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The research activities of the Okumura group are in the areas of laser spectroscopy, kinetics, and reaction dynamics, applied to problems in atmospheric chemistry. We study atmospheric free radicals and transient intermediates in order to understand the reactions and photochemistry that are most important in the troposphere and stratosphere. Our goal is both to determine parameters of key reactions and species in the atmosphere, and to understand the chemical physics of these processes at the most fundamental level. Our work is performed in the Linde-Robinson and Noyes laboratories, featured in the images above!

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The Okumura group frequently collaborates with young scientists and educators through programs like SURF and WAVE as well as informal summer mentorship. We believe that passion and diversity of thought and experience produces the best science, so if you are interested please contact us!

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Wen's paper is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society!
10/27/2022

Wen's paper is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society!

"Spectroscopic and Kinetic Studies of the ClSO Radical from Cl2SO Photolysis"
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We welcome Dalia Morcillo to the Okumura group!
10/10/2022

We welcome Dalia Morcillo to the Okumura group!

Welcome to Dalia Morcillo from BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung), a German federal research institute in Berlin. She will be a visiting student at Caltech in our group until the end of January, to work on saturation dip spectroscopy for lithium isotope analysis.
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Tyler Passes Candidacy!
09/28/2022

Tyler Passes Candidacy!

Tyler passes his candidacy exam, making him officially a PhD candidate!
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Kyla wins Outstanding Poster Award at SoCal Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium!
08/12/2022

Kyla wins Outstanding Poster Award at SoCal Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium!

WAVE student Kyla Hudson wins Outstanding Poster Award at SoCal Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium (UC Irvine) for "Using Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy to Measure Methane and Deuterated Products from Nitrogenase HCN Assays"
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Hannah receives the James Ellis LuValle Award!
07/11/2022

Hannah receives the James Ellis LuValle Award!

The James LuValle Award has been established by the CCE DEI Committee to recognize an individual's excellent service work for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the CCE Division.
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Joey Messinger is now Associate Editor at the American Institute of Physics!
04/29/2022

Joey Messinger is now Associate Editor at the American Institute of Physics!

Joey begins work as an Associate Editor for the American Institute of Physics.
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Elizabeth Lunny hired as Senior Scientist at Aerodyne!
04/29/2022

Elizabeth Lunny hired as Senior Scientist at Aerodyne!

Elizabeth Lunny has been hired onto the permanent staff of Aerodyne as Senior Scientist.
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Termeh has been awarded an NSERC Fellowship!
04/26/2022

Termeh has been awarded an NSERC Fellowship!

Termeh receives a fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada!
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Leah Passes Candidacy!
12/14/2021

Leah Passes Candidacy!

Leah passes her candidacy exam, making her officially a PhD candidate!
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We welcome our newest graduate student, Termeh!
12/09/2021

We welcome our newest graduate student, Termeh!

First year graduate student Termeh Bashiri joins the Okumura group.
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