Chemistry Newsletter - 02/04/2008

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXXII - No. 5 February 4th, 2008

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Professor Shannon Stahl Chosen to be a Hamel Faculty Fellow

Professor Shannon Stahl has been chosen to be a “Hamel Faculty Fellow” in the College of Letters and Sciences. The Hamel Faculty Fellow program is an extremely competitive program, providing $10,000/year for 5 years in unrestricted gift funds to top faculty in L&S. The funds were donated by George and Pamela Hamel. Please join us in congratulating Shannon!
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Professor Bob West Made an Honorary Member of Nippon Kagaku Kai

Professor Bob West
has been informed that he will be made an honorary member of Nippon Kagaku Kai, the Japan Chemical Society, at a ceremony in Tokyo in March. There are just 13 foreign honorary members of N. K. K., of whom more than half are Nobel laureates. Please join us in congratulating Bob West on this tremendous accomplishment!
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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Department meetings are open to all students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage everyone to join us.

February 12th, 2008

March 11th, 2008

April 15th, 2008

May 13th, 2008

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

 

February 5th, 2008

February 19th, 2008

March 4th, 2008

March 25th, 2008

April 1st, 2008

April 22nd, 2008

May 6th, 2008

May 20th, 2008

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SEMINARS

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Monday, February 4th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mitsuo Kira, Tohoku University.
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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Victor I. Klimov, Los Alamos National Laboratories. “Carrier Multiplication in Semiconductor Nanocrystals from the Perspective of Solar Energy Conversion”
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Thomas Mallouk, Penn State University.
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Thursday, February 7th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Corinne Lipscomb (Mahanthappa Group).
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Friday, February 8th, 2008 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m, Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Laboratory. Christen Bell, EC&T. “The Adsorption of Pathagenic Prion Protein to Soil Components”
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Monday, February 11th and Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Merck Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Timothy Swager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Douglas J. Tobias, University of California, Irvine. “Molecular Dynamics Simulation Studies of Membranes and Membrane Proteins”
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Thursday, February 14th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Shane Mangold (Kiessling Group).
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Monday, February 18th, 2008 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Wonpil Im, University of Kansas. “Insertion, Folding, Tilting and Assembly of Transmembrane Helices”
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Song-I Han, University of California, Santa Barbara. “Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Analysis to Study Local Water Dynamics in Soft Molecular Assemblies and Protein Aggregates”
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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stefan Bernhard, Princeton University.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Rovis, University of Colorado.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John D. Weeks, University of Maryland. “Taming Coulomb Interactions in Models for Ionic Solutions and Water”
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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nitash Balsara, University of California, Berkeley.
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Thursday, February 28th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Anzovino (Yoon Group).
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Friday, February 29th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jo Handelsman, UW-Madison, Department of Plant Pathology. “Conversations with the Silent Majority: Metagenomic analysis of Signals and Antibiotics in Microbial Communities”
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Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Linda Johnston, Ottawa. “Nanoscale Imaging of Membrane Raft Domains: From Supported Membranes to Cells”
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Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Robert West, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, March 6th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Holly Haase (Gellman Group).
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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jay Steinkruger (Gellman Group).
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Associate Professor Deborah S. Gross, Carleton College. “Chemical Composition of Individual Aerosol Particles: SOA, Biofuels, and Beyond”
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Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lara Mahal, University of Texas - Austin.
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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Mayer, University of Washington.
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Friday, March 28th, 2008 - Department Colloquium - The Fifth Irving Shain Chemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University. “Reinventing Chemistry”
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Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. “Water in Confined Spaces”
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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gui Bazan, University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Blamer (Gellman/Stahl Group).
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Friday, April 4th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Carey, New Glarus Brewing Company. “Brewing Beer for Wisconsin: Science, Technology and Moral Responsibility”
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Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Claudio Verani, Wayne State University.
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Tuesday, April 15th and Wednesday April 16 th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Lecture Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, UC-Berkeley.
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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Barbara A. Lyons, New Mexico State University.
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Wednesday, April 16th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Tom Baker, Los Alamos National Lab.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Brooke Richardson (Gellman Group).
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Friday, April 18th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary E. Galvin, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Kim Hamad-Schifferli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Using Nanoparticles to Control Biological Function”
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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Andreja Bakac, Ames Laboratories.
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Thursday, April 24th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reto Frei (Blackwell Group).
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Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Assistant Professor Yingkai Zhang, New York University. “Physical Insights into Histone Lysine Methylation from Multiscale Simulations”
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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Deryn Fogg, University of Ottawa.
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Thursday, May 1st, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alexander Khrizman (Mecozzi Group).
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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David A. Weitz, Harvard University. “Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting; the Magic of Microfluidics”
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Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Christopher C. Cummins, MIT.
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Thursday, May 8th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Aimon Tongpenyai (Kiessling Group).
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Friday, May 9th, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Nathan S. Lewis, California Institute of Technology. “Scientific Challenges in Sustainable Energy Technology”
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Recent Publications

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Absence of the Thorpe-Ingold effect by gem-diphenyl groups in ring-closing enyne metathesis.

Kim, YJ; Grimm, JB; Lee, DS*.

TETRAHEDRON LETTERS 48 (45): 7961-7964 NOV 5 2007.
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Synthetic iron-oxo "diamond core" mimics structure of key intermediate in methane monooxygenase catalytic cycle.

Brunold, TC*.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 104 (52): 20641-20642 DEC 26 2007.
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Facile collection of two-dimensional electronic spectra using femtosecond pulse-shaping technology.

Grumstrup, EM; Shim, SH; Montgomery, MA; Damrauer, NH; Zanni, MT*.

OPTICS EXPRESS 15 (25): 16681-16689 DEC 10 2007.
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A two-directional approach to a (-)-dictyostati nC11-C23 segment: Development of a highly diastereoselective, kinetically-controlled Meerwein-Ponndorf-Verley reduction.

Dilger, AK; Gopalsamuthiram, V; Burke, SD*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (51): 16273-16277 DEC 26 2007.
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Structural basis for catalysis by onconase.

Lee, JE; Bae, E; Bingman, CA; Phillips, GN; Raines, RT*.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 375 (1): 165-177 JAN 4 2008.
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Ligands for practical rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric hydroformylation.

Klosin, J; Landis, CR*.

ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH 40 (12): 1251-1259 DEC 2007.
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A tetrafluorophenyl activated ester self-assembled monolayer for the immobilization of amine-modified oligonucleotides.

Lockett, MR; Phillips, MF; Jarecki, JL; Peelen, D; Smith, LM*.

LANGMUIR 24 (1): 69-75 JAN 1 2008.
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Extension of the self-consistent-charge density-functional tight-binding method: Third-order expansion of the density functional theory total energy and introduction of a modified effective coulomb interaction.

Yang, Y; Yu, HB; York, D; Cui, Q*; Elstner, M.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 111 (42): 10861-10873 OCT 25 2007.
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The vibrational spectra of protonated water clusters: A benchmark for self-consistent-charge density-functional tight binding.

Yu, HB; Cui, Q*.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 127 (23): Art. No. 234504 DEC 21 2007.
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Electrophoretic methods for analysis of urinary polypeptides in IgA-associated renal diseases.

Julian, BA; Wittke, S; Novak, J; Good, DM; Coon, JJ*; Kellmann, M; Zurbig, P; Schiffer, E; Haubitz, M; Moldoveanu, Z; Calcatera, SM; Wyatt, RJ; Sykora, J; Sladkova, E; Hes, O; Mischak, H; McGuire, BM.

ELECTROPHORESIS 28 (23): 4469-4483 Sp. Iss. SI DEC 2007.
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Peeling back the layers: Controlled erosion and triggered disassembly of multilayered polyelectrolyte thin films.

Lynn, DM*.

ADVANCED MATERIALS 19 (23): 4118-4130 DEC 3 2007.
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Reversible control of ordering transitions at aqueous/liquid crystal interfaces using functional amphiphilic polymers.

Kinsinger, ML; Sun, B; Abbott, NL; Lynn, DM*.

ADVANCED MATERIALS 19 (23): 4208-+ DEC 3 2007.
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Ultrathin multilayered films assembled from "Charge-Shifting" cationic polymers: Extended, long-term release of plasmid DNA from surfaces.

Zhang, JT; Lynn, DM*.

ADVANCED MATERIALS 19 (23): 4218-+ DEC 3 2007.
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Introducing a metal-metal multiply bonded group as an "Axial ligand" to iron: Synthetic design of a linear Cr-Cr center dot center dot center dot Fe framework.

Nippe, M; Berry, JF*.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 129 (42): 12684-+ OCT 24 2007.
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Iron complexes of new pentadentate ligands containing the 1,4,7-triazacyclononane-1,4-diacetate motif. Spectroscopic, electro-, and photochemical studies.

Song, YF; Berry, JF*; Bill, E; Bothe, E; Weyhermuller, T; Wieghardt, K.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 46 (6): 2208-2219 MAR 19 2007.
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A fractional bond order of 1/2 in Pd-2(5+) - Formamidinate species; The value of very high-field EPR spectra.

Berry, JF*; Bill, E; Bothe, E; Cotton, FA; Dalal, NS; Ibragimov, SA; Kaur, N; Liu, CY; Murillo, CA; Nellutla, S; North, JM; Villagran, D.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 129 (5): 1393-1401 FEB 7 2007.
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Octahedral non-heme oxo and non-oxo Fe(IV) complexes: An experimental/theoretical comparison.

Berry, JF*; Bill, E; Bothe, E; Neese, F; Wieghardt, K.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 128 (41): 13515-13528 OCT 18 2006.
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Coordination chemistry of iron in its highest oxidation states.

Berry, JF*; Wieghardt, K.

ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 231: - 678-INOR MAR 26 2006.
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An octahedral coordination complex of iron(VI).

Berry, JF*; Bill, E; Bothe, E; George, SD; Mienert, B; Neese, F; Wieghardt, K.

SCIENCE, 312 (5782): 1937-1941 JUN 30 2006.
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Metal-metal bonding in mixed valence Ni-2(5+) complexes and spectroscopic evidence for a Ni-2(6+) species.

Berry, JF*; Bothe, E; Cotton, FA; Ibragimov, SA; Murillo, CA; Villagran, D; Wang, XP.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 45 (11): 4396-4406 MAY 29 2006.
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Effect of N-methylation of macrocyclic amine ligands on the spin state of iron(III): A tale of two fluoro complexes.

Berry, JF*; Bill, E; Garcia-Serres, R; Neese, F; Weyhermuller, T; Wieghardt, K.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 45 (5): 2027-2037 MAR 6 2006.
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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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University of Texas at El Paso, College of Science, Department of Chemistry. Assistant Professor-Structural Biochemist. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2008. The department currently offers an ACS-certified undergraduate degree and M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees. Opportunities exist for collaborative research with other programs in the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and research programs in the Border Biomedical Research Center and the Center for Environmental Resource Management. Teaching responsibilities include biochemistry lecture and laboratory courses. The candidate will play a pivotal role in establishing a new cryo-EM facility. Additional information about our department can be found at: http://www.chemistry.utep.edu. Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and are expected to develop externally funded, independent research programs. A Ph.D. in Biochemistry (or related field) is required. Postdoctoral experience in the areas of macromolecular X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), and/or electron tomography is highly desired. Rank and salary are open and commensurate with experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research plans, and arrange to have three letters of reference separately sent to: Biochemistry-Assistant Professor Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, UTEP, El Paso, TX 79968-0519. Review of complete applications will begin February 1, 2008, and will continue until the positions are filled.

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University of Texas at El Paso, College of Science, Department of Chemistry. Assistant Professor-Organic Chemist. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso invites applications for tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2008. The department currently offers an ACS-certified undergraduate degree and M.S. and Ph.D. graduate degrees. Opportunities exist for collaborative research with other programs in the College of Science, the College of Engineering, and research programs in the Border Biomedical Research Center and the Center for Environmental Resource Management. Responsibilities include teaching organic chemistry (lecture and laboratory) courses. Additional information about our department can be found at http://www.chemistry.utep.edu. Successful candidates must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and are expected to develop externally funded, independent research programs. Candidates in all areas of organic chemistry will be considered. A Ph.D. in chemistry is required; postdoctoral experience is desired. Rank and salary are open and commensurate with experience. Candidates should submit a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vita, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research plans, and arrange to have three letters of reference separately sent to: Organic Chemistry-Assistant Professor Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, UTEP, El Paso, TX 79968-0519. Review of complete applications will begin February 1, 2008, and will continue until the positions are filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Position Available. Professor Kirk Schanze, Chemistry Department, University of Florida. Position available for a postdoctoral associate to work on projects involving synthesis and photophysical investigation of conjugated organometallic chromophores. Prior experience with organic/organometallic synthesis is required, and experience in photophysics is a plus. Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications and names and contact information of three references to: kschanze@chem.ufl.edu.

Recent References:

Photophysics of Diplatinum Polyynediyl Oligomers: Chain Length Dependence of the Triplet State in sp Carbon Chains.

Farley, R. T.; Zheng, Q.; Gladysz, J. A.; Schanze, K. S.

Inorg. Chem.; (Article); 2007; ASAP Article; DOI: 10.1021/ic701220t

Radical Ion States of Platinum Acetylide Oligomers .

Cardolaccia, T.; Funston, A. M.; Kose, M. E.; Keller, J. M.; Miller, J. R.; Schanze, K. S.

J. Phys. Chem. B.; (Article); 2007; 111(37); 10871-10880. DOI: 10.1021/jp0737552

Platinum Acetylide Two-Photon Chromophores

Rogers, J. E.; Slagle, J. E.; Krein, D. M.; Burke, A. R.; Hall, B. C.; Fratini, A.; McLean, D. G.; Fleitz, P. A.; Cooper, T. M.; Drobizhev, M.; Makarov, N. S.; Rebane, A.; Kim, K.-Y.; Farley, R.; Schanze, K. S.

Inorg. Chem.; (Article); 2007; 46(16); 6483-6494. DOI: 10.1021/ic700549n

Triplet Excited State in Platinum-Acetylide Oligomers: Triplet Localization and Effects of Conformation

Glusac, K.; Kose, M. E.; Jiang, H.; Schanze, K. S.

J. Phys. Chem. B.; (Article); 2007; 111(5); 929-940. DOI: 10.1021/jp065892p

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Pomona College, Teaching/research Post-doctoral Fellowships. Two 2-year research/teaching post-doctoral fellowships in chemistry, starting June/July 2008. These positions are designed for a person interested in a career at a primarily undergraduate institution. Applicants will become affiliated with one of the professors listed below and conduct research in their laboratory and teach in the introductory chemistry sequence (general or organic). Faculty participating in this program include Professors Crane (Biochemistry), Garza-Lopez (Physical-computational), Grieman (Physical-experimental), Johal (Physical-experimental), Sazinsky (Biochemistry), Selassie (Bioorganic), and Taylor (Analytical). Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the department web page and contact professors to learn more about individual research programs. To apply, send CV, a statement of career goals, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and two letters of recommendation to: Professor Roberto Garza-Lopez, Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, 645 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711-6338. Http://www.chemistry.pomona.edu. Review of completed applications will begin March 28, 2008. Please note that this is an on-going program and individuals are welcome to inquire about future openings.

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