News & Events

A Huge Shout-out and Congratulations extended to Dr. Danielle Watt, CaSTL Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity.

Eric Weitz joined the CaSTL Center over the next year as a Visiting Professor on sabbatical from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. We look forward to the CaSTL UCI chemistry faculty, postdocs and graduate student reserachers' learning from his valuable insight and expertise!  Welcome to CaSTL!!

Congratulations to Howard Weatherspoon - Albany State University and 2019 UC-HBCU/Apkarian Summer Pathways Fellow for garnering a first-place award in the poster presentation/division of Mathematics at the annual SACNAS Conference, held in Honolulu, Hi from Oct 31 to Nov 2, 2019.


Lindsey (Pruden) Beecher defended graduate dissertation on Friday, Nov. 1. Congraduations Dr. Beecher!


Amy Morren new graduate student joined the CaSTL team in Utah in Dr. Jennifer S. Shumaker-Parry's lab. Welcome to CaSTL Amy!

Peter Stevenson, a graduate of  Dr. Jennifer S. Shumaker-Parry's Lab, Utah, received a postdoctoral position at Wright-Patterson Air Force Laboratory. 

Congratulations Peter!

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. See link below more information:


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".