Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 12/07/2015

XXXIX - No. 35 December 7th, 2015

2015 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings
Department/Executive Committee Meetings - Tuesdays - 1:30 PM - Room 9341 Chemistry

12/08/2015 2/09/2016 3/08/2016 4/12/2016 5/10/2016

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

12/22/2015 1/19/2016 2/02/2016 2/16/2016 3/01/2016
3/29/2016 4/05/2016 4/26/2016 5/03/2016 5/17/2016


Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 1:30 pm, 9341 Chemistry Building. Department of Chemistry, "Department Meeting"
Friday, December 11th, 2015 - Department Special Event, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry Building (Seminar Hall). Department of Chemistry, "Taylor Teaching Award Symposium"
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 to Sunday, December 20th, 2015 - General Special Event, 8:00 am, "Pacifichem Meeting - Honolulu"
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Professor Heather Allen, Ohio State University "McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry"
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 - Department Special Event, 3:00 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry. See poster, See poster "CCHF VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM"
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Anastasiya Vinokur, UW-Madison (Fredrickson Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
Thursday, January 21st, 2016 - Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Joshua Price, Brigham Young University "Organic Seminar"
Thursday, January 21st, 2016 - Department, Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Professor Tim Bertram, UW Madison Department of Chemistry "Special Department Seminar"
Monday, January 25th, 2016 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Richard Kaner, University of California-Los Angeles "Exploring the Synthesis and Applications of Graphene"
Monday, January 25th, 2016 - Inorganic, Materials Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Ric Kaner, UCLA "Materials Seminar"
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 - Department, Physical, Theoretical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry Building - Seminar Hall. Dr. Kenneth Kearns, Dow Chemical Company "Characterization of molecular level packing and thermal properties in glasses used for OLED applications: Perspectives from within industry and academia"
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 - Inorganic Seminar, 3:30 pm, Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Angela Marquard, UW Madison (Goldsmith Group) "Inorganic Student Seminar"
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 - General, Department, Chemical Biology, Organic Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Prof. Eric Strieter, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Special Department Seminar"
Thursday, January 28th, 2016 - Department, Analytical Seminar, 12:15 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Prof. Hongrui Jiang, UW-Madison ECE "Analytical Seminar"
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 - General Outreach, 9:00 am, UW-Madison Engineering Hall. Dr. Matt Bowman, UW-Madison Department of Chemistry "Wisconsin Middle School Regional Science Bowl"

Stable TEMPO and ABNO Catalyst Solutions for User-Friendly (bpy)Cu/Nitroxyl-Catalyzed Aerobic Alcohol Oxidation.
Steves, JE; Stahl, SS*.
JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 80 (21):11184-11188; 10.1021/acs.joc.5b01950 NOV 6 2015.
Transition Dipoles from 1D and 2D Infrared Spectroscopy Help Reveal the Secondary Structures of Proteins: Application to Amyloids.
Dunkelberger, EB; Grechko, M; Zanni, MT*.
JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 119 (44):14065-14075; 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b07706 NOV 5 2015.
Designing Efficient Solar-Driven Hydrogen Evolution Photocathodes Using Semitransparent MoQ(x)Cl(y) (Q = S, Se) Catalysts on Si Micropyramids.
Ding, Q; Zhai, JY; Caban-Acevedo, M; Shearer, MJ; Li, LS; Chang, HC; Tsai, ML; Ma, DW; Zhang, XW; Hamers, RJ*; He, H; Jin, S*.
ADVANCED MATERIALS, 27 (41):6511-+; 10.1002/adma.201501884 NOV 4 2015.
High-Performance Electrocatalysis for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Using Se-Doped Pyrite-Phase Nickel Diphosphide Nanostructures.+
Zhuo, JQ; Caban-Acevedo, M; Liang, HF; Samad, L; Ding, Q; Fu, YP; Li, MX; Jin, S*.
ACS Catalysis, 5 (11):6355-6361; 10.1021/acscatal.5b01657 NOV 2015.
Global Identification of Protein Post-translational Modifications in a Single-Pass Database Search.
Shortreed, MR; Wenger, CD; Frey, BL; Sheynkman, GM; Scalf, M; Keller, MP; Attie, AD; Smith, LM*.
JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH, 14 (11):4714-4720; 10.1021/acs.jproteome.5b00599 NOV 2015.
Defining the Neuropeptidome of the Spiny Lobster Panulirus interruptus Brain Using a Multidimensional Mass Spectrometry-Based Platform.
Ye, H; Wang, JX; Zhang, ZC; Jia, CX; Schmerberg, C; Catherman, AD; Thomas, PM; Kelleher, NL; Li, LJ*.
JOURNAL OF PROTEOME RESEARCH, 14 (11):4776-4791; 10.1021/acs.jproteome.5b00627 NOV 2015.
Biomass to Furanics: Renewable Routes to Chemicals and Fuels.
Caes, BR; Teixeira, RE; Knapp, KG; Raines, RT*.
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 3 (11):2591-2605; 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00473 NOV 2015.
A reactor for high-throughput high-pressure nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
Beach, NJ; Knapp, SMM; Landis, CR*.
REVIEW OF SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, 86 (10):10.1063/1.4932676 OCT 2015.
Simultaneous enhancements in photon absorption and charge transport of bismuth vanadate photoanodes for solar water splitting.
Kim, TW; Ping, Y; Galli, GA; Choi, KS;AF Kim; Tae Woo; Ping, Yuan; Galli, Giulia A.; Choi, Kyoung-Shin*.
Nature Communications, Macmillan Building, 4 Crinan St, London N1 9xw, England, SN 2041-1723, OCT 2015, VL 6, 8769.

Incyte. Research/Sr Research Investigator, Chemistry. Job Code: 0215/16. Department: Chemistry. Job Summary: This position uses NMR spectroscopy to determine the structures of small molecules submitted for analysis.  Samples include exploratory molecules, process impurities and degradents as well as some metabolites. NMR spectroscopy is also used to determine the levels of selected impurities in the samples.
Summary of the Essential Functions of the Job:
     •    Participates in operation and maintenance of the NMR equipment
     •    Determines and runs appropriate NMR experiments to answer structural questions
     •    Strong skills in interpretation of NMR data
     •    Identifies and implements novel NMR experiments where appropriate
     •    Participates in the interface of selected software products with the NMR data
     •    Manages tight timelines and competing requests
     •    Has a strong working knowledge of Linux and Unix
     •    Team player with superior interpersonal skills
     •    Aids chemists in their use of the walk-up NMR facility
     •    Experience with both Bruker and Varian equipment a plus
     •    Superior interpersonal skills
Minimum Requirements:
     •    Ph.D. in Analytical, Physical or Organic Chemistry or  equivalent experience
     •    3-5 years of related NMR experience
Scientific Review Officer (SRO) position at CSR? The Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health has a position at CSR as an SRO   NIH will be posting SRO vacancies within the next week or two on The Bioengineering Sciences and Technologies IRG will be looking for qualified SRO candidates with a background in the areas of:
     •    Biodata Management and Analysis Study Section [BDMA]
     •    Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Study Section [BMBI]
     •    Gene and Drug Delivery Systems Study Section [GDD]
     •    High Throughput Screening [BST (55)]
     •    Instrumentation and Systems Development Study Section [ISD]
     •    Modeling and Analysis of Biological Systems Study Section [MABS]
     •    Small Business: Biomaterials, Delivery, and Nanotechnology [BST (10)]
     •    Nanotechnology Study Section [NANO]
We are looking for established scientists who are well beyond their post-doc, who have had their own lab or managed a shared resource / service core, but are looking for a potential change. If you know someone who might be interested, and would make a good SRO  would you please give them my contact information and ask them to get in touch with me soon.
Contact: J. Thomas Peterson, Ph.D., Chief - Bioengineering Sciences and Technologies, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7849, Room 5170, Bethesda, MD 20892-7814, (20817 for Express mail), Voice: 301-408-9694;   Fax: 301-480-1837;   email:


The Reaction Dynamics Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, invites applications for four postdoctoral positions. The appointment period is initially for one year, but can be renewed annually based on avail-a-b-ility of funds and satisfactory progress. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Successful applicants should have a strong background in one or more of the following: experimental reaction dynamics, molecular beams, combustion chemistry, low temperature condensed phase, UHV tech-nology, pulsed laser systems.
     2 Positions: Reaction Dynamics & Combustion Chemistry (Gas Phase). The prime directive of the experiments is to investigate the formation of carbonaceous molecules (PAHs) in combustion systems exploiting crossed molecular beams along with mass spectrometry and ion imaging (Hawaii) and a pyrolytic micro reactor (Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory).
     2 Positions: Planetary Chemistry & Astrobiology (Condensed Phase). The goal of these experiments is to probe the formation of alkylphosphonic acids via interaction of ionizing radiation with low temperature interstellar and cometary analog ices. Reaction products will be probed via tunable vacuum ultraviolet photoionization of the subliming molecules.
     Solid communication skills in English (written, oral), a publication record in internationally circulated, peer-reviewed journals, and willingness to work in a team are mandatory. Only self-motivated and energetic candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation, CV, and publication list to: Prof. Ralf I. Kaiser, De-partment of Chemistry, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822-2275, USA []. Applicants must demonstrate their capability to prepare manuscripts for publications independently. The review of applications will start December 15, 2015, and continues until the position is filled. A description of our current research group  can be found at:
Job Openings for Postdoctoral Scholars and Research Staff. Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Post-Doctoral Research Scholars:  Funded projects focus on stem cell derivatives and heart failure, specifically 1) cell surface marker panels for isolating chamber- and maturation-stage specific stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes; and 2) a new analytical approach for quantifying cell surface proteins from small numbers of cells. Both research projects will provide the opportunity for fellows to receive training in stem cell culturing and differentiation, quantitative mass spectrometry of cell surface proteins, and flow cytometry, among others. Research Staff Scientist - Mass Spectrometry: We are currently seeking a full-time research staff scientist (MS or PhD level) with experience in mass spectrometry based proteomics. Duties of the position include assisting team members with experiments, managing maintenance of chromatography and mass spectrometry instrumentation, and pursuing independent research projects related to the analysis of plasma membrane proteins, among others. Specifically, the Research Scientist will develop and implement new proteomic based methodologies using the Perfinity multidimensional digital chromatography workstation and the Q Exactive MS. Highly motivated candidates with experience in developing targeted peptide quantitation assays, data independent acquisition, top down proteomics, and chromatography are strongly encouraged to apply, although experience in each of these areas is not required.
Research Staff Scientist - Stem Cell and Tissue Biology: We are currently seeking a full-time research staff scientist (BS, MS, or PhD level) with biological laboratory experience. Duties of the position include managing the stem cell culture lab and inventory control, processing human tissues for downstream analyses, pursuing independent research projects, and assisting team members with experiments related to stem cell culturing, cardiomyocyte differentiation, and primary isolated cardiac myocytes and fibroblasts. Previous experience in human pluripotent stem cell biology is not required, but knowledge of sterile cell culture techniques is helpful. Other desirable skills include flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, confocal microscopy, and primary cell isolation.
Candidates may email their resume directly to Dr. Gundry. Visit to learn more. Contact: Dr. Rebekah Gundry, Department of Biochemistry, Medical College of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, WI, 53226, e-mail:
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