Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 11/28/2016

XL - No. 33 November 28th, 2016

Congratulations to Karen Stephens on receiving a 2016-2017 University Staff Excellence Award from the College of Letters & Science! University Staff members are honored for their excellence in four areas: effectiveness; innovation, creativity and originality; leadership; and the promotion of the Wisconsin Idea.  This recognition consists of a cash award and a plaque to be presented at the College Award Ceremony in the spring of 2017. Congratulations, Karen!
2016 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

APRIL 11 MAY 9  

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

Dec 6 Dec 20 (If Needed) Jan 17 Feb 7 Feb 21
Mar 7 Mar 28 Apr 18 May 2 May 16


Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 - General Special Event, 1:00 pm, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy, "Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Lab of Shakhashiri"
Monday, December 5th, 2016 - General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Kimberly See, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Fundamental Processes and Materials Development in Next Generation Battery Systems"
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 - General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Maxwell Robb, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Enabling Function in Soft Materials through Molecular Design"
Friday, December 9th, 2016 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, TBA. "Coffee, Communication, and Careers: Non-Verbal Communications"
Monday, December 12th, 2016 - Analytical, Chemical Biology, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Dr. Carlos Jimenez-Hoyos, California Institute of Technology "Special Seminar "Practical Quantum Chemistry Methods for Large Systems with Strong Correlations""
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 - General Conference/Meeting, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry. "Department Meeting"
Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 - General Seminar, 3:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry (Seminar hall). Several precentors, CCHF Virtual seminar "NSF- CCHF virtual seminar"
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry 1315 Seminar Hall. "Organic Seminar"
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 - Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry Seminar Hall #1315. Professor David Chenoweth, University of Pennsylvania "Organic Seminar"
Monday, January 23rd, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chem 1315. Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign "Physical Chemistry Willard Seminar"
Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign "Physical Chemistry Willard Seminar"
Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry Room 1315. Joseph Grant, UW-Madison, Hermans Group "Inorganic seminar - TBD"
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peng Chen, Cornell University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Student Engagement Grants due March 1, 2017
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve is pleased to announce a funding opportunity to support undergraduate education in the Preserve. These small grants are made possible by generous support from the Academic Endowment Fund of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. The maximum individual award is $1,000.
Purpose of the Grants:
The broad purpose of these grants is to facilitate use of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve as a resource for education among UW undergraduates. In general, funds will be used for one of the following:
     •    Purchase of equipment, supplies, etc. related to a specific project in the Preserve
     •    Student stipends
Eligibility and Criteria:
Any student, faculty or staff member at UW-Madison may apply. Groups of individuals may submit a proposal as a team. Every student individual or team must have at least one faculty or staff member, who is expected to play an active role in overseeing the project. Funds may only be released to the faculty or staff person overseeing the project.
Review criteria are listed below:
     1.   Degree of student engagement with the Preserve that will result from the grant award
     2.   Scientific, educational, or applied value
     3.   Efficient use of funds
     4.   For research proposals, potential to serve as pilot data for external funding of additional research
Contribution to Digital Collection:
All proposals are encouraged to use, and contribute to, the Lakeshore Nature Preserve collection of data and reports. Proposals that collect data are expected to make the data available upon completion of the project.
Process for Application:
Submit a proposal - please keep to less than 1000 words in total, excluding cover page. Proposal should include the following components in this order:
     1.   Cover page: Include project title and names and positions of applicants
     2.   Summary: (<100 words) What will you do? Who will you work with? What is the basic purpose
          (e.g. research, education, etc.)?
     3.   Problem Statement: Why is this work important? What need(s) does it fulfill?
     4.   Objectives: What do you hope to accomplish with this work (research or other activity)?
     5.   Nature of the work: Tell us what you plan on doing; anticipated number of hours per week; where
          you will work; and with whom you will work. We want to see that you have thought through these
          details and discussed them with your partners/staff-faculty advisors (if applicable).
     6.   Expected educational outcomes for participating undergraduate students: How many students are
          involved? How do you plan on engaging or recruiting student participation? In what way are they
          engaging in the Preserve?
     7.   Other expected outcomes: (e.g. pilot data for an external grant, scientific value, etc.)
     8.   Budget and budget justification
     9.   Timeline
Application submission:
Please submit applications by email to Preserve Program Manager, Laura Wyatt ( by March 1. Applications will be reviewed by the Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee, with decision notifications sent by mid-March. Grant funds should be expended by the following October 31 unless otherwise arranged.
Additional expectations:
     •    Recipients will submit a brief final report by October 31 to the Preserve Program Manager.
     •    For research proposals, members of the team will present the findings at an appropriate venue, such as a conference or the undergraduate research symposium, and to the Lakeshore Nature Preserve Committee.
     •    Research teams will write a letter to two donors, thanking them for their support and including a
          short summary of how they plan to use the funds.
Earn Cash & College Credit!
ACS Nuclear & Radiochemistry Undergraduate Summer Schools
June 10, 2017 through July 22, 2017

The Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring two INTENSIVE six-week Summer Schools in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates. The Schools are held at Brookhaven National Laboratory (Eastern Site, Long Island, NY) and San Jose State University (Western Site, San Jose, CA). Funding is provided by the US Department of Energy.
AWARDS: Fellowships include a stipend of $4000, all tuition and fees, transportation to and from the Summer School location, housing, books, and laboratory supplies. Transferable college credit will be awarded through the ACS accredited chemistry programs at San Jose State University (7 units) or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (6 units).
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should be undergraduates with an interest in nuclear science who are presently in their sophomore or junior year of study at a US college or university. They should have completed at least two years of chemistry, one year of physics and one year of calculus. Applicants must be US citizens.
SELECTION: Completed applications (the web application form, two recommendation letters, and official transcript) must be received no later than February 1, 2017. Each Summer School is limited to 12 students. Announcement of awards will be made in early March 2017.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course will consist of lectures on the fundamentals of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and their applications in related fields. Laboratory work will introduce you to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology used routinely in basic and applied nuclear science. In addition to the formal instruction, the course will include a Guest Lecture Series and tours of nearby research centers at universities and National Laboratories. Students will meet and interact with prominent research scientists from universities and the DOE national labs who are working in nuclear and radiochemistry, nuclear medicine, nuclear forensics, and related fields.
FUTURE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: Participants in the 2017 Summer Schools will be encouraged to join a research project during the following summer at a university or federal research institution. Considerable personal assistance will be provided to secure summer positions and admission to PhD and MD programs at leading universities.
An "Outstanding Student" is selected from each summer school site. These students will be invited to attend the following spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society with all expenses paid.
Apply Now at: For more information, contact: Prof. J. David Robertson, Director, ACS Nuclear Chemistry Summer Schools, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, Email:, Tel: 573-882-5346, FAX: 573-882-2754.

Towards first-principles molecular design of liquid crystal-based chemoresponsive systems.
Roling, LT; Scaranto, J; Herron, JA; Yu, HZ; Choi, S; Abbott, NL*; Mavrikakis, M.
NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 7 10.1038/ncomms13338 NOV 2 2016.
Basis of Protein Stabilization by K Glutamate: Unfavorable Interactions with Carbon, Oxygen Groups.
Cheng, X; Guinn, EJ; Buechel, E; Wong, R; Sengupta, R; Shkel, IA; Record, MT*.
BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 111 (9):1854-1865; 10.1016/j.bpj.2016.08.050 NOV 1 2016.
Perspective: Quantum mechanical methods in biochemistry and biophysics.
Cui, Q*.
JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 145 (14):10.1063/1.4964410 OCT 14 2016.
Heteroleptic Nickel Complexes for the Markovnikov-Selective Hydroboration of Styrenes.
Touney, EE; Van Hoveln, R; Buttke, CT; Freidberg, MD; Guzei, IA*; Schomaker, JM*.
ORGANOMETALLICS, 35 (20):3436-3439; 10.1021/acs.organomet.6b00652 OCT 24 2016.
Dynamics of Water in Gemini Surfactant-Based Lyotropic Liquid Crystals.
McDaniel, JG; Mantha, S; Yethiraj, A*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 120 (41):10860-10868; 10.1021/acs.jpcb.6b08087 OCT 20 2016.
Electrochemical Synthesis of Highly Oriented, Transparent, and Pinhole-Free ZnO and Al-Doped ZnO Films and Their Use in Heterojunction Solar Cells.
Kang, D; Lee, D; Choi, KS*.
LANGMUIR, 32 (41):10459-10466; 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01902 OCT 18 2016.
Oligomerization of N-Heterocyclic Silylene into Zwitterionic Silenes.
Zabula, AV; Guzei, IA*; West, R*; Li, JB; Rogachev, AY.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 55 (43):13465-13469; 10.1002/anie.201606915 OCT 17 2016.
Integrated Photoelectrochemical Solar Energy Conversion and Organic Redox Flow Battery Devices.
Li, WJ; Fu, HC; Li, LS; Caban-Acevedo, M; He, JH; Jin, S*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 55 (42):13104-13108; 10.1002/anie.201606986 OCT 10 2016.
Stereocontrolled Syntheses of Seven-Membered Carbocycles by Tandem Allene Aziridination/[4+3] Reaction.
Gerstner, NC; Adams, CS; Tretbar, M; Schomaker, JM*.
Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 55 (42):13240-13243; 10.1002/anie.201606195 OCT 10 2016.
Identification of Unanticipatedand Novel N-Acyl L-Homoserine Lactones (AHLs) Using a Sensitive Non-Targeted LC-MS/MS Method.
Patel, NM; Moore, JD; Blackwell, HE*; Amador-Noguez, D.
PLOS ONE, 11 (10):10.1371/journal.pone.0163469 OCT 5 2016.
Targeting recognition surfaces on natural proteins with peptidic foldamers.
Checco, JW; Gellman, SH*.
A p-Si/NiCoSex core/shell nanopillar array photocathode for enhanced photoelectrochemical hydrogen production.
Zhang, HX; Ding, Q; He, DH; Liu, H; Liu, W; Li, ZJ; Yang, B; Zhang, XW; Lei, LC; Jin, S*.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, 9 (10):3113-3119; 10.1039/c6ee02215d 2016.
Effect of carbon supports on RhRe bifunctional catalysts for selective hydrogenolysis of tetrahydropyran-2-methanol.
Karanjkar, PU; Burt, SP; Chen, XL; Barnett, KJ; Ball, MR; Kumbhalkar, MD; Wang, XH; Miller, JB; Hermans, I*; Dumesic, JA; Huber, GW.
Catalysis Science & Technology, Royal Soc Chemistry. SN 2044-4753, EI 2044-4761, 2016, VL 6, IS 21.
One-pot cascade transformation of xylose into gamma-valerolactone (GVL) over bifunctional Bronsted-Lewis Zr-Al-beta zeolite.
Hernandez, B; Iglesias, J; Morales, G; Paniagua, M; Lopez-Aguado, C; Fierro, JLG; Wolf, P; Hermans, I*; Melero, JA.
Green Chemistry, Royal Soc Chemistry, SN 1463-9262, EI 1463-9270, 2016, VL 18, IS 21.
Electrochemical reductive amination of furfural-based biomass intermediates.
Roylance, JJ; Choi, KS*.
GREEN CHEMISTRY, ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY, SN 1463-9262, EI 1463-9270, 2016, VL 18, IS 20

University of California-Davis. Assistant Project Scientist, Job #JPF01346.
Major Responsibilities:
Research (85%)

     •    Research activity (70%) - This position requires creative contributions to and collaborative
          development of an active research program investigating topics relevant to the research area of
          Computational Biological Electron Transfer in general, and more specifically computational studies
          of electron tunneling in NADH dehydrogenase (respiratory complex I). The candidate will help to
          determine research goals in consultation with the Principal Investigator. He/she will design specific
          projects, including the selection of appropriate methods and techniques. In some cases the candidate may supervise students or technicians regarding the technical aspects of the research, including methods development, trouble-shooting problems, interpreting results and planning follow-up experiments.
     •    Publication (10%) - The candidate will publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, books
          and other outlets either independently or in collaboration with the PI or other members of the
          research team.
     •    Grant Acquisition (5%) - The candidate will assist in acquiring proposals for funding from federal
          and state agencies and other funding organizations. The candidate will prepare and assist in the
          preparation of reports as required by granting agencies. The candidate will interact with funding
          agencies and prepare modifications of budgets and other grant components as needed.
Professional Competence and Activity (15%):
The candidate will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The candidate will attend seminars to present research results and may give oral presentations to public and professional interest groups. When appropriate, the candidate may coordinate and/or give presentations at seminars, laboratory meetings or educational functions.
Job location: Davis, CA.
Requirements - Documents:
     •    Curriculum Vitae - An up-to-date CV and publication list.
     •    Cover Letter (Optional)
     •    Statement of Research
     •    Statement of Teaching (Optional)
     •    Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file
          will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit
 for guidelines about writing
          a diversity statement and why one is requested. (Optional).
     •    College transcripts if PhD was obtained during 2014 or later. (Optional)
3-5 references required (contact information only)
How to apply:
     •    Create an ApplicantID
     •    Provide required information and documents
     •    If any, provide required reference information
     •    Get started now and apply online at:
University of California, Davis, Department of ·Chemistry. Lecturer positions in the Department of Chemistry for Winter and Spring quarter 2017. PhD in Chemistry (or related field) required; experience teaching at the college and/or university level preferred; previous experience with evidenced-based teaching methods preferred. Duties will include teaching ln lower and/or upper division Chemistry lecture courses and labs. Dates available: Winter quarter, January 6 - March 24, 2017 & Spring quarter, March 30-June 15, 2017 Application Deadline is December 9, or until positions11/29 are filled. Winter position(s) to be filled first. Please submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Teaching, Statement of contribution to Diversity, and names of two professional references via: Submitting letters of recommendations ls also strongly encouraged, but not required.


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