Chemistry Newsletter - 07/31/2006


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter

XXX - No. 26 July 31st, 2006


Department and Finance Committee Meeting Schedule

Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry


9/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only





12/12/2006 - Exec Meeting Only






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




















Wednesday, September, 20th, 2006 - Inorganic and Chemical Education Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Diane Bunce, The Catholic University of America. Hosts are John Moore and Diane Nutbrown.


Physical Chemistry Student Seminar abstracts/announcements can be found at:




*Schatz, PF*; Ralph, J; Lu, FC; *Guzei, IA*; Bunzel, M.

Synthesis and identification of 2,5-bis-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)-tetrahydrofuran-3,4-dicarboxylic acid, an unanticipated ferulate 8-8-coupling product acylating cereal plant cell walls.

ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY 4 (14): 2801-2806 2006.


Peelen, D; Kodoyianni, V; Lee, J; Zheng, T; Shortreed, MR; *Smith, LM*.

Specific capture of mammalian cells by cell surface receptor binding to ligand immobilized on gold thin films.

JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH 5 (7): 1580-1585 JUL 7 2006.


Kim, C; Esker, AR; Runge, FE; *Yu, H*.

Surface rheology of monolayers of poly(1-alkylene-co-maleic acid) at the air/water interface: Surface light scattering studies.

MACROMOLECULES 39 (14): 4889-4893 JUL 11 2006.


Pomerantz, WC; Abbott, NL; *Gellman, SH*.

Lyotropic liquid crystals from designed helical beta-peptides.



Soellner, MB; Nilsson, BL; *Raines, RT*.

Reaction mechanism and kinetics of the traceless Staudinger ligation.



*Blackwell, HE*.

Hitting the SPOT: small-molecule macroarrays advance combinatorial synthesis.



Shkel, IA; Ballin, JD; *Record, MT*.

Interactions of cationic ligands and proteins with small nucleic acids: Analytic treatment of the large coulombic end effect on binding free energy as a function of salt concentration.

BIOCHEMISTRY 45 (27): 8411-8426 JUL 11 2006.


van Gunsteren, WF; Bakowies, D; Baron, R; Chandrasekhar, I; Christen, M; Daura, X; Gee, P; Geerke, DP; Glattli, A; Hunenberger, PH; Kastenholz, MA; Ostenbrink, C; Schenk, M; Trzesniak, D; van der Vegt, NFA; *Yu, HB*.

Biomolecular modeling: Goals, problems, perspectives.



Lamos, SM; Krusemark, CJ; Mcgee, CJ; Scalf, M; *Smith, LM*; *Belshaw, PJ*.

Mixed isotope photoaffinity reagents for identification of small-molecule targets by mass spectrometry.



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ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Awards- Year 2007

The Eli Lilly & Company is sponsoring a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral women chemists to travel to scientific meetings in 2007 to present the results of their research. Grants may be applied only for registration, travel, and accommodations, and are restricted to travel to meetings within the United States. Grant funds are limited, but there are some funds set aside for undergraduates. Only U. S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Applications should be limited to one per research group. Awards will be given with preference to the following order: (1) any applicant who will be making her first presentation (regardless of format) at a national or major meeting, (2) graduate or postdoctoral applicants who have not presented at a national or major meeting since leaving undergraduate school. Women who have received a prior award under this program are ineligible. The deadline dates for receipt of applications are as follows:

• September 15, 2006 - Meetings between January 1 and June 30, 2007.

• February 15, 2007 - Meetings between July 1 and December 31, 2007.

In order to apply for the award, please submit the following:

1. A resume (include permanent address).

2. A completed official application form that you must download from The application form is also available from the WCC Staff Liaison at the American Chemical Society. (See address below or call 800/227-5558, ext. 6334; or

3. An abstract of the work to be presented, using the official ACS meeting abstract form (or printed copy of an online abstract submission). An abstract form can be located at: Click onto Abstract Information” and then “ACS Standard Abstract Form in Hard Copy”. If the abstract is not on the official meeting abstract form, a reason must be stated on the application form. You will also need to submit your paper through the meeting registration process independent of this Travel Award application.

4. A letter detailing the reasons you want this award (both scientific and financial), and specifying whether you have made a previous presentation at a national or major meeting.

5. A letter from your advisor confirming your participation in the meeting at which you will be making your presentation, commenting on your technical ability and potential, and listing any other travel support that would be available from the department or research grants.

Awards will be made on the basis of scientific merit and financial need, with the WCC Membership/Awards Subcommittee serving as the selection jury. Through this program, the Eli Lilly & Company continues to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. Please send your application to: Ms. Felicia Foxworth Dixon, Women Chemists Committee, American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036.


NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education-Internal Competition

Information about the National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) has been posted at the following web site: The program provides awards up to $500,000 per year for 5 years. PIRE aims to establish innovative models for international collaborative research and education, establish collaborative relationships with international groups or institutions, promote the development of a globally engaged, U.S. scientific workforce, and facilitate greater student participation in international research collaboration.




UW-Madison, Chemistry Department. Part Time Position in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Starting Fall 2006. This is a Technical Assistant (TA) position for a graduate student who would like to learn how to run all the instruments in the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and to assist graduate students and postdocs in using mass spectrometry to solve problems. The Mass Spectrometry Laboratory staff generates quality data and keeps the instruments operating optimally. The TA will be working with a large variety of organic, biochemical, and organometallic compounds. The appointment will be for at least one year (including the summer of 2007). Interested students should contact Dr. Martha M. Vestling (


NMR Spectroscopist Position. An opening is available for an NMR Spectroscopist to join a team of staff members running the NMR facilities at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Seven Bruker Avance high-resolution spectrometers are currently in operation on campus ranging from 300 to 800 MHz and including three with cryoprobes. An additional 600 MHz LC-SPE-NMR spectrometer with cryoprobe will be installed in spring 2006 and a new 400 MHz system with sample changer is also on order. The position requires at least a B.S. in chemistry, physics, or a related field. Direct experience in high resolution NMR spectroscopy is desirable. Responsibilities include assistance in user training, set-up and running of experiments, routine maintenance, and administration. This position provides the opportunity for a motivated individual to participate in and contribute significantly to a stimulating professional research and teaching environment. Strong communication skills, reliability and responsibility, and the ability to work within a team environment are essential. Compensation will be set in accord with the training and experience, and includes an outstanding benefits package. Candidates should forward a CV and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to: or NMR Spectroscopist Search, c/o Veronda McClain, Center for Structural Biology, 465 21st Avenue, Ste. 5140, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37232-8725.




The Chemistry Department at Georgia Southern University has an immediate opening for a temporary instructor, with a teaching assignment in general chemistry. Minimum requirements are 18 graduate semester hours in chemistry. The position is a 9-month appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Chemistry Department graduated 34 ACS-certified BS chemistry majors in 2005-06, ranking in the Top 25 Producers of ACS-certified BS graduates. The Department has 15 tenure-track faculty, and will be conducting faculty searches in organic and analytical chemistry this year. The Department occupies a new building with well-equipped laboratories and modern instrumentation for instruction and research. Additional information about the Department can be found at: Georgia Southern University, a member institution of the University System of Georgia, is the largest and most comprehensive center of higher education in the southern half of Georgia. Georgia Southern University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral/Research institution. A residential university serving 16,646 students in Fall 2005, Georgia Southern’s hallmark is a superior undergraduate experience emphasizing academic distinction, excellent teaching, and student success. Founded in 1906, the University offers 120 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels through eight colleges. The 675-acre campus is located in Statesboro, a community of approximately 30,000 residents, 50 miles northwest of historic Savannah, and 200 miles southeast of Atlanta. Applicants should contact: Dr. Mary Boyd, Department Chair, at:, or at 912-681-0715, and send a curriculum vita and two letters of recommendation.


Chemistry Faculty Position. Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Arkansas Tech University seeks tenure-track candidate with PhD in Chemistry to begin in January 2007 in ACS certified program. Teach undergraduate general chemistry & survey courses & laboratories. Ability to teach advanced Inorganic Chemistry course with lab is essential. Application details are at: Closing date is October 13, 2006.


Western Washington University, Department of Chemistry. Applications are invited for three tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level in biochemistry, inorganic and organic chemistry to begin September 2007. Candidates with interdisciplinary interests are strongly encouraged to apply. WWU consistently ranks among the top public comprehensive universities in the West and its chemistry and biochemistry programs are among the strongest of their kind in the country. WWU is a primarily undergraduate institution committed to excellence in both teaching and research. The department of 17 faculty offers B.S. and M.S. degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry, with the B.S. chemistry degree certified by the ACS. The department has state-of-the art facilities with 8500 sq. ft. of dedicated research space and a large portfolio of modern instrumentation. Current external grant support averages $1M annually. The department is also active in the development of new educational materials, textbooks, and innovative teaching methods. More than $2M in support from Research Corporation, the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and WWU is being used to provide competitive start-up packages, student and faculty summer research stipends, student travel support, and matching funds for new instrumentation. WWU is located in Bellingham, WA, midway between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. overlooking the San Juan Islands and adjacent to Mt. Baker and the North Cascades. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy and research plans, and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Prof. Mark Wicholas, Department of Chemistry, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9150. Review of applications will begin October 2 and continue until the positions are filled. A Ph.D. degree is required and post-doctoral experience preferred.


The Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. The ideal candidate will be someone at the start of his/her academic career, with an exceptional track record, and research interests in any area of organic chemistry, preferably in organic synthesis in its broadest sense. The successful person will be expected to establish an internationally recognized program of research, and participate in teaching organic chemistry within the Institute. The appointment will initially be non-tenured, with the possibility to obtain tenure after review. The Institute of Organic Chemistry is part of the Chemistry Department at the University of Zurich. It is situated on the Irchel science campus, close to the center of Zurich where the University Hospital and medical institutes are located (see also Nearby are the science Departments of the ETH Zurich. This concentration of science institutes provides a stimulating and attractive environment for interdisciplinary research. The new Professor’s appointment should commence by summer 2007, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications received by September 15th will be guaranteed full consideration, but the committee is open to late applications of exceptional quality and will search until the position is filled. Applications, including a curriculum vitae, list of publications, outline of current and future research plans, and names of potential referees, should be sent to the Dean of the Science Faculty at the following address: Professor D. Wyler, Dekanat der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland. The CV and list of publications should also be submitted in a single PDF-file to All enquiries should be directed to: Prof. Jay Siegel,, Organic Chemistry Institute, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich.




Postdoctoral Positions Available. Mechanochemistry. Laboratory of C. J. Eckhardt, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Current research is focused on the physical aspects of direct conversion of mechanical energy to chemical processes such as detonation of energetic materials, browning of pharmaceuticals, triboluminescence and solid-state reactions resulting from grinding crystals. More details are at The research will employ physical methods such as inelastic light scattering, specular reflection spectroscopy in the vacuum ultraviolet, defect characterization using optical and atomic force microscopy and high pressure spectroscopy using diamond anvil cells and a Bridgeman anvil. A major aspect of the research will involve development of instrumentation for use at a UNL port at the CAMD synchrotron (Baton Rouge). Appointments may extend to three years. The initial annual stipend will be between $28 - $35K depending upon experience. Candidates should have expertise in at least one of the following areas: spectroscopic instrumentation, solid-state physics and/or chemistry and spectroscopy. Positions are at the postdoctoral level and are not faculty appointments. Contact must be made ONLY by email to: Prof. C. J. Eckhardt at: Those applying directly should submit a complete CV and the names and email addresses of three references.


Los Alamos National Laboratory. Job Number: 213153. Chemistry, Series/Level: TSM 00. Organization: C-PCS. Postdoctoral, Limited Term. Number of Openings: 4. We are seeking outstanding postdoctoral candidates to participate in a multidisciplinary program to develop molecular catalysts for photochemical water oxidation and production of hydrogen. The goal is to develop transition metal catalysts inspired and informed by biological systems, and to couple these catalysts to photochemistry to drive the reactions. Four positions are available: 1) development of transition metal catalysts for heterolytic H-H bond formation and H2 evolution; 2) development of transition metal catalysts for proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) and water oxidation; 3) development of photochemical systems coupled to the catalytic systems described above; 4) theory and modeling to guide the design and optimization of the systems described above. These efforts are highly interactive and interdisciplinary; for example the synthesis and mechanistic characterization of the catalysts will be closely coupled with theory and modeling. The positions are available immediately. A strong background in at least one of the following areas, with a preference for multidisciplinary training: bioinorganic chemistry, molecular catalysis, inorganic/organometallic synthesis, inorganic photochemistry, theoretical chemistry and spectroscopy. A demonstrated record of scientific achievement including publications and presentations. Strong oral and written communication skills, problem solving skills and the ability to conduct research independently. Experience in one or more of the following areas: synthesis of transition metal catalysts; mechanisms of PCET and heterolytic H-H bond formation; transition metal photochemistry and photophysics; time-resolved spectroscopy; electrochemistry; density functional theory; quantum chemistry; electron transfer theory. A Ph.D. in Chemistry, Physics, or Biophysics completed within the last five years, or soon to be completed is required. Candidates may be considered for a Director's Fellowship and outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard P. Feynman or Frederick Reines Fellowships. Please see “Special Postdoctoral Fellowships” for further details. For general information refer to the Postdoctoral Program page. To apply, use the "Apply for this job" button and submit a resume, publications list and a cover letter outlining current research interests. R. Brian Dyer, Laboratory Fellow, Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Group, C-PCS, MS J567, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87545, Ph (505)667-4194.


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