American Chemiscal Society
Division of Physical Chemistry
Fall 2009 Newsletter


Chair (8/08-09) Laurie J. Butler
Department of Chemistry
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-7206, fax (773) 702-5863

Chair Elect (8/08-09) Martin Head-Gordon
Department of Chemistry
University of California
Berkeley , CA 94720
(510) 642-5957, fax (510) 643-1255

Secretary/Treasurer (8/06-11) Anne B. McCoy
Ohio State University
Department of Chemistry
Columbus, OH
(614) 292-4992, fax (614) 292-1654

Vice-Chair (8/08-09) Mark A. Johnson
Department of Chemistry
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 436-4930, fax (203) 432-6144

Vice Chair Elect (8/08-09) Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Department of Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University
104 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-6442, fax (814) 863-5319

Past Chair (8/08-09) Gregory A. Voth
University of Utah
Department of Chemistry
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-7272, fax (801) 581-4353


Marsha Lester (8/07-09) University of Pennsylvania
Jingsong Zhang (8/06-09) Univ. of California , Riverside
C. David Sherrill (8/07-10) Georgia Inst. of Technology

Robert Cave (8/08-11) Harvey Mudd College
Vicki Grassian (8/07-10) University of Iowa
Caroline Chick- Jarrold (8/08-11) Indiana University , Bloomington


John E. Adams (09-11) University of Missouri
Michael R. Berman (09-11) AFOSR

Ellen Stechel (07-09) Sandia National Labs
Paul Jagodzinski (08-10) Colorado School of Mines


Veronica Vaida (08-10) University of Colorado
Xiaoyang Zhu (09-11) University of Minnesota

Gang-Yu Liu (08-10) University of California-Davis
James Lisy (07-09) University of Illinois , Champaign-Urbana


Chair (8/08-09) Martin Zanni
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin
(608) 262-4783

Chair-Elect (8/08-09) Christine Payne
Department of Chemistry
Georgia Tech
(404) 385-3125

Vice-Chair (08/08-09) Douglas J. Tobias
Department of Chemistry
University ofCalifornia, Irvine
(949) 824-4295

Past Chair (8/08-09) Cecilia Clementi
Department of Chemistry
Rice University
(713) 348-3485


Chair (8/08-09) Bernhard Schlegel
Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University

Chair-Elect (8/08-09) Gerhard Hummer
Laboratory of Chemical Physics
National Institutes of Health

Vice-Chair (8/08-09) C. David Sherrill
Department of Chemistry
Georgia Tech
(404) 894-4037

Secretary Jan Steckel
(412) 386-4430

Past Chair (8/08-09) Todd G. Martinez
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
(217) 333-1449


Remarks from the Division Chair

Fall, 2009

Laurie J. Butler

In response to the advice of the young scientists on our strategic planning committee, the PHYS Division established a new subdivision on energy in August 2010, joining our theoretical chemistry and biophysical chemistry subdivisions.  Research of PHYS members in the fundamental physical chemistry of energy sources has been represented in several symposia in recent meetings; the new subdivision provides important input for mounting future symposia. Please forward your suggestions for new officers to Sharon Hammes-Schiffer , who chairs the committee establishing the subdivision.

At the Fall National Meeting in DC, Martin Head-Gordon and I initiated a new yearly event to highlight leading research by postdoctoral fellows in physical chemistry. Ten postdocs , drawn from nominations worldwide, presented their work in invited talks in two dedicated sessions.

Mark Johnson, the 2010 program chair for PHYS, has put together an exciting selection of PHYS symposia for the spring 2010 national meeting in San Francisco ( Multiscale nanomaterials, polymer, and biomolecular dynamics ; Dynamics in clusters and floppy systems; Optical science and emerging energy technologies ; Recent advances in observational and experimental

In DC, Prof. Tom Stephenson (Swarthmore) put together a wonderful workshop for undergraduate researchers.  The symposium, initiated in 2008, begins with a series of talks on Sunday by leading scientists to introduce our younger colleagues to some of the research areas in the PHYS technical symposia and continues with dinners with invited speakers and organizers. Next year Prof. Will Polik (Hope) is organizing the program, so please nominate your most talented undergraduate researcher for this opportunity; details may be found at I'd like to thank Tom for leading this effort for its inaugural two years, his work on behalf of these young researchers was exceptional./p>

The Physical Chemistry Division also gives awards for the best student posters at each meeting. The awardees for the Spring 2009 meeting in Washington DC are listed, with photos, on The awards were augmented this fall by a new student poster award in honor of renowned kineticist Sid Benson. The special poster award, continuing for four years, was made possible by a donation from Bill Kaiser, who worked extensively in the field of chemical kinetics at Ford. If you would like to make a contribution for a dedicated award of this kind, please contact the PHYS treasurer, Anne McCoy.

The scientific and educational quality of the PHYS Division's activities depends on the voluntary involvement of our scientific colleagues. We invite all PHYS members to become more active in our Division, as officers, executive committee members, or as symposium organizers. If you are interested in being an officer or being on the Executive Committee, please write and we'll forward your name to the Nominating Committee. If you would like to organize a symposium, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer is the Program Chair for 2011.

Finally, I invite your nominations for the annual ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry. Peter Rossky , the awardee last year, gave the plenary talk at the Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry. Details on nominating a brilliant theorist for this award may be found at

I would like to thank the present officers and executive committee members of the PHYS Division for their time and scientific expertise.


Election Information and Ballot

Dear PHYS Division Member:

The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 2006, 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.

If no valid nominations are forthcoming from the membership, the nominees submitted by the Nominating Committee for Vice-Chair-Elect 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 distribute 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 Greg Voth , Laurie Butler and Michael Fayer. They have chosen the following candidates for election:

Martin Gruebele (to succeed Sharon Hammes-Schiffer )

Executive Committee:
Sotiris Xantheas (to replace Marsha Lester)

Ted Goodson (to replace Jingsong Zhang)

Alternate Councilor:
Mary Jane Shultz (to replace James Lisy)


Ellen Stechel (for re-election)

Martin Gruebele was born in Stuttgart in 1964, and lived in Austria and Spain before moving to Berkeley, where he obtained his B.S. in 1984 and his Ph.D. in 1988 at the University of California. He worked on high resolution spectroscopy of molecular ions and clusters in the group of Richard Saykally . In 1989, he went on to do femtochemistry in the lab of Ahmed Zewail at Caltech, and moved to the University of Illinois in 1992 after completing his postdoctoral work. He is currently the James R. Eiszner Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, Biophysics and Computational Biology at Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American Physical and Biophysical Societies, as well as a recipient of the Coblentz and Wilhelm Bessel Awards, among many others. In 2008, he was elected a member of the German National Academy of Sciences. From 1998-2005, he served as Senior Editor at the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and continues to serve on many editorial advisory boards. His research focuses on protein and RNA folding, imaging dynamics in live cells, laser spectroscopy of vibrational energy flow in molecules, the theory of quantum computing and quantum control, as well as single molecule absorption spectroscopy detected by scanning tunneling microscopy. The work is published in over 150 papers and reviews. On the educational and mentoring side, Gruebele has participated in summer schools from China to the Netherlands, taught chemistry at Hanoi University of Science, and is currently adjunct professor of physics at MSU to provide faculty mentoring in biological physics. Martin Gruebele is married to Nancy Makri , with two children, Alexander and Valerie.

Sotiris S. Xantheas received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering in 1984 from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1991 under the supervision of Klaus Ruedenberg . He was a postdoctoral fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), working with Thom H. Dunning, Jr. before accepting a staff position there. At PNNL he was a Research Scientist (1992), Senior Research Scientist (1993), Chief Scientist (1998) and is currently a Laboratory Fellow (2004), PNNL’s highest rank for scientific and professional staff. He is an affiliated scientist at the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in Heraklion in Crete, Greece, since 1996. Dr. Xantheas is interested in the study of intermolecular interactions in aqueous ionic clusters and the use of ab -initio electronic structure calculations to elucidate their structural and spectral features. His research has ranged from the computation of potential energy surfaces for various chemical reactions using correlated wavefunctions to the elucidation of reaction paths governing carbene ring opening processes and the location and characterization of intersections of potential energy surfaces of the same symmetry in polyatomic systems. He has recently used the results of high-level electronic structure calculations to develop interaction potentials suitable for modeling the macroscopic properties of water and ice. Xantheas ’ awards include the Austrian Federal Ministry for Science and Research Fellowship (1984), the Alpha Chi Sigma Award of the American Chemical Society for Excellence in Graduate Research (1990), the All-University Teaching Excellence Award at Iowa State University (1990), the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2003), the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance at PNNL (2003), the election as a Fellow from the American Physical Society (2005), the Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union (2007) and a Renewed Stay Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2009). Dr. Xantheas has published over 100 papers and presented over 130 invited lectures at scientific institutions and professional meetings.

Mary Jane Shultz received her B.S. degree in chemistry (honors thesis) from the University of Wisconsin , Madison (1970) and her Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from M.I.T. (1975). Her honors thesis was under the direction of Professor David Crosley and involved optical radio frequency level crossing spectroscopy in pyridine and formaldehyde. Her MIT research, directed by Professor Robert Silbey , investigated color centers in alkali halide phosphors. With this foundation, she moved on to a postdoctoral appointment working with Nobel Prize winner Nicolas Bloembergen on nonlinear processes accompanying high intensity infrared irradiation. Dr. Shultz’s current work involves interactions at aqueous surfaces and water on solid surfaces with applications to catalysis, environmental chemistry, and solar energy utilization. She recently was selected as one of six representatives from the United States to participate in the International Symposium on Utilization of Solar Energy to Power the World. Dr. Shultz is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Tufts University where she also investigates the efficacy of chemical visualizations for teaching and communication of chemistry to a broad audience. Dr. Shultz is member of the board of directors for the Council for Chemical Research, the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Dudley Wright Center for Science Education.

Theodore Goodson III received his B. A. in 1991 from Wabash College and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Chicago and at the University of Oxford, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Wayne State University in 1998. In 2004 he moved to the University of Michigan as Professor of Chemistry.  In 2008 he was appointed as the Richard Barry Bernstein Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Goodson’s research centers on the investigation of nonlinear optical and energy transfer in organic multi-chromophore systems for particular optical and electronic applications.  He has investigated new quantum optical effects in these systems as well as fundamental excitations in small metal topologies.  Dr. Goodson’s awards include the Army Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award, Burroughs Welcome Fund Award, American Chemical Society Minority Mentorship Award, University Faculty Recognition Award, College of Science Teaching Award, and a National Academy of Sciences Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Goodson has been a Senior Editor for The Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2007.  He has served on the Committee of Institutional Cooperation and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  Dr. Goodson has published over 100 scientific publications and more than 130 invited talks.

Ellen B Stechel received her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Oberlin College, in 1974 and her master's degree in Physical Chemistry and PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago, in 1976 and 1978, respectively. Currently, she manages the Energy, Climate, and Carbon Management Department at Sandia National Labs. She is the program manager and program developer for Sandia's Solar Fuels and Atmospheric Carbon Capture programs. Her department is also responsible for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements facility on the North Slope of Alaska. Stechel initially joined the Condensed Matter Physics Department at Sandia in 1981. From 1994-1998, she managed Sandia's Advanced Materials and Device Sciences Department, which researched materials such as novel carbon forms, boron-carbide, and high temperature cuprate superconductors. Stechel re-joined Sandia in 2005, to work on a one-year contract for the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Division, developing strategies for Technology Transition. Following this assignment, she became a manager in Sandia's Energy and Infrastructure's Group in 2006. From 1998-2005, Stechel worked for Ford Motor Company covering a range of energy and environmental programs at Ford and in Universities (e.g., Ford/MIT Alliance and BP/Ford/Princeton Carbon Mitigation Initiative. She built a sustainability science program, oversaw Ford Research Lab's atmospheric chemistry and climate change programs, and proved and deployed new low emission technologies on many Ford vehicles. As a result of her varied career, her experience base has touched almost every aspect of the Science, Engineering, Technology, Business, and Policy Enterprise in a number of research fields, including chemistry, physics, materials, surfaces, the environment, and computational science.

The election will open in early October. Watch your email for additional information.


Notes from the Secretary/Treasurer

Anne B. McCoy

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

Paul Jagodzinski

The finances of the Society continue to be an issue requiring due diligence on the part of the Board of Directors, the Committee on Budget and Finance, and senior staff. The operations of the Society are projected to end the fiscal year with an $11.2M ($528K favorable to budget) contribution to the asset pool. Nonetheless, due to the volatility of the capital markets and the uncertainty of the outlook for the global economy, cost saving measures continue to be implemented and followed.

Contained below is a synopsis of the actions taken during the Council meeting held at the Fall 2009 national meeting in Washington, D.C. as well as other information reported to Councilors.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about these or any other issues.


Bylaws Update

John E. Adams

PHYS Bylaw Revisions: Coming Soon to a Ballot Near You

Soon you will be asked to approve amendments to the PHYS bylaws that clean up some gaps in the current documents. In particular, the amendments will do the following:


Biophysical Subdivision

The mission of the Biophysical Subvidision is to suggest and help organize symposia and activities of interest to PHYS Division members that revolve around biological topics.  This year, Doug Tobias from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California-Irvine is joining the Subdivision Committee.  Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the chair, Martin Zanni , 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

H.Bernard Schlegel

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Theoretical Subdivision, notify the Chair, H. Bernard Schlegel, 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.

ACS Graduate Student Award in Computational Chemistry: Congratulations to this year's winners:

Toru Shiozaki, Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida for a proposal on explicitly correlated methods for solids
Jeffery A. McMahon, Dept. of Chemistry, Northwestern University for a proposal on computational methods for nanophotonics .


Student Poster Awards

Martin Head-Gordon

The winners of the Physical Chemistry Student Poster Award Competition at the Fall 2009 ACS meeting in Washington, DC were:


ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry

Nominations are solicited for a new ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry. Nominations will accepted only by email sent to the address: The nominator should include as attachments in a single email a nominating letter, the nominee's curriculum vitae and publication list, and one seconding letter. The deadline for nominations is November 1st. Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division Members who have not yet won a National ACS Award at the time of the nomination. Current serving members of the PHYS Division or Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision Executive Committees are ineligible to be nominated for the award until their service has ended. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The Award winner will be informed of the decision by mid-February and invited to the next Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry (TSTC),which are held every other summer, starting in 2009.  At that meeting, he/she will present a plenary lecture and receive the Award. The TSTC will pay the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the Award winner while at the TSTC.

Any questions regarding this award should be directed to the PHYS division secretary/treasurer, Anne McCoy (


Request for Symposia Topics

Mark Johnson

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 Francisco, CA in March, 2010 to plan the programs for 2011. Please send your suggestions to the 2011 Program Chair, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer , at the address in the table of officers. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is November 1, 2009. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these guidelines:

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

Recent Symposia Topics

233rd ACS National Meeting
Chicago, IL March 25-29, 2007

Capturing Complexity in Physical Sciences Simulations
Dynamics on the Nanoscale
Measure of Accuracy and Reliability in Molecular Simulation
Structure and Dynamics at the Liquid-Liquid Interface
The Biophysics of DNA
Vibrational Spectroscopy as a Probe of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics: Theory and Experiment
Implications and Applications of Chirality in Physical Chemistry

234th ACS National Meeting
Boston, MA August 19-23, 2007

Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Novel Imaging Techniques for Biomlecular Systems
Emergence of Function in Molecular Assemblies
Computational Electrochemistry for New Energy
Hydration: From Clusters to Aqueous Solution
Structural Determination, Refinement, and Modeling of Large Biomolecular Complexes
Excited Electronic States in Chemistry and Biology- Theory and Experiment
Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics: Can One Avoid the Other?
Biological Ion Channels: From Molecular Structure to Cellular Function

235th ACS National Meeting
New Orleans, LA April 6-10, 2008

Physical Chemistry of Atmospheric Processes
Optical Probes of Dynamics in Complex Environments
Multiscale Modeling in Biophysics
Computational Spectroscopy
Nanostructured Materials
Electronic Structure and Reaction Dynamics of Open-Shell Species
Spectroscopy, Chemistry and Imaging Through Nanophotonics

236th ACS National Meeting
Philadelphia, PA August 17-21, 2008

Water Mediated Interactions
Advances in the Electronic Structure of Transition Metal Systems and Organometallics
Spectroscopic Probes of Chemical Dynamics in Gaseous and Condensed Phases
Protein Folding Dynamics: Experiments and Theory
Recent Advances in Biophysical Chemistry of Transport by Biomolecular Motors and Machines
Fundamental Advances in Contemporary NMR Spectroscopy
Centennial of the Physical Division: Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future

237th ACS National Meeting
Salt Lake City, UT March 22-26, 2009

New Developments in Energy Conversion and Light-Harvesting
Advances in Electronic Structure Theory and First Principles Dynamics
Attosecond Science- The Next Frontier
Convergence Between Theory and Experiment in Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
Functional Motions in Enzyme Catalysis
Molecular Hydrogen in Nanoporous Materials: Meeting Ground for Theory and Experiment
From Clusters to the Condensed Phase: Progress in Polarizable Force Fields and Simulation

238th ACS National Meeting
Washington, DC August 16-20, 2009

Molecular Basis of Protein Aggregation and Amyloid Fibril Formation
New Developments in Strongly Correlated Electrons
25 Years of ZEKE
Protected Metallic Clusters, Quantum Wells and Metal- Nanocrystal Molecules in Fundamental and Applied Chemistry
The Physical Chemistry of Photon to Fuel Conversion
Graphitic Materials
Fluorescence Microscopy Beyond the Diffraction Limit
Chemical Reaction Dynamics in Gaseous and Condensed Phases
Special Symposium for Postdoctoral Presenters


Spring 2010 Meeting

Technical Program

March 21-25, 2010 San Francisco , CA

The 239American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in San Francisco, CA during the week of March21-25, 2010.

Mark Johnson, 2010 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 window for abstract submission for this meeting is open until October 19th. 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.


Fall 2010Meeting

Call for Papers

August 22-26, 2010  Boston, MA


Program Chair: Mark Johnson, Yale University,

Online abstract submission for this meeting opens in January or February, 2010.   Please see for abstract submission access and guidelines. Only electronic abstracts via the ACS online submittal system will be accepted, except by special arrangement with the ACS symposium organizers. 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 Johnson 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.  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.


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.


Future National ACS Meetings


San Francisco, CA, March 21-25, 2010
Program Chair: Mark Johnson
Yale University

Anaheim, CA March 27-31, 2011
Program Chair: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Boston, MA August 22-26, 2010
Program Chair: Mark Johnson
Yale University

Denver August 28- September 1, 2011
Program Chair: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
The Pennsylvania State University


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.


American Chemical Society,  Division of Physical Chemistry 
 Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry and 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. 

City, State, Zip                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Country, Postal Code                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Telephone             (w)                                                                                         (h)                                                                                                                    
ACS Member?      NO      r                 YES       r            ®        ACS member #                                                                                                                         
Membership Categories  (qualification)                                                         (CIRCLE ONE) 
r                Member (current ACS member)                                                                $15.00 
r                Student (current Student ACS member)                                                  $ 5.00  
r                Division Affiliate (Non-ACS member)                                                      $15.00 
r                National Affiliate (current National Affiliate ACS member)                 $15.00 
Subdivision Membership  
r                Theoretical Chemistry (no additional fee at this time) 
r                Biophysical Chemistry (no additional fee at this time) 
                                             Total $                            
Payment : (please check one) 
r               Check enclosed (make checks payable to “American Chemical Society”) 
r                VISA/MasterCard               r       American Express 
Card Number:                                                                                                                                    
Expiration Date:                                                                                                                                 
(Signature is required, regardless of method of payment) 
Please mail this application (and check, if applicable) to: 
ACS Member & Subscriber Services 
 P. O. Box  82229  
  Columbus  ,  OH     43202