Chemistry Newsletter - 03/20/2000

 

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XXXV No. 12 March 20th, 2000

Inorganic Chemistry Cumulative Exam Schedule, 2000

All cumes are in room 2373 from 9 am to noon.

 

April 1st

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Finance Committee Meetings

The following dates have been confirmed for the Finance Committee Meetings this spring.

All of the meetings will be held on Tuesday from 1:20 to 3:30 PM

March 21 April 4
April 25 May 23

SEMINARS

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Monday, March 20th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Thomas Wood, 3M McElvain Speaker.

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Bart Kahr, University of Washington. "Kinetic Stabilization of Guests in Single Crystals"

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Bruce E. Koel, University of Southern California. "Atomic Level Control of Alloy Surface Chemistry"

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Gerry Niccolai, CPE, Lyon France.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Xiaoping Cao, Graduate Student, U. W. - Madison. "Interfacial Structure of conjugated Organic Molecules on Silicon Surface"

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. William Thomas, Graduate Student.

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Thursday. March 23rd, 2000 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. J. Fraser Stoddart, UCLA. "Toward Artificial Molecular Machines"

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Profressor Adnan Elfarra. "Toxicant Bioactivation, Macromolecule Modification, and Safety Evaluation"

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2000 - Material Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 159 Mechanical Engineering. Maarten de Boer, Sandia National Labs, Intelligent Micromachine Department. "Materials Science at the Micron Scale - Taking Advantage of MEMS"

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Mr. Ramchandra M. Watwe. University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Stability and Reactivity of Hydrocarbons on Metals and Metal Alloys" & Mr. Paul Conrad, University of Wisconsin-Madison. "Cryopreservation of Biological Molecules and Cells"

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Thursday, March 30th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Wei Cai, Graduate Student, U. W. - Madison. "Surface Chemistry for DNA Immobilization on Si(001)"

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Monday, April 3rd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Kenneth Suslick, University of Illinois.

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Charles Parmenter, Indiana University. "Intra-and Intermolecular Dynamics of Molecules with Internal Rotation"

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Julia S. Higgins, Imperial College, London. "The Effect of Flow on Mixing and Demixing of Polymers"

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Thursday, April 6th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. David Preston, Graduate Student, U. W. - Madison. "Mass Spectrometry and Large Ion Detection Efficiency"

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Thursday, April 6th, 2000 - Chemical Education Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jane Snell Copes, Science Museum of Minnesota. "What Do You DO In A Science Museum"

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Thursday, April 6th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11a.m., TBA, Chemistry Building. Professor Brent Stockwell, MIT.

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***CANCELED*** - Monday, April 10th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Du Shriver, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, April 11st, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dor Ben-Amotz, Purdue University. "Measurement and Modeling of Solvation Forces and Fluctuations"

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Bernhard Rieger, University of Ulm, Germany. "The Design of Thermoplastic Elastomers by Transition Metal Catalysis"

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Manchun Lu, Graduate Student, U.W. - Madison. "Massively Parallel Genotyping On Surfaces"

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Matthew Bursavich, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2000 - Highlights Lectures, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Silvia Cavagnero, UW Madison.

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Monday, April 17th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Mahdi Abu-Omar, University of California-Los Angeles.

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Lewis Rothberg, University of Rochester. "Making Light of Polymers"

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Frank S. Bates, University of Minnesota. "Block Copolymers - Designer Soft Materials"

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Department. Professor David Beebe, Department Biomedical Engineering. "Microfluidic Systems for Biology: Is Microfluidics Useful to Biologists? What Class of Biological Questions Can Microfluidic Systems Address? What Obstacles Must be Overcome First"

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Bob Bedard, UOP.

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Thursday, April 20th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Andrew Hawk, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 20th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. TBA.

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Monday, April 24thd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Tobin Marks, 3M McElvain Speaker.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Irina Shkel, UW-Madison. "Salt Control of DNA Oligomer Binding in Technological Applications"

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor John R. Scheffer, UBC-Vancouver.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Ned Seeman (Analy Sci/Mat Sci), New York University. "DNA Nanotechnology"

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Byron Griffith, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Meyer Jackson.

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Monday, May 1st, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Debra Rolison, Naval Research Laboratory - Joint with Analytical.

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Dana Dlott, University of Illinois. "Vibrational Energy Relaxation in Liquids Studied by Ultrafast Two-Dimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy"

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***POSTPONED UNTIL FALL OF THIS YEAR*** Tuesday, May 2nd, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor Jumi Shin.

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Jack Douglas, (Analy Sci/ACS), National Institutes of Standards & Technology. "Correlated Motion in a Simulated Supercooled Liquid"

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Mike Hopkins, The University of Chicago.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Analytical Sciences Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Dr. Cynthia Jameson.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Stanley I. Sandler, University of Delaware. "The Use of Computational Chemistry to Predict the Phase Behavior of Complex Systems"

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Robert Halter, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Lloyd Smith, UW-Madison Chemistry Department. "DNA Computing on Surfaces"

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Monday, May 8th, 2000 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 2:25 p.m., Room B371 Chemistry Building. Michael Fryzuk.

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. David Grier, University of Chicago. "When Like Charges Attract: Surprises in Macroionic Interactions"

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Tuesday, May 9th, 2000 - Chemical Engineering Seminar, 3:55 p.m., Room 1227 Engineering Hall. Pablo G. Debenedetti, Princeton University. "Towards an Improved Understanding of the Glassy State"

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Thursday, May 11th, 2000 - Highlights Lecture, 2:25 p.m., Room 3335 Sterling. Professor Jeff Johnson, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, May 16th, 2000 - (McElvain) - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Stanley Williams, Hewlett Packard. "Architectonics of Molecular Computers"


For Industrial Positions, see the Chemistry Career Services Newsletter at:

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/placement/7news.html

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Marquette University. Faculty opportunity. Instructor, Full time, temporary 12 month. Teach undergraduate courses in Physical Chemistry; work on research projects in either experiment or theory of photodissociation dynamics of complex organic molecules or mixed laser-chemical deposition of metal oxide thin films. Requires a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry or Chemical Physics. Position available August 16th, 2000. Application deadline is April 14th, 2000. Interested individuals please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation to: Professor Jeanne M. Hossenlopp, Department of Chemistry, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, Phone: 414-288-7239, Fax: 414-288-7066.

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Director of X-ray Crystallography - THE DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON seeks candidates for the position of Director of X-ray Crystallography in the Chemistry Instrumentation Center. Current equipment in the facility includes two Bruker CCD systems. A Ph.D. in Chemistry and 3 years crystallographic experience, preferably with CCD-based diffraction instruments, is required for this position. A primary responsibility of the Director is to collaborate with students and faculty to determine crystal and molecular structures of a wide range of new compounds created in department research projects. The Director has a leadership role in obtaining and maintaining state-of-the-art equipment in the facility. There is an opportunity to be involved in instruction in modern x-ray crystallography. Participation in relevant professional organizations and in the scientific community and establishing a scientific reputation are encouraged. Candidates should send a current resume and 3 letters of recommendation to: Professor Paul M. Treichel, Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Ave., University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706. To receive full consideration, materials must be received by April 21, 2000. The UW-Madison is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women and minority candidates to apply for this position. Unless confidentially is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released on request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentially.

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Bowdoin College 2 year sabbatical replacement. The Chemistry Department seeks Ph.D. applicants for a 2-year visiting assistant professor position beginning September 2000. Applicants must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and demonstrate the ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in inorganic chemistry. Research is encouraged and supported. Major instruments include 400 MHz NMR, GCMS, GCFTIR, HPLC, and FTIR. Bowdoin is a highly selective, coeducational undergraduate liberal arts college located 2 hours north of Boston on the Maine coast. Further information about Bowdoin and the department is available on the world Wide Web: http://www.bowdoin.edu . Applicants should send a vita, a summary of proposed research, a statement on teaching philosophy, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to: David S. Page, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Bowdoin College, 6600 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 0401 1-8466, phone: 207-725-3218 fax: 207-725-3017 email: dpage@bowdoin.edu . Review of applications will begin on April 1.

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Snyder & Company. An outstanding opportunity for an experienced Project Management executive to coordinate the new drug development process and the scientific assessment/due diligence effort for in-licensed compounds for one of the world's best performing, mid-sized pharmaceutical companies. The mission of the position is to coordinate the development of in-licensed compounds through the U.S. approval stage and continuing through beyond product launch. This includes close coordination with Corporate Licensing, which is responsible for negotiating contractual arrangements, coordinating the technical due diligence and evaluation process, coordinating all technical aspects of the new drug development process, working closely, both pre- and postcontract with the partner firm, and, both before and after FDA approval, working with the Marketing organization. The position reports to the executive vice president for scientific affairs and is a key member of his team, along with the heads of Clinical Research, Regulatory, Quality, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmaceutical R&D. The position directly manages a group of 6. It entails both a people-management component and a hands-on, project management component. The Company's recent experience has it evaluating 70 potential licensing compounds per year. Approximately 5 to 10 in-depth assessments/due diligence efforts are underway at any given time. The position is based at the Company's headquarters in a major metropolitan area of the Northeastern United States. The ideal candidate has at least an undergraduate degree and 10 to 20 years of pharmaceutics, industry experience. An advanced scientific or business degree is desirable but not essential. Some commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry is a decided plus. Project management experience in the pharmaceutical industry, to include working with European partner firms, is essential. (critical skills include superior communication, and teamwork skills, as well as outstanding analytical and project management skills. Most importantly, the ideal candidate has the talent and the promotability potential to not only succeed in the immediate assignment, but also in a variety of future, more senior capacities. Please contact: Synder & Company, 35 Old Avon Village, Suite 185, Avon, CT 06001-3822, e-mail: snyder@home.com, phone: +1 860-521-9760, Fax: +1 860-521-2495.

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Ohio Northern University. Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Lecture and laboratories in Introductory chemistry; duties in junior physical chemistry also a possibility. Ph.D. or A.B.D. in physical or inorganic chemistry. Strong interest in undergraduate teaching; ability to teach quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics a plus. Salary dependent on experience and qualifications. Fringe benefits include TIAA-CREF retirement program, medical insurance, disability benefits, life insurance, educational benefits, and tuition remission for dependents attending Ohio Northern University for an initial baccalaureate degree. A visiting nine-month appointment. Starting date is August 29, 2000. More departmental information is available at http://www.onu.edu/a+s/chemistry . Interested applicants should send a resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. David W. Kurtz, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio 45810, E-mail: d-kurtz@onu.edu . All relevant documents must be received by April 11, 2000 for full consideration. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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North Carolina State University. Two Postdoctoral Positions available this spring and summer for the investigation of RNA/RNA and RNA/protein interactions. Modern Bruker equipment available, plus access to local Triangle 800 MHz instrument, molecular modeling facilities in the lab and connection to Triangle super computer. Applicants should have experience in macromolecular NMR. Letters of interest detailing NMR experience, resume', and three letters of reference should be sent to: Paul F. Agris, Biochemistry 128 Polk Hall, Box 7622, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7622, agris@bchserver.bch.ncsu.edu , Paul F. Agris, Department of Biochemistry, 128 Polk Hall, Box 7622, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7622.

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Associate Professor Roy A Periana of the University of Southern California Los Angeles. Our research group has an opening for two, one-year post-doctoral positions (extendable to two) to start anytime this year (beginning now). The openings are in the area of homogeneous catalysis with metal and non-metal complexes for: A) alkane oxidation via CH Activation with ligated group VII metal complexes as well as late metal oxo complexes, B) Olefin Arylation with transition metal complexes and C) N2 fixation with homogeneous metal complexes. The ideal candidate should be broadly skilled in synthetic organic, inorganic and organometallic chemistries. Experience with kinetics and isotoptic labeling is desirable. In the alkane oxidation area we will be following up on the chemistry reported in Science, 1998, 280, 560 and Science, 1993, 259, 340. Additionally, we will be studying novel, late metal oxo systems for the activation and oxidation of alkanes. In the area of olefin arylation, we will be following up on novel (to be reported) homogeneous metal complexes that catalyze the anti-Markovnikov addition of unactivated arenes to unactivated olefins. For example reaction of isobutylene or propylene with benzene yields isobutyl benzene and n-propyl benzene, predominantly rather than t-butyl benzene or cumene. We believe the system operates via arene CH activation but a key task will be to elucidate the reaction mechanism. Extending the chemistry to make high value added molecules, control the regio and stereo specificities will be key tasks. In the area of N2 fixation we will study novel, late and early metal metal mide, imide and nitride systems for N2 fixation and ammonia production. The reaction mechanism of active catalysts will be examined in detail. Many aspects of the work above are amenable to combinatorial study and could be explored depending on the interest of the candidate. Please contact: Dr. Roy A. Periana Associate Professor Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute Department of Chemistry University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661 Tel: 213-821-1684 Fax: 213-740-6679 email: rperiana@chem1.usc.edu http://www.usc.edu/dept/chemistry/faculty/periana.htm

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