News & Events

CaSTL Investigator Richard P. Van Duyne, renowned for his discovery of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), died Sunday, July 28. He was 73.

Van Duyne’s discovery of SERS — which is capable of both detecting and identifying single molecules — has had a huge effect on chemistry, physics, materials science and medicine around the world.


Please join the CaSTL Team to congratulate George Schatz on Ahmed Zewail Prize award of the Journal Chemical Physics Letters for outstanding contributions to the theory and understanding of gas-phase reaction dynamics, plasmonics, and nanostructured materials. Ara Apkarian and Lasse Jensen will deliver invited lectures at the honoring Ahmed Zewail Prize Award Symposium at the 14th FemtoChemistry Conference in Shanghai, China on August 1st.

CaSTL PIs, Ara Apkarian and Hrvoje Petek, hike the Yellow Mountains after the 11th Symposium on Ultrafast Surface Dynamics at Qiandao Lake, Zhejiang, China. Petek was a conference organizer and presented on "How to Dress a Metal" and Apkarian was a featured speaker on "Spectromicroscopy with Atomically Confined Light".


Petek Group NEWS!

Yanan Dai successfully defended his PhD 'Imaging Light with Photoelectrons on the Nano-Femto Scale' on Monday, April 29, 2019. Congratulations Yanan!

Join CaSTL Center for a Girls in STEAM Conference on Saturday, April 27th 9:15 am to 12:30 pm at UC Irvine for middle and high school girls. Click here for more info.

CaSTL SP Member, H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, a UCI Distinguished Professor and Nicolaos G. & Sue Curtis Alexopoulos Presidential Chair in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, has been elected a fellow by the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge...Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and an independent scientific academy of the United Kingdom. The fellowship of the Royal Society comprises more than 1,460 of the most distinguished scientists from the United Kingdom, other Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland, as well as over 170 foreign members.

February 23, 2019

CaSTL 2018 UCI-ASU Pathways Fellow, Howard Weatherspoon, presented at the Emerging Researchers Network Conference in STEM on February 21-23, 2019 in Washington, DC and recevied the first place award for undergraduate poster in Mathematics & Statistics. 

February 7, 2019

CaSTL Center postdoc, Ben Taber, presents on "Seeing is Believing: Visualizing Chemistry" at Albany State University as part of the CaSTL-Albany State University Pathways Program facutly exchange.


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 from the Irvine and Tustin School Districts in kindergarden to eighth grade.

January 2019 

CaSTL 2018 UCI-ASU Pathways Program Fellow, Howard Weatherspoon, presents his research at Albany State University Math competition for high school students to show importance of math in scientific research and career opportunities.