Chemistry Newsletter

XXXVI - No. 36 November 26th, 2012

2012 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

December 11th, 2012 February 12th, 2013 March 12th, 2013
April 16th, 2013 May 14th, 2013  

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

December 4th, 2012 December 18th, 2012 January 22nd, 2013
February 19th, 2013 March 5th, 2013 March 19th, 2013
April 2nd, 2013 April 23rd, 2013 May 7th, 2013

Monday, December 3rd, 2012 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Katrina Forest lab - Presenter and title TBA.
Friday, December 7th , 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 1025 Engineering Centers Building. Mercedes Ruiz, ECT Graduate Student.
Friday, December 14th , 2012 - ECT Seminar, 12:00 p.m., 1025 Engineering Centers Building. Thomas Kuech, ECT Graduate Student.
Monday, February 4th, 2012 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Yongna Xing lab - Presenter and title TBA.
Monday, March 4th, 2012 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Jim Keck lab - Presenter and title TBA.
Monday, April 1st, 2012 - 2012-2013 X-Ray Superuser Seminar, 12:00 p.m., Room 1220 in the new Biochemical Sciences Building on Henry Mall. Sam Butcher lab - Presenter and title TBA.
Monday, May 6th, 2012 - 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.
Chemical oxidation of a redox-active, ferrocene-containing cationic lipid: Influence on interactions with DNA and characterization in the context of cell transfection.
Aytar, BS; Muller, JPE; Golan, S; Kondo, Y; Talmon, Y; Abbott, NL; Lynn, DM*.
JOURNAL OF COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE, 387 56-64; 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.07.083 DEC 1 2012.
Catalyst-Controlled Regioselectivity in the Synthesis of Branched Conjugated Dienes via Aerobic Oxidative Heck Reactions.
Zheng, CW; Wang, D; Stahl, SS*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (40):16496-16499; 10.1021/ja307371w OCT 10 2012.
Visible Light Photocatalysis of [2+2] Styrene Cycloadditions by Energy Transfer.
Lu, Z; Yoon, TP*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 51 (41):10329-10332; 10.1002/anie.201204835 2012.
Spectroscopic and computational studies of matrix-isolated iso-CXBr3 (X = F, Cl, Br): Structure, properties, and photochemistry of substituted iso-tribromomethanes.
George, L; Kalume, A; Reid, SA; Esselman, BJ; McMahon, RJ*.
JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, 1025 61-68; SI 10.1016/j.molstruc.2011.12.018 OCT 10 2012.
Electrophilic aryl C-H amination by dimetal nitrides: correlating electronic structure with reactivity.
Timmer, GH; Berry, JF*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 3 (10):3038-3052; 10.1039/c2sc20688a 2012.
Cobalt analogs of Ru-based water oxidation catalysts: overcoming thermodynamic instability and kinetic lability to achieve electrocatalytic O-2 evolution.
Rigsby, ML; Mandal, S; Nam, W; Spencer, LC; Llobet, A; Stahl, SS*.
CHEMICAL SCIENCE, 3 (10):3058-3062; 10.1039/c2sc20755a 2012.
Deconvolution of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry isotope patterns to determine ratios of A-type to B-type interflavan bonds in cranberry proanthocyanidins.
Feliciano, RP; Krueger, CG; Shanmuganayagam, D; Vestling, MM*; Reed, JD.
FOOD CHEMISTRY, 135 (3):1485-1493; 10.1016/j.foodchem.2012.05.102 DEC 1 2012.
Natural bond orbital analysis: A critical overview of relationships to alternative bonding perspectives.
Weinhold, F*.
JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY, 33 (30):2363-2379; 10.1002/jcc.23060 NOV 15 2012.
Natural bond critical point analysis: Quantitative relationships between natural bond orbital-based and QTAIM-based topological descriptors of chemical bonding.
Weinhold, F*.
JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY, 33 (30):2440-2449; 10.1002/jcc.23057 NOV 15 2012.
What Is Happening When the Blue Bottle Bleaches: An Investigation of the Methylene Blue-Catalyzed Air Oxidation of Glucose.
Anderson, L; Wittkopp, SM; Painter, CJ; Liegel, JJ; Schreiner, R*; Bell, JA; Shakhashiri, BZ*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, 89 (11):1425-1431; 10.1021/ed200511d NOV 2012.
Implementation of the Solvent Macromolecule Boundary Potential and Application to Model and Realistic Enzyme Systems.
Zienau, J; Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 116 (41):12522-12534; 10.1021/jp308218m OCT 18 2012.
Effect of Polydispersity on Diffusion in Random Obstacle Matrices.
Cho, HW; Kwon, G; Sung, BJ; Yethiraj, A*.
PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 109 (15):10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.155901 OCT 12 2012.
Attenuation of Quorum Sensing in the Pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii Using Non-native N-Acyl Homoserine Lactones.
Stacy, DM; Welsh, MA; Rather, PN; Blackwell, HE*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 7 (10):1719-1728; 10.1021/cb300351x OCT 2012.
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EMSL is accepting applications for its William R. Wiley Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2013. The position closes Nov. 30, 2012. The fellowship recipient will serve a one-year term, with the possibility of it being renewed for a total of three years, and will receive an annual salary of $70,000. An additional $20,000 may be made available for research support and travel. EMSL launched the postdoctoral fellowship in 2010 and since then has named three recipients. To hear from the first-ever Wiley postdoctoral fellow, watch Ken Lopata talk with EMSL Director Allison Campbell about his experience at EMSL. The Wiley postdoctoral fellowship was established to attract high-performing PhD scientists who have the potential to become full-time scientific staff at EMSL.
Information on how to apply, selection criteria and the selection process is online at:
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