Chemistry Newsletter - 04/09/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 14 April 9th, 2007

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Chemistry Staff and Faculty Teach Nanoscience to the Blind

Andrew Greenberg, a chemistry staff member and coordinator of education and outreach for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and the Institute for Chemical Education, has created a series of models intended to teach nanoscience to the blind. Greenberg has been using 3-dimensional rapid prototyping methods to create tactile models of nanoscale structures, including "NanoBucky", a Bucky Badger created by the Hamers group from carbon nanofibers. For more information, see the UW press release at: http://www.news.wisc.edu/13601.html.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

4/10/2007

5/08/2007

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

4/17/2007

5/01/2007

5/18/2007

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Ritchie, Purdue University. “Watching Single Molecules in Live Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Membranes”

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Alan Goldman, Rutgers University.

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Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 - Genome Seminar Series, 1:30 p.m., Auditorium Room 1111, Biotechnology Center. Manoj Samanta, Systemix Institute. “Honeybee Genome - Nature’s Gift to Biologists?”

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - McElvain Series Analytical Science Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Don Hunt, University of Virginia.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Elizabeth Moscato-Goodpaster, Graduate Student, Landis Group.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007 - Genome Technology Forum, 1:30 p.m., Room 1360 Biotechnology Center. Dr. John Denu, University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The Histone Code and Linking Reversible Protein Acetylation to Metabolic Networks”

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Friday, April 13th, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Curtis Hedman, EC&T. “Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Bottled Water: Industry Overview, Regulatory Considerations, and Chemical Analysis Results from a Two Year Storage Study”

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Monday, April 16th, 2007 - Macromolecules Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Jeffrey A. Wesson, Medical College of Wisconsin. “Crystal Aggregation in Kidney Stone Formation: A Polymer Aggregation Problem?”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007, McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine. “Reactions at Interfaces in the Atmosphere and Why We Should Care”

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Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Victor Snieckus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. “Sight-seeing the Metalated Flatlands. Carbanion-mediated Strategies for Synthetic Aromatic Chemistry”

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Eisenberg, University of Rochester.

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Wednesday, April 18th, 2007 - EC&T Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 102 Water Science & Engineering Lab. Professor Roy Harrison, Birmingham University, UK. “Studies of Physico-Chemical Properties of Urban Aerosol and their Use in Policy Applications”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Materials/Inorganic Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Daniel Nocera, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “The Molecular Chemistry of Renewable Energy”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jim Jorgensen, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - TCI Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Barry Dunitz, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. “Exploring Conductance Switching Properties of Molecular Scale Devices - A Computational Approach”

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Rebecca Splain, Graduate Student, Kiessling Group.

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Friday, April 20th, 2007 - First Annual Shain Colloquium Series, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Dan Nocera, MIT. “On the Global Energy Future and Science's Challenge to Power the Planet”

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Saturday, April 21st, 2007 - New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry - Mini-Symposium, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Washington County, Collins Science Hall, 400 University Dr., West Bend, WI 53095. John Moore, UW-Madison. “New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning College Chemistry”. Free - including lunch and refreshments! Pre-registration is required by Friday March 30, 2007. Maps and Directions: http://washington.uwc.edu/about/map_directions.html. Registration Form: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/Mini-Symposium%20Registration%20Form.doc. Web page for Mini-symposiums program details: http://washington.uwc.edu/depts/chemistry/mini-symposium.htm.

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur G. Suits, Wayne State University. “Lost in Configuration Space: Probing Novel Reaction Mechanisms with High-Resolution Imaging”

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paramjit Arora, New York University.

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Richard Finke, Colorado State.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Mary Ann Carroll, University of Michigan.

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Thursday, April 26th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Peerasak Paoprasert, Graduate Student, Gopalan Group.

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Friday, April 27th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Laura L. Kiessling, Professor of Chemistry and Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, UW-Madison.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Phillip Geissler, University of California, Berkeley.

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Tuesday, May 1st, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dan Kahne, Harvard University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Justine Roth, Johns Hopkins University.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 - Organic McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. F. Dean Toste, University of California-Berkeley.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. R. Mark Wightman, University of North Carolina.

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Maren Buck, Graduate Student, Lynn Group.

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Friday, May 4th, 2007 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Department. Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: An Effective Program for Building Diversity in the Sciences”

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2007, Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mary Jane Shultz, Tufts University. “Getting Surfaces to Reveal Secrets via Probing with Small Molecules”

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Wednesday, May 9th, 2007 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Gregory Kubas, Los Alamos University.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Analytical/Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Jonathan Zhang (Stahl Group) and Xiaoyu Wang (Hamers Group). “Graduate Student Thesis Background Presentations”

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Thursday, May 10th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Julee Byram, Graduate Student, Mecozzi Group.

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Friday, May 11th, 2007 - Annual Department Awards Ceremony, Room 1315 Chemistry, with reception in Charter St. Atrium.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David MacMillan, Princeton University.

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Recent Publications

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Analysis of phosphorylation sites on proteins from Saccharomyces cerevisiae by electron transfer dissociation (ETD) mass spectrometry.

Chi, A; Huttenhower, C; Geer, LY; Coon, JJ;* Syka, JEP; Bai, DL; Shabanowitz, J; Burke, DJ; Troyanskaya, OG; Hunt, DF.

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 104 (7): 2193-2198 FEB 13 2007.

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A single-molecule barcoding system using nanoslits for DNA analysis.

Jo, K; Dhingra, DM; Odijk, T; de Pablo, JJ; Graham, MD; Runnheim, R; Forrest, D; Schwartz, DC.*

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 104 (8): 2673-2678 FEB 20 2007.

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Triplet 1,3-diphenylpropynylidene (Ph-C-C-C-Ph).

DePinto, JT; Deprophetis, WA; Menke, JL; McMahon, RJ.*

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 129 (8): 2308-2315 FEB 28 2007.

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Palladium-catalyzed aerobic oxidative amination of alkenes: Development of intra- and intermolecular Aza-Wacker reactions.

Kotov, V; Scarborough, CC; Stahl, SS.*

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 46 (6): 1910-1923 MAR 19 2007.

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Observations of deep convective influence on stratospheric water vapor and its isotopic composition.

Hanisco, TF; Moyer, EJ; Weinstock, EM; St Clair, JM; Sayres, DS; Smith, JB; Lockwood, R; Anderson, JG; Dessler, AE; Keutsch, FN;* Spackman, JR; Read, WG; Bui, TP.

GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS 34 (4): Art. No. L04814 FEB 27 2007.

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Low-temperature enantiotropic k2 phase transition in the ionic 222-cryptand complex with LiClO4.

Guzei, IA;* Spencer, LC; Su, JW; Burnette, RR.

ACTA CRYSTALLOGRAPHICA SECTION B-STRUCTURAL SCIENCE 63: 93-100 Part 1 FEB 2007.

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A stable, highly fluorescent vinylogous beta-diketonate silicon complex.

Liu, YX; Steiner, SA; Spahn, CW; Guzei, IA;* Toulokhonova, IS; West, R.*

ORGANOMETALLICS 26 (6): 1306-1307 MAR 12 2007.

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Calculations of the optical spectra of hydrocarbon radical cations based on Koopmans' theorem.

Nelsen, SF;* Weaver, MN; Yamazaki, D; Komatsu, K; Rathore, R; Bally, T.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 111 (9): 1667-1676 MAR 8 2007.

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A coarse grain model for DNA.

Knotts, TA; Rathore, N; Schwartz, DC;* de Pablo, JJ.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 126 (8): Art. No. 084901 FEB 28 2007.

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Mechanochemical coupling in the myosin motor domain. I. Insights from equilibrium active-site simulations.

Yu, HB; Ma, L; Yang, Y; Cui, Q.*

PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 3 (2): 199-213 FEB 2007.

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Mechanochemical coupling in the myosin motor domain. II. Analysis of critical residues.

Yu, H; Ma, L; Yang, Y; Cui, Q.*

PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 3 (2): 214-230 FEB 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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Call for Proposals Announced for Faculty Research Grants

For the International Institute: Aili Mari Tripp, Associate Dean, Division of International Studies, 262-5805 or tripp@bascom.wisc.edu; for Worldwide Universities Network, Kris Olds, Associate. Professor and WUN Faculty Coordinator, 262-2138 or kolds@wisc.edu. Madison, WI - The Division of International Studies has announced a call for proposals for a series of international, interdisciplinary research grants available to UW-Madison faculty and staff. Three sets of grants are being made possible, including two through the International Institute with generous support from the Division of International Studies and a contribution from Global Studies for research circles and new initiatives. The third set of research awards is being facilitated through the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and the Division of International Studies. “The grants will advance the University’s commitment to innovation in cross-regional research and graduate training, and expand linkages to scholars around the world,” says Gilles Bousquet, Dean of International Studies. Deadlines for proposals vary. Grants range from $500 to $64,000. Research activities may start after July 1, 2007. For information on research circle grants, go to: http://www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/Research/research_circle_CFP.pdf. For information on new initiative grants, go to: http://www.intl-institute.wisc.edu/Research/new_initiatives_CFP.pdf. For information on WUN grants, go to; http://www.international.wisc.edu/wun/WUN_CPF.pdf. Research circles are designed to create new forms of area knowledge that cross traditional regional and disciplinary borders. They join together groups of faculty, graduate students, and staff from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to advance research on particular intellectual themes of international relevance. New initiatives will include the following activities: year-long research seminars on particular themes; a featured lecturer to speak on a topic of interest to all Institute member programs; funds for development initiatives in area, international, and global studies. Under the WUN and Division of International Studies partnership, three forms of support facilitating international collaboration between UW-Madison faculty and WUN member universities faculty are available, including “seed funding” project development grants, virtual seminar support grants, and exploration of partnership grants. WUN is an international alliance of 18 leading higher-education institutions, including UW-Madison, that builds on its partners’ commitment to quality and innovation in research and teaching by developing collaborations in interdisciplinary areas of global significance.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Lecturer in Chemistry - The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.chem.pitt.edu) seeks a Lecturer for a one-year renewable appointment outside the tenure stream beginning July 1, 2007, pending budgetary approval. The primary responsibilities for this position are to coordinate the undergraduate analytical and instrumental analysis laboratory courses as well as teaching in the analytical and general chemistry programs. A Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or related field is required. Experience in teaching at the college or university level is preferred, but applications from individuals with relevant professional experience are also welcome. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by April 16, 2007. Send resume, summary of teaching or professional experience, and three letters of reference to: Ms. Nancy Woodring, Lecturer Search, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

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Raytheon. The Processes and Operations of Materials Engineering supports manufacturing with materials related processes such as potting, bonding, encapsulation, welding, brazing, paints and coatings. Processes and Operations aids in the transition to production as well as with manufacturing issues. The Process and Operations Group works directly with manufacturing personnel resolving materials and process issues real time. Job Description: 5 -10 years experience, Entry level; Work with manufacturing product and design personnel to identify, resolve, and document materials related issues and processes; Design, oversee, review and report on laboratory experiments to validate material design concepts or approaches for manufacturing; Work with and direct technical support personnel in the use and application of a wide range of analytical methods and instrumentation; Coordinate testing and document results validating new materials and processes for use on existing and new product; Conduct failure analysis and validation studies related to components, tests, and design objectives. Recommend modifications as required; Assist in the specification of material processes; Work with limited supervision and take ownership of projects to achieve schedule, financial, and technical goals; Prepare technical task descriptions and cost estimates for research, development, and manufacturing technology proposals. Required Skills: PhD in Analytical Chemistry/MS/BS; ACS Certification; Excellent communication skills, attention to detail, follow through and multitasking abilities; Hands-on experience with the operation, application, and interpretation of analytical chemistry instrumentation and test methods including FTIR, UV/Vis, AA/AE, NIR, DSC, DMS, TGA, HPLC, GC, GCMS, ESCA, Auger, XPS, SIMS, EDAX, TEM and STEM; Wet chemical analysis techniques including absorbance spectroscopy and electrochemistry; Demonstrated ability developing test methods to quantify the effectiveness of chemical process including metal cleaning, etching, plating, and passivation, ceramic and polymer treatments to enhance surface chemistry, texture, and free energy for metallization, coatings or adhesive bonding; Project management including planning, labor estimating, technical direction and reporting for investigation so "root cause" failure analysis, development of new or improved chemical processes and analysis techniques, operational effects of mission specific environments on material physical properties, polymer thermo-mechanical and thermodynamic performance sensitivities; Familiarity with and understanding of mechanical, electrical, optical, and physical properties of organic and inorganic materials; Advanced understanding of Polymer Chemistry mandatory. Desired Skills: Experience preparing technical and cost proposals in response to US government solicitations; Experience managing major technical projects for performance, cost, and schedule; Authorship of technical papers in society journals and participation as a peer reviewer; Understanding of mechanical and electrical design tools such as proE, FEA, and SPICE; Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and chemical simulation methods; Experience in supervising lab personnel. Contact: Robert E. Singler, Raytheon, Integrated Defense Systems, Mechanical Design Center, 350 Lowell St, Andover, Massachusetts 01810, USA, Mail Stop: ANF B16, phone: 978-470-6647, fax: 978-470-9006, e-mail: Robert_E_Singler@rayteon.com.

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2007 Summer Chemistry Teaching Positions. The University of Minnesota Chemistry Department has temporary, part-time lecturer positions in general, analytical, organic, and physical chemistry available for the 8-week term (June 12 - August 3) in the summer of 2007. Preparing and giving lectures for undergraduate courses; holding office hours; preparing, giving and grading exams; assigning final course grades. A Ph.D. in chemistry is preferred and an M.S. in chemistry or related field is required. Previous teaching experience is also required, preferably, at least two years at the college level. Any qualified person interested in a teaching position should submit a short letter indicating area of interest. Persons who have not previously taught courses in chemistry at the University of Minnesota must also include a current Curriculum Vita and two letters of professional recommendation. Student evaluations of teaching should also be included, if available. All application materials must be received by Friday, April 13, 2007. Selection Criteria: M.S. is essential, prefer Ph.D.; Prior teaching experience; prefer college level teaching of chemistry courses; Prior teaching experience at University of Minnesota; Quality of references; Quality of student evaluations or feedback. Please submit all application materials to: Chuck Tomlinson, Assistant to the Vice Chair, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. For more information regarding course offerings and content, Chuck Tomlinson can be contacted at (612) 624-0313 or tomlinso@chem.umn.edu.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Announcement of a post-doctoral position available immediately Coordination and organometallic chemistry of relevance to controlled radical polymerization. Prof. Rinaldo POLI - Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination – Toulouse, France. A post-doctoral position is open effective immediately with funding by ANR. The project consists of fundamental studies of coordination chemistry of relevance to controlled radical polymerization. The post-doc will carry out mechanistic studies of reactions involving oneelectron changes on the coordination sphere (radical additions to metal and/or ligand, halogen atom transfer, hydrogen atom transfer of relevance to catalyzed chain transfer). New organometallic compounds may need to be synthesized, in particular compounds with homolytically fragile metal-carbon bonds, to be used as initiator in metal-mediated radical polymerization processes. The polymers obtained will be characterized in order to evaluate the controlling ability of the catalyst system for the chain growth process. The post-doc may also carry out, depending on previous training and personal interest, computational studies of homolytic bond strengths. The hosting institution is CNRS’s flagship Laboratory in Coordination Chemistry and is equipped with stat-of-the art instrumentation. A Ph.D. in inorganic or polymer chemistry is required. The position is for a period of up to 15 months. An extension will be possible, upon mutual agreement, if the candidate is willing to apply for and obtain a personal fellowship from another source. The successful candidate must be trained in synthetic coordination/organometallic chemistry. Proficiency in inert atmosphere handling techniques and in the characterization of coordination compounds (optical spectroscopies, multinuclear NMR, EPR, magnetic studies) is required. Training in anyone or more of the following additional topics, though not essential, will further strengthen the application: electrochemical techniques of analysis (particularly cyclic voltammetry); radical polymerization processes; polymer characterization; computational studies by ab initio and/or DFT methods. Remuneration: ca. 2200 €/month (gross salary + benefits). Net salary: ca. 1700 €/month. The position will start as soon as a suitable candidate is found, ideally not later than September 1, 2007. Send a letter of motivation and CV by E-mail to: Rinaldo.Poli@lcc-toulouse.fr Please include the names and full coordinates of at least two references.

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Post-doctoral Research Fellowship. Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii. An opening is available in the area of mechanistic studies of photoisomerization of configurational and conformational isomers of simple polyenes. We seek to prepare isotopically labeled pure isomers of olefinic compounds for irradiation under a variety of conditions. A recent Ph.D. in chemistry is required. Preference will be given to those with experience in organic synthesis and organic photochemistry. Minimum annual stipend: $30,000. The position is available immediately. Inquiries, CVs and letters of recommendation (a minimum of two) should be sent to: Professor Robert S. H. Liu (emeritus), Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, phone: 1-808-956-5723; FAX: 1-808-956-5908, e-mail: rshl@hawaii.edu.

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