Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 08/15/2016

XL - No. 21 August 15th, 2016

Congratulations to Alan Silver, who has been selected to participate in the 2016-17 Information Technology Leaders Program (ITLP) as part of the UW System cohort. This professional development opportunity prepares individuals for leadership opportunities in the IT field within the higher educational setting. Congratulations, Alan!
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


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"
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 - General Special Event, 5:00 pm, Great Dane Downtown Madison. 2nd year students, UW-Madison "Fifth Qualifier"
Friday, August 26th, 2016 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, 9341. "Eli Lilly Info. Session "
Friday, August 26th, 2016 - General Career Services, 10:00 am, 1108. "Eli Lilly On-Campus Interviews"
Saturday, August 27th, 2016 - General 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"
Monday, August 29th, 2016 - General Career Services, 12:00 pm, 1610 Engineering Hall. "Dow Info. Session"
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 - General Career Services, 8:00 am, "Dow On-Campus Interviews"
Thursday, September 1st, 2016 - General Career Services, 5:00 pm, "PPG Info. Session "
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 - General Career Services, 8:00 am, "PPG Interviews"
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Professor Elad Harel, Northwestern University "Ultrafast Electronic-Raman Spectroscopy and Single Particle Imaging of Artificial and Natural Light-Harvesting Systems"
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Hideo Nagashima, Kyushu University "Iron and ruthenium disilametallacycles for efficient hydrogenation and hydrosilylation reactions"
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 - Inorganic, Materials, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Hideo Nagashima, Kyushu University "Inorganic/Organic/Materials Seminar"
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Xudong Wang, UW-Madison "Inorganic seminar -TBD"
Monday, September 12th, 2016 - General Career Services, 6:00 pm, "3M Info. Session"
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 - General Career Services, 8:00 am, Corrine Lipscomb, Jeremy Higgins, Lori Homes and Arash Sangari, "3M Interviews"
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 to Thursday, September 15th, 2016 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, Lisa Balbes, "PfLAGS"
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Professor David Perry, The University of Akron "Broken Symmetries and Large-Amplitude Motion in Molecules and Clusters"
Monday, September 19th, 2016 - General Career Services, 11:00 am, Sonata Room   Gordon Dining and Event Center. "Fall Engineering Career Connection"
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 - General Career Services, 11:00 am, Sonata Room   Gordon Dining and Event Center. "Fall Engineering Career Connection "
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry - Seminar Hall. Prof. Richmond Sarpong, UC Berkeley "Strategies and Methods for Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Natural Products"
Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 - General Career Services, 4:00 pm, Kohl Center. "Fall Career and Internship Fair"
Monday, September 26th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315. Professor J. Andrew McCammon, University of California - San Diego "Computer-aided Drug Discovery"
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315. Professor J. Andrew McCammon, University of California - San Diego "Biomolecular Thermodynamics"
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 - General Career Services, 5:30 pm, 1610 Engineering Hall. "Intel Info. Session "
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - General Career Services, 11:00 am, Sonata Room   Gordon Dining and Event Center. "Fall Engineering Career Connection "
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - Physical Seminar, 2:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry. Professor J. Andrew McCammon, University of California - San Diego "Biomolecular Kinetics"
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Christopher Scarborough, Emory University "Inorganic Seminar"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 to Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 - Special Event, 8:00 am, "CHOPs/PGSEC"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, Chemistry 1315-Seminar Hall. Prof. Yonggui Robin Chi, Nanyang Technological University "Organic Seminar"
Thursday, September 29th, 2016 - General Career Services, 1:00 pm, Union South. "Computer Sciences Annual Job Fair "

Investigation of ligand steric effect on the hydrogen gas produced via a nickel-catalyzed dehydrogenation of ammonia-borane utilizing unsymmetrical triazolylidene ligands.
Talbot, MO; Pham, TN; Guino-O, MA; Guzei, IA*; Vinokur, AI; Young, VG.
POLYHEDRON, 114 415-421; SI 10.1016/j.poly.2016.02.034 AUG 16 2016.
Predicting the Structure-Activity Relationship of Hydroxyapatite-Binding Peptides by Enhanced-Sampling Molecular Simulation.
Zhao, WL; Xu, ZJ; Cui, Q*; Sahai, N.
LANGMUIR, 32 (27):7009-7022; 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01582 JUL 12 2016.
Peroxymonosulfate Rapidly Inactivates the Disease-Associated Prion Protein.
Chesney, AR; Booth, CJ; Lietz, CB; Li, LJ*; Pedersen, JA*.
Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (13):7095-7105; SI 10.1021/acs.est.5b06294 JUL 5 2016.
Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces that Prevent Bacterial Surface Fouling and Inhibit Virulence Phenotypes in Surrounding Planktonic Cells.
Kratochvil, MJ; Welsh, MA; Manna, U; Ortiz, BJ; Blackwell, HE*; Lynn, DM*.
ACS INFECTIOUS DISEASES, 2 (7):509-517; 10.1021/acsinfecdis.6b00065 JUL 2016.
Optimizing AlF3 atomic layer deposition using trimethylaluminum and TaF5: Application to high voltage Li-ion battery cathodes.
Jackson, DHK; Laskar, MR; Fang, SY; Xu, SZ; Ellis, RG; Li, XQ; Dreibelbis, M; Babcock, SE; Mahanthappa, MK*; Morgan, D; Hamers, RJ*; Kuech, TF.
Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 34 (3):10.1116/1.4943385 MAY 2016.
Replacing a single atom accelerates the folding of a protein and increases its thermostability.
Arnold, U; Raines, RT*.
ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY, 14 (28):6780-6785; 10.1039/c6ob00980h 2016.
Understanding isoprene photooxidation using observations and modeling over a subtropical forest in the southeastern US.
Su, LP; Patton, EG; de Arellano, JVG; Guenther, AB; Kaser, L; Yuan, B; Xiong, FLZ; Shepson, PB; Zhang, L; Miller, DO; Brune, WH; Baumann, K; Edgerton, E; Weinheimer, A; Misztal, PK; Park, JH; Goldstein, AH; Skog, KM; Keutsch, FN*; Mak, JE.
ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, 16 (12):7725-7741; 10.5194/acp-16-7725-2016 2016.
QM/MM free energy simulations: recent progress and challenges.
Lu, XY; Fang, D; Ito, S; Okamoto, Y; Ovchinnikov, V; Cui, Q*.
MOLECULAR SIMULATION, 42 (13):1056-1078; SI 10.1080/08927022.2015.1132317 2016.
Proteogenomics: Integrating Next-Generation Sequencing and Mass Spectrometry to Characterize Human Proteomic Variation.
Sheynkman, GM; Shortreed, MR; Cesnik, AJ; Smith, LM*.
Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry, Vol 9, 9 521-545; 10.1146/annurev-anchem-071015-041722 2016.
Hydrogen Sulfide Oxidation by Myoglobin.
Bostelaar, T; Vitvitsky, V; Kumutirna, J; Lewis, BE; Yadav, PK; Brunold, TC*; Filipovic, M; Lehnert, N; Stemmler, TL; Banerjee, R.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (27):8476-8488; 10.1021/jacs.6b03456 JUL 13 2016.
Enhancing the Magnetic Anisotropy of Linear Cr(II) Chain Compounds Using Heavy Metal Substitutions.
Christian, JH; Brogden, DW; Bindra, JK; Kinyon, JS; van Tol, J; Wang, JF; Berry, JF*; Dalal, NS.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 55 (13):6376-6383; 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b02545 JUL 4 2016.
Interaction between ionic liquid cation and water: infrared predissociation study of [bmim](+)center dot(H2O)(n) clusters.
Voss, JM; Marsh, BM; Zhou, J; Garand, E*.
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, SN 1463-9076, 1463-9084, JUL 28, 2016, VL 18.
Surface Mobility of Amorphous o-Terphenyl: A Strong Inhibitory Effect of Low-Concentration Polystyrene.
Zhang, W; Teerakapibal, R; Yu, L*.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Amer Chemical Soc, SN 1520-6106, JUL 14, 2016, VL 120.
Chemical Pressure-Driven Incommensurability in CaPd5: Clues to High-Pressure Chemistry Offered by Complex Intermetallics.
Kilduff, BJ; Fredrickson, DC*.
Inorganic Chemistry, Amer Chemical Soc, SN 0020-1669, 1520-510X, JUL 4, 2016, VL 55.


Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor in Theoretical Chemistry. Northwestern University - The Department of Chemistry invites applications for an open rank tenure line faculty position commencing Fall 2017 in the area of theoretical chemistry.  Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of excellence in research, teaching, and scholarship.  Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate students as well as building an original and truly outstanding research program.  Please submit all application materials electronically to: by September 14, 2016. Application review will be ongoing. AA/EOE. Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Only electronic application materials will be accepted. Application and contact details can be found at our main Chemistry website:
Stanford University is seeking candidates for a position as Assistant/Associate Professor in the University Tenure Line in the Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. We are particularly interested in candidates who possess a PhD or MD/PhD with postdoctoral training and track record of accomplishments, especially related to: Tumor Metabolism; Proteomics; Immune Checkpoints, Tumor Physiology; DNA Replication; The Unfolded Protein Response; Tumor Immunology; DNA Damage Response; Radiation induced Checkpoints and Cell Cycle Control; Genomics; DNA Repair.
The predominant criterion for appointment in the University Tenure Line is a major commitment to research and teaching. Individuals appointed as Assistant Professors in the UTL will have completed housestaff training (where applicable) and, additionally, one or two years of postdoctoral research experience.  Their accomplishments during graduate and postgraduate training should already have stamped them as creative and promising investigators.  If these individuals have not had formal teaching experience, they should have demonstrated during their postdoctoral training a commitment to develop the skills necessary for first-rate teaching.  In short, the successful candidate must have demonstrated true distinction (or the promise of achieving true distinction) in research, and the capability of sustaining first-rate performance (or the promise of this) in teaching, and excellence in patient care (if applicable) appropriate to the programmatic need upon which the appointment is based.
Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure will be reserved for an individual who has achieved true distinction in research and who is not only recognized as among the best in his or her cohort in a broadly defined field but also is likely to become one of the very best in the field.  The candidate should be capable of sustaining a first-rate teaching program, and (if he or she has clinical responsibilities) be an excellent clinician. There should be evidence that the candidate will successfully fill the programmatic need for which the appointment is made and make meritorious contributions to his or her discipline and to the School. Faculty rank will be determined by the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
We expect the successful candidate to be primarily in research with a modest amount of teaching. The activities of the Department are diverse and include a strong basic science and translational research programs in Cancer Biology, offering unique opportunities for the successful candidate to receive support for Postdoctoral Fellows with the current Program Project Grant and a T32 Postdoctoral Training Grant.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research, teaching and clinical missions.
Interested candidates should send a copy of their curriculum vitae, a brief letter outlining their interests and the names of three references to: Amato Giaccia, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, 269 Campus Drive, MC 5152, Stanford, CA 94305-5152,
The College of Wooster invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Chemistry to begin August 2017. Primary teaching responsibilities include advanced courses and labs in analytical chemistry and instrumental analysis, as well as general chemistry and participation in the College's First Year Seminar Program. The development of a rigorous undergraduate research program in an area of analytical chemistry, and participation in The College's Senior Independent Study Thesis Research Program, is expected. The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. by the time of appointment, those with post-doctoral research and teaching experience preferred. Applicants from all fields of analytical chemistry will be considered. Those with expertise in mass spectrometry, environmental chemistry, or other areas that might contribute to the Environmental Studies Program are particularly encouraged to apply. The College of Wooster enrolls a diverse student body (19% domestic students of color and 10% international students); applicants should have experience with diverse student populations.
Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, statement on contributions to diversity in the classroom and/or curriculum, summary of research plans, and a one-page statement describing interest in teaching and supervising research in an undergraduate liberal arts setting. Three letters of recommendation should also be provided under separate cover. Application materials should be submitted via Interfolio ( Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Paul Edmiston, ( Review of applications begins October 1, 2016, and will continue until an appointment is made. The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education.
Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in analytical chemistry beginning September 15, 2017. The Chemistry Department and the College of Sciences and Engineering are committed to WWU's strategic goal of recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, and welcome applications from diverse candidates.
The successful candidate will be required to teach quantitative analysis and instrumental analysis as well as general chemistry and appropriate special topics courses. Successful candidates must be committed to quality undergraduate education and will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program involving undergraduate students.
Required Qualifications:
     •    An earned Ph.D. in analytical chemistry or closely related field from an accredited institution is
          required at time of appointment.
     •    Record of or potential for high quality undergraduate teaching.
     •    Record of high quality scholarship in the chemical sciences.
     •    Ability to work with a diverse student body.
     •    Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program involving undergraduate students. The
          focus of an individual's research specialization is open to all relevant areas of analytical chemistry.
Preferred Qualifications:
     •    Post-doctoral research experience.
     •    Industrial experience in analytical chemistry.
     •    Ability to initiate or participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Application Instructions & Requested Documents. Interested candidates must apply online via WWU's Electronic Application System for Employment. To submit your application, please go to the position announcement page and select the apply button: Attach the following documents: (1) a cover letter addressing all of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts, (4) a detailed statement of research plans (max. length of four pages, not including references), and (5) a one-page statement of teaching philosophy and interest.
In addition, please arrange to have three letters of recommendation electronically submitted to: Inquiries about the position may be addressed to Prof. Steven Emory at (360) 650-7437 or Review of applications begins September 15, 2016; position open until filled.
College of Menominee Nation. Keshena-Green Bay. The faculty member will teach a broad range of courses in the Natural and Physical Sciences, including but not limited to Introduction to Chemistry, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and Organic Chemistry. (S)he should also have an interest in and ability to develop Chemistry curriculum to support Natural and Physical, Evironmental Sciences majors and health careers. Faculty member should have an interest in and ability to teach at a community college and be committed to working with a diverse range of student interests and abilities.
Position Responsibilities & Duties:
     •    Teach assigned courses in chemistry and related disciplines, as appropriate;
     •    Develop and implement chemistry curricula for CMN and transfer to four year institutions;
     •    Perform research, as appropriate;
     •    Utilize current technological tools in sciences and related instruction;
     •    Utilize innovative teaching methods;
     •    Assist CMN Recruiter with recruitment efforts for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
          (STEM) courses and majors;
     •    Assist Academic Advising Coordinator with advising CMN students for STEM courses and majors;
     •    Assist in the development of strategies aimed at increasing student retention in STEM courses and
     •    Assist Academic Tutoring staff;
     •    Participate in CMN committee, accreditation, and assessment processes;
     •    Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. A minimum of a Master's Degree in Chemistry or related science field is required. Prefer a PhD in Chemistry or intentions to attain a PhD within the next 5 years. Strong written and oral communications skills as well as advanced computer skills are a must. Curriculum development and previous teaching experience are desired, preferably at the community college level.
Desired Qualification:
     •    Ph.D. in Chemistry
Physical Demands & Work Environment: Template Last Revised 5/31/2016. Physical demands are classified as Light lifting no more than 20 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of  objects weighing up to 10 pounds, with frequent walking, standing or sitting most of the time with some pushing and pulling of arm or leg controls. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
     •    Performs teaching or instructing Functions - Constant
     •    Exposure to office/class room environment - Constant
     •    Exposure to shop or maintenance environment - Never
Tools & Equipment Used: Computer, Instructor Cart, Lab Equipment.
Application Process: A complete application includes:
     •    Letter of interest
     •    Current Resume
     •    Completed CMN application form (available under job opportunities at
     •    Copy of all college level transcripts (official transcripts required if hired)
     •    Three professional letters of reference
     •    Copy of valid WI driver license
     •    Proof of any certificates or training
     •    Please provide:
          •    Proof of Tribal enrollment status
          •    Proof of honorable or general military discharge paperwork
It is not the responsibility of CMN to notify you of missing pieces. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Send completed application materials to: College Of Menominee Nation, Human Resources, P.O. Box 1179, Keshena, WI 54135. This position is open until filled.
Scott Rychnovsky has an open position for a new postdoctoral researcher in his laboratory. He anticipates the postdoc appointment beginning this Fall. It would be for one year with renewal for a second year possible. He would expect the applicant to have recently completed a PhD in organic chemistry, broadly defined.  His research is in the area of organic chemistry and includes methods development, total synthesis and chemical biology.  The ad below emphasizes the CEC project, but the research position will have more flexibility.
He will be on sabbatical at the National Science Foundation next year. He will make trips back approximately every other month to consult with his research group. Career enhancing opportunities include organizing and helping to run group meetings, advising students on their projects, and advising students on their career development. This position might be particularly attractive to someone interested in running a research group in an academic setting.
Interested researchers may apply online at the following website:  Please Contact: Professor Scott Rychnovsky, Department of Chemistry, 1102 Natural Sciences II, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA., 92697-2025, Phone: (949) 824-8292, Fax: (949) 824-2210,,
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