Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 10/09/2017

XLI - No. 18 October 9th, 2017

2017 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

October - 10th November - 14th December - 12th February - 13th
March - 13th April  - 10th May - 8th  

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

October - 17th October - 24th November - 7th November - 21st December - 5th
December - 19th if needed January - 16th January - 30th February - 20th February - 27th
March - 6th April - 3rd April - 17th May - 15th May - 22nd if needed

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Graeme Henkelman, University of Texas - Austin "Correlating the Structure and Function of Alloy Nanoparticle Catalysts"
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341. "Department Meeting "
Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 - Chemical Biology Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry (Seminar hall). Prof. Eranthie Weerapana, Boston College "Chemical Biology Seminar - Chemical-proteomic Strategies to Investigate Reactive Cysteines"
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 - Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry (Seminar hall). Prof. Clark Landis, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Inorganic/Organic Seminar - Enanatioselective Hydroformylation: Application and Mechanism"
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 - Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, "Organic particles in the atmosphere: Why so complicated?"
Friday, October 13th, 2017 - Analytical, Materials, Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 5310 Chamberlin Hall (Physics). Prof. Jeffrey A. Davis, Swinburne University of technonoogy "Revealing interactions in complex systems with coherent multi-dimensional spectroscopy"
Friday, October 13th, 2017 - General Ph.D. Thesis Defense Seminar, 12:00 pm, 9341 Chemistry. Arielle Mensch, UW Madison - Hamers group "Thesis Defense - Title TBA"
Friday, October 13th, 2017 - General Colloquium, 3:00 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, "Pesticides to particles: Some interesting heterogeneous chemistry in the lower atmosphere"
Monday, October 16th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chem 1315. Prof. Abraham Nitzan, University of Pennsylvania "Hirschfelder Seminar - Adventures in Nanoland: Molecular Conduction and Beyond"
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Abraham Nitzan, University of Pennsylvania "Hirschfelder Seminar - Transport and Spectroscopy in Illuminated Molecular Junctions"
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chem 1315. Prof. Abraham Nitzan, University of Pennsylvania "Hirschfelder Seminar - Molecular Heat Transport and Energy Conversion"
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Susanna L. Widicus Weaver, Emory University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Prof. Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology "Hirschmann Lecture Series: Innovation by Evolution: Expanding the Enzyme Universe"
Thursday, October 26th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Prof. Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology "Hirschmann Lecture Series: Biocatalysts for Non-Natural Reactions: Bringing New Chemistry to Life"
Friday, October 27th, 2017 - Inorganic, Organic Seminar, 4:00 pm, , 4:00 pm, Union South. TBD, UW-Madison "Super Group meeting"
Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, Chem 1315. Prof. Martin Margittai, University of Denver "Self-templating conformers of tau fibrils: Agents of pathology spreading in Alzheimer's disease"

Electronic effects on the structures and catalytic properties of (pyrazol-1-yl)phenylmethanone palladium(II) complexes.
Nelana, SM; Kumar, K; Guzei, IA*; Mahamo, T; Darkwa, J.
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 848 159-165; 10.1016/j.jorganchem.2017.07.033 OCT 15 2017.
A Stereoselective [3+1] Ring Expansion for the Synthesis of Highly Substituted Methylene Azetidines.
Schmid, SC; Guzei, IA*; Schomaker, JM*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 56 (40):12229-12233; 10.1002/anie.201705202 SEP 25 2017.
Enantioselective Crossed Photocycloadditions of Styrenic Olefins by Lewis Acid Catalyzed Triplet Sensitization.
Miller, ZD; Lee, BJ; Yoon, TP*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 56 (39):11891-11895; 10.1002/anie.201706975 SEP 18 2017.
Solution Growth of Screw Dislocation Driven alpha-GaOOH Nanorod Arrays and Their Conversion to Porous ZnGa2O4 Nanotubes.
Liang, HF; Meng, F; Lamb, BK; Ding, Q; Li, LS; Wang, ZC; Jin, S*.
CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 29 (17):7278-7287; 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7601930 SEP 12 2017.
Electronic, Magnetic, and Redox Properties and O-2 Reactivity of Iron(II) and Nickel(II) o-Semiquinonate Complexes of a Tris(thioether) Ligand: Uncovering the Intradiol Cleaving Reactivity of an Iron(II) o-Semiquinonate Complex.
Wang, P; Killian, MM; Saber, MR; Qiu, T; Yap, GPA; Popescu, CV; Rosenthal, J; Dunbar, KR; Brunold, TC*; Riordan, CG.
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 56 (17):10481-10495; 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01491 SEP 4 2017.
Aerobic Oxidation of Diverse Primary Alcohols to Carboxylic Acids with a Heterogeneous Pd-Bi-Te/C (PBT/C) Catalyst.
Ahmed, MS; Mannel, DS; Root, TW; Stahl, SS*.
Organic Process Research & Development, 21 (9):1388-1393; 10.1021/acs.oprd.7b00223 SEP 2017.
Deleterious Consequences of UDP-Galactopyranose Mutase Inhibition for Nematodes.
Winton, VJ; Justen, AM; Deng, H; Kiessling, LL*.
ACS CHEMICAL BIOLOGY, 12 (9):2354-2361; 10.1021/acschembio.7600487 SEP 2017.
Air-Stable Porous Fe2N Encapsulated in Carbon Microboxes with High Volumetric Lithium Storage Capacity and a Long Cycle Life.
Dong, YF; Wang, BL; Zhao, KN; Yu, YH; Wang, XD; Mai, LQ; Jin, S*.
NANO LETTERS, 17 (9):5740-5746; 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02698 SEP 2017.
Backbone-Modified Bisdiazaphospholanes for Regioselective Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydroformylation of Alkenes.
Wildt, J; Brezny, AC; Landis, CR*.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 36 (16):3142-3151; 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00475 AUG 28 2017.
Synthesis, characterization and solution behavior of a systematic series of pentapyridyl-supported Ru-II complexes: comparison to bimetallic analogs.
Park, SV; Berry, JF*.
DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 46 (28):9118-9125; 10.1039/c7dt01847a JUL 28 2017.
Supported two- and three-dimensional vanadium oxide species on the surface of beta-SiC.
Carrero, CA; Burt, SP; Huang, FY; Venegas, JM; Love, AM; Mueller, P; Zhu, H; Grant, JT; Mathison, R; Hanraham, MP; Rossini, A; Ball, M; Dumesic, J; Hermans, I*.
CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, SN 2044-4753, 2044-4761, SEP 7, 2017, VL 7, IS 17.
Boston University. Instrumentation Specialist, College of Arts & Sciences, Chemistry. Tracking Code: 4869/G2517.
Job Description: The Proteomics Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation Specialist in the Chemical Instrumentation Center reports to the Center Director, and works closely with the Center Director and other Instrumentation Specialists, as well as research and instructional faculty and students. The Specialist will hold a Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or related fields, with strong expertise in Proteomics Mass Spectrometry, Chromatography and associated optical characterization techniques, and will focus specifically on mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy related instructional and research activities. S/He brings one to three years of experience in an instrument lab that provides user training, instrument maintenance, and other support services to a user community, and will apply that experience to meet the research and instructional needs of the Chemistry Department and other CIC users.                    
Required Skills: Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry, or related field required. One to three years of experience.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States, Full-Time/Regular. Salary: Grade 74. Contact: Norman CY Lee, PhD, ALM, Director, Chemical Instrumentation Center, Department of Chemistry, Boston University, (617) 353-5678, e-mail:,

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Chemistry is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Analytical Chemistry. Duties include teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including analytical, physical, and general chemistry, and establishing an active and innovative research program in the broadly defined areas of materials analytical or physical analytical chemistry. The department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry, as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Chemical Physics. The department has 18 full-time tenure-track and three lecturer faculty members, housed in a four-story building with state-of-the-art research facilities. Undergraduate laboratory courses are taught in our modern instructional facilities in the nearby Davidson Mathematics and Science Center.
Required Qualifications: Doctoral degree in Chemistry or closely related field and Postdoctoral research experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of ability and motivation to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels in chemistry. Evidence of ability and strong commitment to establish an innovative research program in analytical chemistry.
Contact Information for this Position: Sharee Williams,, (775) 682-8795
Special Instructions to Applicants: The following materials must be uploaded with your application: Resume/CV; Cover letter with state of qualifications; Statement of teaching experience and philosophy; A detailed research proposal listing required equipment, approximate costs, and facilitiesnecessary to conduct the proposed research.
Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to: Sean Casey via email, or hard copy to: University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Chemistry, Attn: Sean Casey, 1664 N. Virginia St., MS 0216, Reno, NV 89557, Job Open Date: 09/08/2017.
Job Close Date: 10/26/2017.
Search Number: 72844
Note to All Applicants: A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire. HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.
Drake University, Assistant Professor of Chemistry - 999709.
Description: The Chemistry Department at Drake University invites applications for tenure-track assistant professor, beginning August 2018 in the area of biochemistry. A Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field is required, with postdoctoral experience preferred.  Outstanding applicants will demonstrate strong interest in teaching and potential to establish an active research program at the undergraduate level. Candidates are expected to teach general chemistry and lower and upper division courses in biochemistry. Drake University has an ACS-certified chemistry major, a biochemistry/molecular biology major, and a biophysics concentration.  A complete application must include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a two-page summary of research plans, a statement of teaching philosophy, three letters of recommendation, and the names and contact information for at least two additional references.
Questions may be directed by email to Maria Bohorquez, the search chair, at Review of applications will begin October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Drake University is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).
Duties: Candidates are expected to teach general chemistry and lower and upper division courses in biochemistry.
Drake University has an ACS-certified chemistry major, a biochemistry/molecular biology major, and a biophysics concentration.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field is required, with postdoctoral experience preferred. Required Documents: Cover Letter, Other, Resume/CV, Statement of Teaching Philosophy. Apply to:
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Biochemistry, The University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in biochemistry. The successful candidate will have a PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, or related fields, and demonstrate excellence in teaching at all levels of biochemistry. We seek highly creative individuals whose research interests complement those of the Department. An emphasis on probing and exploiting chemical principles that engender biological complexity will be an asset. Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in Newark, Delaware, within two hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., with a railroad station in town, the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than three percent of the degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $200 million. A state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University enrolls approximately 17,000 undergraduates and 4,000 graduate students. The University of Delaware has been recognized for the past five years by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of America's best universities to work for. Within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the successful candidate will benefit from excellent core laboratories and a vibrant and supportive intellectual environment.
Applicant Instructions: Applicants should apply on-line at and should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, description of initial research plans, statement of teaching philosophy and arrange for submission of at least three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. All application materials will be shared with departmental faculty. Questions should be directed to Ms. Susan Cheadle at:

T. Brent Gunnoe, University of Virginia is seeking to fill a postdoctoral position in his research group and is writing to encouraging applicants to apply for this position. The research is supported through MAXNET Energy, which is new research consortium that is comprised of representatives from eight Max Planck Institutes, Cardiff University and the University of Virginia. The anticipated start date of the position is December 1, 2017, although there is some flexibility.
This is a one-year appointment; however, appointments may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. The completion of a Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field is required by the starting date of the appointment. Candidates must have experience in synthetic and mechanistic organometallic and/or inorganic chemistry. Expertise in the development and study of homogeneous catalysts, including experience with multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy, kinetics, and other tools of mechanistic study, will be an asset. Also, experience in electrocatalysis is a positive, but not necessarily a requirement. The project requires strong organizational, communication and leadership skills as collaboration with groups outside the University of Virginia is an integral part of the projects. Thus, candidates must have effective oral and written communication skills. Candidates are also expected to play a leadership role in the laboratory as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students.
MAXNET Energy ( is partnership that fosters collaborative research for new catalysts for energy processes. A primary focus of MAXNET Energy is on catalytic oxidation reactions, including water oxidation and light alkane oxidation (natural gas). Thus, the individual in this position will work on the development of catalysts for the activation and oxidation of hydrocarbons with a focus on light alkanes as well as the possibility of new catalysts for electrocatalytic water oxidation. One thrust will be to design new catalyst materials for direct methane fuel cells. The professional development opportunities that result from participation in the MAXNET Energy consortium are an attractive highlight of this position and include participation in MAXNET Energy meetings (generally held in Germany) and the possibility of travel to Max Planck Institutes for collaborative research.
The research projects are highly collaborative and will require working with chemical engineering and materials science research groups. The planned projects will build new collaborations with teams from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and the Fritz Haber Institute.
To apply candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA (, search on posting number 0621736, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for 3 references. Review of applications will begin October 9, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled'
Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor T. Brent Gunnoe, 434-982-2692, Questions about the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Lin Burton, 434-924-4360,
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