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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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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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Wen receives a J. Yang Fellowship!
11/02/2021

Wen receives a J. Yang Fellowship!

Wen receives a J. Yang Fellowship from the J. Yang & Family Foundation!
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We welcome Carlos Abad to the Okumura group!
11/02/2021

We welcome Carlos Abad to the Okumura group!

Welcome to Dr. Carlos Abad Andrade from BAM (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung), a German federal research institute in Berlin, and Humboldt University. He will be a Visiting Associate at Caltech in our group for six months, to work on developing laser spectroscopy methods for Calcium isotope analysis.
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We welcome our newest graduate student, Tyler!
09/07/2021

We welcome our newest graduate student, Tyler!

First year graduate student Tyler Nguyen joins the Okumura group.
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Wen Passes Candidacy!
08/16/2021

Wen Passes Candidacy!

Wen passes his candidacy exam, making him officially a PhD candidate!
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Megan wins Outstanding Poster Award at SoCal Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium!
08/06/2021

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

WAVE student Megan Woods wins Outstanding Poster Award at SoCal Undergraduate Chemistry Research Symposium (UC Irvine) for “Investigating the Product Distribution of Reactions Between Resonance Stabilized Radicals”
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