Department of Chemistry Newsletter for 12/12/2016

XL - No. 35 December 12th, 2016

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

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


Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 - General Career Services, 9:00 am, 9341. Lyn M. Van Swol, "Coffee, Communication, and Careers: Non-Verbal Communications"
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 presentors, CCHF Virtual seminar "NSF- CCHF virtual seminar"
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 - Analytical, Chemical Biology, Materials, Organic, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry 1315 Seminar Hall. Professor Daniel J. Weix, University of Rochester "Special Seminar "Cross-Electrophile Coupling: Principles and New Reactions" "
Monday, December 19th, 2016 - Analytical, Chemical Biology, Inorganic, Materials, Organic, Physical Seminar, 3:30 pm, Chemistry #1315. Dr. Christo Sevov, University of Michigan "Special Seminar "Application of Organic Chemistry Principles to the Design of Redox Flow Batteries""
Monday, January 9th, 2017 - General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Zachary Wickens, Harvard University "Special Seminar - Title TBD"
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 - General Seminar, 3:30 pm, 1315 Chemistry (Seminar Hall). Dr. Megan Matthews, The Scripps Research Institute "Chemoproteomic profiling and discovery of protein electrophiles in human cells"
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"
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 - Physical Seminar, 11:00 am, 1315 Chemistry. Professor Peng Chen, Cornell University "Physical Chemistry Seminar"
Applications for the 2017 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and are due on Friday, February 3, 2017. The application and more information about the program can be found at:
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.
In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post-doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.
I invite you to collaborate with us and spread the word to your community about this special fellowship program for exceptional female post-doctoral researchers who are also committed to serving as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please e-mail me at: Thank you for considering this fellowship opportunity and for your help in advancing the role of women in science. Rachel Pacifico, Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications, 10 Hudson Yards, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212-885-1260, e-mail:  /
Catalyst-Controlled and Tunable, Chemoselective Silver-Catalyzed Intermolecular Nitrene Transfer: Experimental and Computational Studies.
Dolan, NS; Scamp, RJ; Yang, T; Berry, JF*; Schomaker, JM*.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (44):14658-14667; 10.1021/jacs.6b07981 NOV 9 2016.
Self-Assembly and Post-Fabrication Functionalization of Microphase Separated Thin Films of a Reactive Azlactone-Containing Block, Copolymer.
Choi, JW; Carter, MCD; Wei, W; Kanimozi, C; Speetjens, FW; Mahanthappa, MK*; Lynn, DM*; Gopalan, P*.
MACROMOLECULES, 49 (21):8177-8186; 10.1021/acs.macromol.6b01734 NOV 8 2016.
Inhibition of microbial biofuel production in drought-stressed switchgrass hydrolysate.
Ong, RG; Higbee, A; Bottoms, S; Dickinson, Q; Xie, D; Smith, SA; Serate, J; Pohlmann, E; Jones, AD; Coon, JJ*; Sato, TK; Sanford, GR; Eilert, D; Oates, LG; Piotrowski, JS; Bates, DM; Cavalier, D; Zhang, YP.
BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR BIOFUELS, 9 10.1186/s13068-016-0657-0 NOV 8 2016.
Reversible tuning of two-dimensional electron gases in oxide heterostructures by chemical surface modification.
Lee, H; Campbell, N; Ryu, S; Chang, W; Irwin, J; Lindemann, S; Mahanthappa, MK*; Rzchowski, MS; Eom, CB.
APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, 109 (19):10.1063/1.4967472 NOV 7 2016.
Chromophore Quench-Labeling: An Approach to Quantifying Catalyst Speciation As Demonstrated for (EBI)ZrMe2/B(C6F5)(3)-Catalyzed Polymerization of 1-Hexene.
Nelsen, DL; Anding, BJ; Sawicki, JL; Christianson, MD; Arriola, DJ; Landis, CR*.
ACS CATALYSIS, 6 (11):7398-7408; 10.1021/acscatal.6b01819 NOV 2016.
Selenocysteine as a Latent Bioorthogonal Electrophilic Probe for Deubiquitylating Enzymes.
Whedon, SD; Markandeya, N; Rana, ASJB; Senger, NA; Weller, CE; Turecek, F; Strieter, ER*; Chatterjee, C.
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (42):13774-13777; 10.1021/jacs.6b05688 OCT 26 2016.
Ongoing resolution of duplicate gene functions shapes the diversification of a metabolic network.
Kuang, MC; Hutchins, PD; Russell, JD; Coon, JJ*; Hittinger, CT.
ELIFE, 5 10.7554/eLife.19027 SEP 30 2016.
Time-resolved studies define the nature of toxic IAPP intermediates, providing insight for anti-amyloidosis therapeutics.
Abedini, A; Plesner, A; Cao, P; Ridgway, Z; Zhang, JH; Tu, LH; Middleton, CT; Chao, B; Sartori, DJ; Meng, FL; Wang, H; Wong, AG; Zanni, MT*; Verchere, CB; Raleigh, DP; Schmidt, AM.
ELIFE, 5 10.7554/eLife.12977 MAY 23 2016.
Direct Correlation between Motile Behavior and Protein Abundance in Single Cells.
Dufour, YS; Gillet, S; Frankel, NW; Weibel, DB*; Emonet, T.
Plos Computational Biology, Public Library Science, SN 1553-734X, 1553-7358, SEP 2016, VL 12, IS 9.

Research Fellow in Synthesis and Chemical Biology. Are you looking to apply your skills in Chemical Biology to the development of new approaches for discovery of protein-protein interaction inhibitors?
As Research Fellow in Synthesis and Chemical Biology you will join a major 5-year EPSRC-funded programme focused on developing, validating and then exploiting new tools for discovering inhibitors of PPIs.  Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) control all cellular processes relevant to health and disease. Selective inhibition of individual PPIs would thus facilitate both a greater understanding of biological mechanisms; and provide new opportunities for therapeutic intervention. Yet, PPI inhibitors represent a minute fraction of current small molecule drugs, largely because of specific challenges associated with development of inhibitors for these targets. You will assist the Investigators in delivering this large and complex research programme and will focus on the design, synthesis and testing of peptide/ peptidomimetic inhibitors of disease relevant PPIs, with considerable emphasis on targets in oncology. For recent examples of relevant work in this area by the project team see:  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 11096 11100, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 3694-3702, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 2434-2443 and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 2960-2965.
Appointment to this role will be at either University of Leeds Grade 6 or Grade 7 dependent on experience.  Please indicate in your supporting statement at which grade your application should be considered.
Location: Leeds - Main Campus.
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Chemistry
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 6 to Grade 7
Salary: £26,052 to £38,183 p.a.
Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date: Wednesday 04 January 2017.
Reference: MAPCH1055.
To apply, please upload a CV and submit a supporting statement with your application via: To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: Andrew Wilson, Professor of Organic Chemistry, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 1409, email: Prof Andy Wilson, Deputy Director, Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, Room G.15, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom, e-mail:, Office +44 (0)113 3431409, Lab +44 (0)113 3436549 or 3436564, Fax +44 (0)113 3436565,


Vacancy Job Title: Research Chemist. Bedford Park, Illinois. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Moffett Research Center of the Institute for Food Safety & Health (IFSH) seeks a motivated full-time scientist with significant experience in analytical chemistry (especially elemental analysis) and/or food chemistry. The individual will be appointed to a 1-year ORISE fellowship position, with a possibility of yearly renewal for up to 4 years. The fellowship program is administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (, and does not include federal benefits.
Position Location: Bedford Park, Illinois.
Salary Range: $70K to $85K, depending on degree level and experience.
Start date: Winter 2016
Position summary: IFSH is a food safety research consortium of government, academic, and industry scientists. The participant will be part of a multidisciplinary team involved in examining chemical contaminants and trace metals in packaging materials and food.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
     •    Providing technical assistance to FDA by acquiring data to support FDA/IFSH partnership
          initiatives, safety, and quality control.
     •    Managing lab processes, supplies, instruments, and equipment.
     •    Writing reports and manuscripts and presenting data to stakeholder groups
Required education and experience:
     •    Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, food chemistry, or related field, is preferred. M.S. holders with
          equivalent (3-5 years) experience will be considered.
Required skills:
     •    Capability to perform laboratory research efficiently with a minimal level of supervision, including
          project management, experimental design, and data interpretation.
     •    High proficiency in analytical chemistry, particularly elemental analysis techniques (e.g., ICP-MS,
          ICP-AES, etc.) and sample digestion procedures.
     •    Experience with using SOPs and maintaining accurate laboratory notebooks.
     •    Excellent technical writing skills and the ability to produce clear, accurate reports and scientific
     •    Good interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
Additional desirable skills:
     •    Familiarity in the use of LC-MS-MS and high resolution accurate mass spectrometers such as
          Orbitrap or Q-TOF.
     •    Knowledge of interpretation of mass spectral data and statistics.
     •    Experience analyzing trace levels of chemicals or trace metals in foods or polymers.
To apply for this position: Please send email with cover letter and resume/CV to Timothy Duncan, PhD, at In your cover letter please include an availability date and three potential references. Applications will be evaluated as they are received. FDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a Smoke-Free Workplace.
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