American Chemical Society
Division of Physical Chemistry

Fall 1998 Newsletter



Chair (8/97-98) Ellen B. Stechel
Sandia National Laboratories
Advanced Materials & Device Sciences
Dept. 1153, MS 1421
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1421
(505) 844-2436, fax (505) 844-4045
Vice-Chair (8/97-98) George Schatz
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-5657, fax (847) 491-7713
Secretary-Treasurer (8/96-01) Mark Gordon
Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory, USDOE
201 Spedding Hall
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-0452, fax (515) 294-5204
Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Geraldine Richmond
Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon
210 Willamette Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-4635, fax (541) 346-5859
Vice-Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Daniel Neumark
University of California, Department of Chemistry
237 Hildebrand
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-3502, fax (510) 642-6262
Past Chair (8/97-98) George W. Flynn
Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
3000 Broadway, Mail Code 3109
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4162, fax (212) 932-1289
Krishnan Raghavachari (95-98) Bell Labs
John Simon (96-99) Univ. of California, SD
Anthony Dean (97-2000) Exxon
Anne Meyers (95-98) University of Rochester
Paul Houston (96-99) Cornell University
Anne M. Chaka (97-2000) The Lubrizol Corp.
Alvin L. Kwiram (97-99) Univ. of Washington
Edward M. (Ted) Eyring (97-99) Univ. of Utah
Michael Bowers (96-98) Univ. of California, SB
Thom H. Dunning, Jr. (98-2000) PNNL, USDOE
Gil Nathanson (96-98) University of Wisconsin
Ron Levy (97-99) Rutgers University
Gregory Voth (97-99) University of Utah
A. Welford Castleman, Jr. (98-2000) Penn. State
Chair (8/97-98) Robert G. Griffin
FBML and Dept. of Chemistry
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-5597
Vice-Chair (8/97-98) Eric Oldfield
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801 
(217) 333-3374
Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Robin M. Hochstrasser
Department of Chemistr
Univ. of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323
(215) 898-8410
Secretary(8/94-98) Gerald T. Babcock
Dept. of Chemistry
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-9715 x257
Chair (8/97-98) William L. Hase
Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2694
Vice-Chair (8/97-98) Kenneth D. Jordan
Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-8690
Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Richard M. Stratt
Department of Chemistry
Brown University
Providence, RI 029121
(401) 863-3418
Secretary (8/95-98) Michael Page
Department of Chemistry
North Dakota State Univ.
Fargo, ND 58105
(701) 231-8291

Remarks from the Chair

Ellen B. Stechel

The Division of Physical Chemistry sponsors a rich selection of symposia. We seek your participation and your attendance at one or both of the National ACS meetings held each year. The number of people attending determines the revenue for the Division. The revenue determines what the Division is able to do for you, the membership. Another revenue determining factor is our total membership. This factor is quantized. The healthy growth over the last several years has pushed us close to the next break point of 4,000 members. I donít think we have quite made it there yet. So please urge your non-member colleagues and students to join the Division. Remember also that Physical has two dynamic subdivisions: theoretical and biophysical chemistry. Membership in the subdivisions are free for anyone who is already a member of the Division of Physical Chemistry. For more information about each of the subdivisions, contact Mike Page for theoretical and Gerald Babcock for Biophysical.

Division revenue goes to enhancing our programming and to travel fellowships. However, the Division is struggling to provide travel fellowships for students that need assistance. We all recognize the importance of enabling students to attend the National meetings and to present their work. Limited resources prohibit the Division from providing significant amount of support. We do encourage students to compete for the small number of travel assistance fellowships that the Division can provide. With the objective of providing more support to students, Past Chair, George Flynn, established a new initiative to build up an endowment fund specifically to further finance the "Travel Fellowship" program. The Executive Committee voted to match donations on a one-to-one basis up to a total of $15,000, with possibilities for named fellowships. The Division is continuing to strive and work towards this important goal; however we havenít achieved it yet. In fact, progress has been quite slow. So if you are a potential donor or know of an organization that might support this objective, please contact my successor Geri Richmond or myself for more information.

Organizing the national meetings is the primary objective as well as the most successful activity sponsored by the Division. We are open to and respectfully solicit your suggestions on how we can organize the meetings to better serve your needs. Many of the symposium topics come from proposals from you, our membership. Please continue to send your suggestions for future topics and possible organizers as well as speakers to the Division Secretary, Mark Gordon. This ensures the sustained breadth and depth of our program. The breadth we refer to includes the broad range of topics addressed by Physical Chemists today. It also includes a goal of improved catering to Physical Chemists employed in industry. This yearís Program Chair, Geri Richmond has provided the membership with a well-integrated program that should appeal to a very broad range of Physical Chemists.

To summarize how you can help the Division better serve you: (1) attend the National Meetings and check the Division of Physical Chemistry on the Registration Form, (2) suggest to your non-member colleagues and students that they join the Division of Physical Chemistry, (3) suggest topics and organizers for future meetings (about two years in the future) and (4) donate or suggest potential donors for the "Travel Fellowship" endowment fund.

Several years ago now the Division began having two Poster Sessions because of the large number of contributed papers. In Boston the Division will no longer sponsor two Poster Sessions. We are returning to the format of one poster session on Wednesday evening. The grouping of posters will continue to be by general Physical Chemistry topic headings. The Sunday poster session has always conflicted with the executive board meeting, which meant that none of the elected officials of the division including the Program Chair could attend. We feel that all presentations from our membership are important and it is unfair to deprive the officials of seeing them. In addition to the now single division poster session, the division of Physical Chemistry will continue to participate in SCI-MIX. Check it out; SCI-MIX is an ACS wide poster session on Monday evening with FREE refreshments.

At several past national meetings we sponsored a town meeting with the NSF Chemistry Division. In Las Vegas, we also included DOE, Chemical Sciences. The objective was to keep an open dialog between the research community and its sponsors. There is a perception that communication is less than optimal since a federal act caused the elimination of Advisory Boards. However, apparently the town meetings were unable to meet the objective. Nevertheless, we are continuing our quest to re-establish strong lines of communication between the research community and the Chemistry Division of NSF. We will be inviting two officers from each of the Inorganic, Organic, Analytical, and Colloid & Surface Chemistry Divisions to join George Flynn and myself from Physical to participate on an ad-hoc committee. Initially this group would meet with the NSF Division Director for Chemistry (with program directors as appropriate) to discuss matters important to the health of the academic community as it relates to NSF programs and practices. Janet Osteryoung, director of the Chemistry Division, NSF, strongly supports this initiative. The broad goal would be to establish effective two-way communication and to work together for the prosperity of chemistry. If you have an issue that you would like discussed at the first meeting, which hopefully will occur at the Fall National Meeting in Boston, please contact either George Flynn or myself.

It has been a great honor to hold the position of Chair of the Division of Physical Chemistry. I followed a number of highly energetic and dedicated Past Chairs. I am particularly indebted for the example set by the immediate Past Chair, George Flynn and to his predecessors Mark Ratner and Paul Barbara. As my term comes to a close, I can at least be confident that the Division is in great hands. In Boston I will be handing over the position of Chair to Geri Richmond. Geri has worked hard and successfully as í98 Program Chair on behalf of the Division. The Spring í98 national meeting in Dallas was a huge success; the upcoming Fall í98 meeting in Boston looks equally exciting. Special thanks also go to Geriís successors, George Schatz (í99 Program Chair) and Dan Neumark (í00 Program Chair) for their valued efforts on behalf of the division and especially for their willingness to serve. I am also grateful to the executive board members, councilors and alternate councilors, as well as the officers of the Divisionís two subdivisions. Each of these people donate their valuable time on behalf of the Divisionís membership. However, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the position of Secretary-Treasurer, held by Mark Gordon, and the invaluable administrative assistance provided by Kris Hinders. Without Mark and Kris the Division simply could not function! With Mark and Kris the Division functions extremely well.

When you attend the National Meetings please acknowledge the hard work and creative efforts of the Program Chair (Prof. Geri Richmond for Calendar Year 1998), the symposium organizers, the financial management support of our Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Gordon and the unequaled professional administrative support from Kris Hinders in Iowa. Please also show respect for presenters and respect for the audience. I look forward to seeing many of you in Boston. Come and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry. The Biophysical Subdivision, which generally programs in the Fall, also has a rich set of symposia. Several other exciting symposia rounds out what looks to be a program definitely at the forefront of Physical Chemistry.

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Notes from the Secretary-Treasurer

Mark Gordon

This newsletter contains information about the ACS national meetings and any other items of interest to significant numbers of PHYS division members. All members of the PHYS division are welcome to submit items to the Secretary for inclusion in the newsletter. The deadlines are generally around December 1 and May 1 for the newsletters appearing before the Spring and Fall ACS meetings, respectively. Submissions may be made via mail, FAX or e-mail.

Election Information

Dear PHYS Division Member:

Attached you will find approval ballots for the positions of Councilor and Alternate Councilor as required by ACS bylaws. These positions are for the years indicated on the ballot. Brief biographical material for all the candidates is also attached for your information.

The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 1977, call for the Division Chair to appoint a three person nominating committee before the spring meeting. A complete slate of candidates prepared by this committee will consist of one candidate for Vice-Chair-Elect, one candidate for each of two vacancies on the Executive Committee, and one candidate for each vacancy that may have developed in the ranks of the division Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and Secretary-Treasurer position. The Vice-Chair-Elect automatically becomes the Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate Past-Chair in each succeeding year. Thus this person makes a commitment to serve five years on the Executive Committee. In the year this person serves as Chair-Elect the duties of Program Chair are also his or hers. The term of office for other Executive Committee members, Councilors, and Alternate Councilors is three years. The Secretary-Treasurer serves five years.

The Secretary-Treasurer is required to announce the slate of candidates in the fall newsletter (which is part of the abstract separates for the fall meeting).

To increase the input of the members in this nominating process and to broaden the pool of candidates, the executive committee seeks input directly from members for use by the nominating committee. Any member may suggest nominees to any of the officers of the PHYS division in writing. The nominee must agree to serve.

Additional nominations can come from the membership in the following fashion: A petition candidate must be supported by the signatures of not fewer than 4% of the members of the PHYS division in good standing (presently approximately 3,000). No signature shall be valid if it appears on more than one nominating petition for the same vacancy during the same calendar year.

A letter shall be submitted from each petition nominee stating willingness to be a candidate for election and to serve the Division for a full term if elected. No nominee may be a candidate for more than one vacancy. If nominated for more than one vacancy, the nominee must choose which nomination to accept.

Four weeks from the date of the mailing of the fall newsletter shall be allowed for additional nominations to be received by the Secretary-Treasurer. All valid nominations received within that period shall be accepted, and no others.

If no valid nominations are forthcoming from the membership, the nominees submitted by the Nominating Committee for Vice-Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer and membership on the Executive Committee are declared elected.

Regardless of whether petition nominees are validated or not, the Bylaws require the Secretary-Treasurer to mail to every PHYS division member a ballot that bears at a minimum the names and biographical sketches of the single candidates for each Councilor and Alternate Councilor vacancy submitted by the Nominating Committee.

This year the Nominating Committee consisted of George Flynn, Francis Houle and Thom Dunning. They submitted the following slate of candidates:

Biographical sketches of all the nominees follow. A ballot for the Councilor and Alternate Councilor positions is included immediately thereafter on a tear-out page.

RICHARD M. STRATT: Born 1954. S.B. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1975); Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley (1979); Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois (1979-80); National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois (1980); Brown University, Assistant Professor (1981-85), Associate Professor (1986-88), Professor (1988-present), Chair of the Chemistry Department (1996-present); Oxford University, Balliol College, Fulbright Scholar and Senior Research Associate (1991-92).
Member of the American Chemical Society; Chair-Elect of Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision of the American Chemical Society; Member and Fellow of the American Physical Society
Research Interests: The ultrafast spectroscopy and associated short-time dynamics of liquids; the nature of collective liquid excitations and the role of nonlinearity in liquid behavior; the ways in which the dynamics of small clusters reflect (or fail to reflect) the spectroscopy and behavior of bulk materials
Richard Stratt's research group and research coworkers have authored more than 70 papers; the group itself has been the recipient of the Materials Research Society's Student Award and the American Physical Society's Apker Award.

JULIA E. RICE: B.S. (1981) Royal Holloway College, University of London; Ph.D. (1986) University of Cambridge; Postdoctoral Research Associate (1985-1986), University of California, Berkeley; Research Fellow (1987-1988), Newnham College, University of Cambridge; Research Staff Member (1989-present), IBM Research, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
Research Interests: Development of correlated derivative methods and novel energy techniques in electronic structure theory; applications of quantum chemistry to non-linear optics; integration of large-scale heterogeneous datasets with scientific computation; mining on large, disparate scientific datasources.
Julia Rice has co-authored over 60 publications in the field of quantum chemistry, contributed to several major quantum chemistry software packages, and was listed on ISI's compilation of the world's top 1000 cited chemists for the time period, 1981-1997.

David W. Chandler: Born 1953. B. S. (1975) University of New Mexico, Ph.D. (1980) Indiana University with Professor George Ewing, Postdoctoral Research Associate (1980-1982) Stanford University with Professor Richard N. Zare. Summer Faculty Indiana University 1979. Senior Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (1982-1992), Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories (1992-1998), Fellow of the American Physical Society (1998).
Research Interests: Published over 70 papers and presented over 40 invited talks on the subject of experimental gas phase physical chemistry. Interests include vibrational and rotational energy transfer, unimolecular dissociation dynamics and bimolecular reaction dynamics. Recent work involves the development of ion imaging techniques for the study of unimolecular and bimolecular chemistry. These multiplexing techniques use position sensitive ion detectors to obtain three-dimensional velocity information about reaction products.

MICHAEL T. BOWERS: Born 1939. University of Illinois, Ph.D. (1966). University of California at Santa Barbara, Assistant Professor (1966-73), Associate Professor (1973-76), Professor (1976-91), Professor Abovescale (1991-Present). American Physical Society Fellow (Elected 1987), Nobel Laureate Signature Award (1989), Faculty Research Lecturer Award, UCSB (1994), Guggenheim Fellow (1995), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994), Field and Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry, ACS (1996); Thomson Gold Medal, International Mass Spectrometry Society (1997); Editor, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (1986-Present), Associate Editor, Journal of the American Chemical Society (1989-Present).
Research Interests: Generation, structure, energetics and reactivity of semiconductor and metallic clusters; development and applications of gas phase ion chromatography; reaction mechanisms and energetics of transition state metal ions and simple molecules; structure and energetics of synthetic and biopolymers in the gas phase.
Member: Alpha Chi Sigma, ACS, APS, ASMS, AAAS, MRS
Michael Bowers has co-authored more than 275 publications in the fields of physical chemistry and mass spectrometry.

JOSEPH M. JASINSKI: Born 1954. A.B. (1976) Dartmouth College, Ph. D. (1980) Stanford University, Postdoctoral Research Associate (1980-82), University of California, Berkeley. Research Staff Member, IBM Research (1982-89), Manager, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, IBM Research (1989-94), Senior Manager, Physical Sciences, IBM Research (1994-present). National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow, Stanford University (1976-79).
Research Interests: Laser spectroscopy and photochemistry, gas phase and gas-surface kinetics of transient species, particularly silicon hydride radicals, mechanisms of thin film formation during chemical vapor deposition processes.
Joseph Jasinski has authored or co-authored over 50 publications in the fields of ion-molecule chemistry, overtone spectroscopy and photochemistry, gas phase kinetics and chemical vapor deposition. He holds two U.S. patents and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Theoretical Subdivision

A nominating committee, consisting of Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (Notre Dame), Stephen Klippenstein (Case Western Reserve), and Bill Hase (Wayne State University), has selected Susan C. Tucker from the University of California, Davis as the new Vice-Chair of the Subdivision. We all thank Susan for graciously agreeing to serve and undertaking this important responsibility. She will begin her duties at the conclusion of the Boston meeting.

Theoretical Chemistry News is mailed semiannually to all members of the Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision. It includes news of symposia at national meetings as well as information about the Theoretical Chemistry Postdoctoral Position Clearinghouse.

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Theoretical Subdivision notify the secretary, Michael Page, at the address in the table of officers. Indicate that you wish to join and mention that you belong to the PHYS division. If you do not belong to the Division, you may join both the Division and the Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision by completing the application form at the end of this newsletter.

Biophysical Subdivision

In response to member feedback, the Biophysical Subdivision was formed to support the growing number of physical chemists who study biological systems.

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the secretary, Gerald Babcock, at the address in the table of officers. Indicate that you wish to join and mention that you belong to the PHYS division. If you do not belong to the Division, you may join both the Division and the Biophysical Subdivision by completing the application form at the end of this newsletter.

Restrictions on Speakers for PHYS Symposiums

A speaker may give, at most, one invited talk in the PHYS division in any one calendar year. Note that these rules do not apply to contributed talks and posters, so there is still plenty of opportunity for all physical chemists to present their research results in the PHYS division.

Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

The Executive Committee has been soliciting formal suggestions for symposia and speakers for the meetings to be held in three years. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these suggestions: Numerous symposiums in 1999 have been accepted based upon these suggestions. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is February 1, 1999. (Address these to the Secretary/Treasurer, Mark S. Gordon, at the address in the table of officers.) The Executive Committee will meet in Anaheim in March to plan the programs for 2001.

Recent Symposia Topics

209th ACS National Meeting Anaheim, CA April 2-9, 1995 210th ACS National Meeting Chicago, IL August 20-27, 1995 211th ACS National Meeting New Orleans, LA March 24-28, 1996 212th ACS National Meeting Orlando, FL August 25-29, 1996 213th ACS National Meeting San Francisco, CA April 13 - 17, 1997 214th ACS National Meeting Las Vegas, NV September 7-11, 1997 215th ACS National Meeting Dallas, TX March 29-April 2, 1998

Autumn Meeting - Technical Program

The 216th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in Boston, MA during the week of August 23-27, 1998. The topical symposia and their organizers are:


Very Important Notice
A significant portion of the Divisionís annual income is provided by the ACS, based in part on Division membersí attendance at the national meetings. On the advance meeting registration form you will see a question such as that given below. If you list the Physical Division, you will contribute to our income and allow the Division to offer better symposia.

 "Please list ALL of the division(s) to which you belong:                                                            "

Spring Meeting - Call for Papers

The 217th American Chemical Society National Meeting will be held in Anaheim, CA, March 21-25, 1999. Professor George Schatz, PHYS Division Program Chair, has arranged for the breadth of modern physical chemistry to be featured in symposia devoted to a wide range of topics. The topical symposiums and organizers are: As is now customary, Program Chair Schatz has arranged for the presentation of contributed talks in each of the topical symposia. The contributed talks will be selected by the individual symposium organizers from among abstracts submitted for the poster sessions that explicitly request consideration for oral presentation. The criterion for selection will be close connection with the topics addressed in the symposia. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be assigned to the poster sessions, unless the authors request otherwise.
Submission of Abstracts

Important notes for all contributed papers for presentation at the Anaheim meeting, in either the topical symposia or the general poster session, are:

Abstract deadline: November1, 1998

Send Abstract to: The first symposium organizer listed after each symposium title.

Program Chair: Professor George C. Schatz

Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208-3113
(847) 491-5657, fax (847) 491-7713,

Abstract requirements: Four copies, one of camera-ready quality on an original ACS abstract form, of 150 word abstract. Abstracts sent via FAX cannot be accepted. Information about obtaining abstract forms is listed under "General Information for Contributed Papers."

Request for oral presentation: Authors who send their contribution to the program but wish their abstracts to be considered for possible oral presentation in a topical symposium must attach a note to the abstract submission so indicating, and identify the symposium in which oral presentation is desired. They must also submit a copy of the abstract to the organizer of the symposium in which they wish to make their presentation. They should also get their abstract in one week prior to the deadline.

General Information For Contributed Papers

General Papers-Members are cordially invited to present papers at the poster sessions. Titles of papers and names of authors, with a short abstract, should reach the Chair-Elect (or Program Chair) by the deadline dates published in the Newsletter and in Chemical and Engineering News. The deadline must be observed to allow the ACS to compile the program and to print and to circulate the abstracts.

Classification By Subject Area-Authors are asked please to list on the bottom of the short abstract form (under the heading subject area) those of the following areas with which they prefer to see their poster papers classified or they can list a specific topical symposium that is part of the program.
Chemical Equilibrium Magnetic Resonance Solutions
Electrochemistry Photochemistry Spectroscopy
Kinetics: Gas Phase Theoretical Chemistry Thermodynamics
Kinetics: Liquid Phase Radiation Chemistry Others - Specify area
Short Abstract-The abstract must be sent on an ACS abstract form to the person who is chair-elect for the year of the meeting. The abstract form is typically available in academic chemistry department offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web; the appropriate page can easily be reached from the PHYS homepage

Forms can also be obtained directly from ACS by calling 1-800-227-5558, the general ACS number, or 202-872-4396 (the direct meeting's number). In the unlikely event that neither of these have forms, contact the Secretary-Treasurer of the PHYS, Dr. Mark Gordon. The abstract cannot be changed in any way after the deadline date. It should arouse interest in the paper and do it justice. Succinctly state the purpose of the paper and mention important results and conclusions. Since the abstract is reproduced photographically, it is very important to use a good typewriter ribbon or laser printer cartridge. If the abstract has to be retyped, the Division of Physical Chemistry is required to pay for typing, which in the past this has been a sizable charge against the Division.

Information And Rules Applying to All Contributed Poster Papers

  1. No paper will be accepted unless an author expects to be present.
  2. ACS Bylaws 3(a) require that "papers by American Chemists or chemical engineers not members of the Society shall not appear on the program unless they be joint with one or more Society members."
  3. Prospective poster presenters who also submit papers to other Divisions should inform the Chair-Elect as to the Division, titles of papers and co-authors by the deadline date.
  4. Each poster paper will have a poster board measuring 4'x8'.
  5. All illustrations, charts, and textual material to be posted must be prepared in advance since materials for these purposes will not be available at the meeting.
  6. Posters should be mounted prior to the opening of the session and left in place until the close. Authors are encouraged to be present the entire session.
  7. There must be a heading (with lettering at least 1?" height) giving the title of the papers, the author(s), their affiliation(s), and the number assigned to it in the program.
  8. Illustrative material will be read by attendees from a distance of 3' or more, so lettering on illustrations should be at least 3/8" high.
  9. There should be a logical sequence (introduction, development and conclusion) to the display and each sheet should be numbered.
  10. The presentation's effectiveness will be enhanced by mounting the sheets on colored construction paper and using other techniques for improving graphic impact. Ease of reading is far more important than artistic flair. Certain color combinations, for instance, may look beautiful but be almost impossible to read, especially in the absence of optimum lighting.
  11. Do NOT mount illustrations on heavy stock which is difficult to mount on the poster boards.
  12. Each author is responsible for mounting his or her material at least 1/2 hour prior to the opening of the assigned poster session and removing it within 1/2 hour after the close of the session. ACS cannot assume any responsibility for materials beyond those time limits.
  13. Do provide sign-up sheets to record names and addresses of attendees who wish more information.
  14. Do bring duplicates of data and conclusions. Duplicating facilities are unavailable through ACS.
  15. ACS provides a modest supply of push-pins, masking tape and felt-tipped pens but it is wise to bring your own. Upon advance request, ACS will arrange for blackboards to be available in the room.
  16. Admission to poster sessions will be by ACS meeting badge only.
  17. A poster paper submitted to the Program Chair (before the deadline) for presentation at a national meeting should be considered accepted unless the author is specifically notified to the contrary by the Division of Physical Chemistry Program Chair.

Future ACS Meetings

New Orleans, LA, August 22-26, 1999

Four copies of 150-word abstract (original on ACS Abstract Form) to symposium organizer
by April 1, 1999.

San Francisco, CA, March 26-31, 2000

Washington, DC, August 20-25, 2000

San Diego, CA, April 1-6, 2001

Chicago, IL, August 26-31, 2001

Request for Symposia Suggestions
Pacifichem 2000

Planning is now underway for the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Symposia at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Pacifichem 2000, which will held December 14 - 19, 2000 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference is cosponsored by the American Chemical Society, The Chemical Society of Japan, Canadian Society for Chemistry, New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Many of the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Symposia at Pacifichem 2000 will be based on input from the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry. If you have an idea for an exciting symposium (a list of previous PHYS symposia can be found in this newsletter), please let us know! The following information is needed:

  1. Symposium topic.
  2. The names (affiliation, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail) of three (3) co-organizers who are from different Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and United States).
  3. A brief description of the focus and content of the proposed symposium.
  4. A list of possible invited speakers.
Please complete the Pacifichem 2000 Symposium Suggestion Form (next page) by September 1, 1998 and send it to:
Professor Marsha I. Lester 
Pacifichem 2000 Area 10 Coordinator 
Department of Chemistry 
University of Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323 
Tel: (215) 898-4640 
Fax: (215) 573-2112 
Pacifichem Secretariat 
c/o American Chemical Society 
1155 - 16th St., N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036 
Tel: (202) 872-4396 
Fax: (202) 872-6128 
The guidelines for submission of a symposium proposal can be found at

Thanks in advance for your help!

Symposium Suggestion Form
Pacifichem 2000
Area 10 Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
2000 International Chemical Congress of the Pacific Basin Societies
Honolulu, Hawaii
December 14 - 19, 2000

Symposium Title:


Three (3) co-organizers who are from different countries:

Co-organizer (1)




City, Code, Country

Telephone, Fax


Co-organizer (2)




City, Code, Country

Telephone, Fax


Co-organizer (3)




City, Code, Country

Telephone, Fax


A brief description of the focus and content of the proposed symposium:






A list of possible speakers:




Please send completed forms by September 1, 1998 to:

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The Fellowship is for one or two years. The Fellow receives an annual salary in the low $40Ks with an ACS benefits package, as well as a relocation allowance. ACS members at any point in their careers may apply. A Ph.D. is not a requirement. Applications are due January 8, 1999.

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All ACS members are invited by the Society's Committee on Patents and Related Matters(CP&RM) to make suggestions to the Committee on possible candidates for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The inventor is not required to be a U.S. citizen, but the invention upon which the nomination is based must be covered by a U.S. patent. The invention must have contributed greatly to the national welfare and significantly promoted progress in science and the useful arts. Nomination documents can be obtained by calling (202) 872-8725, email to, or write to Debbie Fillinich, American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.


Do your colleagues know?

Many physical chemists are not members of the ACS and are not aware that they can become Affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry and the Subdivisions of Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry without being a member of the ACS itself. The dues for Affiliates are the same as for Members, and many of the advantages of association with the Division are also the same(Division Affiliates may not hold elective office and may not vote in Division elections). Because it is expensive to make extensive mailings to non-ACS members, we request your assistance in publicizing this information. Please share the membership application on page 19 with anyone who may be interested in membership or affiliation with the Division of Physical Chemistry.


American Chemical Society

Division of Physical Chemistry
Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry
Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry

We invite you to encourage non-members to join the PHYS division. It is the professional organization devoted to physical chemistry and physical chemists and can be most successful with maximum participation by physical chemists. Some of the more practical advantages of membership are:

1. Members receive, in advance, abstracts of the papers to be delivered in the Division of Physical Chemistry programs at national meetings of the ACS.

2. Members receive a newsletter with the abstracts of the National meetings listing future symposia and divisional meetings, and giving the deadlines for submission of papers to be presented at these meetings. The newsletter is included with the abstracts of papers for convenience.

3. Members receive discounts on the purchase price of the complete bound books of meeting abstracts. Discounts for other books and journals are also available, and new arrangements are negotiated from time to time.

4. The Division of Physical Chemistry is an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics, and members of the Division are eligible for a discount on various AIP publications including The Journal of Chemical Physics.

5. The Division holds mixers at each national meeting of the ACS at which a divisional program is presented. These events are held in conjunction with a poster session and provide an excellent opportunity to meet other physical chemists.

6. Members may vote and hold office in the Division and participate in its activities. Division Affiliates may not vote and may not hold office. Members and Affiliates are invited to suggest symposium topics, speakers and organizers.

7. The Division maintains a close relationship with the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Through the Division programs, and through cooperation with the Journal of Physical Chemistry, we seek to call attention to the vigorous and dynamic character of physical chemistry in this country, and to stimulate intellectual cross-fertilization between the different fields of research in physical chemistry.

8. The Division mounts important award symposia. The Debye, Hildebrand and Theoretical Chemistry awards are given each year, and the Langmuir Award every other year by the ACS. In addition, the Pure Chemistry and Nobel Laureate Signature awards are frequent features in Division symposia.

9. In 1978 the Division established the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry. There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision. The Subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics, at the national meetings, specifically for the theoretically inclined.

10. In 1994 the Division established the Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry. There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision. The Subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics, at the national meetings, specifically for the biophysically inclined.

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