UW-Madison Chemistry Newsletter for 9/19/2011


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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY NEWSLETTER

XXXV - No. 27 September 19th, 2011

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Physical Chemistry Introductory Research Talks 2011
Thursdays from 5:45 p.m. to 7:35 p.m., in Room 8335, Chemistry Building
For entering graduate students interested in physical chemistry, there will be a series of short talks by faculty members describing their research interests.  These will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays during the first weeks of the semester.
Since these talks are brief, students should follow up by contacting individual faculty members in whose research they are interested.  Each student should interview at least three faculty members during the fall semester concerning research opportunities.
These talks are a means of finding research opportunities and of obtaining a broad overview of physical chemistry research in the Department.  Students expecting to major in physical chemistry should make every effort to attend all of these talks.  
Schedule for Introductory Research Talks
Thursday
Sept. 22nd
5:45 - 6:05 - Arun Yethiraj
6:05 - 7:15 - Bob Hamers
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 - Fleming Crim
7:15 - 7:35 - Marty Zanni
7:35 - 7:50 - Danny Fredrickson
Sept. 29th
5:45 - 6:05 - Jim Weisshaar
6:05 - 7:15 - Lian Yu
Dinner
6:55 - 7:15 - Qiang Cui
7:15 - 7:35 - Frank Keutsch
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2011 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October 11th, 2011 November 8th, 2011 December 13th, 2011 February 14th, 2012
March 13th, 2012 April 10th, 2012 May 8th, 2012

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

September 20th, 2011 October 4th, 2011 October 18th, 2011 November 1st, 2011
November 15th, 2011 December 6th, 2011 December 20th, 2011 January 17th, 2012
February 7th, 2012 February 21st, 2012 March 6th, 2012 March 20th, 2012
April 17th, 2012 May 1st, 2012 May 15th, 2012 (Optional)  

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SEMINARS
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - Theoretical Seminar, 2:00 p.m., Room 1381 Chemistry Building. Dr. Desiree Bates UW Madison. Computational Chemistry Workshop.
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Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kirk Peterson, Washington State University. "High Accuracy Quantum Chemistry: kJ/mol Thermochemistry and cm-1Accuracy Spectroscopy".
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Thursday, October 20th, 2011 - Special Physical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m. Room 9341 Chemistry Building. Professor Harald Morgner, University Leipzig. "A New Theory for Fluids in Mesopores:  Motivation and Some Applications"
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2011- Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrei Vedernikov, University of Maryland. TBA
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011- Materials Seminar, 12:15 p.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dunwei Wang, Boston College. "Designing Materials at the Nanoscale for Advanced Energy Applications"
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 - Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, 4:00 p.m., 265 Materials Science And Engineering Building. Associate Professor Johnna Temenoff, Georgia Tech. "Embracing Complexity: Hydrogel Platforms to Examine MSC Differentiation in Complex Environments"
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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 - Special Seminar, 9:00 a.m., Union South - Check the TITU for specific Rooms. Gordon Brunner, Former Chief Technology Officer of The Procter & Gamble Co. "Why Innovation Matters" & "Solving the Toughest Technical Challenges: Real Life Examples and Case Studies in Industrial Problem Solving"
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 - Physical Seminar, - 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Franz Geiger, Northwestern University.
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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011- Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Eckard Munck, Carnegie Mellon University.
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 - Organic Student Seminar, 11:00 a.m., 1315 Chemistry Building. Cale Weatherly - Schomaker Group, UW-Madison.
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Thursday, September 29th, 2011- Materials Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Cun-Zheng Ning, Arizona State University. "Semiconductor Alloy Nanowires for Optoelectronics App. from UV to Midinfared"
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Wisconsin Science Festival - Curiosity Unleashed?
What happens when you mix one part Aldo Leopold, another part Frank Lloyd Wright, and add a pinch of Indiana Jones?
You get the first Wisconsin Science Festival-an educational and fun-filled exploration of science and art taking stage across several sites in Madison beginning the evening of September 22 and continuing all day September 23-25, 2011. People of all ages can touch, taste, look, listen, and discover the wonders of science and art through hands-on interactive exhibits and workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and more with leading researchers and creative thinkers.
This groundbreaking festival explores the natural world in new and exciting ways from cutting-edge biotech research to the science of ice cream, and from an artist's view of life on the nano level to the physics of football. So get your explorer on, and unleash your curiosity.
Visit: http://wisconsinsciencefest.org/index.html for more information.
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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
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Ultraviolet-Induced Grafting of Alkenes to TiO(2) Surfaces: Controlling Multi layer Formation.
Franking, R; Hamers, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C 115 (34): 17102-17110 10.1021/jp205007z SEP 1 2011.
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Physically Motivated, Robust, ab Initio Force Fields for CO(2) and N(2).
Yu, K; McDaniel, JG; Schmidt, JR*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B 115 (33): 10054-10063 10.1021/jp204563n AUG 25 2011.
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Vibrational spectroscopy of water in hydrated lipid multi-bilayers. I. Infrared spectra and ultrafast pump-probe observables.
Gruenbaum, SM; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135 (7):  10.1063/1.3615717 AUG 21 2011.
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Modular "Click" Chemistry for Electrochemically and Photoelectrochemically Active Molecular Interfaces to Tin Oxide Surfaces.
Benson, MC; Ruther, RE; Gerken, JB; Rigsby, ML; Bishop, LM; Tan, YZ; Stahl, SS*; Hamers, RJ*.
ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES 3 (8): 3110-3119 10.1021/am200615r AUG 2011.
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Interception of a Rautenstrauch Intermediate by Alkynes for [5+2] Cycloaddition: Rhodium-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization of 3-Acyloxy-4-ene-1,9-diynes to Bicyclo[5.3.0]decatrienes.
Shu, XZ; Huang, SY; Shu, DX; Guzei, IA*; Tang, WP.
ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 50 (35): 8153-8156 10.1002/anie.201103136 2011.
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Pulsed Jet Discharge Matrix Isolation and Computational Study of Bromine Atom Complexes: Br center dot center dot center dot BrXCH(2) (X = H, Cl, Br).
George, L; Kalume, A; Esselman, B; McMahon, RJ*; Reid, SA.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A 115 (35): 9820-9827 10.1021/jp205561h SEP 8 2011.
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Formation of Smooth, Conformal Molecular Layers on ZnO Surfaces via Photochemical Grafting.
Ruther, RE; Franking, R; Huhn, AM; Gomez-Zayas, J; Hamers, RJ*.
LANGMUIR 27 (17): 10604-10614 10.1021/la2011265 SEP 6 2011.
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Permeation of Styryl Dyes through Nanometer-Scale Pores in Membranes.
Wu, Y; Ma, L; Cheley, S; Bayley, H; Cui, Q*; Chapman, ER.
BIOCHEMISTRY 50 (35): 7493-7502 10.1021/bi2006288 SEP 6 2011.
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Structural Basis of Bcl-x(L) Recognition by a BH3-Mimetic alpha/beta-Peptide Generated by Sequence-Based Design.
Lee, EF; Smith, BJ; Horne, WS; Mayer, KN; Evangelista, M; Colman, PM; Gellman, SH*; Fairlie, WD.
CHEMBIOCHEM 12 (13): 2025-2032 10.1002/cbic.201100314 SEP 5 2011.
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Discovery and Characterization of the Crustacean Hyperglycemic Hormone Precursor Related Peptides (CPRP) and Orcokinin Neuropeptides in the Sinus Glands of the Blue Crab Callinectes sapidus Using Multiple Tandem Mass Spectrometry Techniques.
Hui, LM; Cunningham, R; Zhang, ZC; Cao, WF; Jia, CX; Li, LJ*.
JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 10 (9): 4219-4229 10.1021/pr200391g SEP 2011.
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Dissociation energy and vibrational predissociation dynamics of the ammonia dimer.
Case, AS; Heid, CG; Kable, SH; Crim, FF*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135 (8):  10.1063/1.3625634 AUG 28 2011.
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Interpretation of the water surface vibrational sum-frequency spectrum.
Pieniazek, PA; Tainter, CJ; Skinner, JL*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS 135 (4):  10.1063/1.3613623 JUL 28 2011.
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Single-conformation spectroscopy and population analysis of model gamma-peptides: New tests of amide stacking.
Buchanan, EG; James, WH; Gutberlet, A; Dean, JC; Guo, L; Gellman, SH*; Zwier, TS.
FARADAY DISCUSSIONS 150 209-226 10.1039/c1fd00001b 2011.
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Regiocontrolled aerobic oxidative coupling of indoles and benzene using Pd catalysts with 4,5-diazafluorene ligands.
Campbell, AN; Meyer, EB; Stahl, SS*.
CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS 47 (37): 10257-10259 10.1039/c1cc13632a 2011.
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Mechanistic analysis of trans C-N reductive elimination from a square-planar macrocyclic aryl-copper(III) complex.
Huffman, LM; Stahl, SS*.
DALTON TRANSACTIONS 40 (35): 8959-8963 10.1039/c1dt10463b 2011.
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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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The Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, seeks highly qualified individuals for 1-2 positions 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 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://www.che.nthu.edu.tw/main.php) should be sent to Professor Yu-Chen Hu by December 31, 2011 at the following address: Professor Yu-Chen Hu, Coordinator, Faculty Search Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013, Fax: +886-3-571-5408. E-mail: ychu@mx.nthu.edu.tw.
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The Chemical Biology Laboratory (CBL), Molecular Discovery Program (MDP), Center for Cancer Research (CCR), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is accepting applications for the position of Tenure-Track Investigator to develop an independent research program addressing problems at the interface of chemistry and biology. This intramural position is similar to that of a tenure-track assistant professor in academia. Three distinct areas of chemical biology are of particular interest: synthetic organic chemistry developing novel methodology towards the preparation of complex biologically active molecules; chemistry-based development and implementation of novel imaging tools; small molecule control of cell fate. Individual will establish a dynamic, collaborative program to develop and apply chemical methods and tools that define and manipulate the biological processes that impact cancer and/or AIDS.  Additionally, an Investigator is expected to establish an internationally recognized program and direct a research group composed of postdoctoral fellows and technicians. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in chemistry or related physical science. This search is directed at the tenure-track level. The position is located at the NCI-Frederick, MD campus.  This location offers state-of-the-art chemical biology laboratories as well as core facilities including mass spectrometry; NMR spectroscopy; proteinexpression and proteomics; electron, optical and small animal imaging and other advanced technologies.  Incumbent will be provided with laboratory space, research equipment, staff support, and an annual supply budget. Consideration of applicants will begin October 3, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.  Salary is competitive and is commensurate with experience and full benefits (including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan).  This position is not restricted to U.S. citizens. To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research plans (~5 pages), and arrange to have 3 letters of recommendation sent to: Ms. Deanna Dougherty, Administrative Officer, NCI-Frederick, P.O. Box B, Bldg. 578/27, Frederick, MD 21702-1201, Tel. 301-846-5199, Fax 301-846-6053, E-mail: CBLTenureTrackApps@mail.nih.gov. PDF files are encouraged. This position is subject to a background investigation.
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Lehigh University, Department of Chemistry. As a continuation of our plan for faculty expansion, the Department of Chemistry invites applications for a senior faculty member with a start date as early as August 1, 2012. The area is open, but special consideration will be given to applicants whose research area complements the department's strengths. Candidates should have credentials and achievements in scholarship, and funded research suitable to permit appointment to the rank of full professor. A strong commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and a desire to provide future departmental leadership is also a requirement of the position. Review of applications begins with appearance of this announcement and continues until the position is filled. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits, including partner benefits. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a brief description of research and teaching experience and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Tianbo Liu, Chair, Senior Faculty Search Committee, Lehigh University, Department of Chemistry, 6 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015-3102.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, http://www.uwsp.edu/chemistry, invites applications for a tenure-track position in biochemistry at the assistant professor level. The appointment will begin in August 2012. Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field is required: must be completed by August 1, 2012. Candidates will teach courses in biochemistry and general chemistry as needs require. Applicants must show promise for excellence in teaching and will be expected to develop a research program involving undergraduates. Send hard copies of a vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, plans for proposed research, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to: Chair of Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Application materials may not be sent electronically. Letters of recommendation must come directly from references. Screening will begin on October 17, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.
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The Chemistry Department at Wichita State University invites applicants for two tenure-eligible positions at the assistant professor level. The first position is in physical chemistry. Applicants in all areas of physical chemistry will be considered, but preference will be given to computational chemists. The second position is in analytical chemistry; the area of research for this position is open, but preference will be given to candidates using mass spectrometry as a tool in their research. Successful candidates for both positions are expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their respective areas, establish a vigorous externally funded research program and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and directing research involving undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level students. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to interact and collaborate with university-wide initiatives in bioengineering, aerospace engineering, and climate change and renewable energy. A PhD or equivalent degree in chemistry or related field, postdoctoral experience, a strong record of scholarly achievement and experience in working with diverse populations are required. A generous package of start-up funds, state of the art research facilities, and competitive salary are available. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2011 and will be continued until the position is filled. The following application materials should be submitted to the appropriate position (physical or analytical) online at: https://jobs.wichita.edu: letter of application, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and statement of teaching philosophy. In addition a description of research plans with estimated start-up costs and letters of recommendation from 3 individuals familiar with the applicant's professional accomplishments and qualifications should be sent to: Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS 67260-0051, or e-mailed to: chemistry@wichita.edu. Additional information on these positions, along with a full list of required and preferred qualifications is available at: http://www.wichita.edu/chemistry. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Kansas Board of Regents policy.
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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS
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NONE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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