UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 1/21/2014

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVIII - No. 2 January 21st, 2014

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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

Feb. 11, 2014 Mar. 11, 2014 Apr. 15, 2014 May 13, 2014

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

Feb. 4, 2014 Feb. 18, 2014 Mar. 4, 2014 Mar. 25, 2014
Apr. 22, 2014 May 6, 2014 May 20, 2014  

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SEMINARS
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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Sam Krerowicz of the Schwartz Group, UW Madison "Organocatalytic Polymerizations: New Methods in Polylactide Synthesis"
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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Michael MacCoss, University of Washington "Beverly & John Schrag Analytical Seminar "Driving Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics from Hypothesis-generating to Hypothesis-testing""
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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cecilia Clementi, Rice University "Multiscale Modeling of Macromolecular Dynamics"
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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Amanda Corcos, UW Madison "Investigating the Reactivity of Diruthenium Nitrides & "Ligand- Assisted Molecular Oxygen Activation in a Cobalt Complex"
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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Stephen Maldonado, University of Michigan "New Frontiers in Semiconductor Electrochemistry: Electrochemical Liquid-Liquid-Solid Crystal Growth"
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Friday, January 31st, 2014 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Karl Scholz - Dean, UW Madison College of Letters & Science "Department Colloquium - Dean Karl Scholz"
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Monday, February 3rd, 2014 - Materials, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Padma Gopalan, UW-Madison Materials Science & Engineering "Materials Seminar"
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Monday, February 3rd, 2014 - General Seminar, 4:00 pm, H.F DeLuca Forum. WI Institue for Discocvery. Featured Panelists, WARF, UW-Madison, Quintessence Biosciences "Dispelling the Myths About Patenting Academic Research: A panel discussion"
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael A. Duncan, University of Georgia "Infrared Spectroscopy of Cold Ions and their Clusters: Inorganic and Organic Chemistry in the Gas Phase"
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Seth Horne, University of Pittsburgh "Biomimetic Agents and Designer Materials from Protein-like Molecules that Expand beyond Covalent Structures found in Nature"
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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Judith Burstyn, UW-Madison "TBD"
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Thursday, February 6th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Maaz Ahmed of the Stahl Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Monday, February 10th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Bldg. Professor Lynn Kamerlin, Uppsala University, Sweden "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Christopher Mundy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory "Chemical reactivity and the Hofmeister series: Towards a unified view of acids, bases, and ions at the air water interface"
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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Ken Houk, UCLA "Cycloadditions in Synthesis, Chemical Biology, and Materials Chemistry: Dynamics and Mechanisms"
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Theo Agapie, California Institute of Technology "TBD"
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Ryan Scamp of the Schomaker Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Aaron Hoskins, UW-Madison Dept. of Biochemistry "From a Pig's Breakfast to Fine Dining: Using Single Molecules to Simplify the Spliceosome."
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Monday, February 17th, 2014 - Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Seth Marder, Georgia Tech "Interface Chemistry for Organic Electronics and Opto-electronics"
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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Markus Raschke, University of Colorado-Boulder "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Arthur Mar, University of Alberta "Homologous Series in Solid State Chemistry: Stacking Slabs in Rare-Earth Arsenides"
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Monday, February 24th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kyoko Nozaki, University of Toyko "Casey Lectureship Seminar Series, Title TBD"
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - Chemical Biology, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Barrick, Johns Hopkins University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Jeff Kelly, Scripps Research Institute "Biological and Chemical Approaches to Adapt Proteostasis to Ameliorate Protein Aggregation Diseases"
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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Kyoko Nozaki, The University of Tokyo "Casey Lectureship Seminar Series, Title TBD"
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Jean Rivera of the Keutsch Group, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Friday, February 28th, 2014 - Department Special Event, 4:00 pm, Union South. Chemistry Department, UW Madison "Graduate Recruiting Weekend"
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Synthesis and Photophysical Properties of Two Strongly Fluorescent Bis(diquinaldinatoalumino)-9-silafluorenes.
Pusztai, E; Albright, H; Cai, YJ; Hu, RR; West, R*; Tang, BZ; Guzei, IA*.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 32 (23):6871-6874; 10.1021/om4005803 DEC 9 2013.
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Unraveling the Role of Metal-Support Interactions in Heterogeneous Catalysis: Oxygenate Selectivity in Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis.
Jenness, GR; Schmidt, JR*.
ACS CATALYSIS, 3 (12):2881-2890; 10.1021/cs4006277 DEC 2013.
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Very Low Pressure Rh-Catalyzed Hydroformylation of Styrene with (S,S,S-Bisdiazaphos): Regioselectivity Inversion and Mechanistic Insights.
Tonks, IA; Froese, RD; Landis, CR*.
ACS CATALYSIS, 3 (12):2905-2909; 10.1021/cs400943s DEC 2013.
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Single-crystal X-ray studies of five alkali metal salts of luminol.
Guzei, IA*; Kim, MH; West, R*.
Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 66 (21):3722-3739; 10.1080/00958972.2013.843678 NOV 10 2013.
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Simulation of (A)over-tilde(2)A(1) <- (X)over-tilde(2)E laser excitation spectrum of CH3O and CD3O.
Nagesh, J; Sibert, EL*; Stanton, JF.
Spectrochimica Acta Part A-molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 119 90-99; 10.1016/j.saa.2013.02.037 Feb 5 2014.
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Non-native N-Aroyl (L)-Homoserine Lactones Are Potent Modulators of the Quorum Sensing Receptor RpaR in Rhodopseudomonas palustris.
McInnis, CE; Blackwell, HE*.
CHEMBIOCHEM, 15 (1):87-93; 10.1002/cbic.201300570 JAN 3 2014.
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Density functional tight binding: application to organic and biological molecules.
Gaus, M; Cui, Q*; Elstner, M.
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-computational Molecular Science, 4 (1):49-61; 10.1002/wcms.1156 JAN 2014.
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Hydrophobic Variations of N-Oxide Amphiphiles for Membrane Protein Manipulation: Importance of Non-hydrocarbon Groups in the Hydrophobic Portion.
Chae, PS; Sadaf, A; Gellman, SH*.
CHEMISTRY-AN ASIAN JOURNAL, 9 (1):110-116; 10.1002/asia.201301097 JAN 2014.
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Tethered Spectroscopic Probes Estimate Dynamic Distances with Subnanometer Resolution in Voltage-Dependent Potassium Channels.
Jarecki, BW; Zheng, SQ; Zhang, LL; Li, XX; Zhou, X; Cui, Q*; Tang, WP; Chanda, B.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 105 (12):2724-2732; 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.11.010 DEC 17 2013.
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Partitioning of RNA Polymerase Activity in Live Escherichia coli from Analysis of Single-Molecule Diffusive Trajectories.
Bakshi, S; Dalrymple, RM; Li, WT; Choi, HJ; Weisshaar, JC*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 105 (12):2676-2686; 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.10.024 DEC 17 2013.
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Rotational spectroscopy of pyridazine and its isotopologs from 235-360 GHz: Equilibrium structure and vibrational satellites.
Esselman, BJ; Amberger, BK; Shutter, JD; Daane, MA; Stanton, JF; Woods, RC*; McMahon, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 139 (22):10.1063/1.4832899 DEC 14 2013.
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High-Throughput Ellipsometric Characterization of Vapor-Deposited Indomethacin Glasses.
Dalal, SS; Fakhraai, Z; Ediger, MD*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (49):15415-15425; SI 10.1021/jp405005n DEC 12 2013.
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Dynamics of Water Confined in Reversed Micelles: Multidimensional Vibrational Spectroscopy Study.
Bakulin, AA; Cringus, D; Pieniazek, PA; Skinner, JL*; Jansen, TLC; Pshenichnikov, MS.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (49):15545-15558; SI 10.1021/jp405853j DEC 12 2013.
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2D IR Cross Peaks Reveal Hydrogen Deuterium Exchange with Single Residue Specificity.
Dunkelberger, EB; Woys, AM; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (49):15297-15305; SI 10.1021/jp402942s DEC 12 2013.
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Study of the gamma D-Crystallin Protein Using Two-Dimensional Infrared (2DIR) Spectroscopy: Experiment and Simulation.
Lam, AR; Moran, SD; Preketes, NK; Zhang, TO; Zanni, MT*; Mukamel, S.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (49):15436-15443; SI 10.1021/jp405159v DEC 12 2013.
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Proton Disorder in Ice Ih and Inhomogeneous Broadening in Two-Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy.
Shi, L; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (49):15536-15544; SI 10.1021/jp405860u DEC 12 2013.
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Structural Characterization of Native Autoinducing Peptides and Abiotic Analogues Reveals Key Features Essential for Activation and Inhibition of an AgrC Quorum Sensing Receptor in Staphylococcus aureus.
Tal-Gan, Y; Ivancic, M; Cornilescu, G; Cornilescu, CC; Blackwell, HE*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (49):18436-18444; 10.1021/ja407533e DEC 11 2013.
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Interplay of Hydrogen Bonds and n ->pi* Interactions in Proteins.
Bartlett, GJ; Newberry, RW; VanVeller, B; Raines, RT*; Woolfson, DN.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135 (49):18682-18688; 10.1021/ja4106122 DEC 11 2013.
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Development of a Web-Based, Student-Centered Stereochemistry Tutorial.
Burrman, NJ; Moore, JW*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 90 (12):1622-1625; 10.1021/ed300744s DEC 2013.
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Evidence for small-molecule-mediated loop stabilization in the structure of the isolated Pin1 WW domain.
Mortenson, DE; Kreitler, DF; Yun, HG; Gellman, SH*; Forest, KT.
Acta Crystallographica Section D-biological Crystallography, 69 2506-2512; 10.1107/S090744491302444X 12 DEC 2013.
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Discovery and Mass Spectrometric Analysis of Novel Splice-junction Peptides Using RNA-Seq.
Sheynkman, GM; Shortreed, MR; Frey, BL; Smith, LM*.
MOLECULAR & CELLULAR PROTEOMICS, 12 (8):2341-2353; 10.1074/mcp.O113.028142 AUG 2013.
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Human Ribonuclease with a Pendant Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Inhibits Tumor Growth in Mice.
Rutkoski, TJ; Kink, JA; Strong, LE; Raines, RT*.
TRANSLATIONAL ONCOLOGY, 6 (4):392-397; 10.1593/tlo.13253 AUG 2013.
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BONN GRAD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, MEET CHRISTINA FLACH
Graduate students, if you are interested in learning more about the UW-Madison/University of Bonn graduate fellowship competition, please to come to an information session with Christina Flach, the Exchange Programs coordinator at the University of Bonn. Christina will talk about the research possibilities at the University of Bonn and related research institutes in the area and Erin Crawley will be on hand to answer questions about the campus competition. Pizza will be provided. The session will be held on: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 11:30-12:45, 336 Ingraham Hall
The campus deadline cannot be set until after Christina Flach's visit. However, you can go here to find out information about the program in general and get an idea of what the competition entailed: http://fellowships.international.wisc.edu/graduate-fellowship-university.... If you are interested in attending, please send Erin Crawley an email, fellow@intl-institute.wisc.edu. Registration is not required, but it is helpful.
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PHD SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT PROCTER & GAMBLE
The Procter & Gamble Company has several PhD Summer Internship positions in our Cincinnati, OH, Research Centers. Details of some positions are listed below. Interested candidates should apply online at www.experiencepg.com before February 16, 2014 [search for specific position(s) of interest to you by keyword  PhD Intern'].
As a PhD intern at P&G, you will be working on projects that will expand your capabilities (that can be completed within 10-12 weeks) and will be meaningfully related to your classroom and research education. The training and mentoring we provide will represent an unparalleled opportunity for professional and personal growth and the opportunity to explore a career in industry.
To qualify for an internship, candidates should attend graduate school in a US State or territory, be enrolled in a STEM PhD graduate program of study and be eligible to work in the United States. Foreign nationals that require US work authorization for full time employment will also be considered for some positions. The preferred period for the 10 to 12 week internship is May to August 2014. The internship is a paid, full-time, 40 hour per week position.
At P&G, internships are considered temporary employment. No full-time employment commitments are made; however, depending on satisfactory completion of certain criteria, candidates may be considered for full-time positions upon obtaining their PhD.
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship - Particles & Polymers-RND00002588
The successful applicant will synthesize and graft polymers to various substrates. He/she will need to be familiar with traditional polymerization techniques. Grafting-to is the preferred method although other grafting procedures will be considered. UV or plasma pre-treatment may be required to produce active groups on polymeric substrates. Applicant will also need to be able to analyze and characterize the resulting grafted substrate. Emphasis is on identifying analytical methods to study whether the polymer is chemically bonded or physically entangled to the substrate. Using existing test methods or developing new ones to confirm the efficacy of grafting and cleaning performance against a range of particulates, potentially including bio-actives, is necessary in this role. Optimization of the polymer structure may be required to identify property-structure relationship between polymer backbone charges and performance. Applicant will also work with various partners to optimize products for different applications.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Improve grafting to method of polymers to various substrates to improve yield and reduce
          time/complexity. May require UV or plasma pre-treatment to activate substrate.
     •    Optimize polymer structure (charges/ratio) of grafted polymer to maximize cleaning performance.
     •    Develop or modify existing test methods to test for grafted polymer cleaning performance.
     •    Use analytical methods to study whether grafted polymer is chemically bound to substrate or
          physically entangled to substrate.
     •    Expand range of soils cleaned to include cleaning of bio-actives.
     •    Characterize polymers with traditional analytical methods such as GPC and NMR.
     •    Synthesize polymers using various polymerization techniques (radical, anionic).
     •    Collaborate with business partners to evaluate technology for specific applications.
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship Surface Sciences-RND00002562
We are seeking a Doctoral Summer Intern to work with us investigating the adhesion and deposition of unique materials on consumer relevant surfaces. The individual will investigate interactions between formulation components such as polymers, surfactants and/or oils and surfaces of interest. The individual will use the information to develop structure-property relationships linking formulation components to deposition and performance. The individual should have a strong background in colloid and interfacial chemistry, polymers, or emulsions/surfactants.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Prepare formulations and evaluate formulations for performance.
     •    Characterize colloidal and physical properties of formulations under various conditions and develop
          structure-property relationships.
     •    Communicate results to team members and summarize work in technical report and presentation.
     •    Working knowledge of polymer science, colloid/emulsion science, and/or surfactant phase chemistry is desirable.
     •    Working knowledge of colloidal physical characterization tools is desirable.
     •    Working knowledge of contact angle/interfacial tension measurements is desirable.
     •    Working knowledge of rheology is desirable.
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Beauty Hair-RND00002573
The candidate in this role will be required to synthesize novel fluorescent dye molecules that are structurally modified to optimize their resistance to water and shampoo when applied to hair. The candidate will also be responsible to investigate the interaction between fluorescent dyes and other dyes on hair.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Select suitable fluorescent chromophores based on known safety data and performance
     •    Design new molecules
     •    Synthesize the flourescent dyes
     •    Evaluate the performance of the novel dyes
     •    Investigate the interaction between other dyes and the novel florescent dyes
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Beauty Scientist-RND00002575
The successful candidate will apply molecular modeling techniques to predict technical performance and guide experiments in the area of personal care products. This will first involve working with a multidisciplinary team to understand the technical problem(s) to be solved and existing internal and external molecular models. Candidate will then develop new and/or apply existing models against one or multiple technical problems as defined above, including the design and execution of benchtop chemistry experiments where necessary to validate the models. We are looking for candidates with solid technical problem definition and solving skills, good team experience, and who have demonstrated depth and breadth in their molecular modeling work. Candidates will need to effectively handle multiple priorities.
Job Responsibilities:
Closely interacting with a multidisciplinary team (chemists,biologists,formulators,etc) to understand relevant technical areas to model against.
     •    Applying existing and/or developing new modeling methods and software against technical areas
          defined via above.
     •    Recommending and designing lab experiments required to validate modeling output.
     •    Providing a final summary presentation to share results to the broader technical team.
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Biodegradable PMC-RND00002589
This summer intern project aims to develop materials and synthesis to produce Biodegradable Perfume Microcapsules (PMC, i.e., perfumes encapsulated by a biodegradable matrix). With this project, we aim to develop PMC with the ability to degrade into bio available components via light, hydrolysis, or enzymatic activity to avoid long term contamination of the environment. The project includes synthesis of PMC wall components and PMC wall material, as well as observation of their properties and reactions - first in model systems and later in PMC synthesis. The key functions of the PMC are to protect and contain the payload throughout production and making, deposit and retain on the target surface, and deliver the pay load triggered (mechanical trigger currently). The project also includes analysis of the produced materials and PMC in terms of perfume partitioning, mechanical properties, and the eventual biodegradation.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Identify and develop suitable Biodegradable materials, Synthesize PMC and analyse the material
     •    Collaborate extensively with in-house experts, develop a cost and supply structure, and investigate
          Scale-up possibilities
     •    Develop the materials
     •    Test material in product
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Fem Care Scientist-RND00002579
The objective of this position is to create detailed molecular understanding of technical drivers for fragrance release from a cyclodextrin carrier. This will require measuring release of fragrance raw materials via gas chromatography, then taking those results and performing statistical modeling against known molecular parameters to create predictive technical models for optimizing release from cyclodextrin complexes. By utilizing this information together with desired fragrance character, creating mixtures that will deliver higher release while maintaining the desired character should be achievable. Further to this work is to measure and understand the impact of carrier fluids on the release.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Screen release of fragrance raw materials from cyclodextrin complexes via gas chromatography
     •    Create correlation of molecular parameters to degree of fragrance release
     •    Optimize fragrance mixture for release while maintaining desired character
     •    Dimension impact of carrier fluid on fragrance release
     •    Knowledge of gas chromatography (or demonstrated ability to quickly learn analytical
          instrumentation), fluency with molecular parameters (polarity, volume, shape, solubility parameters,
          etc.) and statistical data analysis & regression modeling are desirable
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Hair Health-RND00002571
This intern project will be focused on identifying possible new chemistries that can cross-link proteins inside hair to drive hair health transformations and specifically hair frizz (which is a key unmet consumer need). The program will include identification of different cross-linking chemistry options and screening these options in hair. Work will be needed to first identify chemistry options and then to optimize the treatment conditions. The objective will be to screen new chemistries in a high through-put method (e.g. lysinoalanine formation) and then proceed to proof of concept experiments to demonstrate potential frizz benefits. The work will require a good knowledge of organic chemistry and mechanistic understanding and a high level of experimental skill in the lab. It is expected that at the end of the 12 weeks the intern will have screened several chemistry options and ideally have optimized one or two options demonstrating hair frizz benefits in proof of concept experiments
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Identifying lead cross-linking chemistries and optimising reaction conditions
     •    Application of chemistry to hair
     •    Measurement of efficacy to chemistry
     •    Identification of hair health benefits
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Hair color Chemistry-RND00002576
The candidate will be required to investigate the mechanism of catalytic rate acceleration of small molecule reactions in oxidative hair color chemistry. Successful execution has the potential for a significant impact to our business. The candidate must have good synthetic and mechanistic skills and a knowledge of kinetics and excellent problem solving/data analysis skills.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Form and test hypotheses as to the mechanism of action.
     •    Analyze and present data to team.
     •    Adapt to changes in project design as data are collected.
     •    Build network in order to leverage expertise within company.
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Photochemistry-RND00002561
For this internship position, we are seeking a Doctoral Summer Intern with expertise in physical and material photochemistry and surface modification. This position will be in upstream R&D investigating the use of photochemistry to modify surfaces. The candidate will evaluate materials for their performance and conduct mechanistic understanding studies to guide improved material performance. The desired candidate will need to conduct and present the results of analytical performance evaluation and mechanistic understanding as well as design methods for testing and visualization of photo-generated reactive species.
Job Requirements:
     •    Excellent laboratory skills, including sample preparation and operation of advanced analytical
          instrumentation.
     •    Design, perform, interpret and present experiments and results.
     •    Strong time management, organizational, and collaboration skills are essential.
     •    Knowledge of phoochemistry for surface modification
RND - PhD - Doctoral Internship- Quantitative Sciences-RND00002578
The applicant will engage in deploying handheld optical coherence tomography for application to imaging of oral biofilms and integrated microscopy/skin elastography technologies to develop innovative metrics to quantify pressure-induced mechanical deformation of skin and skin properties related to "firmness." This internship is part of a recently established collaboration between P&G and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to harness cutting edge capabilities in biophotonics imaging.
Job Responsibilities:
     •    Deploy and demonstrate the application of optical coherence tomography based metrics to the
          quantification of oral biofilms
     •    Deploy and demonstrate the application of integrated microscopy and skin elastography metrics to
          the quantification of skin firmness
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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Johnson Controls. Engineer III. Plans, directs, and executes cell and materials research & development programs that support Li-Ion, HEV, EV/PHEV and Pb/acid battery product development using information from Analytical Chemistry/Forensics Science resources. The individual will possess a good working knowledge of Li-Ion and Pb/acid batteries, the chemical and physical properties of cell components, and an aptitude for solving assigned problems. Candidate will also possess competence in experimental methods related to advanced battery chemistries. The function may also include supervision of engineers and scientists in applied research and development. Candidate will be capable of working cross functionally with engineering, purchasing, testing, legal, and management functions in the Original Equipment group as well the other divisions of Johnson Controls, Inc.
Duties: Solving production, prototype, and research related issues with materials and mechanical parts related to Li-Ion and Pb/acid chemistries and cells; Contribute and support development of materials specifications and performance standards; Keep abreast of research and issues in subject technology to strengthen competitive positions; Review published literature and patents; Maintain a current awareness through networking and appropriate conferences; Report on and evaluate emerging technology trends; Utilize electronic searching capability; Support cell and process development; Provide safety oversight, reviews, and safety protocols; Apply DOE, and Six Sigma tools and techniques to measure, analyze, improve and control assigned project processes; Prepare detailed plans to track department project performance and assure timely completion and achievement of project goals; Report on projects progress to management and other appropriate leadership levels on weekly and monthly bases; Related duties as assigned.
Requirements:
     •    A Master of Science Degree required (PhD ptional).
     •    Preferred PhD in Polymer Materials Science, or PhD in Organic/Polymer Analytical Chemistry
     •    Familiarity with testing of batteries and battery materials via chemical and instrumental methods (
          Specifically: GC/MS, TGA, DSC, TMA, FTIR, Raman)
     •    Working knowledge of TGA, DSC, FTIR, and GC/MS analytical techniques related to polymers is
          required. Polymers include PP, PE, UHDPE, Ultem, PPS, EPDM
     •    Knowledge of and experience with lithium-ion battery and materials.
     •    Experience in lithium battery industry and research desirable.
     •    Ability to supervise, coach and develop engineers and scientists.
Work in a Forensics type Laboratory, newly remodeled 2 years ago, with state of the art instrumentation which includes TGA, DSC, TMA, FTIR, GC/MS, ICP/OES, ICP/MS, SEM, PSD, BET, Rheometry, CT Scanning, XRD, IC, and many other analytical tools.   Forensics analyses of manufacturing and research production involving Pb/acid vehicle starting batteries and advanced Li-Ion battery chemistries for Hybrid electric vehicles.  Work in a small group of scientists working on battery and building control systems.
Additional Requirements:
     •    Travel expectation is approximately 5 to 10% of time between Milwaukee and other JCI sites (U.S.
          and Europe), conferences, and technical meeting.
Other Preferred Capabilities:
     •    Strong preference will be given to candidates with PhD degrees where a working knowledge of
          electrochemistry was developed and used to complete the candidate's degree program.
     •     Strong preference will be given to candidates possessing experience in leading companies that have commercialized Li-Ion battery technology.
Contact: Jannet Nguyen, Recruitment, Johnson Controls, phone: 819-684-0395, e-mail: Jannet.Nguyen@jci.com.
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Chem-Impex International, Inc. Job Description: Quality Control Professional.
Chem-Impex International ("CII"), a privately held corporation, manufactures and distributes over 20,000 chemicals for laboratory use in life sciences research. Our products are used by research institutes, universities, Contract Research Organizations ("CROs") and large pharmaceutical companies globally. CII has over 30 years of operating experience with offices in the US and India and has built a strong recurring client base worldwide. CII has grown significantly since inception and has increased revenues approximately 10% annually over a 30+ year period since inception. CII currently employs 17 professionals at its Wood Dale, IL headquarters and 10 professionals in Pune, India.
Opportunity: CII seeks to expand its quality team to better meet increased demand for our products and improve upon our existing quality system. The quality department at Chem-Impex forms the core of the company and interacts with all departments including sales and procurement. The initial role will consist of expanding chemical inventory, adding technical attributes to our products and managing quality databases. However, there will be an opportunity to expand the role to include other strategic initiatives after the initial training period. Full-time (For current graduate students, a part-time option is available). Immediate start date. Pay commensurate with experience. Desire to locate in the Chicago-area.
Responsibilities:
     •    Perform internal audits of chemical information (Product Specifications, Certificates of Analysis, &
          MSDS)
     •    Consolidate technical documentation of chemicals and procedures
     •    Ensure comprehensive information throughout the organization adheres to technical standards
     •    Develop new strategies for managing and analyzing information
     •    Collect, review, and compare detailed product information about the fine chemical industry
Requirements:
     •    Solid educational background and quantitative abilities
     •    BA/BS degree required (STEM or business; Chemical/IT preferred)
     •    Preferred: Knowledge or experience with organic chemistry and analytical techniques such as HPLC, NMR, GCMS, and IR
     •    Self-motivated, ability to work both effectively and meticulously on an independent basis
     •    Proficient in all Microsoft applications
     •    In addition, the ability to quickly adapt to new internal proprietary software
     •    Interest in joining a fast-growing and entrepreneurial company in the chemical industry
E-mail Resume to: Jamie@chemimpex.com. Jamie Shah, Chem-Impex International, Inc., 935 Dillon Drive, Wood Dale, IL 60191, P: 630.766.2112, F: 630.766.2218, Please visit us at: www.chemimpex.com.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University California, Davis invites applications for a Lecturer with  Potential for Security of Employment (PSOE) (which parallels the position of an assistant professor on track for tenure) or Lecturer with Security of Employment (SOE) (which closely parallels a tenured professorial appointment). The primary focus of this position is coordination and academic integration of the courses and laboratories within the undergraduate curriculum in chemistry, with a preference for the first year chemistry sequence. PSOE candidates should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or equivalent field, a proven record of excellence in teaching, and the intent to pursue creative activities. SOE candidates should possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or equivalent field, an extensive proven record of excellence in teaching, and documented creative activities.
All candidates should possess innovative ideas for instructional initiatives and familiarity with existing learning assessment methodologies and pedagogies. As a member of the Academic Senate, the successful candidate will be a primary resource for undergraduate curriculum development and will participate in university and departmental committees as needed for effective teaching and safety enforcement. The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty conducting chemical education research, provide coordination for evidence-based teaching methods and be a resource for innovative teaching practices. The deadline for full consideration is February 21, 2014, although completed applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00212.. The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS
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The Department of Chemistry at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in the Fall of 2014. The position will be either in the area of Analytical Chemistry or Experimental Physical Chemistry. Applicants for these positions must demonstrate the ability to initiate and sustain a vigorous externally funded research program, contribute to the teaching mission at the graduate and undergraduate levels, possess good spoken and written communication skills, and participate in Department, College, and University service activities. Priority will be given to candidates with postdoctoral research experience, previous university teaching experience, a strong record of publications, and a well-designed strategy for the development of an externally funded research program.
Analytical Chemistry Position: Applications are invited from candidates with research interests in the development of instrumentation and new analytical techniques. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry or a closely related field with experience and knowledge of a variety of instrumental techniques, such as: NMR, IR and Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrophotometry, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS, electrophoresis, fluorimetry, electrochemistry, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, or scanning probe microscopy. Link to apply for this position: http://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/1328.
Experimental Physical Chemistry Position: Applications are invited from candidates with research interests in experimental physical chemistry. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry or a closely related field. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated expertise in developing a molecular-level understanding of materials behavior using spectroscopic methodologies applied to the solid state. Such materials could include (but need not be limited to) electronic and meta-materials; magnetic and ferroelectric materials; bio-inspired materials; the broad area of nano-materials, etc. Link to apply for this position: http://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/1333.
To apply, please submit the following materials to the appropriate position link. Review of complete application packages will begin on January 6, 2014, and will continue until a position is filled: Cover letter; Curriculum vitae; Research plan; Statement of teaching experience and interest; Contact information, including email addresses, for three professional references.
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Beloit College invites applications for a visiting faculty position in chemistry to begin August 2014, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in chemistry or related field and be able to teach courses in general and organic chemistry.  We especially seek candidates who have demonstrated success in working with diverse populations of students.  This position is an excellent opportunity to teach in a department known for innovative pedagogy. Located in a diverse community close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, Beloit College is a highly selective liberal arts college of approximately 1250 students from 48 states and 40 countries.  he college emphasizes excellence in teaching, learning beyond the traditional classroom, international perspectives, and collaborative research among students and faculty.  Recognized as one of the Colleges that Change Lives, Beloit is committed to the educational benefits of diversity in our learning community. Interested individuals may submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Doreen Dalman, at: chemistrysearch@beloit.edu. To ensure full consideration, please submit all materials by February 15, 2013.  The search will remain open until the position is filled. For more information about Beloit College see: http://www.beloit.edu and http://chemistry.beloit.edu/classes.
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The Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, seeks highly qualified individuals for 1 position in the assistant, associate or full professorship levels. The candidate must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or science, an outstanding record of accomplishments in research (cellular mechanics, bioMEMS, or blomaterials) and enthusiasm in teaching. Application portfolio including curriculum vitae, copies of diplomas, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, full publication list, teaching and research plans, contact information (names, mailing addresses, emails, phone numbers) of three referees (only a list is needed upon submission) and the CV at-a-glance (available on http://bme.web.nthu.edu.tw/bin/home.php) should be sent to: Ms.  Peggy Sung at: bme@)mv.nthu.edu.tw  by Feb 10, 2014.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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Bradley R. Ringeisen, Ph.D. Potential postdoctoral candidates (current graduate students or postdocs) that may be coming available from your departments or groups. My Section at Naval Research Laboratory is expanding, and we are in desperate need of good postdoctoral fellows in two specific areas that are described below.  The work is for currently funded programs through the Office of Naval Research and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, so the postdoc candidate would have a secure position for at least 2 years and a possible future career at NRL.  As I did back in 2002, many of our postdocs migrate to full time federal research scientist positions upon successful completion of postdoctoral positions. The starting salary is ~$74K/yr. NRL is an equal opportunity employer but does require US citizenship or green card holders only.
TOPIC 1: Tissue Engineering:
Opportunities exist to conduct basic and applied research on advanced cell-based systems at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. Current research programs include investigations into the fabricating tissue engineered constructs to model brain and pulmonary tissues, including cell signaling, cell growth in three dimensions, and cell-by-cell reconstruction of heterogeneous tissue. State-of-the-art cell patterning and cell positioning technologies (cell printing) are used to study and manipulate cells in novel ways. These studies rely on a broad understanding of many different scientific disciplines including microbiology, cell biology, immunology, material science, chemistry, and polymer science. Experience with mammalian cell culture, 3D hydrogel cell cultures, biomaterial testing and design, immunohistochemistry and microscopy is required. Experience with in vitro microvascular systems, microfluidic perfusion systems, 3D bioreactors or lab on chip culturing/analysis systems is desired. Additional skills may include transfection, quantitative polymerase chain reaction, confocal microscopy, electrophysiology, microfabrication, photolithography, and cell-printing.
TOPIC 2: Cell Biology:
Opportunities exist to conduct basic and applied research on the design and testing of active, multi-functional surfaces and materials at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC. Current research involving the design and efficacy testing of materials capable of imparting desired bio-active components (anti-microbials, hemostatics, etc.) to polymers utilized in various applications (coatings, bandages, etc.). A strong background in cellular/molecular/microbiology with experience in both pro- and eukaryotic culture techniques is required. Additionally, experience with molecular biology techniques, high performance liquid chromatography, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, and scanning and transmission electron spectroscopies are desired. Bradley R. Ringeisen, Ph.D.
Bradley R. Ringeisen, Ph.D., Head, Bioenergy and Biofabrication Section, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375, PH: 202-767-0719, FAX: 202-404-8119, e-mail: ringeisen@nrl.navy.mil.
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