Chemistry Newsletter - 06/18/2007

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXI - No. 22 June 18th, 2007

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Andrew Greenberg is featured in June Issue of Newsweek Magazine

Andrew Greenberg, a chemistry staff member, was recently featured in Newsweek for his work developing tools to help vision-impaired students learn about science. This project, funded in part by the UW-Madison Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center, involves using rapid prototyping methods to create three-dimensional tactile models of nanoscale structures and surfaces. The article is in the June 11, 2007 edition of Newsweek, on page 14. Congratulations Andrew!

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July 2007 Issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is Now Online

The July 2007 issue is now available online. In this issue you will find several articles about nanotechnology and materials science, acid-base chemistry, consumer chemistry and food science, and many other activities for the classroom and laboratory including:

Editorial: Celebrate Communication!

Especially for High School Teachers: Small Adjustments, Big Improvements.

JCE Featured Molecule: Molecular Models of Resveratrol.

Please note these contributions from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in this issue:

- Charles Casey et al. report on the National Research Council Report "The Future of U.S. Chemistry Research: Benchmarks and Challenges";

- Frank Weinhold (with Henry A. Bent) offers News from the Periodic Table: An Introduction to "Periodicity Symbols, Tables, and Models for Higher-Order Valency and Donor-Acceptor Kinships".

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Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

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

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

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 - Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, 10:00 a.m., Room MSE 265. Professor John Patten, Western Michigan University. “Comparison Between Numerical Simulations and Experiments for Single Point Diamond Turning of Silicon Carbide”

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Monday, July 23rd, 2007 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry. Naohik Yoshikai, The University of Tokyo.

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Recent Publications

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Interactions between phosphate and water in solution: A natural bond orbital based analysis in a QM/MM framework.

Yang, Y; Cui, Q*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 111 (16): 3999-4002 APR 26 2007.

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Hofmeister salt effects on surface tension arise from partitioning of anions and cations between bulk water and the air-water interface.

Pegram, LM; Record, MT*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 111 (19): 5411-5417 MAY 17 2007.

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Implementation of electron-transfer dissociation on a hybrid linear ion trap-orbitrap mass spectrometer.

McAlister, GC; Phanstiel, D; Good, DM; Berggren, WT; Coon, JJ*.

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 79 (10): 3525-3534 MAY 15 2007.

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Activating B cell signaling with defined multivalent ligands.

Puffer, EB; Pontrello, JK; Hollenbeck, JJ; Kink, JA; Kiessling, LL*.

ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY 2 (4): 252-262 APR 2007.

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Molecular monolayers enhance the formation of electrocatalytic platinum nanoparticles on vertically aligned carbon nanofiber scaffolds.

Metz, KM; Goel, D; Hamers, RJ*.

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 111 (20): 7260-7265 MAY 24 2007.

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Synthesis and properties of single-crystal beta(3)-Ni3Si nanowires.

Song, YP; Jin, S*.

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS 90 (17): Art. No. 173122 APR 23 2007.

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Copyright © 2007 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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"QUASAAR" (QUAntitative Spectroscopy for Atmospheric and Astrophysical Research) is a Marie Curie Research Training Network supported by the European Commission in the framework of the programme "Structuring the European Research Area" within the 6th Framework Research Programme of the European Union. It was established on March 1st, 2005, and runs for a total of four years. QUASAAR offers a substantial number of temporary positions for Ph.D. students (Early Stage Researchers - ESR) and Ph.D.'s with less than 10 years' research experience (Experienced Researchers - ER) in diverse areas (various types of experimental spectroscopy, theoretical spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, ...). At present, positions are available in: Grenoble, France; Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany; Lausanne, Switzerland; Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Prague, Czech Republic. For further details and contact addresses, see: http://www.chem.uni-wuppertal.de/quasaar/.

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Minnesota Department of Health. We are seeking your help in identifying potential applicants for a job opening at the Minnesota Department of Health. Please forward this e-mail message to colleagues who may be interested or who could help identify prospective job candidates. Our current opening is for a Research Scientist 2 . We are seeking an Organic Chemist experienced in GC/MS, LC/MS, and LC/MS/MS to research and develop assays for emerging health contaminants in environmental samples. A bachelor's degree is required; an advanced degree is clearly preferred. Our laboratory occupies state-of-the-art facilities in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The application process for employment with the State of Minnesota is described at the following website: http://www.doer.state.mn.us/employment.htm. The particular opening for an organic chemist in our Public Health Laboratory is described at the website: https://statejobs.doer.state.mn.us/JobPosting/550ef4b1eaa49ca6a9097e4586f09099/View. Please contact: Louise W. Liao, Ph.D., Environmental Laboratory Manager, Public Health Laboratory Division, Minnesota Department of Health, MDA/MDH Lab Building, 601 Robert St. N, PO Box 64899, Saint Paul, MN 55164-0899, phone: (651) 201-5303.

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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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Postdoctoral position in atmospheric chemistry modeling is available in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of the chemistry version of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, conduct modeling studies of particulate evolution and aerosol direct and indirect forcing, and interpret model predictions using a wide range surface, aircraft, and satellite measurements. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or a related field. Candidates must have received a PhD in atmospheric sciences or a related field within the past five years from an accredited college or university. Experience in Fortran and parallel processing, modeling of trace gas and aerosol chemistry, and evaluating Eulerian models with field measurements is required. The applicant will be expected to publish peer-reviewed journal articles and effectively communicate with a wide range of scientists that include chemists, meteorologists, and statisticians. PNNL is located in Richland, WA. For further consideration please visit: http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and reference posting # 113427.

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The world-class proteomics group at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has a postdoctoral position available. Motivated individuals with a Ph.D. and a background in one or more of the areas of molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, and biochemistry are encouraged to apply. Experience with bacterial genetics, microbial biofilms, DNA microarray and proteomics is a plus, but not necessary. We will train you with the latest mass-spectrometry based proteomics. The successful candidate will be given the opportunity to apply mass-spectrometry based proteomics to the study of environmental and pathogenic microbes, meeting two of the greatest challenges in the United States and the world. Accomplishing these tasks will require synthesis of proteomic data with known physiological and genetics characteristics to reconstruct meaningful biology. This opportunity comes with the responsibility of communicating research results effectively, on local and national levels through oral presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals. You will be expected to interact with world-renowned experts and a group of scientists and postdocs with multidisciplinary background and expertise in this field. Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years from an accredited college or university. The successful candidate should be comfortable working with large datasets, similar to those from Microarray/gene expression experiments (several tens of thousands to millions of data points). For further consideration please visit: http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and reference posting # 113348.

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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. We encourage applications for a postdoctoral research associate position. In addition to expertise in orgnometallic/inorganic synthesis and handling of air-sensitive complexes, experience in electrochemical experiments would be helpful. The research will be supervised by both of us, on projects involving synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry of metal hydrides. A significant part of the effort will be on the design of new molecular electrocatalysts for hydrogen oxidation and hydrogen production. Applications should be submitted at http://www.jobs.pnl.gov. (Click on “Current Job Openings” and look for job ID # 113525; Organometallic/Inorganic Chemistry Postdoc).

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