UW Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 4/01/2013

Bucky UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER
XXXVII - No. 12 April 1st, 2013

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NEW CHEMISTRY BUILDING ADDITION UPDATE
The State Building Commission voted recently to recommend completing the design of the chemistry instructional project. This means that the Department will move forward with design of the building and completion of construction drawings without delaying the overall timeline for the project.
The next step in the process is for the Department to work via UW-Madison Facilities Planning and Management to submit a request to hire a design consultant. Selection might take place by fall, at which time design of the building will begin in earnest. Design of the project will require 1.5-2.0 years; the project will be ready for construction in summer 2015, when funding for construction should become available in the 2015-2017 capital budget.
Short of a commitment to fully fund the project at this time, the current outcome is as good as could be expected. Bob McMahon has made extraordinary effort in shepherding our new building project through a truly complex process. And we remind you all that he played the same role for the Shain Tower! Many, many thanks from us all.
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2013 NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
Recipients of the 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships have been announced (https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/AwardeeList.do?method=loadAwardeeList), and the Chemistry Department again has a number of students who have received Fellowships.
UW-Madison Chemistry students who have received the award. include Larry Anderson (Strieter), Phillip Calabretta (Kiessling), Erin Gemperline (Li), Mimi Hang (Hamers), Britta Johnson (Sibert), Michelle Killian (Brunold), Chris Lietz (Li), Tom McDonough (Zanni), Lieth Samad (Jin), Mitchell Thayer (Keutsch), Mary Van Vleet (Schmidt), and Angela Varela (Cavagnero).
Congratulations to all the NSF Fellows!
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12th ANNUAL CHEMISTRY UNDERGRADUATE POSTER SESSION
Just a reminder that the 12th ANNUAL CHEMISTRY UNDERGRADUATE POSTER SESSION is fast approaching (April 26th in the atrium of the Shain tower following the awards ceremony, ~4:30-6).  This is a great opportunity for your student(s) to not only get experience presenting their scientific findings in a supportive environment, but also to show off all the great work that is being done in our department to our donors.  Last year, we had 28 posters--and I would like to beat that!!!
Please kindly remind/encourage your undergraduates to participate.  All they need to do to sign-up is to send me an email with the title of their poster and the list of authors by APRIL 17th.
In addition, I've been working on inviting a few chemists from local industries to judge this year's poster session as a way to help strengthen possible job/internship opportunities for our undergraduates.  If you know of anyone that might like to help at this event, please let me know!  Last year we had two judges from Sigma Aldrich, one judge from Mirus Bio and another judge from Arrowhead (formally Roche Madison).
If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks! Cheri Barta
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2013 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

April 16th, 2013 May 14th, 2013

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

April 2nd, 2013 April 23rd, 2013 May 7th, 2013

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ken Dill, Stony Brook University "The Dynamics of Fluctuating Systems and the Principle of Maximum Caliber"
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Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 - Environmental Chemistry and Technology  Seminar, 12:05 p.m., Room 102 Water Science and Engineering Laboratory, 660 N. Park Street. Professor Huw Taylor, Professor of Microbial Ecology, University of Brighton. "Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the 21st Century: Science Gaps and Opportunities"
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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ekaterina Pletneva, Dartmouth College "Becoming a Peroxidase: Conformational Dynamics of a Membrane-bound Cytochrome c"
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Thursday, April 4th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Stephanie Knezz, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 4th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Walt, Tufts University "Single Molecule Arrays: From Fundamental Enzymology to High Sensitivity Analysis"
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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ronny Neumann, Weizmann Institute "The Activation of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide in Polyoxometalate Catalyzed Reactions"
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Monday, April 15th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Spiridoula Matsika, Temple University "Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Mathias Weber, University of Colorado-Boulder "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Armen Zakarian, University of California, Santa Barbara "Direct Asymmetric Alkylation of Carboxylic Acids"
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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Todd Harrop, University of Georgia "Synthetic Analogues of Nickel Superoxide Dismutase (NiSOD): A New Role for Nickel in Biology"
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Thom Smith, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - General Special Event, 12:00 pm, Union South. UW-Madison, "Undergraduate Research Symposium"
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 Thursday, April 18th, 2013 - Analytical, Materials Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Patanjali Kambhampati, McGill University "Excitons in Semiconductor Quantum Dots"
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Friday, April 19th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 8:00 am, "Board of Advisors Meeting"
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Monday, April 22nd, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Department, Organic, Physical Seminar, 2:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Eisenberg, University of California, Los Angeles "Willard Lecture"
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Department, Organic, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Eisenberg, University of California, Los Angeles "Willard Lecture"
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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 12:10 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Erik Alexanian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "New synthetic transformations using alkenes: From transition metal catalysis to metal-free radical reactions"
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Julia Chan, Louisana State University "Seminar"
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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Floriana Foarta, UW Madison "Organic Student Seminar"
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Thursday, April 25th, 2013 - Analytical, Graduate Seminar, 12:15 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Clemmer, Indiana University "Seminar"
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Friday, April 26th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, Room 1361 Chemistry Building. Grads and Undergrad students, UW-Madison Chemistry "Awards Ceremony"
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Monday, April 29th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Brad Pierce, University of Texas Arlington "Seminar"
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Greg Engel, The University of Chicago "McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry"
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Derek Lowe, Vertex Pharmaceuticals "Organic McElvain Seminar"
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Arnold, University of California, Berkeley "Seminar"
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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 - Organic Seminar, 9:30 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Larry Overman, University of California, Irvine "Abbott Lecture"
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Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Ron Cohen, University of California, Berkeley "Breathing Easier? New perspectives on the atmospheric chemistry of ozone and aerosol"
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Friday, May 3rd, 2013 - Department, Graduate Special Event, 4:00 pm, Varsity Hall II (Union South). Department of Chemistry Graduate Students, UW-Madison "GSFLC Poster Session"
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 - Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Joseph Subotnik, University of Pennsylvania "A molecular interpretation of Marcus Theory from the Surface Hopping Perspective"
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Monday, May 6th, 2013 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Presenter and title TBA.
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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Carlos Vega, Complutense University of Madrid "Describing Water Using Computer Simulation"
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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Borovik, University of California Irvine "Seminar"
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Thursday, May 9th, 2013 - Analytical, Chemical Biology Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. David Weis, Kansas University "Analytical Seminar"
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Friday, May 10th, 2013 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. James Yardley, Columbia University "Colloquium"
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. "Department Meeting"
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 2:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Michael Marletta, Scripps Research Institute "Novartis Symposium"
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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Rainer Volkamer, University of Colorado, Boulder "Analytical Seminar"
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The 7th annual BEST Symposium, hosted by The Dow Chemical Company, will be held in Midland, MI on September, 4-5, 2013. BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent) introduces doctoral and post-doctoral scientists from U.S. ethnic minority groups (Hispanic, African American or Native American) to the wide range of rewarding careers in industrial research particularly the many opportunities available with Dow, the world's leading specialty chemical and advanced materials company. This conference, developed jointly by Dow's minority scientists and Ph.D. recruiting team, supports the company's commitment to a diverse work force.
We would appreciate your help to inform qualified graduate students and post-docs within the targeted demographic about this event. Applicants must be pursuing degrees in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, or other closely related fields and should be within 18 months of degree completion by the conference date. Please encourage any students that you identify to apply for the conference by visiting our website at http://www.dow.com/BEST. All applications are due by June 9th, 2013.
All travel expenses, meals and hotel accommodations for those selected to participate in the BEST Symposium will be paid for by The Dow Chemical Company. However, participation neither obligates the student to apply for employment, nor guarantees future consideration for employment by The Dow Chemical Company. If you would like additional information on BEST, please contact me directly: Luis Bollmann, 2013 BEST Symposium Chairperson, The Dow Chemical Company 2301 N. Brazosport Blvd, B-251/11, Freeport, TX 77541 phone: 979-238-2913, email: best@dow.com.
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Spring is almost here, and with it our 2013 GSFLC Spring Poster Session!! This year the poster session will be on Friday May 3rd at the Union South Varsity Hall III from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. To make this event successful we need your participation! Please consider presenting a poster.
All graduate students and postdocs affiliated with the chemistry department are welcome to present. Consider this an opportunity to improve the talking points of your research and to learn how to organize an effective poster without the hassle of having to travel to participate! As an added incentive, four awards (approx. $250 each) will be given to exceptional posters. Food and drinks will be provided!!
If you are willing to present, please fill in the attached form and send it to: lruiz@chem.wisc.edu or hbowman@chem.wisc.edu or leave it in the GSFLC mailbox by Friday April 19th. Special thanks to this year's sponsors, Promega, Sigma-Aldrich and Thermo Fisher.  Thank you!! Please feel free to email any of us with any questions. Laura Ruiz Espelt & Hannah Bowman & the GSFLC.
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THE GRADUATE STUDENT/FACULTY LIAISON COMMITTEE AND THE PROCTER AND GAMBLE COMPANY PRESENT
Industrial Careers Workshop, Saturday, May 4th 9 AM   12 P.M., Chemistry 1315
Determining your career path is a critical process that all graduate students face. This workshop is designed to help you plan and prepare for your career after graduate school. If you are considering a career in industry, this is the workshop for you! If you have not yet begun thinking about your career path, it is certainly time to begin! And this workshop will give you information about the industrial career option.
Professor Bob Hamers will begin this workshop with a presentation on transitioning from graduate school to a professional career. Next, Dr. Ravi Ranatunga and Dr. Chris Stoltz from P&G will discuss career opportunities for PhD Scientists at a large multi-national company such as Procter & Gamble, which is the world's largest consumer products company. This will be followed by their presentation "Resume and Interview Tips" covering what employers seek from potential employees, tips and examples for writing a winning resume and a great research summary, plus interviewing advice and examples.
This workshop is open to all PhD students and postdocs in Chemical and Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Life Sciences. If you are interested in attending the workshop, please register with Huong Tran (htran@chem.wisc.edu) no later than April 19, 2013. Additionally, in the afternoon from 1-4, Ravi and Chris will be available to offer feedback on your resume and/or research summary one on one. All workshop attendees are eligible to sign up, though slots are limited. To sign up for this opportunity, please contact Stephenie Nagle via email (steph.nagle@chem.wisc.edu) to set up a Chemistry Career Services eRecruiting system account. This system will be used to transmit your resume and research summary to P&G and to schedule the meetings with Ravi and Chris. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.
Our featured speakers are Dr. Ravi Ranatunga and Dr. Chris Stoltz from Procter & Gamble. Ravi received his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Houston. He currently manages a research and development group at P&G and is also the lead PhD recruiting globally for Analytical Chemistry. Chris received his PhD from the UW in Chemical Engineering under Prof. Juan J. de Pablo and Prof. Michael D. Graham. He currently leads computational modeling and simulation for new technology and product and process development initiatives across a number of P&G product categories.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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A novel fully human antitumor ImmunoRNase resistant to the RNase inhibitor.
Riccio, G; D'Avino, C; Raines, RT*; De Lorenzo, C.
PROTEIN ENGINEERING DESIGN & SELECTION, 26 (3):243-248; 10.1093/protein/gzs101 MAR 2013.
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A Comparison of Coarse-Grained and Continuum Models for Membrane Bending in Lipid Bilayer Fusion Pores.
Yoo, J; Jackson, MB; Cui, Q*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 104 (4):841-852; 10.1016/j.bpj.2012.12.043 FEB 19 2013.
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Automated Gas-Phase Purification for Accurate, Multiplexed Quantification on a Stand-Alone Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer.
Vincent, CE; Rensvold, JW; Westphall, MS; Pagliarini, DJ; Coon, JJ*.
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 85 (4):2079-2086; 10.1021/ac302156t FEB 19 2013.
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Comment on "How Well Do Metal-Organic Frameworks Tolerate Flue Gas Impurities?"
Yu, K; Schmidt, JR*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 117 (6):3192-3192; 10.1021/jp3126413 FEB 14 2013.
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Towards a first-principles model of Fermi resonance in the alkyl CH stretch region: Application to 1,2-diphenylethane and 2,2,2-paracyclophane.
Buchanan, EG; Dean, JC; Zwier, TS; Sibert, EL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 138 (6):10.1063/1.4790163 FEB 14 2013.
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Mechanism of Copper(I)/TEMPO-Catalyzed Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation.
Hoover, JM; Ryland, BL; Stahl, SS*.
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 135 (6):2357-2367; 10.1021/ja3117203 FEB 13 2013.
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Slow hydrogen-bond switching dynamics at the water surface revealed by theoretical two-dimensional sum-frequency spectroscopy.
Ni, YC; Gruenbaum, SM; Skinner, JL*.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (6):1992-1998; 10.1073/pnas.1222017110 FEB 5 2013.
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The influence of biomimetic topographical features and the extracellular matrix peptide RGD on human corneal epithelial contact guidance.
Tocce, EJ; Liliensiek, SJ; Broderick, AH; Jiang, Y; Murphy, KC; Murphy, CJ; Lynn, DM*; Nealey, PF.
ACTA BIOMATERIALIA, 9 (2):5040-5051; 10.1016/j.actbio.2012.10.007 FEB 2013.
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Protein prosthesis: beta-peptides as reverse-turn surrogates.
Arnold, U; Huck, BR; Gellman, SH*; Raines, RT*.
PROTEIN SCIENCE, 22 (3):274-279; 10.1002/pro.2208 MAR 2013.
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Activating Group Recycling: A Fresh Approach to Arene Functionalization.
Schomaker, JM*; Grigg, RD.
SYNLETT, (4):401-407; 10.1055/s-0032-1317953 MAR 2013.
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Chemical Patterns for Directed Self-Assembly of Lamellae-Forming Block Copolymers with Density Multiplication of Features.
Liu, CC; Ramirez-Hernandez, A; Han, E; Craig, GSW; Tada, Y; Yoshida, H; Kang, HM; Ji, SX; Gopalan, P*; de Pablo, JJ; Nealey, PF.
MACROMOLECULES, 46 (4):1415-1424; 10.1021/ma302464n FEB 26 2013.
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Vapor Phase Conversion Synthesis of Higher Manganese Silicide (MnSi1.75) Nanowire Arrays for Thermoelectric Applications.
Pokhrel, A; Degregorio, ZP; Higgins, JM; Girard, SN; Jin, S*.
CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 25 (4):632-638; 10.1021/cm3040032 FEB 26 2013.
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Ethylene and Styrene Carbon Monoxide Copolymerization Catalyzed by Pyrazolyl Palladium(II) Complexes.
Obuah, C; Ainooson, MK; Boltina, S; Guzei, IA*; Nozaki, K; Darkwa, J.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 32 (4):980-988; 10.1021/om300798y FEB 25 2013.
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Monotrimethylene-Bridged Bis-p-phenylenediamine Radical Cations and Dications: Spin States, Conformations, and Dynamics.
Zalibera, M; Jalilov, AS; Stoll, S; Guzei, IA*; Gescheidt, G; Nelsen, SF*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 117 (7):1439-1448; 10.1021/jp3104358 FEB 21 2013.
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Charging Free Energy Calculations Using the Generalized Solvent Boundary Potential (GSBP) and Periodic Boundary Condition: A Comparative Analysis Using Ion Solvation and Oxidation Free Energy in Proteins.
Lu, XY; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 117 (7):2005-2018; 10.1021/jp309877z FEB 21 2013.
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Fracking: What Can Physical Chemistry Offer?
Yethiraj, A*; Striolo, A.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS, 4 (4):687-690; 10.1021/jz400141e FEB 21 2013.
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Comparison of NIMS and MALDI platforms for neuropeptide and lipid mass spectrometric imaging in C. borealis brain tissue.
Sturm, RM; Greer, T; Chen, RB; Hensen, B; Li, LJ*.
ANALYTICAL METHODS, 5 (6):1623-1628; 10.1039/c3ay26067d 2013.
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Evaluation of HOx sources and cycling using measurement-constrained model calculations in a 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol (MBO) and monoterpene (MT) dominated ecosystem.
Kim, S; Wolfe, GM; Mauldin, L; Cantrell, C; Guenther, A; Karl, T; Turnipseed, A; Greenberg, J; Hall, SR; Ullmann, K; Apel, E; Hornbrook, R; Kajii, Y; Nakashima, Y; Keutsch, FN*; DiGangi, JP; Henry, SB; Kaser, L; Schnitzhofer, R; Graus, M; Hansel, A; Zheng, W; Flocke, FF.
ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 13 (4):2031-2044; 10.5194/acp-13-2031-2013 2013.
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