Chemistry Department Newsletter - 01/19/2010

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XXXIV - No. 2 January 19th, 2010

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2009 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

February 16th, 2010 March 16th, 2010
April 20th, 2010 May 11th, 2010

Finance Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 1130

February 2nd, 2010 February 9th, 2010
March 2nd, 2010 March 9th, 2010
April 6th, 2010 April 13th, 2010
May 4th, 2010

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SEMINARS
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Monday, January 25th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Feng Wang, Boston University. "Achieving Post-Hartree-Fock Quality with Force Fields:  A Systematic Attempt Through Force Matching"
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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jin Quan Yu, Scripps. "Accelerated C-H Activation Reactions:  Enantioselectivity and Positional Selectivity"
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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. John Orlando, National Center for Atmospheric Research. "Laboratory Studies of Hydrocarbon Oxidation Mechanisms Under Atmospheric Conditions"
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Anna Hurtley, Yoon Group.
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Thursday, January 28th, 2010 -  Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Caulton, Indiana University.
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Waymouth, Stanford University. "Organocatalysis:  Strategies for Controlled Polymerization Reactions"
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Angel E. Garcia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "Microsecond Simulations of the Detailed Folding/Unfolding Thermodynamics of Proteins"
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Tuesday, February 3rd,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Caulton, Indiana University.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Huey, Georgia Tech.
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Thursday, February 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brian Parker, Gellman Group.
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen Craig, Duke University. "Tension Can be a Good Thing:  Force-Induced Reactions and Their Consequences"
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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christiane Alba-Simionesco, Head of Laboratoire L‚on Brillouin. "Are the Properties of Liquid Water Anomalous even when Confined at the Nanoscale?"
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Wednesday, February 10th,  2010 - Inorganic and Materials Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tobin Marks, Northwestern University.
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Thursday, February 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Tyson, Yoon Group.
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ephraim Woods III, Colgate University. "Sea Spray from a Molecular Point of View"
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Thursday, February 18th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota. "Molecular Surfactants"
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Friday, February 19th, 2010 - Ferry Lecture, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Frank Bates, University of Minnesota. "Tough Plastics by Molecular Design"
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Miller, Yale University. "Asymmetric Catalysis with Amino Acids and Peptides:  Structures and Functions"
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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Horia Metiu, University of California Santa Barbara. "Locally Modified Oxide Catalysts"
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Wednesday, February 24th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Marcetta Darensbourg, Texas A & M.
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Thursday, February 25th, 2010 - Pittcon Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yi Cui, Stanford University.
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Thursday, February 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Olga Dykhno, Yoon Group.
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Scott Denmark, University of Illinois-Urbana .
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Straub, Boston University. "Exploring the Earliest Stages of the Amyloid ? Protein Aggregation Pathway"
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Wednesday, March 3rd,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeremy Smith, New Mexico State University.
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Thursday, March 4th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein - Stahl Group.
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Friday, March 5th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ron Seely, Wisconsin State Journal Writer.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Burke, University of Illinois-Urbana.
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Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.
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Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Shawn Burdette, University of Connecticut.
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Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steve Buchwald, MIT.
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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy H. Warren, Georgetown University.
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Thursday, March 18th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Weber - Mahanthappa Group.
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Friday, March 19th, 2010 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sangtae Kim, Executive Director of the Morgridge Institute for Research.
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Thursday, March 25th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul White, Stahl Group.
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor George Schatz, Northwestern University. "Modeling Self-Assembly of Nanomaterials."
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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 - McElvain Seminar in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sarah Kelly, Pfizer Corp.
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Wednesday, April 7th,  2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Sadow, Iowa State.
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Thursday, April 8th,  2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.  Kelsey Mayer, Gellman Group.
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Friday, April 9th, 2009 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Luis Echegoyen, Director of the Chemistry Division of the National Science Foundation.
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Monday, April 12th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William G. Noid, Penn State University.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Niels H. Damrauer, University of Colorado.
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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Milstein, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Yiying Wu, Ohio State University.
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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Sorenson, Stahl Group.
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Monday, April 19th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dmitri Babikov, Marquette University. "Quantum Origin of Anomalous Isotope Effect in Ozone Formation"
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Giovanna Ghirlanda, Arizona State.
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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joan-Emma Shea, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Christopher Vanderwal, University of California-Irvine.
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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 - Inorganic and Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Geoffrey Coates, Cornell University.
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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Roberto De Guzman, The University of Kansas. "NMR Studies of Bacterial Nanoinjectors and Hantaviral Zinc Fingers"
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 27th and 28th, 2010 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel Danishefsky, Sloan Kettering, Columbia University.
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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Susannah Scott, UC Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 29th, 2010 - McElvain Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Paul Alivisatos, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Millard Alexander, University of Maryland. "Quantum Entanglement and Born-Oppenheimer Breakdown in Chemical Reactions"
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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas Brunold, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Thursday, May 6th, 2010 - Analytical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peter Chen, Spelman College.
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Thursday, May 20th, 2010 - Lilly Young Investigator Lecture in Organic Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tobias Ritter, Harvard University.
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Amgen Chemistry Research & Discovery. Summer internships for undergraduates and graduate students are available in the Department of Chemistry Research & Discovery at our research sites in Thousand Oaks, CA, South San Francisco, CA, & Cambridge, MA in the areas of Medicinal Chemistry, High Throughput Screening & Molecular Pharmacology, Analytical Chemistry, Crystallography, Modeling, and Research Automation & Technology. Specific projects designed by our scientists will provide the intern with hands-on drug discovery experience, such as designing and synthesizing novel compounds for potential drug candidates, analytical and chemical database information management, small molecule analytics, developing and applying automation and miniaturization technology, and biochemical pharmacological screening of drug targets and candidates. The intern will gain valuable experience using the latest laboratory equipment and tools and a unique insight into the drug discovery environment. Intern criteria: BS, MS, or Ph.D. degree program; Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology/Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, or related discipline; Completed at least 1 year of college education by June of 2010; Must be enrolled for Fall of 2010; Demonstrated relevant laboratory experience and communication skills; Excellent academic record, minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA; Must be a U.S. citizen or international student with a valid F1 or CPT visa. Applicants not meeting these requirements will not be considered. Apply on-line at: http://www.amgen.com through 2-15-2010. Enter system by clicking in the Careers link, followed by Search for job link. At search field type in: NB51033375 for Undergrad, NB51033378 for Grad.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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UV, Raman and XRD study of polymorphism of poly(methyl-n-propylsilane).
Bukalov, SS; Zubavichus, YV; Leites, LA; Koe, JR; West, R*.
POLYMER 50 (20): 4845-4851 SEP 23 2009.
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Tripod amphiphiles for membrane protein manipulation.
Chae, PS; Laible, PD; Gellman, SH*.
MOLECULAR BIOSYSTEMS 6 (1): 89-94 2010.
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Stringency of the 2-His-1-Asp Active-Site Motif in Prolyl 4-Hydroxylase.
Gorres, KL; Pua, KH; Raines, RT*.
PLOS ONE 4 (11): Art. No. e7635 NOV 5 2009.
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Large-Scale Phosphoprotein Analysis in Medicago truncatula Roots Provides Insight into in Vivo Kinase Activity in Legumes.
Grimsrud, PA; den Os, D; Wenger, CD; Swaney, DL; Schwartz, D; Sussman, MR; Ane, JM; Coon, JJ*.
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 152 (1): 19-28 JAN 2010.
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1,4-Bis(4-bromo-2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-1,4-diazabuta-1,3-diene.
Guzei, IA*; Hill, NJ*; Van Hout, MR.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 66: O40-U1444 Part 1 JAN 2010.
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N,N '-Dineopentylnaphthalene-1,8-diamine.
Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Hill, NJ*.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 66: O42-U1455 Part 1 JAN 2010.
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2-Methoxy-3,4-diphenylphenol.
Guzei, IA; Annamalai, S; Zimmerman, HE*.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 66: O72-U1682 Part 1 JAN 2010.
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2-{[(4-Methoxyphenyl)dimethylsilyl]methyl}isoindoline-1,3-dione.
Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Zakai, UI.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 66: O219-U2996 Part 1 JAN 2010.
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2-[3-(Methyldiphenylsilyl)propyl]isoindoline-1,3-dione.
Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Zakai, UI; Lynch, DC.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 66: O221-U3008 Part 1 JAN 2010.
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2-[2-(Trimethylsilyl)ethyl]isoindoline-1,3-dione.
Guzei, IA*; Spencer, LC; Zakai, UI.
ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION E-STRUCTURE REPORTS ONLINE 66: O223-U3018 Part 1 JAN 2010.
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. A post-doctoral position is available to help develop optical diagnostics for ultrasonically levitated drop microreactors. Because drop dynamics influence optical properties, optimization of drop levitation and mixing are integral to the optical work. Further, electronics and software development to make operations "pushbutton" will be required. Techniques to be developed will include visible and ultraviolet absorption spectrophotometry, thermal lens absorption, and thermal grating kinetics. Once developed, these techniques will be used to study enzyme and small molecule kinetics relevant to immune function. Study of nonlinear dynamics of biologically related reaction networks may also be undertaken. The successful candidate will have a track record in optical instrument development, have completed a Ph.D. in chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, or a related field no later than June 4, 2010, and have credentials allowing her or him to legally work in the US (citizen, green card holder, or J1 visa). CVs (including list of publications and title of Ph.D. thesis) and names and contact information of at least three references should be sent to: Alexander Scheeline, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801, e-mail: scheelin@illinois.edu.
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Associate Professor Scott Sanders, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, would like to announce a postdoctoral research associate opening in his group. The position involves combined simulation of spectroscopy and tomography. For more details see: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/me/faculty/sanders_scott/CT_postdoc_ad.pdf. Contact: Scott T. Sanders, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 113 Engineering Research Bldg., 1500 Engineering Drive, Madison, WI 53706, office 608-262-3540; mobile 608-576-2156; fax 608-263-9870, e-mail: ssanders@engr.wisc.edu.
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Post Doctoral Research Opportunity. Immediate Opening, Dow Corning Corporation, Carrollton, Kentucky. Exciting laboratory research on synthesis of silicon compounds and siloxane polymer intermediates. Reaction conditions will involve those of conventional organometallic chemistry coupled with homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. In this position you will run lab scale reactions, research reactions and design and conduct experiments aimed at developing new alkylated silanes or siloxanes. You will have the opportunity to work within an innovative research team while contributing ideas and technical critique to the group's work. The qualified candidate will be expected to present and communicate periodic progress updates and publish results while working under the direction of leading scientists. Desired qualifications: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry or chemical engineering. The candidate will have the capability to design, construct and operate experimental apparatus for measuring intrinsic reaction kinetics under harsh operating conditions. The candidate will have expertise in catalysis (both homogeneous and heterogeneous), inert atmosphere manipulation and a good understanding of organic chemistry reaction mechanisms. Good data collection, analysis skills, research of synthetic chemistry and synthetic skills for small molecules will be expected. Applicants should have the ability to propose and evaluate possible mechanisms of chemical reactions while understanding reactor design to identify scale up path for these chemical reactions. Some familiarity with mini reactors and micro reactors for laboratory, pilot and manufacturing use is desired. Qualified candidate should have proven ability to interpret data to extract reaction rate parameters with a good foundation in statistical analysis. Applicants must have un-restricted employment authorization to work in the U.S. (i.e., be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States at the time of application).  Send resume, references and publications list by January 31, 2010 to: Kurt Anderson, Mail stop CAR045, Research and Analytical Manager, Dow Corning Corporation, Carrollton, Kentucky 41008, e-mail: kurt.e.anderson@dowcorning.com. E-mail is preferable.
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