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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 Passes Candidacy!
08/16/2021

Wen Passes Candidacy!

Wen passes his candidacy exam, making him officially a PhD candidate!
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Kat receives Goldwater Scholarship!
07/24/2021

Kat receives Goldwater Scholarship!

Katerina Gorou, Okumura group undergraduate, receives the 2021 Barry Goldwater Scholarship.
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Hannah Passes Candidacy!
05/26/2021

Hannah Passes Candidacy!

Hannah is officially a PhD Candidate, we celebrate with her favorite donuts!
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Greg is awarded 2020-21 CCE Teaching Assistantship Award!
05/25/2021

Greg is awarded 2020-21 CCE Teaching Assistantship Award!

Caltech's CCE Division has chosen Greg Jones as one of three recipients to receive the 2020-21 CCE Teaching Assistantship Award
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Laurence Yeung receives tenure at Rice University!
05/11/2021

Laurence Yeung receives tenure at Rice University!

Former grad student Laurence Yeung is promoted to tenure at Rice in the Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences department!
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Leah is awarded GRFP!
04/07/2021

Leah is awarded GRFP!

Leah is awarded the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship
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Remembering Paul Crutzen
02/16/2021

Remembering Paul Crutzen

Chemistry loses another titan of atmospheric science- 1995 Nobel Prize winner Paul Crutzen.
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Joey Messinger Graduates!
11/24/2020

Joey Messinger Graduates!

On October 27th Joey presented his thesis, "Spectroscopy and Kinetics of Atmospheric and Astrochemical Reactions," and is now ready to start his new postdoc at Yale. Though we will miss his witty humor, we wish him luck in New Haven!
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Remembering Mario Molina
10/13/2020

Remembering Mario Molina

In light of Mario Molina's death last week, we want to acknowledge his works' immeasurable impact on the environmental health of our planet. Mexican chemist Mario Molina was a co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for his work on Stratospheric chemistry. Most important was his contribution in identifying the threat of chlouroflourocarbons to our protective ozone layer. By identifying the key mechanisms responsible for ozone destruction, he laid the foundation for policymakers to make almost immediate action to protect our planet by reducing and eventually banning emission of many responsible chemicals. We honor him today by encouraging those reading to channel his passion and strength in fighting our current climate crisis, in anyway you can. Research, teach, share, and vote! We only have one earth. Thank you Dr. Molina
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NASA rover Perseverance successfully launched July 30th
08/03/2020

NASA rover Perseverance successfully launched July 30th

Perseverance was launched on July 30th and is scheduled to land in February. The rover hosts 7 instruments intended to help evaluate Mars's present and past habitability of the planet.
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