Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 06/20/2016

XL - No. 17 June 20th, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Shannon Stahl on receiving the 2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award.  Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has established the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award" since 2004 with the aim of contributing to the sustainable development of chemistry and the chemical industry. In particular, this award is designed to recognize researchers who have made outstanding achievements in catalysis science.
The award will be presented at the Chemical Society of Japan meeting in Tokyo during November. Congratulations, Shannon!
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



Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 - General Outreach, 8:15 pm, Memorial Union Terrace. Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Science is Fun at the Union Terrace"
Monday, July 4th, 2016 - General Outreach, 8:15 pm, Memorial Union Terrace. Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy "Science is Fun at the Union Terrace"
Sunday, August 21st, 2016 to Thursday, August 25th, 2016 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, American Chemical Society, "ACS Meeting - Philadelphia"
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 to Friday, August 26th, 2016 - General Special Event, 9:00 am, "Grad Student Orientation"
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - Special Event, 12:00 pm, "Snout-Out Departmental Picnic"
Monday, August 29th, 2016 to Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - General Special Event, 9:00 am, "TA Training"

Decoding Polo-like kinase 1 signaling along the kinetochore-centromere axis.
Lera, RF; Potts, GK; Suzuki, A; Johnson, JM; Salmon, ED; Coon, JJ*; Burkard, ME.
Nature Chemical Biology, 12 (6):411-U61; 10.1038/nchembio.2060 JUN 2016
Semiempirical Quantum Mechanical Methods for Noncovalent Interactions for Chemical and Biochemical Applications.
Christensen, AS; Kubar, T; Cui, Q*; Elstner, M.
Chemical Reviews, 116 (9):5301-5337; SI 10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00584 MAY 11 2016.
Two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy measures the structural dynamics of a self-assembled film only one molecule thick.
Zanni, MT*.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (18):4890-4891;
10.1073/pnas.1605263113 MAY 3 2016.
The Peripheral Blood Eosinophil Proteome.
Wilkerson, EM; Johansson, MW; Hebert, AS; Westphall, MS; Mathur, SK; Jarjour, NN; Schwantes, EA; Mosher, DF; Coon, JJ*.
Journal of Proteome Research, 15 (5):1524-1533; 10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b00006 MAY 2016.
Comparative Study of Cl-Atom Reactions in Solution Using Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy.
Shin, JY; Case, AS; Crim, FF*.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120 (16):3920-3931; 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b01765 APR 28 2016.
Sub- and super-Maxwellian evaporation of simple gases from liquid water.
Kann, ZR; Skinner, JL*.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 144 (15):10.1063/1.4945625 APR 21 2016.
Positioning the Intracellular Salt Potassium Glutamate in the Hofmeister Series by Chemical Unfolding Studies of NTL9.
Sengupta, R; Pantel, A; Cheng, X; Shkel, I; Peran, I; Stenzoski, N; Raleigh, DP; Record, MT*.
Biochemistry, 55 (15):2251-2259; 10.1021/acs.biochem.6b00173 APR 19 2016.
First-Principles United Atom Force Field for the Ionic Liquid BMIM+BF4-: An Alternative to Charge Scaling.
Son, CY; McDaniel, JG; Schmidt, JR*; Cui, Q*; Yethiraj, A*.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120 (14):3560-3568; 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b12371 APR 14 2016.
Why Nature Chose Selenium.
Reich, HJ*; Hondal, RJ.
ACS Chemical Biology, 11 (4):821-841; 10.1021/acschembio.6b00031 APR 2016
Discovering Inexpensive, Effective Catalysts for Solar Energy Conversion: An Authentic Research Laboratory Experience.
Shaner, SE; Hooker, PD; Nickel, AM; Leichtfuss, AR; Adams, CS; de la Cerda, D; She, YQ; Gerken, JB; Pokhrel, R; Ambrose, NJ; Khaliqi, D; Stahl, SS*; Christus, JDS.
Journal of Chemical Education, 93 (4):650-657; 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00591 APR 2016.
Diazafluorenone-Promoted Oxidation Catalysis: Insights into the Role of Bidentate Ligands in Pd-Catalyzed Aerobic Aza-Wacker Reactions.
White, PB; Jaworski, JN; Zhu, GH; Stahl, SS*.
ACS CATALYSIS, 6 (5):3340-3348; 10.1021/acscatal.6b00953 MAY 2016.
Rapid cycloaddition of a diazo group with an unstrained dipolarophile.
Aronoff, MR; Gold, B; Raines, RT*.
Tetrahedron Letters, 57 (22):2347-2350; 10.1016/j.tetler.2016.04.020 JUN 1 2016.
Ligand-Controlled Synthesis of Azoles via Ir-Catalyzed Reactions of Sulfoxonium Ylides with 2-Amino Heterocycles.
Phelps, AM; Chan, VS; Napolitano, JG; Krabbe, SW; Schomaker, JM*; Shekhar, S.
Journal of Organic Chemistry, 81 (10):4158-4169; 10.1021/acs.joc.6b00497 MAY 20 2016.
Towards a barrier height benchmark set for biologically relevant systems.
Kromann, JC; Christensen, AS; Cui, Q*; Jensen, JH.
PEERJ, 4 10.7717/peerj.1994 MAY 3 2016.
Continuous Liquid Vapor Reactions Part 2: Asymmetric Hydroformylation with Rhodium-Bisdiazaphos Catalysts in a Vertical Pipes-in-Series Reactor.
Abrams, ML; Buser, JY; Calvin, JR; Johnson, MD; Jones, BR; Lambertus, G; Landis, CR*; Martinelli, JR; May, SA; McFarland, AD; Stout, JR.
Organic Process Research & Development, 20 (5):901-910; 10.1021/acs.oprd.5b00406 MAY 2016.
Integration of Computational Chemistry into the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Curriculum.
Esselman, BJ; Hill, NJ*.
Journal of Chemical Education, 93 (5):932-936; 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00815 MAY 2016.
Continuous Liquid Vapor Reactions Part 1: Design and Characterization of a Reactor for Asymmetric Hydroformylation.
Johnson, MD; May, SA; Calvin, JR; Lambertus, GR; Kokitkar, PB; Landis, CR*; Jones, BR; Abrams, ML; Stout, JR.
Organic Process Research & Development, 20 (5):888-900; 10.1021/acs.oprd.5b00407 MAY 2016.
Comment on "Isolating the non-polar contributions to the intermolecular potential for water-alkane interactions" [J. Chem. Phys. 141, 064905 (2014)].
McDaniel, JG; Yethiraj, A*.
Journal of Chemical Physics, 144 (13):10.1063/1.4944978 APR 7 2016.
Isoprene photochemistry over the Amazon rainforest.
Liu, Y; Brito, J; Dorris, MR; Rivera-Rios, JC; Seco, R; Bates, KH; Artaxo, P; Duvoisin, S; Keutsch, FN*; Kim, S; Goldstein, AH; Guenther, AB; Manzi, AO; Souza, RAF; Springston, SR; Watson, TB; McKinney, KA; Martin, ST.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (22):6125-6130; 10.1073/pnas.1524136113 MAY 31 2016.
Practical Synthesis of Amides via Copper/ABNO-Catalyzed Aerobic Oxidative Coupling of Alcohols and Amines.
Zultanski, SL; Zhao, JY; Stahl, SS*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (20):6416-6419; 10.1021/jacs.6b03931 MAY 25 2016.
Effects of Single alpha-to-beta Residue Replacements on Structure and Stability in a Small Protein: Insights from Quasiracemic Crystallization.
Kreitler, DF; Mortenson, DE; Forest, KT; Gellman, SH*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (20):6498-6505; 10.1021/jacs.6b01454 MAY 25 2016.
Next-Generation Force Fields from Symmetry-Adapted Perturbation Theory.
McDaniel, JG; Schmidt, JR*.
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, VOL 67, 67 467-488; 10.1146/annurev-physchem-040215-112047 2016.
Straining soft colloids in aqueous nematic liquid crystals
Mushenheim, PC; Pendery, JS; Weibel, DB*; Spagnolie, SE; Abbott, NL*.
The National Academy of Sciences, MAY 17, 2016, VL 113, IS 20.
Chemical Pressure Schemes for the Prediction of Soft Phonon Modes: A Chemist's Guide to the Vibrations of Solid State Materials
Engelkemier, J; Fredrickson, DC*.
Chemistry of Materials, Amer Chemical Soc., MAY 10, 2016. VL 28, IS 9.
Crystallization of Organic Glasses: How Does Liquid Flow Damage Surface Crystal Growth?
Musumeci, D; Hasebe, M; Yu, L*.
Crystal Growth & Design, Amer Chemical Soc. MAY, 2016. VL 16, IS 5.
Phenotypic plasticity of chronic wasting disease prions
Carlson, CM; Schneider, JR; Wiepz, JK; Meyerett-Reid, CL; Zabel, MD; Pedersen, JA*; Heisey, DM; Johnson, CJ.
Prion, Taylor & Francis Inc., 2016. VL 10.
Insights into the Complexity of Heterogeneous Liquid-Phase Catalysis: Case Study on the Cyclization of Citronellal.
Muller, P; Wolf, P; Hermans, I*.
ACS Catalysis, Amer Chemical Soc., MAY, 2016. VL 6, IS 5.
Electrochemical reductive biomass conversion: direct conversion of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) to 2,5-hexanedione (HD) via reductive ring-opening.
Roylance, JJ; Choi, KS*.
Green Chemistry, Royal Soc Chemistry, 2016. VL 18, IS 10.
Surface mobility of molecular glasses and its importance in physical stability.
Yu, L*.
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, MAY 1, 2016.


McNeese State University invites qualified applicants and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics. This is a full time, 9-month, unclassified, tenure-track position. The appointment begins in August 2016.
Position Description and Responsibilities: The assistant professor is required to perform duties in accordance with the department's needs. The successful candidate is responsible for functions related to teaching, advising, scholarly activity, and contributions to the development of the department and university. The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. The successful candidate will teach organic chemistry as well as organic chemistry laboratories. Teaching assignments include upper level courses in the area of the candidate's expertise and departmental instructional needs. In addition, the assistant professor is expected to be involved in the maintenance of the department's chemical instrumentation (NMR, GC, GC-MS, LC etc.). As a member of a cooperative and collegial campus community, the successful candidate will also serve on university-wide committees and is expected to be an active scholar to help successfully meet the goals of the department.
Qualifications: - Required:
PhD with significant progress in organic chemistry or a closely related field
Evidence of successful involvement with chemical instrumentation
Involvement with the maintenance of chemical instrumentation
Experience in and commitment to teaching
A demonstrated record of research
Salary: $51,000
Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.
Application Materials and Contact: Applicants should electronically submit: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Research Plans, References (name, phone number, and e-mail address of at least three), and Unofficial Transcripts for the application process. Please electronically submit the required documents to: Chris Douvris at: Application Information: Contact: Chris Douvris, Department of Chemistry and Physics, McNeese State University, Email Address:

Post-doc: In vitro selection to discover new self-propagating and evolvable chemical systems. A post-doctoral researcher is sought to work as part of an NSF-funded interdisciplinary team studying the origins of life-like chemical systems. The ambitious goal of this project is to discover new autocatalytic chemical systems that can propagate themselves over a mineral surface and can show adaptive evolution towards more efficient growth and surface colonization. Insofar as the ability to grow and evolve adaptively are often viewed as defining properties of "life" the goal can be framed as seeking to create in the laboratory new living systems which may be called "life-like" chemistries. The strategy adopted involves developing a microfluidic device that allows diverse chemical mixtures to be flowed over a mineral surface in such a way as to select for any life-like chemical systems that emerged. Detecting systematic changes in adsorbed chemicals on the surface, or in their rate of accumulation, will be used as an initial indication that life-like chemical systems have emerged.
The post-doc will play a leadership role in achieving the project goals. They will be based in the Department of Chemistry and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and will be expected to interact extensively with microfluidic engineering colleagues in Chicago and with other collaborators as needed to advance the project. Responsibilities will include, participating in weekly group meetings and playing a mentorship role for graduate and/or undergraduate students. Funding is available for at least 18-months of support with a preferred start date of Fall 2016. To apply, send a CV, a statement of interest, and the names of references to: David Baum ( Applications received before Aug. 1, 2016 will receive full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled.  
It is essential that the candidate be  
1.   ...interested in the origin of life.
2.   ...a careful experimentalist with diverse experience in chemistry or chemical engineering, especially relating to surface chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, or organic analysis. Particular practical skills that would be useful include microfluidics, systems chemistry, and surface analysis.
3.   ...good at working productively and collaboratively in an interdisciplinary research team, including an ability to communicate and collaborate with non-chemists (specifically, evolutionary biologists).
4.     creative, resourceful, self-motivated, hard working, and willing to take risks.
If you have questions, contact and of the following:  David Baum:, Judith Burstyn:, Kalin Vetsigian:, Tehshik Yoon:
Please submit all newsletter information or address changes to: or 262-0293. Thanks.