Chemistry Newsletter - 06/18/2001

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter


XXV No. 23 June 18th, 2001

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ATTENTION ALL!!

The Chemistry Department will host a reception to celebrate Professor Fleming Crim's election to the National Academy of Sciences. Please join us in the Atrium of the New Chemistry Building on Wednesday Afternoon June 27, 2001 at 3:30 PM.

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department Meetings --- Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 8335 Chemistry

*****No Meetings Until September*****

 

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SEMINARS

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

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http://www.chem.wisc.edu/areas/careers/7news.html

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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Feldgus S; Landis CR.

Origin of enantioreversal in the rhodium-catalyzed asymmetric hydrogenation of prochiral enamides and the effect of the alpha-substituent.

ORGANOMETALLICS 2001, Vol 20, Iss 11, pp 2374-2386.

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Hondal RJ; Nilsson BL; Raines RT.

Selenocysteine in native chemical ligation and expressed protein ligation.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2001, Vol 123, Iss 21, pp 5140-5141.

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Porembski M; Weisshaar JC.

Singlet and triplet reaction paths for gas-phase Zr+C2H4 by density functional theory.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 2001, Vol 105, Iss 20, pp 4851-4864.

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Lee HS; LePlae PR; Porter EA; Gellman SH.

An efficient route to either enantiomer of orthogonally protected trans-3-aminopyrrolidine-4-carboxylic acid.

JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 66, Iss 10, pp 3597-3599.

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Kawano M; Bacon JW; Campana CF; Winger BE; Dudek JD; Sirchio SA; Scruggs SL; Geiser U; Dahl LF.

High-nuclearity close-packed palladium-nickel carbonyl phosphine clusters: Heteropalladium [Pd16Ni4(CO)(22)(PPh3)(4)](2-) and [Pd33Ni9(CO)(41)(PPh3)(6)](4-) containing pseudo-T-d ccp Pd16Ni4 and pseudo-D-3h hcp Pd33Ni9 cores.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 2001, Vol 40, Iss 11, pp 2554-2569.

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Kersteen EA; Raines RT.

Contribution of tertiary amides to the conformational stability of collagen triple helices.

BIOPOLYMERS 2001, Vol 59, Iss 1, pp 24-28.

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2002 NOBCChE Undergraduate Research Award

web site: http://www.rohmhaas.com/rhnurac/default.htm

Sponsored by ROHM AND HAAS COMPANY

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NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) and the Rohm and Haas Company created this award to encourage African-American students of chemistry and chemical engineering to participate in undergraduate research pro-rams. Each year NOBCChE presents the "Undergraduate Research Award" to undergraduate students of chemistry and chemical engineering judged to have presented the best original papers at the NOBCChE Annual Conference. The award selection process begins with a national call for papers through a mail campaign to chemistry and chemical engineering departments throughout the United States. A judging committee reviews the submitted papers, and the best papers in each discipline are determined. Six finalists will be invited to attend the 2002 NOBCChE Annual Conference for a 15 minute oral presentation of their research papers. In the event that any of the finalists are unable to attend and compete at the NOBCChE Annual Conference, alternates may be selected. The criteria to participate are as follows:

  • All entrants shall be full-time students enrolled at a college or university and pursuing an undergraduate degree in either CHEMISTRY or CHEMICAL ENGINEERING with intentions to pursue graduate degrees in said fields.
  • The award is given for technical papers arising from original research. Presentations based solely on literature searches will not be considered. Entrants should have performed the majority of the research presented.
  • Papers should be no more than 20 pages in length including abstract, references, tables, and figures. The precise format to be used will be provided.

The award will be presented March 28, 2002. Competition table:

December 14, 2001 - Deadline for receiving abstracts (not to exceed 1 page).

January 18, 2002 - Deadline for receiving full papers.

February 4, 2002 - Notify Finalists.

March 24 - 29, 2002 - Finalists to attend 2002 NOBCChE Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Return the application form (available in room 1148 Chemistry Department) or for further information contact: Dr. Carleton J. Barbour, e-mail: Carleton_J_Barbour@ROHMHAAS.com, Rohm and Haas Company, 727 Norristown Road, Spring House, PA 19477 USA, Phone: 215-619-5357, Fax: 215-641-7254. Web site: http://www.rohmhaas.com/rhnurac/default.htm.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Atomic Personnel, Inc. One of our client companies has an immediate full-time career position for an experienced Thin Film Development Scientist/Engineer. Refer to position number: 0507/01. Thin Film Development Scientist/engineer Physical Vapor Deposition of Oxide Films. Location is in the Northeastern U.S. Seeking a hands-on scientist or engineer to develop and commercialize next generation products. Will be responsible for Research & Development of high temperature and other ceramic films, and processes for their manufacture. These processes will be based on cost effective physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques. Specific responsibilities include: Development of ceramic film manufacturing processes and their transfer to pilot-scale production. Development, operation, maintenance and optimization of laboratory and pilot-scale PVD systems for multi-layer synthesis of ceramic thin films. Design, execution and interpretation of experiments to optimize processes. Analysis and characterization of deposited ceramic thin films. A MS or PhD in Materials Science, Applied Physics or a related field; Three years minimum experience in Physical Vapor Deposition of Oxide Films; A track record demonstrating a systematic approach to the development and optimization of performance-critical materials systems is essential; Demonstrated expertise in epitaxial film processing, structure and performance is required; Strong interpersonal and technical management skills; A high level of drive and flexibility to work in a rapidly developing entrepreneurial environment. Client employer will pay the recruiting fee, interview and relocation expense. Qualified individuals please Email or Fax promptly ALL the following information: Complete chronological resume of education (including GPA) & experience related to the above responsibilities and requirements; Present or last salary; U.S. citizenshhip or U.S. visa status?; The position number & title; Any U.S. location exclusions. Send to: Arthur L. Krasnow, Note: Inquiries invited regarding other technical positions and locations, Member: Mid-Atlantic Association of Personnel Consultants & Alumni Association - M.I.T. and U.S.N.A, Atomic Personnel, Inc., PO Box 11244, Elkins Park, PA 19027-0244, Phone: 215- 885-4223, Fax: 215-885-4225. e-mail: atomic@dca.net.

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Physical Organic Chemist. A Diversified Fortune 100 Specialty Chemical Company. The location is rural Upper Ohio River Valley in the East Central US. The research facility is situated in a major manufacturing complex, and is responsible for industrial process research and development. Ph.D. in Chemistry (Physical or Physical Organic) with 0 to 5+ years experience (preference to recent graduates or postdoctoral candidates). Profile includes organic chemistry skills with a specialization in physical organic chemistry. Must be able to function within a manufacturing environment, and deal with real-world solutions to interesting industrial problems. Physical Organic Chemist, knowledgeable about synthesis, who can occasionally be called upon to perform minor amounts of synthetic work, but must have a strong understanding of physical reaction chemistry and surface chemistry. The person, working with a process involving polyether-modified silicones, will be responsible for studying the mechanism of the chemistry of the existing process and/or new methods of manufacture (the site also gets involved in exploratory development work). An understanding of polymers is helpful, however, the need is not for a polymer chemist. Typical projects could include: determining and studying the mechanism of byproduct removal / suppression, noble metal sequestration from the product stream, etc. No prior background in silicone chemistry is necessary or particularly desired. The candidate must be highly inquisitive, innovative, and able to collaborate with other research scientists, engineers, and manufacturing personnel. Strong verbal and written communication skills are crucial. Salary is competitive and open dependent upon experience. Comprehensive relocation program. Standard large-company corporate benefit program including savings, health, dental, etc. Please contact: Joseph G. Schroer, Technical Recruiting, P.O. Box 414533, Kansas City, mo 64141-4533, Phone: 816-221-7674, e-mail: jgs@kc.rr.com, Fax: 816-221-5343.

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A position has recently become available in the Sloan-Kettering Institute, Program of Molecular Pharmacology for an Assistant-Associate Laboratory Member. We are looking for someone who has both a chemistry and biological background who has an independent research program of high quality. Space, salary and a startup package are competitive, and the faculty member would have the opportunity to be jointly appointed in the pharmacology program of the Cornell Weill School of Medicine. Please contact: Joseph R. Bertino, MD Program Chairman Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave, New York, New York 10021, Phone: 212-639-8230, Fax: 212-639-2767.

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NRC-CNRC is a dynamic, nationwide R&D organization committed to helping Canada realize its potential as an innovative and competitive nation. Our strengths are: outstanding people, core science and engineering expertise and information, research programs focused on key technologies and technology diffusion. Combining our strengths with those of industrial and academic partners, we foster Canada's emerging national system of innovation. Research Positions. Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (SIMS) Ottawa, Ontario. The Steacie Institute performs frontier research in selected areas of the molecular sciences. Carried out in collaboration with other NRC Institutes, SIMS research is highly interdisciplinary and bears on Canada's innovation system in the manufacturing, information and telecommunications, and biotechnology sectors. The Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences invites applications for research positions within several of the research programs. You must have demonstrated research excellence with a PhD and relevant post-doctoral experience in materials or bio-organic synthesis. The areas of interest include (but are not limited to)

� the synthesis of organic, inorganic or hybrid nanoscale materials

� materials for application in molecular recognition and molecular electronics/photonics applications

� supramolecular chemistry, crystal engineering

� combinatorial approaches to materials synthesis

� bio-organic/combinatorial synthesis for chemical biology applications.

Experience with multidisciplinary/collaborative research opportunities will be an asset, Appointments will be made at a level commensurate with experience and qualifications. You will be expected to demonstrate excellence and originality of previous research. All applicants must provide a CV, publication list and a research proposal (5-10 pages) and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent separately. To explore this opportunity, send your application by July 6, 2001, Indicating reference number 32-01-03, to: Gisele Elias, Human Resources Systems Coordinator, 100 Sussex Drive, Room 1152, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A OR6. You can apply on our Web site at http://www.nrc.ca./careers.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI. Position Vacancy Announcement. Post date: 6/1/01. Position # 018103. One-Year Temporary Biochemistry Instructor (Full-Time) College of Arts & Sciences. Major responsibilities will be teaching junior- and senior-level courses in biochemistry. Other responsibilities include teaching other chemistry courses and participation in appropriate departmental committees. Required - PhD in biochemistry or another closely related science. Must demonstrate the potential for teaching excellence at the upper undergraduate level and the capacity to contribute actively to the development of the Physical Sciences department. Must have the interpersonal skills to work effectively with a diverse array of students and faculty. Preferred - Ability to teach other departmental courses (including general chemistry), in addition to biochemistry. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Application Information: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts (both undergraduate and graduate), and three current letters of reference to: Dr. David V. Frank, Physical Science Department Head, 820 Campus Drive, ASC-3021, Big Rapids, MI 49307. Final candidate(s) will be required to furnish official college transcripts. For more information on Ferris State University, see our Web page at: http://www.ferris.edu.

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The NMR Facility in the Department of Chemistry, Temple University has an immediate opening for a facilities director. The Facility consists of three spectrometers including a GE QE-300, a Bruker Avance 400 and a Ge omega 500MHz NMR instruments. Duties include maintenance and operation of the facility , training graduate students and postdoctoral associates, and application support to solve structural problems in all areas of Chemistry . It is anticipated that sufficient discretionary time to pursue one's own NMR problems will be available. A Ph.D., MS or equivalent experiences in the physical sciences and knowledge of modern NMR Techniques is required. Applicants should send a resume and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Prof. M.M. Labes, Chair, Department of Chemistry, Temple University, 13th and Norris Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

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Director of General Chemistry Laboratory, Northwestern University, effective August (preferably) or September 2001. This is a faculty position, non-tenure-track but, subject to job performance and institutional need, continuing. Responsibilities: direction of the general chemistry laboratory, including laboratory lectures, development of new experiments and initiatives, TA training and supervision, program administration. Requirements: PhD in chemistry and demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. Candidates should send brief statement of teaching interest and curriculum vitae, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly, to: Dr. Hilary A. Godwin e-mail:h-godwin@northwestern.edu, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 60208-3113 by July 15, 2001.

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The University of California, San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has openings for a non-tenure track lecturer. This position may be of interest to: sabbatical visitors; recent Ph.D. recipients who seek a "teaching postdoc;" or outstanding teachers who seek temporary or part-time opportunities. Position involves teaching general chemistry lab (full-time) or general chemistry lecture (part-time). 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 2001. 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 3-865F, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0332, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0332. Prompt response is recommended. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Information about the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is available at http://www-chem.ucsd.edu [please note the dash].

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AND/OR JOBS

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Position at the IBM Almaden Research Center, working on new technologies for the fabrication of biomolecule microarrays. The job description is given at URL: http://domino.research.ibm.com/hr/research/resumes.nsf/pages/100622.html. The ideal candidate would already have a background in microarray technology but that is not essential. More important would be the candidate's ability to work in a multidisciplinary team with chemists and physicists, and the ability and interest to apply their knowledge of biological chemistry to problems perhaps quite different than those encountered in their formal education. IBM currently has activities in the biological sciences including commercial programs in the Bioinformatics area http://www.research.ibm.com/bioinformatics/ and research activities devoted to understanding protein folding http://www.research.ibm.com/bluegene/. Recently these efforts have been extended to exploring ways of using IBM's expertise in semiconductor manufacturing and information storage technologies to improving the fabrication of oligonucleotide and protein arrays. IBM Research has had some activities in this area in the past, both in internal programs and in collaborations with other companies. (e.g., see McGall et al, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA), 93, 13555-13560 (1996), and URL http://www.zurich.ibm.com/st/microcontact/biopatterning/index.html. This position is as a Research Associate and would initially be for 1 year, with the possibility of further extension. Please send information to: William D. Hinsberg, Research Staff Member, Senior Investigator, Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose CA 95120, Mail Stop K17/801, Phone 408 927 1642, FAX 408 927 3310, email: hnsbrg@almaden.ibm.com, web: http://www.almaden.ibm.com/st/msim.

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Teaching Postdoctoral Position: Grand Valley State University offers a one-year position beginning August 2001 (second year possible). Primary responsibilities will include teaching chemistry courses for non-majors while working closely with an experienced faculty mentor. Opportunities exist for collaborative research and for teaching an upper-level course. Send letter of application, CV, phone numbers and/or e-mail addresses of two references, and a one-page description of your expectations of this position to: Dr. Harvey Nikkel, Chair, Chemistry Department, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401.

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2 Postdoctoral openings at Montana State University - Bozeman. Protein Nanotechnology - Bioinorganic Chemistry. Two postdoctoral positions are available immediately in a collaborative project between Drs Trevor Douglas (Chemistry) and Mark Young (Microbiology and Plant Sciences). The project involves the use of assembled protein cages (and related polymeric structures) as nano-containers for the encapsulation of inorganic and organic materials. The successful candidate should have experience in either protein chemistry (expression, purification, characterization) or aqueous inorganic chemistry. Experience with some of the following techniques would also be useful: chromatography, transmission electron microscopy, electron and X-ray diffraction, fluorescence spectroscopy. The initial appointment is for one year with salary commensurate with experience. Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. T. Douglas , M. Young, Nature (1998) 393, 152-155. T. Douglas and M. Young Advanced Materials (1999), 11, 679-681. W. Shenton, T. Douglas, M. Young, G. Stubbs, S. Mann Advanced Materials (1999), 11, 253-256. T. Douglas and V. Stark Inorganic Chem. (2000) 39, 1828-1830. A. Zlotnick, Adam; R. Aldrich; J.M. Johnson, P. Ceres, M. Young, Mark Virology (2000), 277, 450-456. A. Nedoluzhko, T. Douglas J. Inorg Biochem. (2001) 84, 233-240. Send to: Dr Mark Young, 333 Agricultural, Biosciences Building, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, e-mail: myoung@montana.edu, web: http://tbi.montana.edu/Mark_Young.htm or http://tbi.montana.edu/Mark_Young.htm, or contact: Dr. Trevor Douglas, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 108 Gaines Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717, e-mail: tdouglas@nimbus.temple.edu, web: http://nimbus.temple.edu/~tdouglas or http://nimbus.temple.edu/~tdouglas.

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Kansas State University. A postdoctoral position at the rank of research associate is available immediately for studies of ferroelastic and ferroelectric domain switching, crystal growth, crystallography, and molecular recognition phenomena in organic inclusion compounds. The position requires a strong background in Solid State Organic Chemistry; the project will focus on cooperative phenomena and domain switching in ferroelastic and ferroelectric inclusion compounds. The ideal applicant would have extensive experience in the area of solid state organic chemistry. Specific expertise with stress-strain relationships in crystals, crystallography, polarized spectroscopy and microscopy, crystal growth, and synthesis of labeled organic compounds would be extremely beneficial. The successful applicant will be exposed to a wide variety of techniques in the area of solid state chemistry. Duration of the position would be for at least one year, and preferably for two years. Salary will be commensurate with experience and background. Send c.v. and the names of three references to: Prof. Mark D. Hollingsworth, Chemistry Dept., 111 Willard Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506; ph.: 785-532-2727, fax: 785-532-6666, e-mail: mdholl@ksu.edu. The closing date for applications is July 10, but the search will be extended until a suitable applicant is found.

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United States Environmental Protection Agency would like to alert you that they are recruiting postdoctoral positions at the US EPA MidContinent Ecology Division. These are Federal term appointments, full-time, not-to-exceed four years. Four position descriptions for the term appointments are enclosed. Through this recruitment we intend to hire the two most qualified candidates. Their Division is part of the US EPA's Office of Research and Development and is located in Duluth, Minnesota. The Division has over 90 federal scientists including ecologists, chemists, toxicologists and biologists focusing on research issues in ecotoxicology and freshwater ecology that will help reduce the scientific uncertainties in ecological risk assessments and environmental monitoring. More information on the research organization and the postdoctoral program may be found on the following web site: http://www.epa.gov/nheerl/postdocs; for information on the application process select: http://www.epa.gov/nheerl/postdocs/. Instructions on how to apply for these positions are as follows: Cuniculum vitae (CV); letter of recommendation from a senior research advisor or other comparable official; a letter indicating research interest and preferred geographical location(s) to: Ms. Karen Dean, ATTN: Post-doc Recruitment, US EPA, NBEERL (MD-85), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711. This information should be received no later than June 29. Applications will again be accepted between September 4 through October 31.

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