News & Events

January 26, 2019 

CaSTL staff particpated in the 32nd Annual Irvine Valley College (IVC) Astounding Inventions competition held on Saturday, January 26th, 2019.  They conducted hands on activities with young inventors and students from kindergarden to eighth grade from the Irvine and Tustin School Districts. To help spark the student's interest in science, students learned how hydrogel works, played our Bond Breaker game, and took home spectroboxes to learn about the properties of light.

Congrats George! for 7th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences. Your contributions to the Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit are transformative! Your collaborations with CaSTL scientists helped to unravel some long outstanding problems in mixing electrons, light and force!

Looking forward to more!

The Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences is awarded to an individual scientist who has made significant and creative contributions, to any of the disciplines of molecular sciences.

Congratulations to Benjamen Taber, postdoctoral researcher in the Apkarian Lab, who was the 2018 runner-up winner of the American Vacuum Society, Nanoscale Science and Technology Division Postdoc Award.


CaSTL 2018 UCI-ASU Pathways Program Fellow, Carterion Whitlock, receives travel award to present his summer research project from Professor Kumar Wickramasinghe's lab at the Region 3 NSBE conference in Montgomery, AL on November 16-18, 2018.

October 27, 2018

During National Chemistry Week, CaSTL EOD, Danielle Watt, and UCI neuroscience grad student, Angeline Eugene, conducted hands-on activities with 4-5th graders at the second annual STEM Fun Day at Friendship Baptist Church. To complement this year's theme of "Chemistry is out of this World", students learned how Chemistry at the "Space"-Time Limit use light to study the interaction of molecules and they used a hand-made spectrometer to investigate the properties of different light sources. Click title to learn more....

Dr. Zachariah Oommen, Director and Professor of Forensic Science at Albany State University, a Historically Black College and Univerisity (HBCU) partner of CaSTL Center, visits UC Irivne to present on instrumental methods used to detect gunshot residue as a part of the CaSTL-ASU Pathway Program Faculty Exchange.

CaSTL Center Director, Professor Ara Apkarian, gives seminar at UC Irvine Physical Chemistry Division on using a single molecule as a mechanical sensor. Title: Spectromicroscopy with Atomically Confined Light.

The Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity, Danielle Watt, partnered with the other NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation to host a booth to recruit students for summer research at the 45th Anniversity of SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference on Oct. 10-13, 2018 in San Antonio, TX.

CaSTL 2018 Summer Diversity Research Fellow, Miranda Chavez, receives travel award to present her summer research project with Professor Eric Potma at the SACNAS Conference in San Antonio, TX Oct 10-13, 2018.

Hrvoje Petek, a CaSTL Principal Investigator, has won the 2019 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology of the American Chemical Society.

The award, which has been given yearly since 2005, recognizes outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science  and technology in areas of physics, chemistry, biology, or related fields.

The award is for outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or inventions in ultrafast science and technology in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology, or related fields. The recipient will have conducted original and insightful research that has had a significant impact on the field of ultrafast science and technology.