Chemistry Newsletter - 02/04/2002

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVI - No. 5 February 4th, 2002

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SOME SAD NEWS

Professor Jim Taylor's wife Carolyn has died. Carolyn had requested that any memorials be made to the Taylor Scholarship Fund at Madison Memorial High School and/or to the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

February 12th, 2002 March 12th, 2002 April 9th, 2002 May 14th, 2002

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

February 5th, 2002
February 19th, 2002 March 5th, 2002 March 19th, 2002 April 2nd, 2002
April 16th, 2002 May 7th, 2002 May 21st, 2002

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SEMINARS

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Monday, February 4th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Vickie DeRose, TAMU.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hicham Fenniri.

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jiali Gao. "Computer Simulations of Biological Systems: From Opsin Shifts to Enzymatic Reactions."

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Hicham Fenniri, Purdue University. "Supramolecular Chain Reaction"

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2002 - Environmental Chemistry & Technology Seminar, Water Science & Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park St., Room 102. Professor Maria Valnice Boldrin Zanoni, University of San Palo State. "Photoelectrocatalysis: A Tool for Textile Dye Degradation and Water Disinfection"

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kara Bren, Rochester University.

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Thursday, February 7th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott Petersen.

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Friday, February 8th, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquia, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Sharkey, UW Biotron. "How and Why Plants Affect Atmospheric Chemistry (Was Ronald Reagan Right When He Said Trees Pollute?)"

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Friday, February 8th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor Henri Gavin, Duke University.

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Monday, February 11th, 2002 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry (In Wing of the Old Biochemistry Building). Miguel Valvano, University of Western Ontario. "Biosynthesis and Export of O-Specific Lipopolysaccharide"

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dvarajan Thirumalai, University of Maryland. "Chaperonin-Mediated Protein folding"

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2002 - Catalysis Seminar Series, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Stevens, Dow Chemical Company.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences (McElvain) Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Rudolf Tromp, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

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Thursday, February 14th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jennifer Slaughter.

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Friday, February 15th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Daniel Lacks, Tulane University. "Energy Landscapes and the Rheology of Supercooled Liquids and Amorphous Solids"

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Eaton, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. "Single Molecule Fluorescence Measurements of Protein Folding."

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2002 - Catalysis Seminar Series, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Moore, BP Amoco Chemicals.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Terry Goodrich, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, February 21st, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Whitney Erwin.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Alan Wineman, University of Michigan. "Thermo-Mechanical Response of Elastomers Undergoing Scission and Cross-Linking at High Temperatures"

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Monday, February 25th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Charlie Riordon, University of Delaware.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2002 - Catalysis Seminar Series, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Greg Whiteker, Dow Chemical Company.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Eric Voight.

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Friday, March 1st, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Yuri Shkel, University of Wisconsin.

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Monday, March 4th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Ferry Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building, Professor Jacob Klein, University of Oxford. "Rheology Under Confinement"

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Monday, March 4th, 2002 - Catalysis Seminar Series, 2:25 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Larry Que, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2002 - Physical Chemistry Ferry Lectures, 11:00 a.m. Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jacob Klein, University of Oxford."Polymer Brushes: From Colloidal Stabilisation to Biological Recognition"

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Tuesday, March 5th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tim Glass, Penn State University.

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Thursday, March 7th, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Warren Warren, (Meloche Lecurer), Princeton University. "Femtosecond Laser Pulse Shaping and its Applications"

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Thursday, March 7th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lisa Jungbauer.

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Thursday, March 7th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carsten Bolm.

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Friday, March 8th, 2002 - Chemistry Colloquium, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Warren Warren, Princeton. "Understanding and Exploiting Intermolecular Multiple-Quantum Coherences; How Everything Organic Chemists Know About NMR Can Be Wrong"

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Friday, March 8th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Jay Schieber, Illinois Institute of Technology. "Molecular Modeling of Entangled Polymers in Single and Double Step Strains"

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Monday, March 11th, 2002 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335. Dr. Sunil Jayasuriya , S.C. Johnson Company. "Influence of Polymer Structure on Dry Time and Re-solubility of Inks"

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Burgess.

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lisa Rosenberg, University of Victoria.

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Thursday, March 14th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Wendy Deprophetis.

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Friday, March 15th, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Dr. Harry Goldsmith. The Montreal General Hospital. "The Micro- and Molecular Rheology of Human Blood"

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Monday, March 18th, 2002 - Special Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Sally A. Sullivan, PhD, JD, Greenlee, Winner, & Sullivan, PC.

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Tuesday, March 19th, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barney Ellison, University of Colorado. "Organic Aerosols, Free Radicals, and the Fate of the Earth"

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2002 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudia Turro, Ohio State University.

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Thursday, March 21st, 2002 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Thomas P. Beebe, University of Delaware.

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Thursday, March 21st, 2002 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher Ciolli.

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Friday, March 22nd, 2002 - Rheology Research Center - 3M Lectures, 12:05 p.m., Room 1800 Engineering Hall. Paula Wood-Adams, Concordia.

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building, Professor Richard Zare, Stanford. "Prospects for Advances in Micro and Nanoscale Chemical Analysis"

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Ferris TD; Farrar TC.

The temperature dependence of the hydroxyl deuterium quadrupole coupling parameter and the rotational correlation time of the OD internuclear vector in neat ethanol-d(1).

MOLECULAR PHYSICS 2002, Vol 100, Iss 2, pp 303-309.

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Liu YX; Stringfellow TC; Ballweg D; Guzei IA; West R.

Structure and chemistry of 1-silafluorenyl dianion, its derivatives, and an organosilicon diradical dianion.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 1, pp 49-57.

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Zwier JM; Brouwer AM; Keszthelyi T; Balakrishnan G; Offersgaard JF; Wilbrandt R; Barbosa F; Buser U; Amaudrut J; Gescheidt G; Nelsen SF; Little CD.

Electron delocalization in the radical cation of 1,3,6,8-tetraazatricyclo[4.4.1.1(3,8)]dodecane, a 4-nitrogen-7-electron system.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 1, pp 159-167.

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Umezawa N; Gelman MA; Haigis MC; Raines RT; Gellman SH.

Translocation of a beta-peptide across cell membranes.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2002, Vol 124, Iss 3, pp 368-369.

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Welch SA; Banfield JF.

Modification of olivine surface morphology and reactivity by microbial activity during chemical weathering.

GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA 2002, Vol 66, Iss 2, pp 213-221.

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Rickert KA; Ellis AB; Himpsel FJ; Sun J; Kuech TF.

n-GaN surface treatments for metal contacts studied via x-ray photoemission spectroscopy.

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 2002, Vol 80, Iss 2, pp 204-206.

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Fix SR; Brice JL; Stahl SS.

Efficient intramolecular oxidative amination of olefins through direct dioxygen-coupled palladium catalysis.

ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2002, Vol 41, Iss 1, pp 164-166.

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Copyright © 2002 Institute for Scientific Information

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Polymer Science. Summer 2002 - Internship Program. Sponsored by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The Department of Polymer Science at The University of Akron offers a competitive summer internship for exceptional students. These internships provide a unique opportunity for junior level college students to gain experience in the polymer field and earn six senior level research credits. Stipends for Summer 2002 (3 months) are$59000. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company sponsors the Summer Intern program. Areas of research actively pursued in the department include polymer synthesis, physical chemistry, polymer characterization, molecular modeling, and engineering and technology of polymers. The Department of Polymer Science is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center, which is dedicated to polymer science teaching and research. State-of-the-art research instrumentation is available for NMR spectroscopy, GPC, thermal analysis, rheo-optics, xray diffraction, and electron and other microscopies. An impressive array of research facilities is available through the department. These include laboratories for all major types of polymerizations and most conventional instruments for the measurement of chemical/physical structure and physical properties. Molecular modeling research is pursued using a range of powerful software and advanced computing hardware. The department has twenty-one full-time faculty members, approximately 130 full-time graduate students, and thirty part-time graduate students. Intern research projects last summer included:

  • Analysis of Thin Poly(styrene) Films by Polarization Modulation FT-IR Spectroscopy.
  • Interactions of a Protein with Different Solvents.
  • Mechanical Properties of Polymer Surfaces Measured on the Nanoscale.
  • Sterically Hindered Alkylaluminum Compounds.
  • Monte Carlo Simulations Of Polymers.

Interested students should send a letter of application clearly stating their field of interest, a copy of their transcripts, and two letters of reference. Letters should be from either a professor or supervisor who has knowledge of the student's scientific skills and may be contacted easily. Send applications to: The University of Akron, Department of Polymer Science, Akron, Ohio 44325-3909, Attn: Summer Internships. Please submit application materials by February 1, 2002. Awards will be announced beginning February 15, 2002 and will continue until all positions are filled. If you have questions regarding the application process please contact Paul Easterling at 330-972-7532 or email: easter@polymer.uakron.edu.

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Sabbatical Replacement - The Chemistry Department of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement to begin in August, 2002. A strong commitment to undergraduate teaching is required; a Ph.D. is preferred. Teaching assignments will be selected from Instrumental Analysis, General Chemistry, nonmajors Environmental Science and the labs associated with these courses. A strong background in analytical chemistry is desirable. The chemistry department is ACS accredited and has 12 faculty members supported by two staff persons.

Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator - The Chemistry Department of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University invites applications for the position of laboratory coordinator. The appointment will involve a renewable ten-month contract beginning in August, 2002. A master's degree in chemistry or a closely related field is required, as is a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Responsibilities will include teaching sections of introductory chemistry laboratories, developing new experiments, selecting and training TA's and other aspects of coordinating multi-section laboratories. Experience with minor instrument repair and laboratory safety programs is a plus. More information about the colleges and the department is available at: http://www.csbsju.edu. All applicants must submit a letter of application, a statement of their philosophy of teaching, curriculum vitae, copies of all transcripts, and three recent letters of recommendation to: College of Saint Benedict, Human Resources, 37 South College Ave, St. Joseph, MN 56374. Evaluation of applicants will begin on March 1, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Position Vacancy Listing - PVL# 41438. Research Specialist - Chemistry. Research Specialist(T16DN) or Assoc Research Spec(T16FN). Degree and area of specialization: B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering or related field. Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience: One or more years of research experience in any of the following areas (one or more years of undergraduate research experience acceptable); chemistry; biochemistry; molecular biology; or chemical engineering or related science. Principal duties: The individual will be part of a team devoted to the development of surface chemistries for DNA arrays. Duties will include: purification and analysis of DNA using HPLC and mass-spectroscopy; preparation and characterization of state-of-the-art DNA arrays; array photopatterning; guided development of new DNA attachment chemistries. This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary environment with active research projects. We are looking for an independent, energetic, highly motivated individual interested in learning the latest techniques for DNA analysis and in gaining skills as an independent researcher. This position would be ideal for an individual who is interested in eventually pursuing graduate studies. Training will be provided. A period of evaluation will be required. Appointment type: Academic Staff. L&S / Chemistry. Salary rate: Minimum $25,000 Annual (12 months), Depending on Qualifications. This is a renewable appointment. Appointment percent: 100%. Anticipated begin date: February 12, 2002. To insure consideration, application must be received by: February 11, 2002. How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter referring to: Position Vacancy Listing #41438 to: Michael Shortreed, 1101 University Avenue, Madison WI 53706-1396, Phone: 608-265-3698, Fax: 608-265-6780, Email: mshort@chem.wisc.edu, NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Biochemistry. The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry (ACS certified, PhD program) at Baylor University reopens its search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biochemistry beginning Fall, 2002. Any area of biochemistry will be considered, but biophysical is strongly preferred. New faculty must establish vigorous, independent research programs capable of attracting students and extramural funding, and demonstrate excellence in teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Postdoctoral experience highly desirable. Submit letter of application, CV, graduate and undergraduate transcripts, short statement of research plans and teaching philosophy, estimated start-up costs, and three letters of reference to: Chair, Search Committee, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Baylor University, Waco, TX 76798-7348. Review of applications begins February 20, 2002 and continues until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be completed by March 15, 2002.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position : Polyene Photochemistry / Spectroscopy University of Hawaii, Professor Robert S. H. Liu. Post-doctoral Opening in the area of photochemical-spectroscopic studies of polyenes, diarylethylenes and/or analogs of photo-sensitive biopigments particularly in establishing conditions conducive for the volume- conserving Hula-twist mechanism for photoisomerization. Recent Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to an individual who has had experience in spectroscopic techniques (fluorescence and absorption studies of unstable primary photoproducts) at low temperatures under steady state conditions or, less importantly, in time- resolved spectroscopic methods at room temperature. Experience in handling isomers of polyenes is useful. Individuals with excellent experience in organic photochemistry of polyenes will also be considered. Initial appointment, one year. Starting date, in summer 02 or earlier, is flexible, especially for a highly qualified candidate. For further information or application for the position, please write to or call: Professor Robert S. H. Liu, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, 2545 The Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822, phone: 808-956-5723; FAX: 808-956-5908, e-mail: rliu@gold.chem.hawaii.edu. For relevant publications, see: Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., USA, 97, 11153 (2000); Acc. Chem. Res., 34, 555 (2001); Chem., Euro. J., 7, 4536 (2001).

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