEA) Fall conference.

July 2005:
  • Sergey Nizkorodov receives a single-PI grant from the National Science Foundation (ATM-0509248, Photochemistry at Organic Particle-Air Interfaces), to study photochemical processes in organic aerosols.
  • AirUCI team offers a program in environmental chemistry to 20 high and middle school teachers for the first time. The program is coordinated by Sergey Nizkorodov (UCI) and Mickey Laux (OCC). More details...
  • AirUCI team conducts its annual meeting in Prague.
  • Sergey Nizkorodov receives Coblenz award for his contributions to the development of vibrational spectroscopy.
June 2005:
  • Ashley Russell, Steve Ng, and Robert Bennigsdorf join the group as undergraduate student researchers
  • Joelle Underwood, who received her PhD degree from the University of Southern California in Curt Wittig's group, joins the group and AirUCI institute as a postdoctoral researcher. Her main area of expertise is spectroscopy.

March 2005: AirUCI institute hosts its annual Community Day on March 31, 2005.

February 2005: 2005 Informal Symposium on Kinetics and Photochemical Processes in the Atmosphere takes place at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) on February 14, 2005. Sergey Nizkorodov and Donald Dabdub are the organizers. More details...

January 2005: Dr. Jiho Park joins UCI as a Dreyfus Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental Chemistry, following the award of this scholarship to UCI by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Dr. Park received his PhD degree from Texas A&M University and his main area of expertise is kinetics.

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2004

October 2004: Nicole Britigan and Melanie Nguyen join the group as undergraduate student researchers

September 2004:
  • Several UCI scientists join their forces with researchers in US National Laboratories and abroad to establish NSF sponsored Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute (EMSI). The institute is named AirUCI (Atmospheric Integrated Research Using Chemistry at Interfaces) to reflect the main focus of research on interfacial processes in the atmosphere.
  • Maggie Walser, a recent graduate of UCI, joins the Aerosol Photochemistry Group as a graduate student. Maggie Walser is a holder of the prestigious NSF graduate fellowship. Her main area of specialization is atmospheric chemistry.
  • Anthony Gomez is awarded Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship for 2004-2005 to study photochemistry of atmospheric organic aerosol particles.
  • Xiang Pan is awarded UC TSR&TP graduate fellowship for 2004-2005 to study formation of toxins on ultrafine soot particles.
  • Stephen Mang is awarded GAANN fellowship for 2004-2005.

Summer 2004: Sergey Nizkorodov receives $50k from the Cancer Research Coordinating Committee to study the effect of aerosol particle size on the rate of oxidation of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Spring 2004: Sergey Nizkorodov receives $35k Research Innovation Award from the Research Corporation to develop a novel approach for studying the mechanism of ozonolysis of unsaturated fatty acids at gas-solid and gas-liquid interfaces.

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2003

September 2003:
  • Stephen Mang, a graduate of the University of San Diego, joins the group a part of the UCI ChaMP graduate program.
  • Graduate student Xiang Pan, who obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Science and Technology in China, joins the Aerosol Photochemistry Group to pursue a degree in physical chemistry.
Summer 2003:
  • The first generation of Chemical Ionization Aerosol Mass Spectrometer is completed.
  • The first generation of the IR CRDS apparatus is completed.

February 2003: Dr. Ao Lin joins the Aerosol Photochemistry Group as a postdoctoral researcher and starts working on Chemical Ionization Aerosol Mass Spectrometer. Prior to his arrival at UCI, Dr. Ao Lin obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Science and Technology in China, obtained his PhD from Ohio State University and spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher in Brookhaven National Laboratory. His main area of expertise is laser spectroscopy.

January 2003: The laboratory space renovation is complete. The first instruments are installed in the lab in early January.

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2002

September 2002: Graduate students Anthony Gomez and Ahmad Alshawa join the Aerosol Photochemistry Group. Anthony Gomez is a graduate of UCI, and he is specializing in physical chemistry. Ahmad Alshawa is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, and his future area of expertise is analytical chemistry.

July 2002: Sergey Nizkorodov joins the UCI Chemistry Department to establish a new research program in aerosol photochemistry. He gets an empty lab on the fifth floor of the Rowland Hall building.

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