Chemistry Newsletter - 01/13/2003

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

 


XXVII - No. 2 January 13th, 2003

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Margaret Goering Has Died

 

We have just learned that Margaret Goering died. Margaret was the wife of Harlan Goering, one of our great organic chemists. Margaret arranged for two substantial bequests, one to endow the Organic Visitor, and the second to endow a Graduate Fellowship. She was a great friend of our Department. Her son, Richard, sent us a copy of the obituary.

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Margaret L. Goering, age 80, died peacefully Tuesday Jan. 2, 2003 in Sun City West, Arizona. She was born August 9, 1922 in Newton, Kansas. She resided in Madison from 1950 to 1999, where her husband, Harlan Goering, was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin until 1990. Margaret was an intelligent and gracious woman with many interests. She received a B.A. in biology from Bethel College in Newton, Kansas, and worked as an X-ray technician in the 1940's. In the 1970's, she returned to school and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. She then worked as a medical social worker at Madison General Hospital. Margaret established a city-wide Junior Great Books discussion program in Madison area schools and served on the Madison PTA board. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Madison, where she served on the board of education and board of social action. She traveled widely, enjoying many winter trips to the Caribbean and several extended stays in Europe. Margaret was preceded in death by Harlan. She is survived by her son, Richard, of Santa Cruz, California, and brother, Carl Ebersole, of Redding, California. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 1 pm at the First Congregational Church, Madison. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

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American Chemical Society Gives a "Salute to Excellence" Award to Betty Moore

 

Betty Moore has received word that the National Chemistry Week issue of the Journal of Chemical Education that she developed was given a "Salute to Excellence" award by the American Chemical Society to recognize the important contribution that issue has made to support the National Chemistry Week program of the ACS. Way to go Betty!

 

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

 

January 21st, 2003

February 11th, 2003

March 11th, 2003

April 8th, 2003

May 13th, 2003

 

Finance Committee Meetings --- Tuesdays ---1:20 PM - Chair’s Office

January 14th, 2003

February 4th, 2003

February 18th, 2003

March 4th, 2003

March 18th, 2003

April 1st, 2003

April 15th, 2003

May 6th, 2003

May 20th, 2003

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gerald Small, Iowa State. "Nonphotochemical Hole Burning Spectroscopy: Underlying Physics and Application to 'Imaging' of Normal and Carcinoma Cells.”

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Susan Reslewic, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2003 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Yutaka Ukaji from Kanazawa University. “New Asymmetric Reactions Based on Cooperation of Two or More Metal Centers”

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Thursday, January 28th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Meloche Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ara Apkarian, UC-Irvine. "Multilinear Spectroscopy in Condensed Media: Evolving Perspectives and Prospects.”

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Thursday, January 30th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. David Cunningham, Abbott Laboratories. “Fluidics and Sample Handling in Diagnostic Products: Glucose testing “NOT” at your fingertips”

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Tuesday, February 4th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Voth, University of Utah. “Proton transport in Aqueous And Biomolecular Systems”

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Manos Mavrikakis, UW Engineering, to be announced.

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Pierre Wiltzius, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. "Colloidal Self-Assembly, Multi-Beam Interference Lithography, and Photonic Crystals.”

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Monday, February 24th, 2003 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. S. Gray, Argonne National Lab.

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Thursday, March 6th, 2003 - Analytical McElvain Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor R. Graham Cooks, Purdue University.

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Tuesday, March 13th and 14th, 2003 - Willard Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Carlos Bustamante, UC-Berkeley.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dalia Dhingra, Graduate Student.

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Monday, March 31st, 2003, - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. J. Daniel Gezelter, University of Notre Dame.

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Tuesday, April 1st, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Huib Bakker, AMOLF Amsterdam, to be announced.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Levis, Temple University.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Vanden Bout, University of Texas, to be announced.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hua Yu, Graduate Student.

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Friday, April 11th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shiping Fang, Graduate Student.

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Lecture, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Neumark, UC-Berkeley, to be announced.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2003 - Analytical McElvain Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Anne L. Plant, NIST.

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Friday, April 18th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 1:20 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kyubong Jo, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Monday, April 21st, 2003 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Christopher Bardeen, University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ara Apkarian, UC-Irvine.

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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tom Keyes, Boston University. “Instantaneous Normal Modes, The Potential Energy Landscape, And Dynamics In Supercooled Liquids”

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Thursday, April 24th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jian Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 28th, 2003, - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Carlos Simmerling, SUNY, Stony Brook.

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Tuesday, April 29th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert Walker, University of Maryland, College Park. "Solvation at Surfaces: Profiling Interfacial solvent Polarity with Molecular Rulers.”

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Thursday, May 1st, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2003 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wilma Olson, Rutgers, to be announced.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2003 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ting Zheng, Graduate Student.

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Monday, May 12th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University, to be announced.

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Tuesday, May 13th, 2003 - Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Harold Scheraga, Cornell University, to be announced.

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Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences Workshop

The Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences is organizing a workshop entitled "Neutrons In Solid State Chemistry and the Earth Sciences Today and Tomorrow," to be held March 12-16, 2003, at the Pollard Auditorium, Oak Ridge. Our two part program consists of an overview spanning the use of neutron scattering in solid-state chemistry and the earth sciences (March 12th- 14th) followed by more in depth tutorials (March 15th - 16th) on (1) the use of the Rietveld method for structure analysis, and (2) structural studies of disordered materials using pair distribution functions derived from neutron scattering data. Participants may only attend one of these weekend tutorial sessions, as they will be run in parallel. The scientific program has been put together with graduate students and inexperienced neutron users in mind. The only assumption is knowledge of basic crystallographic and structural concepts. The three day workshop will cover neutron production and scattering instrumentation, structural studies of single crystals, crystalline powders and disordered materials, in-situ diffraction studies at elevated temperatures and/or pressures, magnetic structure determination, inelastic scattering and its utility in studies of phase transitions, and texture studies on geological specimens. Attendees will have an opportunity to present posters on their research projects and get feedback from the workshop instructors and instrument scientists on how neutron scattering could be of value to their projects. Advice will be given on the availability and future of neutron scattering instrumentation in the USA and how to get access to facilities as a new user. For further details see our web site at: http://www.sns.gov/jins/NICEST2003. Selected speakers include: I. Anderson, SNS/Oak Ridge, C. Broholm, Johns Hopkins, R. K. Crawford, SNS/Argonne, M. Dove, Cambridge, J. Jorgensen, Argonne, C. Loong, Argonne, C. Wilson, ISIS, M. Yethiraj, Oak Ridge. Financial support for the workshop is available for graduate student attendees. Faculty at institutions that are members of Oak Ridge Associated Universities also have the possibility of support. For additional information, please contact: Lee Magid, Acting Director, Joint Institute for Neutron Sciences, and The University of Tennessee, Imagid@novell.chem.utk.edu, (865) 974-2470; Al Ekkebus, Manager, User Programs, Spallation Neutron Source, ekkebusae@sns.gov, (865) 241-5644.

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Analytical Sciences Seminars

The following link is for the UW Analytical Sciences Seminar 2002: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow - Swarthmore College

The Department of Chemistry at Swarthmore College invites applications for a "teaching postdoctoral" position in experimental physical chemistry, beginning in the summer of 2003. This position is funded by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for 2 years and is intended for recent Ph.Ds with an interest in a faculty career at an undergraduate institution. The Fellow will carry out research in collision-induced electronic energy transfer in the laboratory of Professor Tom Stephenson, and will have modest teaching responsibilities in physical and/or general chemistry. Applicants should send a cover letter, describing their interest in the position, a c.v., and arrange for 2 letters of recommendations to be sent to: Professor Thomas Stephenson, Department of Chemistry, Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Alternatively, the materials can be sent by e-mail to: tstephel@swarthmore.edu or by phone at:610-328-8561.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Mount Union College. Teaching science methods for inclusive early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence to young adult licensure programs. Additional teaching or supervision in P-12 setting required based upon candidate's qualifications and department's needs. Ph.D. or Ed.D. by August, 2003. A minimum of three years of teaching experience in P-12. Candidates must have a commitment to teaching in a liberal arts setting. Position available in August, 2003. Competitive salary, based upon qualifications. Fringe benefits include a 10 percent contribution by the College to TIAA/CREF after one year of service; contribution by the College toward hospitalization, major medical, disability, and group-life insurance; tuition discount for spouse or children attending Mount Union College. Academic Rank of Assistant Professor, Tenure-track Position. Send a letter of interest and a resume, including the names and phone numbers of three current references, to: Dr. James Infante, Education Department, Mount Union College, Alliance, OH 44601. E-mail: infantjm@muc.edu, by February 14, 2003. Consideration of applicants will begin immediately.

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Organic Chemistry Faculty Position. Christopher Newport University invites application for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science starting Aug. 2003. A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry is required. College level teaching experience and research interests in an environmental field are highly desirable. Teaching responsibilities may include lecture and labs in Introductory (gen, org, biochem), General, and Organic Chemistry as well as Instrumental Analysis and special topics. Candidate is expected to develop an active research program. Applicants must send by January 20,2003: 1) a vita, 2) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and 4) plans for professional development and guiding student research. Additionally, three letters of reference are required. Please visit our web site at http://www.cnu.edu to get a complete description of job requirements (go to faculty, human resources, vacancies). Closing date: Jan. 20, 2003.

 

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Rockford College, a private, non-denominational, liberal arts college in Rockford, Illinois, invites applications for a tenure-track position, beginning August 2003. The position is in organic chemistry, with additional duties in general chemistry, senior seminar, and undergraduate research. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and, preferably, post-doctoral experience. He or she will be seeking a career in teaching at a four-year undergraduate institution where active faculty participation in the department and in the life of the college and local community are encouraged. The candidate would also have opportunities to explore teaching opportunities outside his or her immediate field of expertise. Our department has four full-time faculty members and graduates 3-6 majors per year. We offer a B.A. and ACS-accredited B.S. degree in chemistry and a B.S. degree in biochemistry. We have an impressive array of instrumentation for our size, including GC-MS, HPLC, NMR with FT capability (Anasazi upgrade), FT-IR, AA, and a photolysis reaction unit. Each faculty member has a personal research lab apart from the general lab area. The department also has a part-time lab curator and a well-endowed equipment fund for use by its faculty. Our college web site is at http://www.rockford.edu. Interested candidates should forward curriculum vitae to the chair (below) and arrange to have sent three letters of reference. Review of application materials will begin on January 31, 2003 and will continue until the position is filled. Send to: Dr. Fred Hadley, Chair, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Rockford College, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, Email: Fred_Hadley@rockford.edu, Phone: (815) 226-4170, FAX: (815) 394-5166.

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Physical/Analytical Chemistry Faculty Position Christopher Newport University invites application for a tenure track position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science starting Aug. 2003. A Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry (theoretical or experimental) or Analytical is required. College level teaching experience and research interests in an environmental field are highly desirable. Teaching responsibilities may include lecture and labs in General Chem, Instrumental Analysis, and special topics. Candidate is expected to develop an active research program. Applicants must send by January 20,2003: 1) a vita, 2) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy, and 4) plans for professional development and guiding student research. Additionally, three letters of reference are required. Please visit our web site at http://www.cnu.edu to get a complete description of job requirements (go to faculty, human resources, vacancies). Closing date: Jan. 20, 2003.

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Hillsborough Community College, HCC, presently has an open position for an experienced chemistry professor at its Dale Mabry Campus. This position will be filled in August 2003. HCC is a two-year college serving over 43,000 students in the Tampa metropolitan area. While the minimum requirement is a Masters degree with 18 graduate hours in chemistry, the hiring committee is searching for a person who holds a Ph. D in chemistry or chemical education, and who has a strong interest in teaching and developing both our Chemistry For Health Sciences and Chemistry and Society courses. All required documentation must be received in the Employment Office on or before the closing date of Friday, January 17th, 2003. Please visit the HCC Vacancy Announcements http://www.hccfl.edu/jobs/faculty.asp web page for all necessary application information. If you have specific questions about the position or the school email me directly. Drew H. Wolfe, Ph. D. Department of Chemistry, Hillsborough Community College, WorldWideWolfe: http://www.mindspring.com/%7Edrwolfe/WWWolfe.htm.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Kansas State University. Two Postdoctoral Research Associates are needed for work in the area of inorganic nanoscale materials. The projects will involve the synthesis and characterization of metal, metal oxide, and mixed metal oxide nanocrystals. Experience with vacuum systems, airless techniques, microscopy methods, adsorption methods, and/or surface chemistry in general is desirable. Screening of applicants will commence February 1, 2003 and continue until the position is filled. To apply, please send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references to: Professor K. J. Klabunde, Department of Chemistry, Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Phone (785) 532-6849, email: kenjk@ksu.edu.

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Position available in the Department of Protein Engineering for an organic chemist to work in elucidating important protein-protein interactions involving novel proteins, with a focus on oncology. The projects will involve screening peptide libraries displayed on phage against interesting targets and synthesizing peptides suggested by the consensus sequences. Developing peptide based fluorescence in vitro assays and in vivo cellular assays using conjugates with transporters such as the antennapedia peptide will follow the initial phage work. Once reliable assays are in place the SAR of the peptides will be investigated. Other potential projects will involve developing high throughput screens for small molecule antagonists and subsequent SAR investigations. Requirements: A Ph. D. in Chemistry. Contact: Kurt Deshayes, Department of Protein Engineering MS 27, Genentech Inc., 1 DNA Way, South San Francisco, CA 94080, Ph: (650) 225-2046, Email: deshayes@gene.com. References: K. Deshayes, M. L. Schaffer, N. J. Skelton, G. R. Nakamura, S. Kadkhodayan, S. S. Sidhu, Chem. Biol. 2002, 9, 495. R. P. Laura, A. S. Witt, H. A. Held, R. Gerstner, K. Deshayes, M. F. T. Koehler, K. S. Kosik, S. S. Sidhu, L. A. Lasky, J. Biol. Chem. 2002, 277, 12906-12914.

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The Department of Chemistry at Swarthmore College. Two postdoc positions are available in the lab of Professor Scott Anderson, in the Chemistry Department of the University of Utah. A short description of each position follows. Additional information can be obtained from my web site: http://www.chem.utah.edu/chemistry/faculty/anderson/anderson.html or by e-mailing me at anderson@chem.utah.edu. Both positions offer competitive salaries and full health benefits. If interested, please send a CV and arrange to have three letters of recommendation (including PhD advisor and any postdoctoral mentors) sent to: Prof. Scott Anderson, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Utah, 315 S. 1400 E. Rm 2020, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Surface Chemistry: Size-Selected Model Catalysts/Cluster-Surface Deposition Dynamics. Mass-selected metal clusters are deposited on planar oxide supports, then characterized by a combination of in situ XPS, ISS, AES, and TPD/R. STM is also available but not in situ, and we are hoping to add in situ IR spectroscopy this year. We are interested in both the chemical properties of the model catalysts produced by cluster deposition, and also in the dynamics of the cluster-support interaction. Issues of particular interest are the effects of cluster size, impact energy, and of different types and densities of support defects. Recent results on Ni clusters and Ir clusters on Ti02 are available at http://www.chem.utah.edu/chemistry/faculty/anderson/clussurf.html. For this position, a background in surface chemistry/surface science techniques is desirable, but good candidates in other areas will be considered. High Energy Fuels: Metal NanoClusters as Combined Fuel and Combustion Catalyst. Micron sized metal (aluminum, sometimes boron) particles are commonly added to propellants as a high energy density fuel. Particles can also be added to liquid hydrocarbon fuels to produce a slurry with higher energy density that could be obtained with hydrocarbon fuels alone. As the particle size decreases, the surface area per volume increases, so that eventually the molecule-surface collision frequency begins to compete with intermolecular collisions. In this limit, catalytic surface chemistry, even if not very efficient, can begin to contribute significantly to combustion rates. In this project we will explore the possibilities for enhancing combustion rates by introducing high surface area particles. One particle type of interest is pure metal coated with a native oxide (e.g. Al/Al2O3), where the oxide may serve as a catalyst. The particle surfaces can also be doped with small amounts of more catalytically active metals, or with active oxides, such as ceria. To avoid the complications inherent in real fuels, which are complex mixtures, we will focus on breakdown of JP 10 (a synthetic fuel) and other pure hydrocarbon species. Breakdown is monitored on-line by in situ mass spectrometry. For this position, a background in kinetics or catalysis is desirable, but good candidates in other areas will be considered. Send to: Professor Thomas Stephenson, Department of Chemistry, Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Alternatively, the materials can be sent by e-mail to: tstephel@swarthmore.edu or by phone at:610-328-8561.

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