Chemistry Newsletter for 9/06/2011

XXXV - No. 25
September 6th, 2011

Professors Reich - Skinner - Hamers Win ACS Awards
We are delighted to report that three of our faculty have won national ACS awards this year:
Professor Hans Reich wins the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry.
Professor Bob Hamers wins the ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry, sponsored by Procter &
Professor Jim Skinner wins the Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics, sponsored by GE Global
Research and the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry.
We believe we are the only Department in the country to have three award winners.
Congratulations Hans, Bob and Jim!!!!
2011 SNOUT-OUT was a Great Time for All!!
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the food was good, the beer was cooling, and the competition on
several athletic fields was spirited. Congratulations to the Analytical & Materials Division on winning this
year's softball tournament!!
The GSFLC was primarily responsible for planning and executing the picnic, so please thank them; others
were involved as well, and I know many pitched in when called on to help. Special thanks goes to Tom
Foseid who guided us through preparing the pork when we decided not to roast a pig this year.
2010 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

September 13th, 2011 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 9th, 2011 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)

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.  Teaching Assistants should mark this time on the schedule cards
turned in to the teaching Laboratory Director.
Schedule for Introductory Research Talks
Sept. 8th
5:45 - 6:05 - John Wright
6:05 - 7:15 - Silvia Cavagnero
6:55 - 7:15 - Tom Record
7:15 - 7:35 - Randy Goldsmith
Sept. 15th
5:45 - 6:05 - J. R. Schmidt
6:05 - 7:15 - Jim Skinner
6:55 - 7:15 - Mark Ediger
7:15 - 7:35 - Gil Nathanson
7:35 - 7:50 - Pupa Gilbert
Sept. 22nd
5:45 - 6:05 - Arun Yethiraj
6:05 - 7:15 - Bob Hamers
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
6:55 - 7:15 - Qiang Cui
7:15 - 7:35 - Frank Keutsch
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, 2:30 p.m., Inorganic seminar by Dr. James
Gerken, UW-Madison, Stahl Group.
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 - Materials Science Seminar, 4:00 p.m., Room 265 in the Materials
Science and Engineering Building. James M. LeBeau,Department of Materials Science&  Engineering,
North Carolina State University. "Quantitative Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy: New Tools for
Materials Science"
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 - Herb Seminar, 10:00 a.m., 5310 Chamberlin. Roman M. Lutchyn,
Microsoft Station Q, University of California. "The Search for Majorana Fermions in Semiconductor
 Friday, September 9th, 2011 - ECT Seminar, 3:00 p.m., Room 102, Water Science and Engineering
Laboratory, 660 N. Park St. Jim Cloern, USGS, Menlo Park, CA. "Drivers of Change in Estuarine-Coastal
Ecosystems: Lessons from Four Decades of Research in San Francisco Bay"
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - Theoretical Lecture, 2:00 p.m., Room 1381 Chemistry Building. UW
Madison. Computational Chemistry Workshop.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry
Building. Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard University. "The Role of Quantum Coherence in
Photosynthetic Energy Transfer"
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 - The Edward Noble Kramer Lectureship, 3:30 p.m., 1800 Engineering
Hall. Professor Angela M. Belcher, MIT. "Evolving Biomolecular Control and Assembly of Semiconductor
and Magnetic Nanostructures"
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 - Inorganic Seminar, . 2:30 p.m. Professor Xile Hu, Ecole
polytechnique Federal de Lausanne.
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, 2:55 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Dr. Eric
Voight, Abbott Laboratories. "Heterocycle Synthesis in Process and Medicinal Chemistry."
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Organic Seminar, Abbott Seminar, 3:45 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry
Building. Professor Erick M. Carreirra,  ETH Zurich. "Discovery and Surprises with Natural Products"
Saturday, September 17th, 2011 - Department Special Event, 9:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building.
Professor Howard Zimmerman Celebration.
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".
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"
Distribution and Physiological Effects of B-Type Allatostatins (Myoinhibitory Peptides, MIPs) in the
Stomatogastric Nervous System of the Crab Cancer borealis.
Szabo, TM; Chen, RB; Goeritz, ML; Maloney, RT; Tang, LS; Li, LJ*; Marder, E.
JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE NEUROLOGY 519 (13): 2658-2676 10.1002/cne.22654 SEP 1 2011.
Design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of abiotic, non-lactone modulators of LuxR-type quorum
McInnis, CE; Blackwell, HE*.
BIOORGANIC & MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY 19 (16): 4812-4819 10.1016/j.bmc.2011.06.072 AUG 15 2011.
Thiolactone modulators of quorum sensing revealed through library design and screening.
McInnis, CE; Blackwell, HE*.
BIOORGANIC & MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY 19 (16): 4820-4828 10.1016/j.bmc.2011.06.071 AUG 15 2011.
Group 6 Complexes with Iron and Zinc Heterometals: Understanding the Structural, Spectroscopic, and
Electrochemical Properties of a Complete Series of M equivalent to M center dot center dot center dot M '
Nippe, M; Bill, E; Berry, JF*.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 50 (16): 7650-7661 10.1021/ic2011315 AUG 15 2011.
Membrane-assisted capillary isoelectric focusing coupling with matrix-assisted laser
desorption/ionization-Fourier transform mass spectrometry for neuropeptide analysis.
Zhang, ZC; Wang, JH; Hui, LM; Li, LJ*.
JOURNAL OF CHROMATOGRAPHY A 1218 (31): 5336-5343 10.1016/j.chroma.2011.05.072 AUG 5
Separation of preferential interaction and excluded volume effects on DNA duplex and hairpin stability.
Knowles, DB; LaCroix, AS; Deines, NF; Shkel, I; Record, MT*.
AMERICA 108 (31): 12699-12704 10.1073/pnas.1103382108 AUG 2 2011.
Site-specific PEGylation endows a mammalian ribonuclease with antitumor activity.
Rutkoski, TJ; Kink, JA; Strong, LE; Raines, RT*.
CANCER BIOLOGY & THERAPY 12 (3): 208-214 10.4161/cbt.12.3.15959 AUG 1 2011.
Effect of Nanoscale Morphology on the Conductivity of Polymerized Ionic Liquid Block Copolymers.
Weber, RL; Ye, YS; Schmitt, AL; Banik, SM; Elabd, YA; Mahanthappa, MK*.
MACROMOLECULES 44 (14): 5727-5735 10.1021/ma201067h JUL 26 2011.
Interconversion of Functional Motions between Mesophilic and Thermophilic Adenylate Kinases.
Daily, MD; Phillips, GN; Cui, Q*.
PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 7 (7):  10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002103 JUL 2011.
A dynamic model of proteome changes reveals new roles for transcript alteration in yeast.
Lee, MV; Topper, SE; Hubler, SL; Hose, J; Wenger, CD; Coon, JJ* Gasch, AP.
MOLECULAR SYSTEMS BIOLOGY 7  10.1038/msb.2011.48 JUL 2011.
Shvo's Catalyst in Hydrogen Transfer Reactions.
Warner, MC; Casey, CP* Backvall, JE.
BIFUNCTIONAL MOLECULAR CATALYSIS 37 85-125 10.1007/3418_2011_7 2011.
Synthesis and application of an N-acylated L-homoserine lactone derivatized affinity matrix for the
isolation of quorum sensing signal receptors.
Praneenararat, T; Beary, TMJ; Breitbach, AS; Blackwell, HE*.
BIOORGANIC & MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 21 (17): 5054-5057 10.1016/j.bmcl.2011.04.062
SEP 1 2011.
Site-specific folate conjugation to a cytotoxic protein.
Smith, BD; Higgin, JJ; Raines, RT*.
BIOORGANIC & MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY LETTERS 21 (17): 5029-5032 10.1016/j.bmcl.2011.04.081
SEP 1 2011.
Theoretical Study of Bone Sialoprotein in Bone Biomineralization.
Yang, Y; Mkhonto, D; Cui, Q* Sahai, N.
CELLS TISSUES ORGANS 194 (2-4): 182-187 10.1159/000324648 2011.
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The University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in
Organic Chemistry. The appointment would begin in August 2012. The successful applicant is expected to
develop a vigorous research program that leads to peer-reviewed scholarly publications and extramural
funding for that research. A competitive start-up package of funding, space and facilities will be provided.
The selected applicant will also contribute to teaching chemistry at both the undergraduate and Ph.D.
levels and will have the opportunity to develop courses suited to her or his area of expertise. A doctoral
degree in chemistry and postdoctoral experience are expected. Additional information about the
Department of Chemistry can be found at: Applicants must apply online at: (position is listed under the Department of Chemistry). To receive full
consideration, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, proposed research plans, and three letters of
recommendation. Address questions to: Prof. Matthias Brewer, Chair of the Search Committee,
Department of Chemistry, phone: 802 656-1042, e-mail: Review of
applications will begin October 15, 2011.
Indiana University Kokomo. Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry. Responsibilities include teaching
organic chemistry I and II (lectures and labs), biochemistry, general chemistry courses, and courses in
environmental and green chemistry. Course load will be 72% FTE per semester. Research with
undergraduates is expected and supported. Publication is required for promotion and tenure. Research in
chemical biology (and related fields) or environmental chemistry is preferred, but candidates specializing
in all areas of organic chemistry are encouraged to apply. Appropriate university/professional/community
service is also required (e.g. committee work, assessment of the major, and engagement in campus
initiatives to increase retention and enrollment). Requirements include a Ph.D. in organic chemistry or a
Ph.D. in a closely related area with thesis work in organic chemistry, experience teaching organic
chemistry (lecture or lab courses) at the undergraduate level, and research potential (e.g., publications,
external funding) in the field. Postdoctoral experience, experience teaching chemistry lecture courses
(general chemistry or organic chemistry), using innovative teaching technologies, engaging in outreach
activities, and working with undergraduates in research is preferred. Salary is competitive and includes an
excellent fringe benefits package. Although the review process will commence October 10, 2011,
applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Email a cover letter, a curriculum vitae outlining
appropriate education and work experience, a one-page statement outlining teaching philosophy, a
one-page statement outlining research objectives, and the names, mailing addresses, email addresses,
and telephone numbers of at least three professional references as one PDF file to: Lu Ann Name, e-mail: Send official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to: Chairperson, Organic
Chemistry Search Committee, Science, Mathematics, and Informatics Department, Indiana University
Kokomo, P.O. Box 9003, Kokomo, IN 46904-9003.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Iowa solicits applicants to fill a tenure-track Assistant
Professor position in analytical chemistry, effective August 2012. Applications are sought in all
sub-disciplines of analytical chemistry with those focused on a research program in chemical separations
especially encouraged. Competitive salaries and start-up packages are offered. Links in the following
website provide a description of current research activities and opportunities for interdisciplinary
collaborations within the department and on campus: Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their
potential to develop a nationally prominent, externally funded research program and their commitment to
excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Candidates must have a doctoral degree in chemistry
or closely related field, postdoctoral experience, and a strong record of research scholarship. Applications
must be submitted electronically at: in response to requisition number 59943. Paper
applications will not be accepted. Application materials must include a cover letter, a detailed curriculum
vitae listing all research publications and presentations, academic transcripts, a statement of teaching
interests, and a detailed description of three research projects that exemplify the proposed research
program. Major equipment and instrumentation needed to pursue the research should be specified in
each project description. Applicants should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to: Application review will begin by October 24th and will continue until the
position is filled.
The Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, seeks applicants for a tenure-track
position in Organic Chemistry. Candidates in target-oriented organic synthesis, synthetic methods, or
structure-based drug design are particularly encouraged to apply. Purdue has a outstanding tradition in
organic chemistry, complemented by notable strengths in cancer, neuroscience, and drug discovery.
Successful candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. degree, to develop a vibrant research program
supported by extramural funding, supervise graduate students, and demonstrate excellence in teaching at
the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty search will be conducted at the assistant professor
level. Applicants should send a letter of application with curriculum vita and three references, a summary
of planned and/or ongoing research, and a statement on teaching philosophy to: Chair, Organic Chemistry
Faculty Search Committee, Purdue University, Department of Chemistry, 560 Oval Drive, West Lafayette,
IN 47907-2084. Letters of recommendations should be sent to the same address. Applications will be
reviewed beginning November 1, 2011, and will remain in consideration until the position is filled. See for more details.
Cornell University. Our department is planning to make tenure-track appointments for the 2012-2013
academic year in the following areas: organic, inorganic, theoretical chemistry, and chemistry biology. We
are considering candidates with research interests that complement rather than duplicate our existing
strengths. A successful applicant will be expected to excel in research and to teach effectively at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels. Our advertisement for these positions will appear in C & E News
(September 12 issue). The chemical biology search is being carried out in conjunction with Cornell's Weill
Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, We are soliciting applications from
the est possible candidates in organic, inorganic and theoretical chemistry and in chemical biology.
Applications from women and members of minority groups are especially encouraged. We are interested
in candidates who are bright, creative, versatile, energetic, and show outstanding potential for both
research and teaching. If you know any candidates with these qualities, please bring our opening to their
attention. Applications should be submitted via our search website: We request a cover letter, curriculum vitae,
research statement, teaching statement, publication list, graduate transcript, and three reference letters to
be submitted by the reference writers at this site. The cover letter should clearly specify which of the four
sub-disciplines listed above best describes the proposed research program. Review of applications will
begin October 15, 2011.
Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Department of Chemistry
invites applications for full-time tenure-track (Assistant Professor) and tenured (Associate and Full
Professor) positions in all major areas of chemistry including analytical, chemical biology, environmental,
inorganic, materials, organic, physical, and theoretical. Candidates will be expected to establish a
high-quality, externally funded research program and have a commitment to outstanding graduate and
undergraduate teaching. Salary is negotiable, and the target start date is August 16, 2012. Applicants
must have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in hand or show clear evidence of completion by the time the
appointment begins. They are expected to present evidence of excellence in research and teaching, and
those applying at the Associate and Full Professor level should have demonstrated evidence of leadership
in the field at the national and international level, respectively. Applications must be submitted online, and
should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of proposed research and scholarship, and three
letters of recommendation. In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by
September 23, 2011. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision
will be made until after that date. Create your U of I application through and upload
your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of proposed research and scholarship. The online
application will require names and contact information for three references. The Department of Chemistry
will then send you an email (within 2 days) with instructions for entering required supplemental
information. Please contact Chemistry Faculty Search,  or (217)-333-5071 if
you have questions.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track position
at the assistant professor level. We are seeking candidates who will develop a strong, nationally and
internationally recognized interdisciplinary chemistry research program that focuses on chemical
approaches to investigate important biological questions. Successful candidates should be dedicated to
excellence in chemical education (such as organic chemistry) at both the graduate and undergraduate
levels. See or a complete description of the position,
application details and information about Department resources. Please submit a letter of application,
curriculum vita, a detailed description of research plans and a statement of teaching philosophy/teaching
interests to: Chair, Biological Chemistry Search Committee, Department of Chemistry, University of
Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent
directly to the Search Committee. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 14, 2011, with an anticipated
start date of August 2012.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh seeks to fill a Tenure/Tenure Stream faculty
position in Chemistry effective September 2012, pending budgetary approval.  The Department desires
applications from chemists working in the area of Physical Chemistry.  The search is open with respect to
rank. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a statement of research plans, a statement of
teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation (junior applicants only). For full consideration,
complete applications should be received before October 15, 2011; however, applications will be accepted
until the positions are filled.  All application materials should be submitted electronically, as per the
instructions found at: Application materials may also be sent
to: Professor David Waldeck, hair, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Job Announcement: Materials Characterization Laboratory. We are interested in hiring a postdoctoral level
person to fill a position in the Materials Characterization Laboratory of the Materials and Manufacturing
Directorate/Air Force Research Laboratory located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. We develop
nonlinear absorbing dyes used in applications specific to the US Air Force. We would like to hire a
self-motivated, hard working, and trainable individual who will be responsible for the development and
characterization of dye based materials. This involves using various techniques, which include UV/Vis
spectroscopy, steady state and time resolved fluorescence, femtosecond pump probe spectroscopy and
nanosecond laser flash photolysis. A background in physical chemistry/photochemistry is essential as well
as experience using laser based time resolved techniques.  The appointment would be as an NRC
postdoctoral fellow for a period up to 3 years working in the Air Force Research Laboratories. Applicants
MUST be US citizens. If you are interested please e-mail a copy of your resume to: Joy E. Haley, PhD,
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, 3005 Hobson Way Bldg. 651,
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7702, Ph (937) 255-9896, Fx (937) 255-1128, E-mail:
Ravi Ranatunga, the PhD Recruiter from Procter & Gamble will be visiting the University of Wisconsin on
October 5th - 7th to interview PhD students and/or postdocs for employment at P&G. I would greatly
appreciate if you could please encourage your students (and the Chem Dept) to sign up through the
Chemistry e-recruiting system to be considered for an on-campus interview (they will need to apply to the
P&G PhD Scientist - Chemical and Physical Sciences position, and submit a cover letter, resume and a
1-page research summary no later than Tuesday, September 27th 2011).
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