Chemistry Newsletter - 04/12/2004

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXVIII - No. 15 April 12th, 2004

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Bassam Shakhashiri Elected to the Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity Hall of Fame

We are delighted to announce that our own Bassam Shakhashiri has been elected to the Hall of Fame for the Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity. As all of you know, Alpha Chi Sigma is the Chemistry Fraternity started in 1903 at Wisconsin by J. Howard Mathews (our middle building is named after Mathews). The significance of this election is best appreciated by examining the list of distinguished chemists who make up the Hall of Fame. Congratulations Bassam.

AXS Fraternity Hall of Fame: Roger Adams; Arnold O. Beckman; Herbert C. Brown; Wallace Hume Carothers; James Bryant Conant; EliasJ. Corey; Frederick Gardner Cottrell; Farrington Daniels; Peter J. W. Debye; Paul J. Flory; Mary L. Good; Joel H. Hildebrand; Darleane C. Hoffinan; Charles James; Gilbert Newton Lewis; Warren K. Lewis; Carl Shipp (Speed) Marvel; Thomas Midgley, Jr.; James Flack Morris; Lars Onsager; Donald F. Othmer; Linus C. Pauling; John Howard Perry; George C. Pimentel; Kenneth S. Pitzer; Glenn T. Seaborg; Frank Clifford Whitmore; Hobart Hurd Willard.

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Dean Phillip Certain Retirement Reception

A reception honoring Dean Phillip R. Certain on the occasion of his retirement will be held on Monday, May 10, 2004, at the Tripp Commons, Memorial Union from 3:30 til 6:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Beth Hartzheim at hartzheim@ls.admin.wisc.edu or 608-265-0457.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9340 Chemistry

04/13/2004

05/11/2004

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

04/20/2004

05/04/2004

05/18/2004

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The Organic cume exams will be given in room 1315 Chemistry Building, 7:00 PM on the following dates:

CUMULATIVE EXAM SCHEDULE 2003-2004

May 6


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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. David Blank, University of Minnesota. “Probing the Local Environment During Reactive Dynamics in Solution”

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huw Davies, SUNY-Buffalo. “Catalytic Asymmetric C-H Activation: Applications in Organic Synthesis”

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Tuesday, April 13th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Adam Hoffman, ECT. “Characterization of Phosphorus Availability in an Agricultural Watershed”

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2004 - Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, Department of Geological Engineering, Department of Art, Department of Art History, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 3:30 p.m., 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor Charles H. Dowding, Northwestern University. “Carving Crazy Horse: Art and Engineering of Blasting Massive Rock Monuments.”

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Joint Analytical/Physical Chemistry Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Minhaeng Cho, Korea University. “Coherent multidimensional spectroscopy and polypeptides: Theoretical perspective”

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Thursday, April 15th, 2004 - Organic McElvain Industrial Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. William Nugent, Bristol-Meyers Squibb. “Making Pharmaceuticals with Asymmetric Catalysis”

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Friday, April 16th, 2004 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Hyuk Yu, UW Professor Emeritus and world-renowned Polymers Chemist will relate lessons learned over nearly four decades in this University.

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Friday, April 16th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Troy Twesme, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Photocatalytic Oxidation of Light Alkanes”

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Monday, April 19th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Paul F. Cook. “Mechanism of the Haemophilus Influenzae Serine Acetyltransferase”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Michael Fayer, Stanford University. “Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Echo Correlation Spectroscopy: Hydrogen Bond Dynamics in Water and Methanol”

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Robert Sheridan, University of Nevada, Reno.

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Tuesday, April 20th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Ken Walz, ECT. “Cathode Chemistry and Environmental Technology”

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University. “Tissue Imaging and Profiling of Proteins by Mass Spectrometry for Discovery in Clinical and Biological Research”

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Mark Gordon, Iowa State. “A Cluster-Based Approach to Solvation”

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Friday, April 23rd, 2004 - Lincoln Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Reagan Miller, Lee Group.

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Friday, April 23rd 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Rachelle Duvall, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Overview of the Aerosol Brown Cloud-Asia (ABC-Asia) Study”

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Analytical Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Xu Zhang, Graduate Student.

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Monday, April 26th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. ChulHee Kang. “Taming Calcium Ion: Its Implication on Drug Side Effects”

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. “Significant OH Radical Reactions in the Atmosphere: A New View”

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Wednesday April 28th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 1111 Biotech Center. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University. “Mass spectrometry and its Role in Structural Biology”

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Analytical Meloche Lecture Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carol Robinson, Cambridge University. “Mass spectrometry of dynamic multi-protein complexes”

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Dykhuizen, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, April 29th, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. Vern Schramm “Enzymatic Transition States, Analogues, Cancer and Malaria”

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Friday, April 30th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Sara Kerr, ECT. “Bioavailability of Trace Metals”

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Monday, May 3rd, 2004 - Biochemistry Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room B1118 Biochemistry. William Theurkauf “The Mitotic Response To Geneotoxic Stress”

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Barry Lentz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “A View of Cell Membrane Fusion: Protein Machines Work on Lipid Materials”

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kyung Woon Jung, University of South Florida.

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2004 - Inorganic McElvain Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lou Noodleman, Scripps Research Institute.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Analytical McElvain Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Charles Cantor, Sequenom Inc. “Precise Quantitative Analysis of Nucleic Acids by Mass Spectrometry”

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Emily Payne, Graduate Student.

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Thursday, May 6th, 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Prabhu Kamaar, UW Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Contributions of Elemental and Organic Carbon to Particulate Matter Emissions From Diesel and Gasoline Engines”

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Friday, May 7th, 2004 - Chemistry Department Colloquium, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. James Skinner, UW Professor of Chemistry. “Dynamics in liquid water and aqueous solutions of biologically relevant molecules”

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Friday, May 7th 2004 - Environmental Chemistry Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Water Science Laboratory Room 102. Heidi Bialk, ECT. “Oxidative Coupling of Sulonamide Antimicrobials with Monomeric Humic Constituents”

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Monday, May 10th, 2004 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Akinobu Naka, Kurashiki University, Japan.

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Monday, May 24th, 2004 - Inorganic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Boris Tumanskii, Technion, Haifa, Israel. “EPR Study of Persistent Linear, Branched and Metal-Containing Silyl Radicals”

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Thursday, May 27th, Special PChem Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 8335, Chemistry Building. Gary Maciel, Colorado Sate University. “Structure and Reactivity of the Silica Surface. A Solid-State NMR Study.”

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2004 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Schneider, University of Delaware.

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Analytical Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at: http://analytical.chem.wisc.edu/analytical/writings/Seminars/seminars.html.

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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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Langenhan JM. Gellman SH.

Effects of alternative side chain pairings and reverse turn sequences on antiparallel sheet structure in beta-peptide hairpins.

Organic Letters. 6(6):937-940, 2004 Mar 18.

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Bentley AK. Trethewey JS. Ellis AB. Crone WC.

Magnetic manipulation of copper-tin nanowires capped with nickel ends.

Nano Letters. 4(3):487-490, 2004 Mar.

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Chen Y. Shortreed MR. Peelen D. Lu MC. Smith LM.

Surface amplification of invasive cleavage products.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126(10):3016-3017, 2004 Mar 17.

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Sukonpan C. Oost T. Goodnough M. Tepp W. Johnson EA. Rich DH.

Synthesis of substrates and inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin type A metalloprotease.

Journal of Peptide Research. 63(2):181-193, 2004 Feb.

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Jendrejack RM. Schwartz DC. de Pablo JJ. Graham MD.

Shear-induced migration in flowing polymer solutions: Simulation of long-chain DNA in microchannels (vol 120, pg 2513, 2004).

Journal of Chemical Physics. 120(13):6315, 2004 Apr 1.

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Cai W. Peck JR. van der Weide DW. Hamers RJ.

Direct electrical detection of hybridization at DNA-modified silicon surfaces.

Biosensors & Bioelectronics. 19(9):1013-1019, 2004 Apr 15.

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Oost T. Sukonpan C. Brewer M. Goodnough M. Tepp W. Johnson EA. Rich DH.

Design and synthesis of substrate-based inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin type B metalloprotease.

Biopolymers. 71(6):602-619, 2003.

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Druschel GK. Hamers RJ. Luther GW. Banfield JF.

Kinetics and mechanism of trithionate and tetrathionate oxidation at low pH by hydroxyl radicals.

Aquatic Geochemistry. 9(2):145-164, 2003 Jun.

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Copyright © 2004 Thomson ISI

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36th Annual Great Lakes Regional Meeting

 

The American Chemical Society’s 36th Annual Great Lakes Regional Meeting, “Formulate Your Future”. October 17-20, 2004 in Peoria Illinois at the Pére Marquette in downtown Peoria. Abstracts and Registration Open: April 26, 2004. Visit our web site for more information: http://membership.acs.org/g/glrm04.

 

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36th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference

 

The 36th Midwest Theoretical Chemistry Conference (MWTCC) will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Thursday - Saturday, June 17-19, 2004. The conference web site, with all relevant details, is: http://www.chemistry.msu.edu/mwtcc/mwtcc.shtml. This web site will be updated as we approach the conference. You can register for the conference and submit an abstract using the above web site. Please note a few important deadlines: - registration and abstract submission, May 14th, 2004; - early payment of the registration fee (to avoid higher registration fees), April 30th, 2004. The conference poster can also be downloaded from the MWTCC web site at: http://www.chemistry.msu.edu/mwtcc/mwtcc.shtml (see http://www.chemistry.msu.edu/mwtcc/images/MWTCC_poster.pdf).

 

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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US-NY-Synthetic Organic Chemist. We are looking for an Organic/ Medicinal Chemist who will work with a group of medicinal chemists for a company that is discovering and developing novel therapeutic products including interventional therapeutics, cancer vaccines and blood cell growth factors for the treatment of cancer and cancer-related disorders. The candidate will be responsible to synthesize novel chemical entities of the desired structure and purity. You will apply state of the art medicinal chemistry to design and synthesize biologically active compounds. You should possess a M.S. or PhD. in organic or medicinal chemistry or related science field with experience in multi-step organic synthesis, chromatographic purification and spectroscopic characterization of organic compounds. Our client is an emerging pharmaceutical with research facilities in New York and can provide excellent benefits (health insurance, dental, and vision plan, paid vacation and more). A high impact, high profile position with excellent opportunity for advancement. Please contact Stu Sullivan by phone at 732-316-1911 Ext. 250, fax resume, cover letter, and research summary to 609-584-9575 or E-Mail to: sis@diedremoire.com. Please be advised that there are two positions available one at the MS level and one at the PhD level.

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PhD Level Job Opportunity. Abbott Laboratories, Global Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Advanced Technology Division, Abbott Park, Illinois. Position Description: Research scientist in the department of Biological Screening. Working in a fast-paced, creative, multi-disciplinary environment the successful candidate will be responsible for developing new technologies and assays and implementing a variety of High Throughput Screening (HTS) techniques to identify and characterize lead compounds for drug discovery. You will work on multiple projects simultaneously as part of a larger team of scientists, developing and using a broad range of technologies including novel affinity-based screening techniques, and phenotypic cell-based and high content analysis. This challenging position involves supervision of research associates and intensive collaboration and communication with scientists working on all aspects of drug discovery research in multiple therapeutic areas. Requirements: Ph.D. in chemistry, cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, or related field; Postdoctoral experience preferred. A track-record of success in one or more of the following is desirable: biochemical, cellular, and/or ligand binding assay design and implementation; invention or development of novel screening methods; siRNA methods; mass spectrometry; or mammalian cell culture. The successful candidate must be able to multitask and adapt to changing priorities. Excellent communication and presentation skills and strong publication record are a must. Fax / forward resume to: Kenneth M. Comess, PhD, Group Leader, Dept. R4PN, Bldg. AP10-1, Abbott Laboratories, 100 Abbott Park Road, Abbott Park, IL 60064-6099, Fax: (847) 935-4200, Phone: (847) 938-4451, E-mail: Kenneth.m.comess@abbott.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Fellowship, Based at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Protein Structure Determination by NMR. A postdoctoral position (Max-Planck-Stipend) is available in the Department of Protein Evolution (Director Prof. Dr. Andrei Lupas). The goal of our Department is to characterize selected protein families structurally and functionally with particular emphasis on evolutionary aspects. We are a multi-disciplinary department, employing a broad range of biochemical, bioinformatic and molecular biology techniques. The working language of the Department is English. The successful applicant will join the newly established NMR group based at the Technical University of Munich (Garching campus), with full access to Bruker 600, 750 and 900 MHz spectrometers. The envisioned project will involve development and application of methods to provide for the departments growing need for rapid, medium-resolution protein structure determination and fold recognition. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD with experience and a successful track record in all aspects of protein structure determination by NMR. Programming and very good general computer skills are also desirable. The position is available immediately. Please send initial inquiries or your application, including CV, supporting materials, and the contact addresses of references to: Dr. Murray Coles, Institüt für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstrasse 4, Garching, Germany D80747 or by e-mail to: murray.coles@tuebingen.mpg.de. Web Address: http://www.eb.tuebingen.mpg.de/dept1/home.html.

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A postdoctoral position is available in the area of molecular-based hydrogen storage materials at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) consisting of a joint research effort between the Chemistry and Materials Science Divisions. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research in the chemical synthesis of porous metal organic framework materials and carbon nanofibers for potential hydrogen storage applications. Expertise in the synthesis and characterization of such materials is strongly desired. It is also expected that the candidate will be involved in the characterization of these materials using x-ray, neutron, NMR, and adsorption techniques. In addition to chemical synthetic facilities, our group has access to a wide range of characterization tools including x-ray diffractometers, NMR and EPR spectrometers, various spectrophotometers (FTIR, UVVis-NIR, etc.), instrumentation for volumetric and gravimetric analysis, etc. We also have direct research collaboration with scientists at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) and Intense Pulsed Neutron Source (IPNS) where additional characterization will be preformed. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong material synthesis background and be highly motivated to develop a research program in this area. The candidate must either hold, or expect to shortly receive, a Ph.D. in chemistry, materials science, or closely related field. Interested applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae to Dr. John Schlueter by May 1, 2004: Dr. John Schlueter, Materials Science Division, Building 200, A-185, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439, Phone: 630-252-3588, E-mail: jaschlueter@anl.gov.

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