Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 05/16/2016

XL - No. 15 May 16th, 2016

The annual Chemistry Undergraduate Poster Symposium held last Friday was once again a huge success!  Our undergraduates did a fantastic job showcasing their research.  We also had great attendance from faculty, staff and students of our department.  Thank you all sincerely for your continued support and mentorship!
Out of the 26 presenters this year, six posters were nominated to receive awards:
     •    Alexander Peterson, 4th year undergrad in the Raines lab mentored by Thom Smith
     •    Alex Chartier, 3rd year undergrad in the Gellman lab mentored by James Checco and Geoff
     •    Zachary Heim, 3rd year undergrad in the McMahon/Wood lab mentored by Brent Amberger and
          Brian Esselman
     •    Katelyn Callies and Clare Kai Cimperman, 2nd and 3rd year undergrads, respectively, in the
          Record lab mentored by Munish Chhabra and Raashi Sreenivasan
     •    Kunal Dani, 2nd year undergrad in the Jin/Ge lab mentored by Leekyoung Hwang
     •    Natasha Cornejo, 4th year undergrad in the Gellman lab mentored by Melissa MacDonald

An honorable mention was also awarded to:
     •    Isaac Mades, 3rd year undergrad in the Weinhold lab
     •    Adarsh Suresh, 2nd year undergrad in the Hamers lab mentored by Linghong Zhang

A special debt of gratitude goes out to our judges who generously devoted their Friday afternoon to helping make the poster symposium a success.  The judges included some of our own faculty and staff, as well as chemists from local companies:  Dr. Brian Esselman, Prof. Shannon Stahl, Prof. Ive Hermans, Prof. John Berry, Prof. Thomas Brunold, Renee  Schlick (Life Technologies), Dr. Robert Horton (Life Technologies), Dr. Galina Bikzhanova (Covance), Dr. David Goeddel (Sigma Aldrich), Dr. William Sanders (Sigma Aldrich), Dr. Mary Engler (Sigma Aldrich), Dr. Amy Zhou (Silatronix), Dr. Adrian Pena Hueso (Silatronix), Dr. David Rozema (Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals) and Dr. Jeff Driscoll (Shine Medical).
2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry


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



Monday, May 16th, 2016 - Department, Materials, Organic Seminar, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. Prof. Xiaoliang Wei, PNNL "Materials Development for Organics-based Redox Flow Batteries to Enable Durable Grid Energy Storage"
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 pm, 1361 Chemistry Building. Professor and Chair Bob McMahon and Executive Director Matt Sanders, UW-Madison Chemistry Department "Town Hall Forum: WISELI Departmental Climate Surveys"
Friday, June 10th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, Chemistry Room 1315. Dr. Tom Zinnen - Biotechnician Extension Specialist, UW Madison "GSFLC Alternative Careers Symposium "
Sunday, August 21st, 2016 to Thursday, August 25th, 2016 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, American Chemical Society, "ACS Meeting - Philadelphia"
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 12:00 pm, "Snout-Out Departmental Picnic"
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christopher Scarborough, Emory University "Inorganic Seminar-TBD"
Friday, October 21st, 2016 - Department Special Event, 8:30 am, Union South. "Chemistry Board of Advisers Meeting"
WISELI (the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute at UW-Madison)
is now accepting grant applications for its Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering Grant Program.
This program provides funds to departments, programs, centers, or student groups who wish to enhance their own seminar series or create new workshops, symposia, seminars that will promote the participation and advancement of women in science and engineering.
We are  particularly interested in considering the following:
     •    applications from departments or organizations that have not previously received funds from this
     •    applications from STEMM departments in which women are underrepresented on the faculty
     •    applications for programs that propose inviting women from underrepresented groups
More detailed information about the grant program and an application are available on our website: The application deadline is June 20, 2016.
We thank the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, College of Letters & Science, School of Pharmacy, School of Medicine & Public Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, and College of Engineering for their generous support of this grant program.
I hope everyone is enjoying a quick pause at the end of the spring semester. I am writing to recruit members for this summer's Capital Lakes Dragonfest chemistry department dragonboat team. NO EXPERIENCE is required. The time commitment is minimal, and it's a really fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the summer.
     •    Dragonfest is Saturday, June 18th (usually from morning until mid-late afternoon).
     •    You need to attend one brief practice session (date and time TBA, but around that same time) that
          will teach you everything you need to  know about dragonboating.
     •    Friends and family are welcome to join the team as long as they can attend the practice
     •    We need to recruit at least 20 people for the team
     •    The team is already sponsored (generously) by Martha Vestling, so it's FREE to participate + a t-shirt
If you are at all interested in joining the team this year (no commitment required) please contact me! For more information, see the dragonfest website at:
Thanks and have a great summer! Stephanie Knezz,

Structurally Diverse Diazafluorene-Ligated Palladium(II) Complexes and Their Implications for Aerobic Oxidation Reactions.
White, PB; Jaworski, JN; Fry, CG*; Dolinar, BS; Guzei, IA*; Stahl, SS*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (14):4869-4880; 10.1021/jacs.6b01188 APR 13 2016.
Enantioselective Photocatalytic [3+2] Cycloadditions of Aryl Cyclopropyl Ketones.
Amador, AG; Sherbrook, EM; Yoon, TP*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (14):4722-4725; 10.1021/jacs.6b01728 APR 13 2016.
Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Characterization of DNA Wrapping in Closed and Open Escherichia coli RNA Polymerase-lambda P-R Promoter Complexes.
Sreenivasan, R; Heitkamp, S; Chhabra, M; Saecker, R; Lingeman, E; Poulos, M; McCaslin, D; Capp, MW; Artsimovitch, I; Record, MT*.
BIOCHEMISTRY, 55 (14):2174-2186; 10.1021/acs.biochem.6b00125 APR 12 2016.
Imprint Control of BaTiO3 Thin Films via Chemically Induced Surface Polarization Pinning.
Lee, H; Kim, TH; Patzner, JJ; Lu, HD; Lee, JW; Zhou, H; Chang, WS; Mahanthappa, MK*; Tsymbal, EY; Gruverman, A; Eom, CB.
NANO LETTERS, 16 (4):2400-2406; 10.1021/acs.nanolett.5b05188 APR 2016.
Investigation of signaling molecules and metabolites found in crustacean hemolymph via in vivo microdialysis using a multifaceted mass spectrometric platform.
Jiang, S; Liang, ZD; Hao, L; Li, LJ*.
ELECTROPHORESIS, 37 (7-8):1031-1038; SI 10.1002/elps.201500497 APR 2016.
Quantitative analysis of serotonin secreted by human embryonic stem cells-derived serotonergic neurons via pH-mediated online stacking-CE-ESI-MRM.
Zhong, XF; Hao, L; Lu, JF; Ye, H; Zhang, SC; Li, LJ*.
ELECTROPHORESIS, 37 (7-8):1027-1030; SI 10.1002/elps.201500496 APR 2016.
Biomarker discovery in mass spectrometry-based urinary proteomics.
Thomas, S; Hao, L; Ricke, WA; Li, LJ*.
PROTEOMICS CLINICAL APPLICATIONS, 10 (4):358-370; SI 10.1002/prca.201500102 APR 2016.

Nova-Kem. Chemist I and Chemist II. The ideal candidate should have a BS or MS degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field. In addition, the ideal candidate would have 2+ years of hands on experience in R&D industrial chemical synthesis or in glass scale (22 L - 50 L) production. Recent graduates with less experience are still encouraged to apply and will be considered for the Chemist I position. Experience with inorganic and/or organometallic synthesis and operations under inert atmosphere or with industrial scale-up are a plus. Position requirements:
     •    Good communication skills; oral and technical writing - proven ability to generate detailed lab
     •    Chemical synthesis on the R&D and glass scale production (22 L - 50 L)
     •    Knowledge of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics.
     •    Practical knowledge of distillation, sublimation and other purification techniques.
     •    Evaluation/modeling of synthetic pathways.
     •    Process optimization and transfer for scale-up manufacturing.
     •    Knowledge of basic analytical chemistry techniques.
A competitive salary and a benefits package are included in employment.
Company Information: NOVA-KEM (US) / WONIK MATERIALS (South Korea) is an electronic chemicals company operating in the US and South Korea. The company is focused on the development of new chemical precursors for applications in the semiconductor and Hi-tech industries. We are currently expanding our R&D capabilities at our Germantown Development Facility and have several openings for BS or MS degree chemists. We are planning to fill several positions immediately and will have additional positions available in early 2017.
For more information about the companies' activities, please visit our websites at: or,
Interested applicants should send their resume to Jane Schoessow at and Dr. Andrey Korolev at with the subject line "Nova-kem Chemist application". Or send it by mail to the attention of Jane Schoessow at: Nova-Kem, LLC, N115 W19392 Edison Drive,
Germantown, WI 53022.



Trinity University. Professor Adam Urbach is writing to announce the availability of a funded postdoctoral position in my laboratory, available to start as early as August of 2016. This position is especially well suited to those interested in pursuing a tenure-track faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). Trinity University, a private liberal arts institution in San Antonio, Texas, is well known for the quality of its undergraduate chemistry program. Our rigorous coursework, access to state-of-the-art facilities, and intensive undergraduate research experiences prepare our students for the best post-graduate opportunities. This postdoc position is designed specifically for professional growth in scholarship, teaching, and management with particular attention paid to the skills necessary to succeed in a tenure-track position at a PUI. The postdoc will collaborate extensively with me on idea generation, grant writing, project design, project implementation, manuscript writing, student recruiting and training, and laboratory management. Teaching opportunities will include a combination of formal lecturing, lab instruction, course development, and mentoring of research students.
My research group explores fundamental and applied supramolecular chemistry related to the molecular recognition of peptides, proteins, and DNA by synthetic compounds. We are interested in the fundamental principles that guide recognition in natural and synthetic systems, as well as the development of applications in chemical biology and materials science. Our laboratory is located in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility and is currently funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Welch Foundation. Qualified candidates will have good communication skills, an interest in both research and teaching, the ability and motivation to work independently and in small teams, and a demonstrated technical background in synthetic organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, medicinal chemistry, biophysical chemistry, nano/materials chemistry, or molecular biology.
This position includes a competitive salary and all benefits available to full-time contract staff at the university. Interested applicants should send an email to: including, as a single PDF file, a cover letter, CV, and list of references. Applications will be accepted immediately.
Amgen. Postdoctoral Fellow   Hybrid Modality Engineering. Category: Scientific. Job ID: 32285BR. Location:   Thousand Oaks, CA.
The Amgen Postdoctoral program is committed to providing future scientists with an enriching environment to inspire innovation that will contribute to the development of human therapeutics. Dr. Les Miranda in the Hybrid Modality Engineering Research department at Amgen is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for the development of new methodology for the generation and screening of bioconjugate molecules for therapeutically relevant targets. The duration of the fellowship is 3 years at our state-of-the-art research facility at the Amgen headquarters campus located in Thousand Oaks, CA. This position will, in collaboration with academic groups, pioneer next generation methodologies for the identification of novel hybrid therapeutic molecules. This position will work independently and with various teams to create an integrated platform. This position offers flexibility and independence in selecting the course of action and permits exploration of existing and emerging technologies. The Postdoc is encouraged to publish scientific manuscripts about the developed technologies and their application. #LI-POST-IND15-GD15.
Basic Qualifications: PhD at the time of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications: PhD in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or related field. Experience in display technologies, biological assays, and recombinant protein methods (expression, purification and analytical). Knowledge of bioconjugation processes and automation. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
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