Chemistry Newsletter - 04/23/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 16 April 23rd, 2007

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Professor Hans Reich Wins the Arfvedson Schlenk Award

We are delighted to report that Professor Hans Reich has won the Arfvedson Schlenk Award from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (German Chemical Society) for his outstanding research in organolithium chemistry. The award is named after Gustav Arfvedson, the chemist who discovered the element lithium in 1817, and Wilhelm Schlenk, a pioneer in organolithium chemistry. Hans will receive his award in Ulm at the GDCh Science Forum in September. Congratulations Hans!

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

 

5/08/2007

 

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

 

5/01/2007

5/18/2007

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SEMINARS

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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. “Towards a Toolkit of Distinctly Folded Oligomers as Modulators of Biomolecular Function”

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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. “Illuminating and Inhibiting Carbohydrate Biosynthetic Pathways”

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Monday, April 30th, 2007 - TCI Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor S. Iyengar, University of Indiana. “Quantum/Classical Dynamics of Electrons and Nuclei: Applications to Hydrogen Tunneling in Biological Enzymes and Simulation of Vibrational Action Spectroscopy in Water Clusters”

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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. “Structure and Function of an Essential Component of the Outer Membrane Protein Assembly Machine”

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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. “Development and Application of Gold(I) - Catalyzed Reactions for Organic Synthesis”

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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, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry, with reception in Charter St. Atrium.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Martin Zanni, UW-Madison. “New Technology that Drives New Science: Automated 2D IR Spectroscopy and Membrane Peptides”

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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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High bond orders in metal-metal bonding.

Weinhold, F;* Landis, CR.*

SCIENCE 316 (5821): 61-63 APR 6 2007.

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Characterization of the methoxy carbonyl radical formed via photolysis of methyl chloroformate at 193.3 nm.

Bell, MJ; Lau, KC; Krisch, MJ; Bennett, DIG; Butler, LJ; Weinhold, F.*

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 111 (10): 1762-1770 MAR 15 2007.

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Specific reaction parametrization of the AM1/d Hamiltonian for phosphoryl transfer reactions: H, O, and P atoms.

Nam, K; Cui, Q;* Gao, JL; York, DM.

JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION 3 (2): 486-504 MAR-APR 2007.

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Multilayered films fabricated from an oligoarginine-conjugated protein promote efficient surface-mediated protein transduction.

Jewell, CM; Fuchs, SM; Flessner, RM; Raines, RT;* Lynn, DM.*

BIOMACROMOLECULES 8 (3): 857-863 MAR 2007.

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Direct electrical detection of antigen-antibody binding on diamond and silicon substrates using electrical impedance spectroscopy.

Yang, WS; Butler, JE; Russell, JN; Hamers, RJ.*

ANALYST 132 (4): 296-306 2007.

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Palladium complexes of multidentate pyrazolylmethyl pyridine ligands: Synthesis, structures and phenylacetylene polymerization.

Ojwach, SO; Guzei, IA;* Darkwa, J; Mapolie, SF.

POLYHEDRON 26 (4): 851-861 MAR 1 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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2007 Collegiate Inventors Competition

The National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation is pleased to announce that we are now accepting entries for the 2007 Collegiate Inventors Competition. Now in its 16th year, the Collegiate Inventors Competition is one of the foremost programs in the United States that recognizes and rewards invention, innovation, and discovery by college and university students. Past winners include the inventors of such technologies as a tissue-engineered vascular graft, a new way of forecasting weather, and a novel hull design for catamarans. In addition to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, sponsors of the competition include the Abbott Fund and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This year, students and their advisors will compete for over $120,000 in prizes including:

Student Grand Prize - $25,000.

Advisor Prize - $15,000 Graduate Prize - $15,000.

Advisor Prize - $5,000.

Undergraduate Prize - $15,000.

Advisor Prize - $5,000.

All students and advisors who advance to the final round of judging (typically 10-12 students/teams) will receive a cash prize and all student finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to present their work to a Blue Ribbon Panel of judges in Fall 2007. This panel includes Chief Science and Technical Officers from Fortune 500 companies, senior representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. These students will also attend an exclusive Awards Ceremony and reception where they will meet other Inductees to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, industry leaders, government representatives, and the media. The deadline for the 2007 Competition is June 15, 2007. Please help promote this exciting opportunity to your students, faculty, and academic advisors. The entry form and FAQs are available at: http://www.invent.orq/collegiate. If you require additional materials, please e-mail us at: collegiate@invent.org.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research Laboratory in Annandale, NJ. The position to be filled requires a hard working, versatile and enthusiastic Ph.D Organic or Physical Organic Chemist with fundamental chemical understanding of organic reaction mechanisms and kinetics. Initial assignment will involve fundamental understanding research of the chemical and physical properties and reactivity of aromatic and heterocylic [N,S,O] aromatic compounds and their polycyclic analogues. Typically, mechanistic understanding will be gained through studies using model compounds followed by application of learnings to real hydrocarbonaceous feed stocks. Research results will have broad applicability in refining, separations, chemicals and new business areas. The candidate will be expected to diligently become familiar with applicable literature, write technical reports, publish in top quality technical journals, present papers and participate in external technical meetings. Familiarity with relevant analytical techniques, e.g., 1H- and 13C-NMR, mass spectrometry, chromatography, IR, UV, raman is necessary. Candidate needs to be an experimentalist fluent in fundamental organic reaction chemistry, have some synthesis capability, be knowledgeable in composition and have the ability to express ideas mathematically on a computer. Candidate should also be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with scientists and engineers in allied fields to form effective teams. Knowledge of the structure and reactivity of heavy oils, solubility class components in heavy oils and other hydrocarbonaceous resources, e.g., coal, oil shale would be helpful, but is not a prerequisite. The position is located in a multi-disciplinary laboratory working to enhance the science and technology base needed to meet current and future energy challenges. Application should be made by mail and should include a resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a brief description of work history and research interests to: ExxonMobile Research and Engineering Company, 1545 US route 22 east, Annandale, NJ 08801, Phone: 908-730-2430, fax: 908-730-3323, e-mail: michael.siskin@exxonmobile.com.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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University of California, Berkeley. Lecturer Positions in Department of Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry solicits applications for two lecturer positions beginning in July 2007. The nine-month salary for each position is $46-56,000 depending on experience, with the possibility of additional income for summer session instruction. Each appointment is for one year with the potential for annual renewal consistent with University policies. Applicants for each position should send a curriculum vitae, a summary of teaching experience, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to the address specified below. Please refer references to the UC statement on confidentiality at: http://apo.chance.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 30, 2007. Application review will begin with receipt of applications. Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to: Lecturer Search (ID #xx), Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1460.

Lecturer in General Chemistry (ID #10). The general duties of the position are to assist in the teaching of large lecture courses in general chemistry. Specific duties for qualified applicants include: delivering lectures in large general chemistry courses; supervising laboratory sections, special projects, and development of new experiments as needed; development of exams and supervision of student instructors; development of digital presentation materials; design and management of a dynamic course website; implement online teaching tools including online assessments using material provided by text book publishers and internal sources; design and/or implement and maintain course administrative tools. On-the-job training will be provided for qualified applicants, especially those with excellent teaching references and some experience with digital media. Qualifications: Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Education; experience with lecture and laboratory teaching in general chemistry; experience with creation and management of digital media and/or web design; experience with course management systems and online learning technology; experience with PHP, MySQL, Apache, JavaScript, etc. a plus.

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry (ID #20). Duties of the position include teaching organic chemistry courses, leading weekly reviews, supervising student laboratory sections and providing exam support for other courses. Additional responsibilities could include the teaching of an advanced organic synthesis laboratory for chemistry majors and an independent research program involving undergraduate students. Qualifications: A PhD and previous teaching experience are required.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison. Research Specialist - Biomedical Engineering. BS or BA in biology or related field. 1-3 years experience in a cell biology research laboratory using the following techniques: Mammalian cell culture (including primary cell preparation and culture), immunocytochemistry, fluorescent microscopy, Western blotting, record keeping and lab maintenance. Report directly to PI on projects focused on the development and application of novel microfluidic cellular assays. Application areas include cardiac drug screening assays and mammary gland biology. Experience with mammalian cell culture is essential as is an interest in working with non-traditional cell culture systems (e.g. microfluidics and automated liquid handling systems). Experience with immunocytochemistry, fluorescent microscopy and Western blotting strongly preferred. Experience with PCR and other methods of protein analysis is helpful but not essential. Must be willing to assume new responsibilities both technical and administrative as they develop in the lab. Good computer skills are a plus. 1) Responsible for training undergraduate and graduate students in lab protocols/methods. 2) Additional duties will include general lab maintenance, record-keeping, inventory of lab stocks and supervision of student hourly assistants. 3) Must be able to work effectively within a scientifically diverse team including bioengineers, physicians and biologists. 4) Manage the cell culture and analysis facilities of the lab, which includes, but is not limited to, oversight of the equipment and interactions with vendor as needed for routine maintenance and repairs. 5) Responsible for various administrative activities including assisting with grant applications and manuscript submissions. 6) Conduct research experiments as directed by PI and assist with lab experiments. 7) Develop, implement, maintain and document proper lab safety procedures, protocols and records, particularly in cell and molecular biology. A period of evaluation will be required. Appointment type: Academic Staff. Department(s): Engr/Biomedical Engr. Full time salary rate: Minimum $28,000 ANNUAL (12 months). This is a renewable appointment. How to apply: Send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #55915 to: David Beebe, 2142 Engineering Centers Bldg, 1550 Engineering Drive, Madison WI 53706-4087, Phone: 608-262-2260, TTY: 608-263-2473, Fax: 608-265-9239, Email: djbeebe@wisc.edu.


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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Postdoctoral Researcher Position in “Biomolecular Materials Chemistry”. A Postdoctoral Fellow research position is available at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. This position will involve research on the molecular aspects of biomimetic mineralization. The goal of this research is to identify and utilize polypeptides to regulate the nucleation and growth of a variety of nanostructured inorganic materials. A Ph.D. degree in the field of biological sciences, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioengineering, or a related field is required. The candidate must have a strong background in molecular biology and protein chemistry, along with hands-on working knowledge of techniques such as PCR, site-directed mutagenesis, DNA isolation, DNA sequencing, and spectroscopic methods (UV/vis spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism, infrared spectroscopy). Experience in protein purification, and in the immobilization of biomolecules on surfaces, is highly desirable, although not essential. Highly-motivated candidates are desired for conducting research and preparing publications for refereed journals and technical reports. The candidate should possess excellent verbal English skills and a demonstrated ability to write technical articles in English. The postdoc will also help supervise and train PhD graduate students. U.S. citizenship or a U.S. permanent resident status is preferred, although not required. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Air Force Research Laboratory (Biotechnology Group) focused on understanding how to utilize biomineralization processes to synthesize novel materials and devices. The salary will be based on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The position will become available on June 1, 2007. Qualified applicants should send resumes (with a publication list), along with names, addresses (including e-mail), and phone numbers of 3 referees, by e-mail to both: Ken H. Sandhage, B. Mifflin Hood Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 771 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245, e-mail: ken.sandhage@mse.gatech.edu, or Dr. Rajesh R. Naik, Biotechnology Group Leader, MLPJ Hardened Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, 3005 P Street, Building 651, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433-7702, e-mail: Rajesh.Naik@wpafb.af.mi.

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