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Rowland Hall Designated as National Historic Chemical Landmark

April 19, 2017

American Chemical Society designates UCI's Rowland Hall a national historic chemical landmark

UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman and American Chemical Society President Allison Campbell unveil a plaque at a ceremony officially designating UCI's Rowland Hall a National Historic Chemical Landmark. Steve Chang / UCI

UCI’s Rowland Hall was officially designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society in a campus ceremony Tuesday. The building is named after F. Sherwood “Sherry” Rowland, a founding faculty member whose groundbreaking research in the 1970s demonstrated the potentially catastrophic effect of chlorofluorocarbons on the Earth’s ozone layer, which protects against the sun’s powerful ultraviolet radiation. Rowland and his postdoctoral scholar Mario Molina were awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the work. Rowland also helped establish UCI as a leading center for atmospheric chemistry and air quality research, which continues today. The dedication included remarks from UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman, American Chemical Society President Allison Campbell, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and Rowland’s longtime lab partner, UCI chemistry professor Donald Blake.