Fall 2004 Newsletter


Chair (8/04-05) David Nesbitt
University of Colorado
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-8857, Fax (303) 735-1424

Chair-Elect ( 8/04-04) Barbara Garrison
Penn State University, Department of Chemistry
152 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-2103, fax (814) 863-5319

Secretary/Treasurer (8/01-06) Kenneth D. Jordan
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Chemistry
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-8690, fax (412) 624-8611

Vice-Chair ( 8/04-05) Bruce D. Kay
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 376-0028, fax (509) 376-6066

Vice-Chair Elect (8/04-05) To Be Announced

Past Chair (8/04-05) James L. Skinner
University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-0481, fax (608) 262-9918


Stephen Bradforth (02-05) Univ. of Southern California

John Hellgeth (02-05) SRN Company

To be Announced

Robert J. Levis (03-06) Temple University

To be Announced

Jeanne Robinson (02-05) Los Alamos National Laboratory


John E. Adams (03-05) University of Missouri, Columbia

Michael Bowers (02-04) Univ of California, Santa Barbara

Alvin L. Kwiram (03-05) University of Washington

Ellen Stechel (04-06) Ford Motor Company


Patricia Thiel (04-06) Iowa State University

Joseph Golab (02-04) BP Naperville Complex

Marsha I. Lester (02-04) University of Pennsylvania

Gil Nathanson (03-05) University of Wisconsin


Chair (8/04-05) Benoit Roux
Biochemistry Department
Cornell Medical School
1300 New York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-6018

Chair-Elect (8/04-05) Jay R. Winkler
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-2834

Vice-Chair (8/04-05) To be Announced

Past Chair (8/04-05) Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-3518


Chair-Elect (8/04-05) Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Department of Chemistry, Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-6442

Vice-Chair (8/04-05) Krishnan Raghavachari
Department of Chemistry
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7102
(812) 855-9043

Vice-Chair (8/04-05) To be Announced

Secretary (8/04-05) Jan Steckel
626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
412 386-4430

Past Chair (8/04-05) John Straub
Department of Chemistry, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-6816

Remarks from the Division Chair
Fall, 2004

James L. Skinner

The very recent national ACS meeting in Philadelphia was a huge success for the PHYS division. Outgoing Program Chair David Nesbitt organized eight diverse symposia, involving the topics of electronic structure theory, atmospheric and combustion chemistry, single molecules in biophysical chemistry, chemistry at ultra-low temperatures, nucleic acid chemistry, quantum/classical calculations, and liquid interfaces. The total number of papers presented at the meeting within the Division was 733, which is a record high. In addition, attendance was overflowing in many sessions. David continued our recent and superb tradition of giving Graduate Student Poster Awards (see separate listing in this newsletter). Thanks, David, for putting together a terrific program!

The program for the spring 2005 meeting in San Diego, organized by incoming Program Chair Barbara Garrison, looks equally exciting. Symposium topics will include: environmental- and geo-chemistry, protein and peptide aggregation, nanoparticles, metal overlayers, hydrogen bonding, liquid and solid state NMR, nanophotonics and biophotonics, and water. Once again, a large number (seven in this case) of ACS national award winners have chosen the PHYS division as the venue for the presentation of their award addresses. Oasys is currently open for the submission of abstracts, and will close for the PHYS division on November 5. We look forward to another impressive PHYS division effort.

Programming ideas for the 2006 and 2007 national meetings should be directed to the future Program Chairs Bruce Kay and Greg Voth, respectively.

I would like to invite all PHYS division members to become more active in the Division, as officers or executive committee members. If you are interested in participating in this manner, please let me or any of the other Division officers know, as a three-person Nominating Committee will soon be formed, and we are looking for candidates. In an organization such as the ACS, where the bulk of the work is carried out by volunteers, it is important to have diverse and active participation by the Division members.

Finally, I would like to thank the officers and staff of the PHYS division for their dedication and hard work. Our Secretary/Treasurer, Ken Jordan, has worked tirelessly for the Division. His efforts to see that the money flows appropriately and quickly have made the national meetings run smoothly. Elaine Springel has been our Division administrative assistant for nearly three years now and has provided invaluable assistance.< A special and heart-felt thanks goes to Mostafa El-Sayed, who is retiring as editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry. During his twenty-five years of leadership he single-handedly transformed the journal.

Thus, I finish my term as Chair of the PHYS division feeling excited about the future of physical chemistry, and confident and enthusiastic about the Division’s leadership.

Election Information and Ballot

Dear PHYS Division Member:

The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 1999, 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 vacancy 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.

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 4,000). 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 candidates for each Councilor and Alternate Councilor vacancy submitted by the Nominating Committee.

Biographical sketches of all the nominees are found below. This year, the Nominating Committee consisted of John Hemminger, Jim Skinner, and Emily Carter. They have chosen the following candidates for election:

Gregory Voth (to succeed Bruce D. Kay)

John T. Yates (to succeed Michael Bowers)

Alternate Councilor:
Peter Armentrout (to succeed Marsha I. Lester)

Alternate Councilor:
Anne Kelley (to succeed Joe Golab)

Executive Committee:
Bill Schneider (to succeed Anne McCoy)

Executive Committee:
Branka Ladanyi (to succeed David Norris)

Greg Voth

Gregory A Voth is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Henry Eyring Center for Theoretical Chemistry and the Center for Biophysical Modeling and Simulation at the University of Utah.< He received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas (1981) and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (1987). His postdoctoral work was carried out as an IBM Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (1987-89) He joined that faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 and then the University of Utah in 1997. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow (2004-05), Miller Visiting Professor at the University of California (2003), Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1994-99), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1992-96), National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator (1991-96). David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow (1990-95). Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1989-94), and a winner of the Clauser Doctoral Prize (1987) and H. N. McCoy Award (1986) from the California Institute of Technology. Voth is a member of the ACS, APS, Biophysical Society, and AAAS. His group research interests include the theory and simulation of condensed phase dynamical processes; proton and electron transport in biological, solution phase, and materials systems; multi-scale simulation of biomolecular systems; ab initio molecular dynamics,; and high performance computing. He has published approximately 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications in these areas of research.

John T. Yates

B.S. Juniata College, 1956; Ph.D. MIT, 1960; Assistant Professor, Antioch College, 1960-1963; NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NBS, 1963-1965; Staff Member, NBS, 1965-1982; R.K. Mellon Professor of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 1982-present. Founding Director, Surface Science Center, University of Pittsburgh, 1982.
John T. Yates, Jr. is a physical chemist with specialization in the area of Surface Science. He has been a member of ACS since the 1950’s and has been Chairman of the Surface and Colloid Chemistry Division in 1980. He has organized and chaired a number of ACS symposia in the field of surface chemistry for both the ACS Surface and Colloid Division as well as for the ACS Physical Chemistry Division. He served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Chemical and Engineering News in the period 2001 – 2003, and has written two feature articles for C & E NEWS. He has also been active in organizing local ACS symposia for the Pittsburgh Section, as well as national and international symposia for other professional societies. He has won 4 national and local ACS Awards for his research in surface chemistry, as well as awards from other professional societies. He has served as Chairman of the Division of Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. He has organized three Gordon Research Conferences. He is the author of several books in the field. >He is the author of over 600 papers in the field and has produced about 40 Ph.D.’s as well as many postdoctoral scholars who have gone on to jobs in academia, government and industry. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Peter Armentrout

B.S. in Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University; Ph.D. in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology (Prof. J. L. Beauchamp); Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories.
Prof. Armentrout was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1981-1987, and in 1987 moved to the University of Utah where he is currently Distinguished Professor, Cannon Fellow, and Chair of the Chemistry Department. His research interests include the thermochemistry, kinetics, and dynamics of reactions of transition metals, metal-ligand complexes, metal clusters, solvated ions, metallated macrocycles, and metallated molecules of biological and environmental relevance. His group seeks to understand from a fundamental viewpoint reactions involved in catalysis, surface chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and plasma chemistry. He is known for his development of guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometry as a tool for elucidation of thermodynamic data. His work has resulted in over 330 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Prof. Armentrout is a member of the AAAS (fellow), ACS, APS (fellow), and ASMS. He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., Int. J. Mass Spectrom., and J. Chem. Phys., and previously for J. Cluster Sci., J. Am. Chem. Soc., and Organometallics. He has been recognized by a number of awards including a Dreyfus Grant for Newly Appointed Faculty in Chemistry, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, A. P. Sloan Research Fellow, Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Buck-Whitney Award, JSPS Fellow, Utah Award, and the ASMS Biemann Medal.

Anne Meyers Kelley

Anne Myers Kelley is Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced, the newest campus of the UC system. She earned a B.S. (1980) in chemistry from the University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. (1984) in biophysical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. >After two years as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Rochester in 1987, moved to Kansas State University in 1999, and took her present position at UC Merced in July 2003. Her research emphasizes the use of electronic and vibrational spectroscopies, particularly resonance Raman intensity analysis, to probe the effects of intermolecular interactions on electronically excited states of molecules in solution.  Current interests include solvent and aggregation effects on the electronic states of conjugated organic chromophores useful for second-order nonlinear optical applications, the development of resonance hyper-Raman spectroscopy, and new approaches to inverting spectroscopic data to obtain molecular information. She has also worked on fluorescence line-narrowing and vibrationally resolved single-molecule fluorescence, linear polyene spectroscopy and photophysics, photodissociation dynamics of small molecules in solution, and intra- and intermolecular charge-transfer transitions.  For two years she was Director of the Rochester/Kodak/Xerox NSF Science and Technology Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and has published more than 110 papers.

William F. Schneider

William F. Schneider received his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan–Dearborn in 1986. He attended the Ohio State University on an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship, receiving his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1991.< He joined the Ford Motor Company Research Laboratory that year, where he has worked as a staff scientist for 13 years. During that time, he received several awards for his technical work and publications in the area of electronic structure methods applied to gas-phase and gas-surface reactivity, including a Henry Ford Technical Achievement award, the highest award for technical accomplishment given by the company, for his work on the atmospheric chemistry of HFC-134a. He has organized a number of symposia and workshops, has chaired the Midgley Award committee of the Detroit Section of ACS for several years, and is a member of AIChE, AAAS, and Sigma Xi. In fall of 2004, he accepted a faculty position in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame.

Branka Ladanyi

Branka M. Ladanyi graduated in 1969 from McGill University with First Class Honors in Physics and was awarded the Horace Watson Gold Medal. She then went south of the border to the United States to pursue graduate study in physical chemistry at Yale University, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1973.  After postdoctoral studies at the University of Illinois and Yale University, she joined the Chemistry Department at Colorado State University as an Assistant Professor in 1979 and was promoted to Professor in 1987. Ladanyi was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1982 and became a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar in 1983. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in 1993-94. She was elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society in 1997. Ladanyi’s professional service has included organization of ACS symposia and work on review and advisory panels for scientific granting agencies within the United States and internationally, including for the US National Science Foundation and Department of Energy and for the Swedish National Science Foundation. She was a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Molecular Liquids 1993-99 and has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics since 1994. Her research deals with theoretical modelling and simulation of dynamics and intermolecular structure in liquids, supercritical fluids, molecular clusters, and microemulsions, with applications to reaction and solvation dynamics, light scattering, dielectric relaxation and nonlinear optical response.  It has produced over a hundred research articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as several review articles and book chapters. She has trained a number of scientists who have gone on to successful careers in academia, industry and government laboratories in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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Notes from the Secretary/Treasurer

Kenneth D. Jordan

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 this 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.

The current ACS Bylaws & Regulations may be viewed at: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/Chemistry?PID=acsdisplay.html&DOC=committees%5Ccnb%5Cindex.html.

Click on the link to Documents of the Committee and then on the link to Charter, Constitution, Bylaws, and Regulations of the American Chemical Society (Bulletin 5).

A copy of the bylaws and regulations is also included on the Division’s web page (http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS.)

Councilor’s Report

John E. Adams

I take this opportunity to review a few of the items that arose at the March Council meeting in Anaheim and note some of the things that appeared on the Philadelphia Council agenda. First, the tidbits from Anaheim.

Now for the things that will be discussed in Philadelphia.

Biophysical Subdivision

Zan Luthey-Schulten

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the Chair, Benoit Roux, 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.

Theoretical Subdivision

John Straub

Two appointments have recently been made to the Officers of the Theoretical Subdivision. Jan Steckel (US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory) has assumed the position of Secretary of the Theoretical Subdivision, replacing Anne Chaka (NIST) who served the Subdivision so well for the last four years. Thank you Anne!

Following the Philadelphia ACS National Meeting, in August 2004, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (Penn State University) will assume the position of Chair of the Theoretical Subdivision, replacing John Straub (Boston University) who will end his service. Krishnan Raghavachari (Indiana University) will serve as Chair-Elect. Angel Garcia (Los Alamos National Laboratory) was appointed Vice Chair-Elect and will assume the position of Vice Chair in August 2004.

You are encouraged to contact Krishnan Raghavachari with ideas for symposia at future ACS National Meetings.

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Theoretical Subdivision, notify the Chair, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, 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 Subdivision by completing the application form at the end of this newsletter.

Student Poster Awards

David Nesbitt

The winners of the Physical Chemistry Student Poster Award Competition at the Fall 2004 ACS meeting in Philadelphia, PA, are:

Congratulations to the presenters of these excellent posters! Each winner received $300 and a signed award certificate. The Physical Chemistry division thanks the many other people who entered the competition and also the twelve anonymous and impartial judges.

Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

The Executive Committee solicits formal suggestions for symposia and speakers for the meetings to be held in future years. The Executive Committee will meet in San Diego in March, 2005, to plan the programs for 2006.  Please send your suggestions to the 2006 Program Chair, Bruce D. Kay, at the address in the table of officers. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is November 1, 2004. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these guidelines:

Recent Symposia Topics

222nd ACS National Meeting
Chicago, IL
August 26-30, 2001

Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dissociative Recombination of Molecules with Electrons
First Principles Simulation of Chemical Dynamics
Molecular Electronics
Physical Chemistry of Gas-Particle Interactions
Signal Processing Chemistry
Stereochemistry in Aligned Environments
Three-Dimensional Si-O Cages: Materials for the 21st Century
What Can We Really Learn about Condensed Phases from Clusters?

223rd ACS National Meeting
Orlando, FL
April 7-11, 2002

Biophysical Chemistry of Protein Binding Events
Chemistry & the Environment in the 21st Century: Environmental Chemistry at Interfaces
Dynamics & Friction at Submicron Confining Systems: Frontiers in Chemical Dynamics
Mechano-Chemistry & Forces in Biophysics
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Electrostatic Aspects
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Enzyme Action
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Phosphoryl & Nucleotidyl Transfer Reactions
Molecular Modeling & Simulation of Reaction Mechanisms, Kinetics, & Catalysts
Organic & Molecular Electronics

224th ACS National Meeting
Boston, MA
August 18-23, 2002

Applications of Neutron Scattering in Structural Biology & Biophysics
Biologically Relevant Molecules in the Gas Phase
Classical & Quantum Statistical Mechanics Studies of Solvation
Chemical Studies Important To Astrobiology
Frontiers in Atmospheric Chemistry
Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems
New Developments in Force Fields for Molecular Modeling
Nonlinear dynamics on Polymeric Systems
Ordered Molecular Assemblies of Nanoparticles

225th ACS National Meeting
New Orleans, LA
March 23-27, 2003

Iterative Methods in Quantum Mechanics & Applications to Chemical Problems
New Electronic Structure Methods: From Molecules to Materials
Physical Chemistry of Biomolecular Motors
Sequence-Dependent Curvature & Deformation in Nucleic Acids & Protein-Nucleic Acid Complexes
Spectroscopy & Dynamics in Liquids
Structure-Function Correlation for Biological Channels
Synthesis, Spectroscopy, Characterization, & Applications of Nanoparticles
VUV Probes of Dynamics & Spectroscopy

226th ACS National Meeting
New York, NY
September 7-11, 2003

Combinatorial Biophysical Chemistry & Molecular Evolution
The Conduction Band in Liquids and Disordered Solids
Frontiers in Biophysical Methods
Making & Breaking Chemical Bonds in Gas Phase & Condensed Phases: Theory & Applications
Physical Chemistry of Complex Fluids
Quantum Monte Carlo Methods
Size-Selected Clusters on Surfaces
Slow Dynamics Near the Glass Transition

227th ACS National Meeting
Anaheim, CA
March 28-April 1, 2004

Emerging Ultrafast Spectroscopies: From Chemistry to Biophysics
Industrial Applications of Theoretical Chemistry
Intermolecular Interactions & Reactions Involving Ions & Open-Shell Systems
Mass Spectrometry of Biopolymers: From Model Systems to Ribosomes
Mixed Quantum, Classical, and Semiclassical Dynamics
Nanocrystals & Nanotubes
Optical Microscopy Beyond the Diffraction Limit
Protein Structure Prediction & Folding: Where Physical Chemistry Meets Genomics

228th ACS National Meeting
Philadelphia, PA
August 22-26, 2004

Advance in Quantum Chemistry: Theory, Algorithms, & Applications
Biophysical Chemistry & Novel Imaging of Single Molecules & Single Cells
Chemical Physics in Atmospheric Science
Chemistry at Ultra-Low Temperatures
Combustion Chemistry: From Elementary Reactions to Extensive Reaction Mechanisms
Liquids & Liquid Interfaces
Molecular Origin of Replication & Translation of Nuclei Acids
Quantum Classical Calculations in Chemistry & Biochemistry

Spring 05 Meeting
Technical Program
March 13-17, 2005 — San Diego, CA

The 229th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in San Diego, CA, during the week of March 13-17, 2005. Dr. Barbara Garrison, 2005 Physical Chemistry Division Program Chair, has arranged a broad range of topics in modern physical chemistry to be featured in symposia and a general poster session at this meeting. The topical symposia and their organizers are:

Applications of Physical Chemistry to Environmental & Biogeochemical Research, Karl Mueller (Pennsylvania State University) and Peggy O’Day (University of California, Merced)

Biophysical Aspects of Protein & Peptide Aggregation: Experiment & Theory, John Straub (Boston University) and David Thirumalai (University of Maryland)

Dynamics & Conductivity of Nanoparticles & Their Assemblies, Gregory V. Hartland (University of Notre Dame) and Tianquan Lian (Emory University)

Growth & Catalysis of Metal Overlays, Hannes Jónsson (University of Washington) and Donna Chen (University of South Carolina)

Hydrogen Bonds: Developments in Experiment & Theory, Tim Zwier (Purdue University) and Kenneth D. Jordan (University of Pittsburgh)

NMR Recent Developments in Magnetic Resonance: Liquid & Solid State Applications, Theoretical Methodology & Emerging Techniques, Matt Augustine (University of California, Davis) and Len Mueller (University of California, Riverside)

Novel Directions in Photonics: Nanophotonics & Biophotonics, Paras N. Prasad (University of Buffalo) and George C. Schatz (Northwester University)

Water: Structure, Dynamics, & Reactions Across the Phase Diagram, Greg Kimmel (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and Teresa Head-Gordon (University of California, Berkeley)


A significant portion of the Division’s annual income is provided by the ACS, based in part on Division members’ 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: __________________________.”

Fall 05 Meeting
Call for Papers

August 28 – September 1, 2005 — Washington, DC

Program Chair: Barbara Garrison, Department of Chemistry Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, (814) 863-2103, Fax (814) 863-5319, bjg@psu.edu.

Online abstract submission for this meeting begins approximately in March. Please see http://oasys.acs.org/ for abstract submission access and guidelines. Only electronic abstracts via the ACS online submittal system, OASys, will be accepted, except by special arrangement with the ACS symposium organizers before approximately the end of February. You can check the Division’s website for specific deadlines. The web page is http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS.

Submit your abstract online at the ACS website: http://oasys.acs.org/. Please see the following for more information regarding submission. As is now customary, Program Chair Garrison 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 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 session(s), unless the authors request otherwise. Since the organizers will not be able to accommodate all requests, the poster sessions will be specifically organized to group posters by symposium topic. While the symposia do cover a wide range of topics, they cannot cover the full depth and breadth of physical chemistry. The Division, therefore, also welcomes general contributions to the poster sessions, which will be grouped by subject area.

The planned symposia and their organizers are:

New Frontiers in Photobiology, Bob Stanley (Temple) and Linda Peteanu (Carnegie Mellon University)

Theoretical Determination of Potential Energy Surfaces: Methodology & Applications, David Sherril (Georgia Technical Institute) and Anna Krylov (University of Southern California)

Physical Chemistry Curriculum Reform Update: Where Are We Now & Where Are We Going?, Tracy A. Schoolcraft (Shippensburg Uiversity) and Mark D. Ellison (Wittenberg)

Influence of Local Structure & Reagent Energy on Chemical Reactions at Solid Surfaces, Dennis Jacobs (University of Notre Dame) and Alex Kandel ( )

Cluster Symposium, Caroline Chick Jarrold ( ) and Vince Ortiz ( )

Symposium on Ion Solvation and Selectivity, Benoit Roux (Cornell University) and Susan Rempe ( )

Solid State Chemistry of Oxides<, Andrew Rappe (University of Pennsylvania) and Nicola Spaulin (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Charge Transfer Processes: Making Connection<, Bob Cave (Harvey Mudd), Matt Zimmi (Brown University), and Alexei Stuchebrukhov (University of California, Davis)

Restrictions on Speakers for PHYS Symposia

A speaker may give, at most, one invited talk in the PHYS Division in any given meeting. Note that this rule does 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.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstract Requirements: Submit a 150-word abstract via the ACS web-based submission system, OASys. Submission instructions and information on abstract requirements can be found at the ACS Web site, http://www.acs.org/meetings.

Request for Contributed Oral Presentations: Authors who submit a contributed paper to the program and wish their abstract to be considered for possible oral presentation in a topical symposium must indicate such preference. The abstract should be submitted to the symposium in which oral presentation is desired and is due one week prior to the deadline.

General Information for Contributed Papers General Papers

Members are cordially invited to present papers at the poster sessions. Abstracts should be submitted as instructed on the ACS Meetings web page, http://www.acs.org/meetings. The deadline, as published in C&E News, on the OASys web site, and the call for papers must be observed to allow the ACS to compile the program and to print and to circulate the abstracts.

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 Chairman-Elects 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 letter 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. Mounting the sheets on colored construction paper and using other techniques for improving graphic impact will enhance the presentation’s effectiveness. Ease of reading is far more important than artistic flair. Certain color combinations, for instance, may look beautiful but may 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 ½ hour prior to the opening of the assigned poster session and removing it within ½ 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 pushpins, 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 National ACS Meetings

San Diego, CA, March 13-17, 2005

Program Chair: Barbara Garrison
Department of Chemistry, Penn State University
University Park, PA, 16802, bjg@psu.edu

Washington, DC, Aug 28-Sep 1, 2005

Program Chair: Barbara Garrison
Department of Chemistry, Penn State University
University Park, PA, 16802, bjg@psu.edu

Atlanta, GA, March 26-30, 2006

Program Chair: Bruce D. Kay
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99352; bruce.kay@pnl.gov

San Francisco, CA, September 10-14, 2006

Program Chair: Bruce D. Kay
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99352; bruce.kay@pnl.gov

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 division 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 hosts important awards symposia. The Debye, Hildebrand, and Theoretical Chemistry awards are given each year, 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 1978, 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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