Chemistry Newsletter - 07/18/2005

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXIX - No. 23 July 18th, 2005

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Professor Bassam Shakhashiri has received the 2005 CHEMICAL PIONEER Award from the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) in recognition of “pioneering scientific work and innovative contributions to science education.” The award ceremony was held at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Bassam follows Professors Zimmerman, West, and Dahl in winning this prestigious award. Congratulations Bassam!

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SEMINARS

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Thursday, August 11th, 2005 - Joint Analytical & Physical Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Shinsuke Shigeto, University of Tokyo. “A New Nonlinear Raman Probe for Local Structures in Liquids”

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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Todd D. Krauss, University of Rochester. “Single Carbon Nanotube Electronics and Photonics”

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Thursday, September 8th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar - Gary Parr Memorial Lecture, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Kimberly Kutz, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Steven Soper, Louisiana State University.

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Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Joel Bowman, Emory University. “Large Amplitude Motion in Reaction Dynamics and Vibrations”

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Huey W. Huang, Rice University. “Membrane Active Peptides Induce Structural Changes in Lipid Bilayers”

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Thursday, October 6th, 2005 - Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Frank DiSalvo, Cornell University.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Lara Spencer, UW-Madison Graduate Student.

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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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Nilsson BL. Soellner MB. Raines RT.

Chemical synthesis of proteins [Review].

Annual Review of Biophysics & Biomolecular Structure. 34:91-118, 2005.

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Jhawar A. Guzei IA. Timokhin VI. West R.

1,2,3,4-tetraphenylbutane-1,4-dione benzene solvate and a brief analysis of the solvated organic structures in the Cambridge Structural Database.

Acta Crystallographica, Section e (Structure Reports Online). 61(Part 7):O2291-O2293, 2005 Jul.

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Hill NJ. Moser DF. Guzei IA. West R.

Reactions of stable silylenes with organic azides.

Organometallics. 24(13):3346-3349, 2005 Jun 20.

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Zimmerman HE. Cheng J.

Control of proton transfer: Intramolecular vs intermolecular.

Organic Letters. 7(13):2595-2597, 2005 Jun 23.

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Jenkins CL. Vasbinder MM. Miller SJ. Raines RT.

Peptide bond isosteres: Ester or (E)-alkene in the backbone of the collagen triple helix.

Organic Letters. 7(13):2619-2622, 2005 Jun 23.

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Zhang ZC. Lyons LJ. Amine K. West R.

Network-type ionic conductors based on oligoethyleneoxy-functionalized pentamethylcyclopentasiloxanes.

Macromolecules. 38(13):5714-5720, 2005 Jun 28.

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Stich TA. Buan NR. Escalante-Semerena JC. Brunold TC.

Spectroscopic and computational studies of the ATP : Corrinoid adenosyltransferase (CobA) from Salmonella enterica: Insights into the mechanism of adenosylcobalamin biosynthesis.

Journal of the American Chemical Society. 127(24):8710-8719, 2005 Jun 22.

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Sung BJ. Yethiraj A.

Integral equation theory of random copolymer melts: Self-consistent treatment of intramolecular and intermolecular correlations - art. no. 234904.

Journal of Chemical Physics. 122(23):34904, 2005 Jun 15.

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E. G. Mednikov, Dahl LF.

"Nanosized Au4Pd32(CO)28(PMe3)14 Containing a Highly Distorted Encapsulated Au4 Tetrahedron: Proposed Multi-Twinned Growth-Pattern from Two Deformed Au-Centered Double Icosahedral-Based Fragments".

J. Cluster Sci., 2005, v. 16, No 2, p. 287-302.

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Copyright © 2005 Thomson ISI

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (http://cheminfo.ou.edu/) at the University of Oklahoma is seeking a Manager for the Departmental NMR Facility. (NMR Facility Manager - Specialist/Researcher II). The Facility Manager will oversee operations of the NMR Research Suppport Service laboratory (maintain and operate instrumentation, data stations, computers, etc.), provide training for users and staff, provide service to departmental research groups, maintain accurate records of samples run and related billing expenses. The Facility Manager will participate in preparation of proposals for new NMR equipment or upgrades of existing equipment, provide assistance in support of proposals by other faculty and staff, and maintain and provide users with knowledge of recent advances in NMR spectroscopy. Equipment includes Varian Mercury VX 300Mhz, Unity/Inova 400 MHz, and VXR 500 MHz NMR's. Ph.D. in chemistry or closely related field preferred. Applicants should send CV with list of publications, OU Job Application & Position Request Forms (see http://www.ou.edu/ohr/pages/employapply.html), and arrange for three letters of recommendation be sent to: NMR Search Committee, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 620 Parrington Oval, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73019 or emailed to: rwtaylor@ou.edu. Please refer to job requisition number 06047N on all correspondence. Deadlines subject to change with or without notice.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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As part of a continuing aggressive expansion program, the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Georgia Institute of Technology seeks to fill several tenure-track faculty positions. Exceptional candidates in all areas are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in biologically related areas of chemistry. Outstanding candidates for advanced rank positions are also encouraged and candidates with interdisciplinary interests will be considered for joint appointments with other departments. Further information is available on our Web site at: http://www.chemistry.gatech.edu. Candidates at the entry level should send an application letter, curriculum vitae, a summary of research plans, and three letters of reference. Advanced candidates should send a curriculum vitae and the names of three references. All materials and requests for information should be directed to: Chair of the Search Committee, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0400. Applications will be considered beginning October 14, 2005. Applications past that date will be considered until the positions are filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post Doctoreal Position at the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh. This newly created position has two major functions. First, the person will be responsible for setting up a perfluorocarbon tracer laboratory that employs gas chromatography combined with electron capture detection to quantitatively determine a suite of perfluorocarbon compounds at the ultra-trace levels. The analysis of these tracers at the ultra trace level requires substantial sample pretreatment. The post doc will be responsible for setting up the entire sample pretreatment train and the gas chromatographic equipment. The post doc will be responsible for quantitatively analyzing samples that are submitted to the lab and reporting the results. The tracer technology is being developed as one of the SEQURETM technologies used to evaluate the integrity of geologically sequestered CO2 that are being developed at NETL. The post doc will play an integral role in sampling and analysis of the tracers and will also play a role in spiking the sequestered CO2 at field sites. Second, the person filling this position will also be involved with a field project that measures the CO2, CH4 and Rn fluxes from the earth at sequestration field sites. This involves travel to the site and making measurements using both homemade and commercially available equipment. The post doc will be responsible for development and implementation of a new technique that allows one to measure the stable carbon isotope ratio in both CO2 and CH4 in the field on the fly in real time. The person that fills this position must be a US citizen or have permanent resident status. The person will be a recent graduate of your Ph. D program, or someone that will graduate by about Christmas, or an existing post doc within the department that would like to try something different. The post doctoral position description is attached. Interested candidates should send a resume to: Art Wells, National Energy Technology Laboratory, P. O. Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, phone 412-386-5975, mail: arthur.wells@netl.doe.gov also, please cc me a copy of the resume at: Curt M. White, National Energy Technology Laboratory, P. O. Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA 15236, phone 412-386-5808, e-mail: curt.white@netl.doe.gov. The position is at the Pittsburgh campus of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

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Graduate Research Assistants and Postdoctoral Positions in Bioanalytical/Biophysics/Biomedical Sciences. Three graduate research assistants and two postdoctoral positions in Bioanalytical/Biophysics/Biomedical are available immediately in the Old Dominion University / Eastern Virginia Medical School Biomedical Sciences Program. Research will involve development of novel single-molecule microscopy and spectroscopy, and nanobiotechnology for biochemical and biomedical research. Detailed research plans and descriptions of our areas of interest are available at our research group web site: (http://www.odu.edu/~chem/xu.htm). Candidates for postdoctoral positions should have Ph.D. in analytical/physical/biochemistry/molecular biology/cellular biology/protein engineering or related area and have strong background in ultrasenstive bioanalysis and/or nanoparticle synthesis and characterization. Applicants with a strong commitment to original research and a demonstrated excellence in analytical, physical or biochemistry research are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to: Dr. X. Nancy Xu, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529 (email: xhxu@odu.edu; Tel/Fax: (757) 683-5698). As a member of our research group, one will have full access to modern biological chemistry facilities and have a variety of significant opportunities to engage forefront bioanalytical and biomedical research. The Norfolk area is a beautiful city with many cultural attractions. Its location is near the ocean and only three hours drive from Washington D. C. Nearby are Naval Research Laboratories, NASA Langley Research Center and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility offer many exciting collaborative opportunities.

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Postdoctoral opening. Professor Paul L. Houston of Cornell University is looking to fill a postdoctoral position in his laboratory, effective on or after August 1, 2005. The research project involves investigations of molecular photodissociations and reactions using product imaging techniques, pulsed lasers, supersonic molecular beams, and photolysis sources. Experience with laboratory electronics, YAG- and excimer-pumped dye lasers, and high vacuum equipment is highly desirable. Interested candidates can learn more about our research from the web site listed below and can also contact me by e-mail. In order to be considered, you will need to send a curriculum vitae and letters from three references. Please send info to: Paul L. Houston, Peter J. W. Debye Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Baker Laboratory, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853-1301, Phone: (607) 255-4303, Fax: (607) 255-8549, E-mail: plh2@cornell.edu, web: http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/~plh2/group/plhhome.html.

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