Chemistry Department Newsletter for 1/04/2010

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XXXIV - No. 1 January 4th, 2010

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Dr. Linda Zelewski Selected as an Honored Instructor by University Housing
Linda Zelewski has been selected as an Honored Instructor by students living in University Housing for making a positive impact on undergraduate education at UW-Madison for the Fall 2009 Semester. This award honors Linda's approach to pedagogy that encourages not only learning and intellectual development, but also student engagement and connectedness. Congratulations Linda.
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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

January 19th, 2010 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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Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William Schneider, University of Notre Dame. "Environmental Catalysis from First Principles"
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Friday, January 22nd, 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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Monday, January 25th, 2010 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Feng Wang, Boston University.
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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.
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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.
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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, 12:15 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.
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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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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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Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - Organic Graduate Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Adam Weinstein, Stahl Group.
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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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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.
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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.
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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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Chemistry Library Workshop schedule for Jan 11-15, 2010
All sessions held in the Chemistry Library Computer Room, 2361 Chemistry Building.  If you have questions or wish to schedule a session for your research group, please contact Emily Wixson, 262-4423, ewixson@library.wisc.edu.
Monday, January 11
1:00-2:15 PM - RefWorks: Web-Based Citation Management
Covers basic RefWorks features, including organizing records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from MadCat and chemistry databases, and preparing bibliographies. Hands-on practice included.
Monday, January 11
2:30-3:45 PM - EndNote: Managing Chemistry Literature
Covers basic EndNote features, including organization of databases and records, searching and sorting records, importing records electronically from chemistry databases (PubMed, SciFinder Scholar, and Web of Science) and preparing bibliographies. Learn how to set up your EndNote database to avoid later style formatting hassles. You are encouraged to bring your laptop if you have endnote installed on your computer.
Tuesday, January 12
1:00-2:15 PM - Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire: Searching for Organic, Inorganic and Organometallic Compound Information
Provides an overview of the Beilstein/Gmelin Crossfire databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and property data. Modifying record display, combined structure and fact editor searching, exporting information, and client availability will be discussed. Hands-on practice included.
Thursday, January 14
1:00-2:15 PM - SciFinder Scholar: Searching the Chemical Literature
Provides an overview of SciFinder Scholar databases and search features, including structure, substructure, reaction, and research topic. Use of ANALYZE/REFINE for improved retrieval, remote access, and downloading for citation management also covered. Hands-on practice included.
Friday, January 15
1:00-2:15 PM - Crystal Structure Databases on the Web
Provides an overview of Cambridge Structural Database (CSD-Web), Inorganic Crystal Structure Database (ICSD-Web) and other resources listed on the X-Ray Crystallography Research Guide.
No registration necessary for sessions.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Engineering BspQI nicking enzymes and application of N.BspQI in DNA labeling and production of single-strand DNA.
Zhang, PH; Too, PHM; Samuelson, JC; Chan, SH; Vincze, T; Doucette, S; Backstrom, S; Potamousis, KD; Schramm, TM; Forrest, D; Schwartz, DC*; Xu, SY.
PROTEIN EXPRESSION AND PURIFICATION 69 (2): 226-234 FEB 2010.
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HCl Uptake through Films of Pentanoic Acid and Pentanoic Acid/Hexanol Mixtures at the Surface of Sulfuric Acid.
Burden, DK; Johnson, AM; Nathanson, GM*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 113 (51): 14131-14140 DEC 24 2009.
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Sulfide Treatment of ZnO Single Crystals and Nanorods and the Effect on P3HT-ZnO Photovoltaic Device Properties.
Uhlrich, JJ; Franking, R; Hamers, RJ*; Kuech, TF.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 113 (50): 21147-21154 DEC 17 2009.
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Oxidation Chemistry of Axially Protected Mo-2 and W-2 Quadruply Bonded Compounds.
Nippe, M; Victor, E; Berry, JF*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 48 (24): 11889-11895 DEC 21 2009.
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Flow Cytometry Reveals that Multivalent Chemoattractants Effect Swarmer Cell Dedifferentiation.
Lamanna, AC; Kiessling, LL*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 4 (10): 828-833 OCT 2009.
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Nosiheptide Biosynthesis Featuring a Unique Indole Side Ring Formation on the Characteristic Thiopeptide Framework.
Yu, Y; Duan, L; Zhang, Q; Liao, RJ; Ding, Y; Pan, HX; Wendt-Pienkowski, E; Tang, GL; Shen, B*; Liu, W.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 4 (10): 855-864 OCT 2009.
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Control of the critical dimensions and line edge roughness with pre-organized block copolymer pixelated photoresists.
Kang, HM; Kim, YJ; Gopalan, P*; Nealey, PF.
JOURNAL OF VACUUM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY B 27 (6): 2993-2997 NOV 2009.
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Advances in Bioconjugation.
Kalia, J; Raines, RT*.
CURRENT ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 14 (2): 138-147 JAN 2010.
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New and Unexpected Insights into the Modulation of LuxR-Type Quorum Sensing by Cyclic Dipeptides.
Campbell, J; Lin, Q; Geske, GD; Blackwell, HE*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 4 (12): 1051-1059 DEC 2009.
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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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Postdoctoral Position : Florida State University Mechanisms of Photochemical Reactions. Applicants are sought for a position in the area of photochemical and/or spectroscopic studies concerning cis-trans photoisomerization and photocyclization reactions of olefins, with emphasis on photoreactions in the vitamin D field. Goals of the research range from developing a green synthesis of vitamin D derivatives to testing theoretical predictions of photochemical reactivity by improving the accuracy of the experimental scaffold for their evaluation. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in physical organic chemistry. Expertise in photochemistry, transient absorption spectroscopy, and/or fluorimetry (steady state and transient) would be a plus. Research topics include: (1)  Developing a solid state synthesis of vitamin D. (2) Determining the scope of the bicycle pedal mechanism for cis-trans photoisomerization. (3)   Providing experimental tests of the Hula-twist cis-trans photoisomerization mechanism. (4)   Testing proposals that geometries at certain conical intersections control efficiencies of cis-trans photoisomerizations in polyenes. The position is available immediately. Inquiries, CVs and letters of recommendation should be sent (preferably by e-mail) to: Professor Jack Saltiel, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4390, fax: 850 644 8281, phone: 850 644 5405, email: saltiel@chem.fsu.edu, web: https://www.chem.fsu.edu/~jsaltiel/.
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Postdoctoral Research Position on Ultrafast Catalysis and Photocatalysis in Argonne National Laboratory. A postdoctoral position is available immediately at Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division of Argonne National Laboratory. The research effort will be devoted to structure-function- dynamics correlations of metal nanoparticles and other relevant molecules in catalytic and photocatalytic systems.  The techniques used will involve ultrafast optical transient absorption and fluorescence upconversion as well as transient x-ray absorption/diffraction at the Advanced Photon Source.  Preference will be given to candidates having extensive experience in at least one or more of the following areas: ultrafast optical spectroscopy, photochemistry and photophysics of metal nanoparticles or small molecule/metal nanoparticle hybrid systems, x-ray absorption or diffraction/scattering at synchrotron sources, catalysis and photocatalysis. Interested candidates should send a detailed CV, along with a list of publications, and the names and addresses of three references to: L. Chen, lchen@anl.gov. Argonne is a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC. Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce.
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