American Chemical Society
Division of Physical Chemistry

Fall 2005 Newsletter

Remarks from the Chair
Election Information and Ballot
Notes from the Secretary
Councilor's Report
Biophysical Subdivision
Theoretical Subdivision
Poster Session Awards
Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers
Recent Symposia Topics
Technical Program — 230th National Meeting — Washington, DC
Call for Papers — 231st National Meeting — Atlanta, GA
Restrictions for Speakers for PHYS Symposia
Submission of Abstracts
General Information for Contributed Papers
Future ACS Meetings
Membership Information
Membership Application



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

Chair-Elect ( 8/04-05) Barbara Garrison
Penn State University
Department of Chemistry
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) Gregory A. Voth
University of Utah
Department of Chemistry
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0850
(801) 581-7272, fax (801) 581-4353

Past Chair (8/03-04) 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

Branka M. Ladanyi (05-08), Colorado State University

Robert J. Levis (03-06) Temple University

William F. Schneider (05-08) Notre Dame University

Jeanne Robinson (02-05) Los Alamos National Laboratory


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

John T. Yates (05-07) University of Pittsburgh

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

Ellen Stechel (04-06) Ford Motor Company


Patricia Thiel (04-06) Iowa State University

Peter B. Armentrout (05-07) University of Utah

Anne Meyers Kelley (05-07) University of California, Merced

Gil Nathanson (03-05) University of Wisconsin


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

Chair-Elect (8/04-05) Jay R. Winkler

Beckman Institute
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-2834

Vice-Chair (8/04-05) Jeffrey Saven
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323
(215) 573-6062

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


Chair (8/04-05) Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Department of Chemistry
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-6442

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

Vice-Chair (8/04-05) Angel Garcia

Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545
(505) 665-5341

Secretary (8/04-05) Jan Steckel
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
(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, 2005

David Nesbit

Greetings to all members of the PHYS division! As the current chair for 2005, it has been extremely gratifying to see PHYS continue to grow in size, stature and richness of intellectual impact on the chemistry community. This is evidenced in many ways, by the historically large number of contributing abstracts in the biannual ACS meetings, the numerous ACS awards received by our fellow physical chemistry colleagues (and celebrated in the Tuesday award symposia each Spring), as well as the growing number of requests for interdisciplinary topic symposia in collaboration with other divisions. We can all be duly proud of the pivotal role PHYS plays in generating the fundamental ideas and technologies that so often prove crucial for enabling major advances not only in our own area, but also in a remarkably wide variety of other disciplines.

The recent national ACS meeting in San Diego last Spring was a great success for the PHYS division. Under the skillful management of Program Chair Barbara Garrison, organized 8 symposia, reflecting diverse topics from nanoparticles dynamics, environmental physical chemistry, nano-biophotonics, hydrogen bonding, growth and catalysis of metal overlayers, protein/peptide aggregation, and recent developments of NMR. The upcoming ACS Fall meeting in Washington DC is similarly diverse, with symposia on charge transfer processes, computational exploration of energy landscapes, frontiers in photobiology, metal oxides, clusters, ions in complex systems, chemical reactions at solid surfaces, single molecule detection, terahertz spectroscopy, non-linear optics, and innovations in teaching physical chemistry.  Barbara continues our recent and superb tradition of giving Graduate Student Poster Awards (see separate listing in this newsletter). Thanks, Barbara, for putting together two terrific programs!

The program for the spring 2006 meeting to be held in Atlanta, organized by incoming Program Chair Bruce Kay, promises to be equally exciting. Symposium topics will include molecular scale electronics, molecules in space, frontiers in density functional theory, peptides/protein interactions with membranes, emerging issues in atmospheric chemistry, quantum dynamics in condensed phase, spectroscopy of interfaces, and low energy electron induced processes. Once again, PHYS has been blessed with many ACS national award winners choosing to present their award addresses in our division, the full day symposium for which will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. OASYS is currently open for the submission of abstracts for this Spring ACS meeting. We look forward to another banner year of PHYS division effort and activity under Bruce’s guidance.

Programming ideas for the 2007 and 2008 national meetings should be directed to the future Program Chairs Greg Voth and Laurie Butler, respectively. From the input I have received on upcoming programs from these folks, it is clear we will be in excellent hands for years to come!

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 lion’s share of the work is carried out by volunteers, it is critically 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 the past four years and has provided invaluable assistance for which we are most grateful. Over the course of the next year, Ken will be handing over the reins to Anne McCoy, who I’m sure will continue in the excellent tradition as Secretary/Treasurer. I would personally like to thank former division chairs Jim Skinner and John Hemminger for their wisdom and advice to me over the past several years – the “learning curve” for the PHYS division chair can get pretty steep at times – thanks for all the help and support! Our special thanks goes to George Schatz who has most ably taken over the editorship of the Journal of Physical Chemistry from Mostafa El-Sayed. The journal continues to grow in size, diversity and impact, thanks to the hard efforts of these two gifted leaders.

In closing, I just want to say that it has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the PHYS division. I leave feeling more excited than ever about the future of physical chemistry and confident and enthusiastic about the Division’s leadership. It is truly an exciting time to be a physical chemist!


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 posting 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.

Biographical sketches of all the nominees are found below. This year, the Nominating Committee consisted of Jim Skinner, David Nesbitt, and Sylvia Ceyer. They have chosen the following candidates for election:

John Adams (to succeed himself)

Michael R. Berman (to succeed Alvin Kwiram)

Alternate Councilor:
Edwin Heilweil (to succeed Gil Nathanson)

Laurie J. Butler (to succeed Gregory Voth)

Executive Committee:
Mark Johnson (to succeed John Hellgeth)

Executive Committee:
Gustavo E. Scuseria (to succeed Stephen Bradforth)

Executive Committee:
Roger E. Miller (to succeed Jeanne Robinson)

John E. Adams

Division of Physical Chemistry (University of Missouri Section). Chemistry Department., University of Missouri, Columbia. Born: 1952. Academic Record: Univ. of Mo., Rolla, B.S., 1974; Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, Ph.D., 1979. Honors: Sigma Xi; Phi Kappa Phi; Phi Eta Sigma; Phi Lambda Upsilon; NSF Grad. Fell., 1974-77; AMOCO Found. Undergrad. Teach. Award, 1987; Kemper Fell. for Excell. in Teach..; Excellence in Advising Award, 2005. Professional Positions: Univ. of Mo., Prof., 2003 to date; Assoc. Chm. for Undergrad. Studies, 1987 to date; Assoc. Prof., 1987-2003; Asst. Prof., 1981-87; Brown Univ., Vis. Assoc. Prof., 1989-90; Los Alamos Nat. Lab., Postdoc. Fell., 1979-81. ACS Local Section and Division Offices: Mem. ACS since 1974. Physical Chemistry Div.: Councilor, 2003-2005. University of Missouri Sec.: Councilor, 1993-2002; Chm., 1988-89; Chm.-Elect, 1987-88; Secy.-Treas., 1984-85. Midwest Reg. Mtg.: Prog. Chm., 1993; Gen. Chm., 2003. ACS National Service: Soc. Comm. on Bud. and Fin., 2003-2007; Comm. on Const. and Bylaws, 2002-2002, Comm. Assoc., 2003-2005; Comm. on Mem. Aff., 1995-2000, Comm. Assoc., 2001, 1994; Bd. of Trustees, Grp. Ins., Plans for ACS Mem. (ex off.), 1997-2000. Member: APS; Alpha Chi Sigma.

Michael R. Berman

Dr. Michael R. Berman is the program manager for the Molecular Dynamics and Theoretical Chemistry Programs in the Directorate of Chemistry and Life Sciences at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1975 and his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. After a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC from 1981 to 1982, he was a scientist at the McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in St. Louis for eight years. During this period he was also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (1985-1989). In his research, he has studied many applications of lasers to chemistry and spectroscopy including the kinetics of fast chemical reactions involved in combustion and atmospheric chemistry, and laser material processing. Dr. Berman received the Donald R. Ulrich Award for excellence in program management at AFOSR (1995) and was named a fellow of the Air Force Research Laboratory (1998). He also received the Arthur S. Flemming Award (1999) which recognizes individuals who have performed outstanding and meritorious work for the Federal government. In 2001, he was selected by the National Research Council to be a member of their Chemical Sciences Rountable, and in 2002, he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a member of the ACS ,APS, and AAAS.

Edwin Heilweil

Edwin Heilweil received B.A. degrees in Chemistry/Mathematics and M.A. degree in Physical Chemistry from Brandeis University (1978) and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (1983). At Penn he developed time‑resolved spectroscopic experiments to measure vibrational energy dynamics for condensed‑phase systems. From 1984-85 Dr. Heilweil was a NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST (formerly NBS) and is a staff Research Chemist there. During 1986-1991, he developed ultrafast broadband infrared laser methods to examine vibrational energy transfer and photochemical processes of molecules as gases and in liquids and performed the first time-resolved vibrational measurements for adsorbates on dielectric and metal surfaces. Determining vibrational energy bond-breaking mechanisms and solvation in photochemical metal-carbonyl reactions were Heilweil's major activities in 1994-1998. He performed the first direct measurements of electron charge injection rates for dye-sensitized solar cells in 1998-2000. His current research interests include ultrafast infrared measurements using infrared array detectors for hyperspectral imaging. Far-infrared technologies (Terahertz/THz) are being developed to monitor chemical reactions and structural dynamics of biomolecules in condensed phase and used to detect chemical threats and objects in containers for Homeland Security applications. Heilweil received the Instrument Society of America Beckman Award, Department of Commerce Stratton Award and Sigma Xi Young Scientist award. He has authored 86 technical papers, delivered 107 invited talks, holds one U.S. Patent, chaired the Vibrational Spectroscopy Gordon Conferences in 2000 and 2002 and co-chaired the international Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy conference in May, 2005. Dr. Heilweil is a member of the American Chemical Society (1978), Optical Society of America, Coblentz Society and Sigma Xi.

Laurie J. Butler

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1985; Postdoctoral associate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1985-1986. Laurie Butler joined the faculty at The University of Chicago in January of 1987. A full professor in the Department of Chemistry and The James Franck Institute at The University of Chicago working in the area of physical chemistry, her research investigates the fundamental inter- and intramolecular forces that drive the course of chemical reactions. The studies test the predictions of emerging quantum theories on nonadiabatic reaction dynamics in small systems and develop an intuitive framework for understanding chemical reaction dynamics in more complex organic and inorganic reactions not yet accessible to precise quantum calculations. Recent work focusses on investigating bimolecular addition/insertion reactions that proceed via radical intermediates along the reaction coordinate, developing our understanding of reactions important in organic transformations and combustion and atmospheric chemistry. Author of over 75 peer-reviewed papers in the field, she has been recognized by a number of awards including the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, A. P. Sloan Research Fellow, and Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award. She was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2002 and has served the physical chemistry community as chair of the Chemical Physics Division of the American Physics Society and as member of the editorial boards to the Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Physics, among others.

Gustavo E. Scuseria

Gustavo E. Scuseria is the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry at Rice University. He obtained his PhD at the University of Buenos Aires in 1983 and joined the faculty at Rice in 1989, after postdoctoral work at UC Berkeley and the University of Georgia. Scuseria is a Fellow of APS and AAAS, and has won numerous prestigious awards including IBM, Dreyfus, and Guggenheim Fellowships. His research interests are in computational quantum chemistry and include density functional and coupled cluster theories, methodology for systems with periodic boundary conditions, relativistic methods, and applications to carbon fullerenes and nanotubes. He is co-author of more than 260 publications. Scuseria is currently Associate Editor of the ACS Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.

Mark A. Johnson

B.S. in Chemistry (Highest Honors), University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University (Prof. R.N. Zare) and postdoctoral associate with Prof. W.C. Lineberger (J.I.L.A./Univ. of Colorado).

Prof. Johnson has built up a cluster spectroscopy program at Yale University starting in 1985, where he is now Professor of Chemistry. He is especially interested in using molecular clusters as model systems with which to explore elementary aspects of aqueous chemistry, including the hydration of protons and electrons. Other interests include trapping and spectroscopic characterization of trapped reaction intermediates in chemical reactions. He has been instrumental in the development of pulsed methods for incorporation of pulsed lasers into size-selective laser spectroscopies based on mass-spectrometric separation. His work has resulted in over 120 publications in peer reviewed journals and he is presently on the editorial board of Chemical Physics Letters. He has organized three symposia for National ACS meetings and two Gordon Research Conferences. He has been recognized by a number of awards including the Dreyfus Grant for Newly Appointed Faculty, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Presidential Young Investigator Award, a JSPS Fellowship, and is an elected Fellow of the APS. He is a member of the ACS, APS, and AAAS.

Roger E. Miller

Roger E. Miller is John B. Carroll Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1980 from the University of Waterloo in Canada, after which he carried out post doctoral work as a research fellow at the Australian National University. In 1985 he moved to the chemistry department at UNC. His awards include; Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Earle K. Plyler Prize (American Physical Society), William F. Meggers Award (Optical Society of America), Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Senior Research Fellow, Fellow of the American Physical Society and APS Chair of the Division of Chemical Physics (2003) and he is editor of International Reviews in Physical Chemistry. His research interests span a range of fields, including intermolecular forces, chemical dynamics, surface science, atmospheric chemistry and combustion. The unifying theme in all of this work is the application of laser spectroscopy to the study of chemical dynamics and the development of new experimental techniques. Miller has published 215 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


I approve the nomination of John E. Adams for Councilor from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2008.

YES [     ]                  NO [     ]

I approve the nomination of Michael R. Berman for Councilor from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2008.

YES [     ]                  NO [     ]

I approve the nomination of Edwin Heilweil for Alternate Councilor from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2008.

YES [     ]                  NO [     ]



Voter’s Signature                                                     

Please return your ballot by
November 4, 2005 to:

Kenneth D. Jordan, Secretary/Treasurer
Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


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:

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 (


Councilor’s Report

John E. Adams

I want to bring to your attention several pieces of business considered at the spring ACS National Meeting in San Diego and to preview the items coming before the ACS Council in Washington this fall. I start with the highlights of the San Diego meeting.

Now, a peek at coming attractions in Washington….


Biophysical Subdivision

Benoit Roux

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

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

I am happy to report that a nominating committee consisting of Ken Jordan, Anne Chaka, Dave Freeman, and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer chose Todd Martinez as the next Vice-Chair-Elect of the Theoretical Subdivision. Todd has agreed to serve in this capacity.

We are happy to announce the winners of this year's IBM Graduate Student Awards in Computational Chemistry. The subdivision is grateful to IBM for their support of these awards. These awards are designed to encourage graduate work in computational chemistry, to recognize research accomplishments, and to stimulate interest in the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry and the Physical Chemistry Division of the ACS. Awardee selection was made on a competitive basis. First prize winner, Sergey Maximo, was born in Moscow, Russia in 1977. He received his bachelor and master degrees in materials science from Moscow State University (magna cum laude). As a Ph.D. student with Profs. Scuseria (Rice University) and Ernzerhof (Univeristy of Montreal), he developed a novel formally exact density functional approach to transport through nanostructures and molecules. Second prize winner, Yousung Jung, received his undergraduate education at Seoul National University in Korea, after which he joined Mark Gordon's group at Iowa State University for his M.S. where he became interested in electronic structure theories. He then moved to UC Berkeley in 2001 for his Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. Martin Head-Gordon. >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.

Visit the Theory Subdivision website at Highlights included on the site are links to upcoming meetings of interest to the theoretical community. Please let us know how we can make this site more useful to you by directing your comments to the Subdivision's Webmaster, John Adams (


Student Poster Awards

Barbara Garrison

The winners of the Physical Chemistry Student Poster Award Competition at the Spring 2005 ACS meeting in San Diego, CA, 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 Atlanta in March, 2006, to plan the programs for 2007. Please send your suggestions to the 2007 Program Chair, Gregory A. Voth, at the address in the table of officers. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is November 1, 2005. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these guidelines:

  1. Recommend a symposium topic, organizer, and list of suggested speakers (a list of recent PHYS symposia follows for informational purposes).
  2. Provide a brief description of the significance of the symposium.

Recent Symposia Topics

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
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

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

Advances 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

229th ACS National Meeting
San Diego, CA
March 13-17, 2005

Applications of Physical Chemistry to Environmental & Biogeochemical Research
Biophysical Aspects of Protein and Peptide Aggregation: Experiment & Theory
Dynamics & Conductivity of Nanoparticles & Their Assemblies
Growth & Catalysis of Metal Overlays
Hydrogen Bonds: Developments in Experiment & Theory
NMR Recent Developments in Magnetic Resonance: Liquid & Solid State Applications, Theoretical Methodology & Emerging Techniques
Novel Directions in Photonics:  Nanophotonics & Biophotonics
Water: Structure, Dynamics, & Reactions Across the Phase Diagram


Fall 05 Meeting
Technical Program
August 28 – September 1, 2005 — Washington, DC

The 230th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in Washington, DC, during the week of August 28-September 1, 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:


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:__________________________.”


Spring 06 Meeting
Call for Papers
March 26-30, 2006 — Atlanta, GA

Program Chair: Bruce D. Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, 99352; 509-376-0028; fax 509-376-6066;

Online abstract submission for this meeting begins September 12, 2005. Please see 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 October. You can check the Division’s website for specific deadlines. The web page is

Submit your abstract online at the ACS website: Please see the following for more information regarding submission. As is now customary, Program Chair Kay 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:


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,

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, 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. 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.
  3. Each poster paper will have a poster board measuring 4’x8’.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. There should be a logical sequence (introduction, development and conclusion) to the display and each sheet should be numbered.
  9. 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.
  10. Do NOT mount illustrations on heavy stock, which is difficult to mount on the poster boards.
  11. 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.
  12. Do provide sign-up sheets to record names and addresses of attendees who wish more information.
  13. Do bring duplicates of data and conclusions. Duplicating facilities are unavailable through ACS.
  14. 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.
  15. Admission to poster sessions will be by ACS meeting badge only.
  16. 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

Atlanta, GA, March 26-30, 2006

Program Chair: Bruce D. Kay
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99352;

San Francisco, CA, September 10-14, 2006

Program Chair: Bruce D. Kay
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Richland, WA 99352;

Chicago, IL, March 25-29, 2007

Program Chair: Gregory A. Voth
Department of Chemistry, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112;

Boston, MA, August 19-23, 2007

Program Chair: Gregory A. Voth
Department of Chemistry, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112;



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  1. Members receive discounts on the purchase price of CDs of meeting abstracts. Discounts for other books and journals are also available, and new arrangements are negotiated from time to time.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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