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Professor Millar receives the ISCE career achievement award

Professor Millar receives the ISCE career achievement award
July 22, 2014

Professor Jocelyn Millar, cooperating faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Silver Medal for career achievement by the International Society of Chemical Ecology.  Read Moretest

Dr. Eichler has received the 2013-14 Univeristy Honors Program Professor of the Year Award

Dr. Eichler has received the 2013-14 Univeristy Honors Program Professor of the Year Award
July 09, 2014

Dr. Jack Eichler was named Univeristy Honors Program Professor of the Year for 2013-14 for his exceptional teaching of honors general chemistry. Last year Dr. Eichler also received the 2013 UCR Innovative Teaching Award for the development of pedagogies for improving engagement in large enrollment courses.  Read Moretest

Solar Energy Gets a Boost

Solar Energy Gets a Boost
July 08, 2014

A perspective article published last month by University of California, Riverside chemists in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters was selected as an Editors Choice-an honor only a handful of research papers receive. The perspective reviews the chemists' work on "singlet fission" a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states. This 1->2 conversion process, as it is known, has the potential to boost solar cell efficiency by as much as 30 percent.   Read Moretest

Let There Be Light: Chemists Develop Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals

Let There Be Light: Chemists Develop Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals
June 30, 2014

Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research paves the way for novel display applications relying on the instantaneous and contactless nature of magnetic manipulation such as signage, posters, writing tablets, and billboards.  Read Moretest

Bardeen Group JPC Letters paper selected as an Editors Choice

Bardeen Group JPC Letters paper selected as an Editors Choice
June 27, 2014

The Bardeen group publication entitled - Singlet Fission: From Coherences to Kinetics in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters has been selected as an Editors Choice manuscript that highlights new research of particular importance to the scientific community. Singlet fission is a process in which a photon creates an excited state that spontaneously splits into two lower energy excited states. This phenomenon has the potential to boost the efficiency of solar cells by up to 30 percent.   Read Moretest

Professors Haddon and Yin appear on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researcher List

Professors Haddon and Yin appear on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researcher List
June 26, 2014

Professors Robert Haddon and Yadong Yin appear on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researcher List. This distinction was earned by being in the top one percent of highly cited publications in their subject field for the year.  Read Moretest

Professor Ming Lee Tang awarded an ARO Young Investigator Award

Professor Ming Lee Tang awarded an ARO Young Investigator Award
June 25, 2014

Professor Ming Lee Tang has received a Young Investigator Award from the Army Research Office for her proposal entitled - Creating magnetic plasmons at visible frequencies: towards isotropic negative index metamaterials. Dr. Tangs research utilizes bottom-up self-assembly of 3D assemblies of plasmonic nanoparticles for the manipulation of visible light. Chemical reactions are used to link plasmonic nanoparticles at length scales not accessible to lithographic techniques. Applications include: Metamaterials with sub-wavelength building blocks, coherent control of single photons, and antenna-enhanced fluorescence and Raman.  Read Moretest

Professor Cynthia Larive awarded the 2015 ACS Volunteer Service Award

Professor Cynthia Larive awarded the 2015 ACS Volunteer Service Award
June 24, 2014

Professor Cynthia Larive has received the 2015 Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS. Dr. Larive served as president of a local section, Chaired the Division of Analytical Chemistry (2013), headed its Education Committee (2003-07), and she serves as editor-in-chief of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library. She received the J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education in 2007 and was named an ACS Fellow in 2011. Dr. Larive served as chair of the Committee on Professional Training (2009-11), and she was a member of the Graduate Education Advisory Board (2004-11).  Read Moretest

2014 ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry for UCR

2014 ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry for UCR
June 23, 2014

Krystal Vasquez is UCR's recipient of the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award for 2014. The ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry invites Chemistry Departments to select the top student in analytical chemistry at each university to receive this award.  Read Moretest

Chemists Challenge Conventional Understanding of How Photocatalysis Works

Chemists Challenge Conventional Understanding of How Photocatalysis Works
May 19, 2014

Photocatalysis, catalysis assisted by light, is a promising route to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. Particularly appealing is the possibility to use photocatalysis to split water molecules into molecular hydrogen. Although photocatalysis has been around for many years, the search for viable photo catalysts to facilitate the splitting of water molecules continues to date. Now a team of chemists at the University of California, Riverside has come up with a model to explain this promoting effect that could shift the focus in the search for substitutes of the metals and help identify better promoters for photocatalysis in the near future.  Read Moretest