UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 03/16/2015

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXIX - No. 10 March 16th, 2015

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2014-15 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Apr 21, 2015 May 12, 2015

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

Mar 17, 2015 Apr 7, 2015 Apr 28, 2015
May 5, 2015 May 26, 2015  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Pupa Gilbert, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Patterns of crystal orientation at the nanoscale in biominerals"
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Jennifer Faust, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 1:00 pm, ERC Lobby of Discovery Building. Prof. Lloyd Smith, UW Madison Chemistry & Genome Center Director "Building a Genomic Microscope: Hybridization capture of chromatin-associated proteins for proteomics "
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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Brandon Kilduff, UW-Madison, Fredrickson Group "Defusing Complexity in Intermetallics: Destabilizing the V8Ga41-type to Understand Its Stability"
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Thursday, March 19th, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Matthew Gaunt, University of Cambridge UK "Organic AbbVie Seminar "Palladium Catalyzed C-H Activation of Aliphatic Amines""
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Friday, March 20th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, MSC Lounge (Red Gym). NOBCChE, UW-Madison "NOBCChE Chemistry Madness"
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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 - Department Special Event, 5:00 pm, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry, "Department Reception at ACS National Meeting (Denver)"
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Friday, March 27th, 2015 to Sunday, March 29th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, "Graduate Recruiting Visit Weekend"
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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 - Inorganic, Materials, Organic Colloquium, 3:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. There are four speakers, Christine Luscombe (U. Washington), Brian Stoltz (CalTech), Shannon Stahl (U.Wisconsin), and Cory Stephenson (U. Michigan). "C-H Functionalization Symposium"
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Mark Johnson, Yale University "Physical Chemistry McElvain Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Viktor Poltavets, Michigan State University "Metastable Functional Solids by Soft Chemistry Approaches"
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Friday, April 10th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
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Friday, April 10th, 2015 - Department, General Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor James Jorgenson, University of North Carolina "Colloquium: Ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography: What the future might hold"
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Monday, April 13th, 2015 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Theresa Reineke, University of Minnesota "Sugar-coated polymer synthesis: from sustainable materials to selective drug delivery"
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Amber Krummel, Colorado State University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Eric Hagee, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Raymond Schaak, Pennsylvania State University "Seminar"
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Friday, April 17th, 2015 - Graduate Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Dr. Daria Fedyukina, L.E.K. Consulting "Alternative Career Symposium"
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 - Department, Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Yu-Shan Lin, Tufts University "TCI Seminar"
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Monday, April 20th, 2015 - Department, General, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Stephen Forrest, University of Michigan "McElvain Materials Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Steve Doorn, Los Alamos National Laboratory "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jenn Prescher, University of California, Irvine "Organic Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Huong Tran, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Michael Reynolds, Shell International Exploration and Production "Inorganic McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor David Tirrell, Caltech "Chemical Biology McElvain Seminar"
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Analytical, General Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Richard Quinn, Carl Sagan Center at NASA, Ames IA "Perchlorates on Mars: Implications for biomarker preservation and discovery"
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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor John Hartwig, UC Berkeley "Organic Seminar"
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Friday, April 24th, 2015 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Dr. Jake Yeston, Science Magazine "Department Colloquium"
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - Graduate, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Professor Toshiko Ichiye, Georgetown University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 - Physical Seminar, 4:30 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Wyatt Merrill, Department of Chemistry "Physical Chemistry Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Department, Graduate Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Bassam Shakhashiri, UW Department of Chemistry "The Wisconsin Idea: Opportunities and Challenges for Graduate Research and Education"
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - General Lecture, 3:30 pm, Memorial Library Special Collection. Eldridge Bourne Professor of History and Distinguished University Professor Alan Rocke, Case Western Reserve ""Science vs. Practice": The German Chemist ca. 1860"
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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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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A postdoctoral position available in separations of bio-derived chemicals from fermentation broths. This is a collaborative position between the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is available immediately. We are hoping that you could forward this notice to graduate students and postdocs in your group and department.
This position will be an integral part of a large, multidisciplinary team to produce renewable polymer precursors from biomass. Specifically, to produce precursors to carbon fibers. Interested candidates should send a CV and letter describing their research and professional interests via email to: jdorgan@mines.edu and Gregg.Beckham@nrel.gov.
Successful candidates will design, conduct, and optimize separation processes to produce valuable intermediates from biomass-derived sugars and other renewable feedstocks using native and engineered strains. Extraction, perstraction and pervaporation separations experiments from fermentation broths will be conducted at the bench and larger scale. Key collaborations are in place with metabolic and catalysis researchers for improving titers and catalytically upgrading the isolated bioproducts in the context of an integrated biorefinery. Candidates should have a background in chemical engineering separations and/or the materials science of membrane materials.
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Two positions in polymer chemistry and engineering available immediately in our research groups, which we were hoping that you could forward to graduate students and postdocs in your department or research group.
Both positions will be an integral part of a large, multidisciplinary team to produce renewable polymers from biomass-derived monomers. Interested candidates should send a CV and letter describing their research and professional interests via email to: Gregg Beckham (for the polymer engineering position) or to Mark Nimlos (for the polymer chemistry position).
Polymer Chemist: We are seeking candidates for a post-doctoral researcher position to develop renewable polymers and composites from chemical products made from biomass. Unique monomers will be produced by biochemical and thermochemical conversion technologies and this new hire will be responsible for identifying and demonstrating synthetic routes to novel polymers that are of commercial interest. The researcher will work with a team of scientists and engineers to develop, optimize and scale up processes and will also work with industrial partners to insure commercial development.
A Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry with a strong emphasis on organic synthesis is required for this position. A familiarity with biomass and the chemistry of biomass conversion is desired.
Polymer Engineer: We are seeking additional candidates for a post-doctoral researcher position as part of the same project with an emphasis on polymer engineering. This new hire will be responsible for the design of new polymeric materials using the aforementioned monomers, testing of their physicochemical properties, and the implementation of new approaches for the design of novel polymer blends.
A Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, or a closely related field with a strong emphasis on polymer synthesis, design, and materials testing is required for this position.
Contact: Gregg T. Beckham, MSCEP, PhD., Senior Engineer, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: (+01) 303-384-7806, Mobile: (+01) 617-960-7648, web: www.nrel.gov/gbeckham, E-mail: Gregg.beckham@nrel.gov.
Contact: Mark R. Nimlos, Principal Scientist, National Bioenergy Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401, Phone: (+01) 303-384-7704, Mobile: (+01) 303-518-8445, E-mail: Mark.nimlos@nrel.gov.
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Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: goldade@chem.wisc.edu or 262-0293. Thanks.
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