Chemistry Newsletter - 03/27/2006

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXX - No. 13 March 27th, 2006

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Cathy Middlecamp Receives 2006 Judith S. Craig Distinguished Service Award

We are delighted to report that Cathy Middlecamp is the recipient of the 2006 Judith S. Craig Distinguished Service Award, the highest L&S Academic Staff Award. This award recognizes Cathy "as an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement and service, initiative and creativity, and excellence of performance to the college and university". We are most proud and appreciative of Cathy's very substantial contributions. Congratulations to Cathy!

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Some Sad News

Chris Daniels, grandson of former Chair of the Department of Chemistry Farrington Daniels, and son of Farrington Daniels Jr., died March 12, 2006, while skiing in Duluth, MN. A celebration of Chris's life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2006, at the Barrymore Theater on Atwood Ave., with doors opening at 1:00 PM and memorials beginning at 1:30 PM. Contributions in honor of Chris can be made to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Dane County, the Nature Conservancy for work in Door County, WI, the Wisconsin Law Foundation, or the Madison Curling Foundation.

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Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower Dedication

The Irving Shain Chemistry Research Tower dedication celebrations will be held on Friday May 5th and Saturday May 6th, 2006. All are invited to an exciting weekend of science and celebration. For more information on these celebrations and other activities, please go the Chemistry Home page at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu and click on the Quick link for the Irving Shain Research Tower Dedication link.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

4/11/06

5/9/06

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

4/4/06

4/25/06

5/2/06

5/16/06

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SEMINARS

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Wednesday Thru Friday, March 29th - 31st, 2006 - Meloche Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Stephen Lippard, MIT.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Ryan Hilger, Graduate Student, Smith Group.

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Thursday, March 30th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Bin Sun, Lynn Group.

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Friday, March 31st, 2006 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Patrick Holland, University of Rochester.

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Gail Bishop. “TRAF’s and Their Receptors - Cooperation and Competition”

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Monday, April 3rd, 2006 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Aaron Dinner, University of Chicago. “Obtaining and Understanding Reactive Trajectories in Biomolecular Systems”

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mark A. Johnson, Yale University. “Electrons on the Rocks: Molecular Aspects of Electron Hydration Through Cluster Spectroscopy”

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor D. Tyler McQuade, Cornell University. “Microreactors, Encapsulated Catalysts, and Mechanisms: New Tools and Techniques for Polymer and Small Molecule Synthesis”

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Oleg Ozerov, Brandeis University.

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, NASA Ames Research Center. “Novel One-Dimensional Nanostructures and Their Applications”

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Thursday, April 6th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kevin Schultz, Nelsen Group.

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Monday, April 10th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Jeffrey Friedman. “Leptin and the Biologic Basics of Obesity”

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sanat Kumar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “Minimal Models for Modeling Protein Crystallization”

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Tuesday, April 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan O’Leary, Pomona College. “Deuterium and Tritium NMR Equilibrium Isotope Effects Involving OH/OH and CH/N Hydrogen Bonds: Stereochemical Applications”

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Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Scott A. McLuckey, Purdue University.

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Thursday, April 13th, 2006 - Merck Lectures, a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Ley, University of Cambridge, UK.

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Monday, April 17th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Kathleen Gould. “Split Decisions: Lessons About Cytokinesis from Fission Yeast”

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor H. Jane Dyson, The Scripps Research Institute. “New Insights from NMR into Unfolded Proteins and the Protein Folding Process”

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Thursday, April 18th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Virginia W. Cornish, Columbia University. “Co-Opting Nature's Machineries for Chemical Discovery”

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Thursday, April 20th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Antonio J. Ricco, Stanford University.

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Monday, April 24th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Michael Mossing. “Slow Folding and Assembly of Cro Dimers: Implications for the Lambda Genetic Switch”

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael J. Saxton, University of California at Davis. “A biological interpretation of anomalous subdiffusion”

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Thursday, April25th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Matt Sigman, University of Utah.

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Murphy, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jon Tunge, University of Kansas.

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Monday, May 1st, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. I. Robert Lehman. “TBA”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kenneth Jordan, University of Pittsburgh. “Electron and Proton Localization in Water Clusters”

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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Peter Stang, University of Utah. “Nanoscale Molecular Architecture: Design and Self-Assembly of Metallocyclic Polygons and Polyhedra via Coordination”

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peidong Yang, University of California-Berkeley.

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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 - McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Suzanne Walker, Harvard University.

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Monday, May 8th, 2006 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Adrain Elcock, University of Iowa. “Molecular and Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Complex Biomolecular Systems”

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Monday, May 8th, 2006 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry Auditorium. Kevin Struhl. “Logic and Mechanisms of Transcriptional Regulation”

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Thursday, May 11th, 2006 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeff Johnston, Indiana University.

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Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://www.chem.wisc.edu/physical/Home.html.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Ellison PA. Cavagnero S.

Role of unfolded state heterogeneity and en-route ruggedness in protein folding kinetics.

Protein Science. 15(3):564-582, 2006 Mar.

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Landis CR. Nelson RC. Jin WC. Bowman AC.

Synthesis, characterization, and transition-metal complexes of 3,4-diazaphospholanes.

Organometallics. 25(6):1377-1391, 2006 Mar 13.

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Smith LM.

Nanostructures - The manifold faces of DNA.

Nature. 440(7082):283-284, 2006 Mar 16.

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Popp BV. Stahl SS.

"Oxidatively induced" reductive elimination of dioxygen from an eta(2-) peroxopalladium(II) complex promoted by electron-deficient alkenes.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 128(9):2804-2805, 2006 Mar 8.

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Nelsen SF. Konradsson AE. Teki Y.

Charge-localized naphthalene-bridged bis-hydrazine radical cations.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 128(9):2902-2910, 2006 Mar 8.

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Sheps L. Crowther AC. Carrier SL. Crim FF.

Time-resolved spectroscopic study of the reaction Cl plus n-C5H12 -> HCl+C5H11 in solution.

Journal of Physical Chemistry A. 110(9):3087-3092, 2006 Mar 9.

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Steinhoff BA. King AE. Stahl SS.

Unexpected roles of molecular sieves in palladium-catalyzed aerobic alcohol oxidation.

Journal of Organic Chemistry. 71(5):1861-1868, 2006 Mar 3.

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Nie B. Shortreed MR. Smith LM.

Quantitative detection of individual cleaved DNA molecules on surfaces using gold nanoparticles and scanning electron microscope imaging.

Analytical Chemistry. 78(5):1528-1534, 2006 Mar 1.

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Kotch FW. Raines RT.

Self-assembly of synthetic collagen triple helices.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 103(9):3028-3033, 2006 Feb 28.

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Casey CP. Strotman NA. Beetner SE. Johnson JB. Priebe DC. Vos TE. Khodavandi B. Guzei IA.

The PPh3-substituted hydroxycyclopentadienyl ruthenium hydride [2,5-Ph-2-3,4-Tol(2)(eta(5)-C4COH)]Ru(CO)(PPh3)H is a more efficient catalyst for hydrogenation of aldehydes.

Organometallics. 25(5):1230-1235, 2006 Feb 27.

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Casey CP. Strotman NA. Beetner SE. Johnson JB. Priebe DC. Guzei IA.

PPh3-substituted [2,5-Ph-2-3,4-Tol(2)(eta(5)-C4COH)]Ru(CO)(PPh3)H exhibits slower stoichiometric reduction, faster catalytic hydrogenation, and higher chemoselectivity for hydrogenation of aldehydes over ketones than the dicarbonyl Shvo catalyst.

Organometallics. 25(5):1236-1244, 2006 Feb 27.

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Shim SH. Strasfeld DB. Fulmer EC. Zanni MT.

Femtosecond pulse shaping directly in the mid-IR using acousto-optic modulation.

Optics Letters. 31(6):838-840, 2006 Mar 15.

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Guzei IA. Crozier KR. Nelson KJ. Pinkert JC. Schoenfeldt NJ. Shepardson KE. McGaff RW.

Synthesis and theoretical analysis of the structures and bonding in five new neutral square planar bis[2,4-di(aryl)-1,3,5-triazapentadienato]nickel(II) complexes.

Inorganica Chimica Acta. 359(4):1169-1176, 2006 Mar 1.

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de Silva N. Fry CG. Dahl LF.

Phosphine-ligated induced formation of thallium(I) "full" Pt3TlPt3 sandwich versus "open-face" TlPt3 sandwich with triangular Pt3(mu(2)-CO)(3)(PR3)(3) units: synthesis and structural/spectroscopic analysis of triphenylphosphine [mu(3)-Tl)Pt-3(mu(2)-CO)(3)(PPh3)(3)](+) and its (mu(3)-AuPPh3)Pt-3 analogue.

Dalton Transactions. (8):1051-1059, 2006 Feb 28.

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Rossi NAA. Zhang ZC. Schneider Y. Morcom K. Lyons LJ. Wang QZ. Amine K. West R.

Synthesis and characterization of tetra- and trisiloxane-containing oligo(ethylene glycol)s - Highly conducting electrolytes for lithium batteries.

Chemistry of Materials. 18(5):1289-1295, 2006 Mar 7.

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Copyright © 2006 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The University of California, San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has openings for non-tenure track lecturers. These positions may be of interest to: sabbatical visitors, recent Ph.D. recipients who seek a "teaching postdoc position", or outstanding teachers who seek temporary or part-time opportunities. Positions may involve lecturing in general chemistry or environmental chemistry, or teaching laboratory courses in biochemistry or analytical chemistry. All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree. Appointments may be from one quarter up to one year with the possibility of extension, and may commence as early as September 2006. For those with part time appointments, research collaboration with departmental faculty is possible but must be arranged by the candidates separately from the teaching appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scale. Candidates should send a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of three references to: Chair, Lecturer Search Committee 4-692F, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will begin May 1 and continue until the positions are filled. Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at: http://chem.ucsd.edu. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at: http://diversity.ucsd.edu.

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Berea College invites applications for a one-year sabbatical leave replacement position in the area of chemistry/biochemistry beginning Fall 2006. The candidate will teach general chemistry, biochemistry, and advanced laboratory in the fall. In the spring, the candidate will teach organic chemistry as well as the allied health chemistry course. Previous teaching experience is desirable but not required. Send a letter of application, vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three reference names to: Dr. Jay Baltisberger, CPO 1722, Chemistry Department, Berea College, Berea, KY 40404 (or by email at: jay_baltisberger@berea.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For additional information, please visit the college web site at http://www.berea.edu.

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Highly motivated, talented, dedicated, flexible professional, Ph.D., with great communication - oral, written and interpersonal skills, specialized in mass spectrometry with 2-4 years pharmaceutical industrial experience and some supervisory experience would be a plus (not absolutely a requirement if some other aspects of the experience can support the application). Prefer with extensive experience in both biological and small molecule mass spectrometry and practical experience in biochemistry in the areas of protein purifications and enzymatic studies. This individual is expected to lead a highly technical and skilled group to meet and exceed multiple clients expectations with multiple highly technical challenging projects in both small and large molecule areas in a fairly fast paced environment. Mass spectrometry. FT ICR instrumentation and application; electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI); high resolution MS and MS/MS technique of biomolecules: ECD, CAD, IRMPD, and BIRD; various MS instruments experiences such as: FTMS (Bruker), LCQ DecaXP (Thermo Finnigan, LCT (Micromass), LC Quattro Ultima (Micromass), Voyager-DE STR (Applied Biosystems), and LC-MSD (Agilent) . Biochemistry. Overexpression, purification and characterization of recombinant proteins. General skills in chromatography, HPLC, peptide mapping . Proteomics. Protein identification and post-translational modification localization. Genome and proteome database searching.

Of course, not all requirements listed above are absolutely required to meet as long as this person can handle our environment, to meet the challenges that our clients present the projects to us, etc. I would be very happy to talk to anyone that could help us out here. I can be reached at 203-4015 (cell 576-0369).

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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The University of California, San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has an opening for a Lecturer with a potential of security of employment (LPSOE). A Lecturer-PSOE closely parallels that of an assistant professor on track for tenure. The position is full-time and will provide leadership in development and coordination of the Science and Mathematics Education (SME) minor, as well as teaching a variety of undergraduate courses in (SME) and chemistry. The Lecturer-PSOE will serve as an interface for the SME program with the University of California Office of the President, the Dean's Office, participating departments, Educational Studies, and local K-12 schools. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry or chemical education and a record of excellence in teaching. The appointment will begin in Fall 2006. Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the University of California pay scale. Applications should be mailed by April 30, 2006 to: Chair, LPSOE Search Committee 4-687F, University of California, San Diego, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mail Code 0332, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, individuals offered employment with the University of California will be required to show documentation to prove identity and authorization to work in the United States before hiring can occur. All applications should include the following items: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Teaching statement, List of three (3) references UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty and staff - Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at http://chem.ucsd.edu. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at http://diversity.ucsd.edu.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Two postdoctoral positions are presently available (4/2006) at the Industrial NMR Centre of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. We are seeking highly motivated individuals to pursue research in NMR spectroscopy with direct or potential applications in industrially relevant materials and processes. Both positions require a less than 5 year old Ph.D. degree in chemistry, physics, material science or related and good communication skills. Experience of development of research instrumentation is an advantage. Spectrometers in the range 200-500 MHz, equipped with wide-bore magnets and a large variety of probes are available at the Centre. The latter ones include solid-state and liquid probes, home-built stopped-flow, temperature-jump, and electrophoretic NMR probes and several commercial setups for diffusion and micro-imaging studies. Material families of highest but not exclusive interest are porous and colloidal systems made of either hard (glasses, ceramics) or soft (surfactants, polymers) matrices. Note that intended activities at the Centre will not involve structural studies of biomolecules. Some further details can be found at: http://gamma.physchem.kth.se/~nmr/ & http://gamma.physchem.kth.se/~nmr/. Tax-free stipends of 220 000 SEK per year will initially be given for one year, with possible extension to a second year. The positions will be at the Department of Chemistry, KTH. Interested candidates should forward a CV including list of publications, a statement of relevant experience and interest, as well as contact information for two reference persons. Applications and inquiries for additional information should be sent to: Prof. Peter Stilbs, Phone: +46 8 7908201, e-mail: peter@physchem.kth.se or Prof. István Furó, phone: +46 8 7908592, e-Mail: ifuro@physchem.kth.se, Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Royal Institute of Technology KTH, SE-10044 Stockholm, Sweden.

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Prof. Roy A. Periana of the University of Southern California has Three postdoctoral positions in his group that are immediately available and will remain open until the positions are filled. Suitable candidates will be invited for an interview. All the positions require a strong background in synthetic inorganic, organic and/or organometallic chemistry, along with an excellent command of experimental and spectroscopic techniques. Two positions involves the design, synthesis and study of new stable, homogeneous, catalysts for low temperature hydrocarbon functionalization and related stoichiometric CH activation and M-R functionalization studies. One other position involves the design, synthesis and study of new homogeneous catalysts for the low temperature fixation of nitrogen gas and related stoichiometric reaction studies. Most of our studies are aided by computational design carried out in collaboration with the Goddard group at Caltech. This work is supported by the DOE, NSF, the Loker Hydrocarbon Institute and Industrial sponsors and would be suitable for candidates desiring to eventually move to academic or industrial positions. The appointment will be for one year, subject to satisfactory performance, and is renewable on a yearly basis by mutual consent. My group is currently comprised of 8 Ph.D. students, one postdoctoral fellow, and undergraduates. We have a large spacious laboratory, and will move into a renovated laboratory in the near future. Please pass this information on to any qualified candidates in your group or department. Interested candidates should send a CV to me with contact information for three references. I can also be contacted for further information. Prof. Roy A. Periana, University of Southern California, Chemistry Department, Loker Hydrocarbon Institute, Rm 218, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1661, 213-821-2035, Fax: 213-821-2656, web site: http://www.usc.edu/dept/chemistry/faculty/periana.htm.

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