American Chemical Society

Division of Physical Chemistry

Spring 1998 Newsletter

Chair (8/97-98) Ellen B. Stechel

Sandia National Laboratories
Advanced Materials & Device Sciences
Dept. 1153, MS 1421
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1421
(505) 844-2436
fax (505) 844-4045

Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Geraldine Richmond

Department of Chemistry
University of Oregon
210 Willamette Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-4635
fax (541) 346-5859

Vice-Chair (8/97-98) George Schatz

Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-5657
fax (847) 491-7713

Vice-Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Daniel Neumark

University of California
Department of Chemistry
237 Hildebrand
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-3502
fax (510) 642-6262

Secretary-Treasurer (8/96-01) Mark Gordon

Iowa State University and
Ames Laboratory, USDOE
201 Spedding Hall
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-0452
fax (515) 294-5204

Past Chair (8/97-98) George W. Flynn

Department of Chemistry
Columbia University
3000 Broadway
Mail Code 3109
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-4162
fax (212) 932-1289


Krishnan Raghavachari (95-98) Bell Labs
Anne Meyers (95-98) University of Rochester
John Simon (96-99) Univ. of California, SD
Paul Houston (96-99) Cornell University
Anthony Dean (97-2000) Exxon
Anne M. Chaka (97-2000) The Lubrizol Corp.


Alvin L. Kwiram (97-99) Univ. of Washington
Michael Bowers (96-98) Univ. of California, SB
Edward M. (Ted) Eyring (97-99) Univ. of Utah
Thom H. Dunning, Jr. (98-2000) Batelle, PNL


Gil Nathanson (96-98) University of Wisconsin
Gregory Voth (97-99) University of Utah
Ron Levy (97-99) Rutgers University
A. Welford Castleman, Jr. (98-2000) Penn. State

Chair (8/97-98) Robert G. Griffin

FBML and Dept. of Chemistry
MIT Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-5597

Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Robin M. Hochstrasser

Department of Chemistry
Univ. of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323
(215) 898-8410

Vice-Chair (8/97-98) Eric Oldfield

Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-3374

Secretary(8/94-98) Gerald T. Babcock

Dept. of Chemistry
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-9715 x257

Chair (8/97-98) William L. Hase

Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-2694

Chair-Elect (8/97-98) Richard M. Stratt

Department of Chemistry
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3418

Vice-Chair (8/97-98) Kenneth D. Jordan

Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-8690

Secretary (8/95-98) Michael Page

Department of Chemistry
North Dakota State Univ.
Fargo, ND 58105
(701) 231-8291

Remarks by the Physical Division Chair
for the Dallas, ACS National Meeting, March, 1998

Ellen Stechel

It is a great honor to assume the position of Chair of the Division of Physical Chemistry. I now follow a number of highly energetic and dedicated past chairs. I am particularly indebted for the example set by the immediate past chair, George Flynn. Furthermore, as I look to the future to the people that will follow, I take great comfort in knowing that the Division could not be in better hands. I have little doubt that this year will pass very quickly and, with mixed personal emotions, I will hand over the position of Chair to Geri Richmond. Geri has already worked very hard and with great skill on behalf of the Division. Indeed, we can all experience, first hand, what Geri has so far brought to the Division, by attending the National meeting in Dallas.

The Division of Physical Chemistry wants your participation and your attendance at one or both of the National ACS meetings held each year. The number of people attending determines the revenue for the Division. The revenue determines what the Division is able to do for you, the membership. Another revenue determining factor is our total membership. This factor is quantized. The healthy growth over the last several years has pushed us close to the next break point of 4,000 members. So please urge your non-member colleagues and students to join the Division. The revenue goes to enhancing our programming and to travel fellowships. However, the Division is struggling to provide travel fellowships for students that need assistance. We all recognize the importance of enabling students to attend the National meetings and to present their work. Limited resources prohibit the Division from providing significant amount of support. We do encourage students to compete for the small number of travel assistance fellowships that the Division can provide. With the sense that our objective is to provide more support to students, Past Chair, George Flynn, established a new initiative to build up an endowment fund specifically to further finance the "Travel Fellowship" program. The Executive Committee voted to match donations on a one-to-one basis up to a total of $15,000. The Division will continue to strive to meet this goal. So if you are a potential donor or know of an organization that might support this objective, please contact me for more information.

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

Several years ago now the Division began having two Poster Sessions because of the large number of contributed papers. In Dallas the Division will again sponsor two Poster Sessions, one on Sunday evening and one on Wednesday evening. The organization of the posters is by general Physical Chemistry topic headings. In addition to the two Physical Division poster sessions, you should check-out SCI-MIX, which is an ACS wide poster session on Monday evening with FREE refreshments. Poster Sessions are lively and informal and for some the preferred mode for presentation. The abstract form provides an option to state your preference for an oral or a poster presentation. However, it is not feasible to accommodate all or even most of the preferences for an oral presentation. There are two reasons for this. First, the Division rarely runs a General Oral session. Therefore, in order to be considered, a given presentation must fit into one of the topical symposia. Second, the organizers reserve a reasonable but limited number of oral slots specifically for contributed orals. For future reference, to ensure consideration, you should send a copy of your contribution directly to an appropriate symposium organizer. However, experience has shown that there will be many more requests than slots available. The Symposium Organizer makes the decision as to those abstracts that fit best in their Symposium. Please understand if the organizer is unable to honor your requested preference.

In summary, you can help the Division better serve you by (1) attending the National Meetings and checking the Division of Physical Chemistry on the Registration Form, (2) suggesting to your non-member colleagues and students that they join the Division of Physical Chemistry, (3) suggesting topics and organizers for future meetings (about two years in the future) and (4) donating or suggesting potential donors for the "Travel Fellowship" endowment fund.

Lastly when you do attend the National Meetings please acknowledge the hard work and creative efforts of the Program Chair (Prof. Geri Richmond for Calendar Year 1998), the symposium organizers, the financial management support of our Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Gordon and the unequaled professional administrative support from Kris Hinders in Iowa. Please also show respect for presenters and respect for the audience.

For more information visit us on the world wide web at Mark Gordon and Steve Bachrach are providing this excellent service for you.

Notes from the Secretary

Mark Gordon

This newsletter contains information about the ACS national meetings and any other items of interest to significant numbers of PHYS division members. All members of the PHYS division are welcome to submit items to the Secretary for inclusion in the newsletter. The deadlines are generally around December 1 and May 1 for the newsletters appearing before the Spring and Fall ACS meetings, respectively. Feel free to submit information to the Secretary-Treasurer (as listed at the front of this newsletter) via mail, FAX or e-mail.

Election Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Officers

New Officers for the PHYS division are:

Ellen B. Stechel Chair 1 year

Geraldine Richmond Chair-Elect 1 year

George Schatz Vice-Chair 1 year

Daniel Neumark Vice-Chair-Elect 1 year

Anne Chaka Executive Committee 3 years

Anthony Dean Executive Committee 3 years

Thom Dunning, Jr. Councilor 3 years

A. Welford Castleman, Jr. Alternate Councilor 3 years

The first six physical chemists assumed their respective offices at the close of the national ACS meeting in Las Vegas, NV (September, 1997). The last two began their terms of service on January 1, 1998. The PHYS division thanks outgoing officers George Flynn (Chair), Ellen Stechel (Chair-Elect), Geraldine Richmond (Vice-Chair), George Schatz (Vice Chair-Elect), Daniel Gerrity (Executive Committee), Joseph Weber (Executive Committee), Katharine Hunt (Councilor) and Joyce Guest (Alternate Councilor) for their service to the Division.

Theoretical Subdivision

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

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

Theoretical Chemistry Awards

The Theoretical subdivision administers an award in computational chemistry for theoretical chemistry graduate students. This year a first and second place award, sponsored by IBM and the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute will support the scholarly activity of theoretical chemistry graduate students, and encourage the use of computers in theoretical chemistry. Both awards carry with it 1000 node hours on the University of Minnesota-IBM Shared Research Project Cluster of SP2 and RS6000 computers. In addition, the first prize winner receives a check in the amount of $2,500, the second cash prize is $1,000. Applicants for these awards submit a research proposal describing the scientific problem to be solved, and detailing how state-of-the-art computers would help in solving their problem. Jed Pitera and Héléne Decornez have received the first and second IBM awards, respectfully.

Jed Pitera, with a proposal on "Monte Carlo/Molecular Dynamics Simulations in Drug Design," is a graduate student at the University of California, San Francisco, working with Professor Peter Kellman.

Héléne Decornez, with a proposal entitled "Dynamics of Multiple Proton Transfer in Proteins," is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, working with Professor Sharon Hammes-Schiffer.

Biophysical Subdivision

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

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

Spring Meeting

Technical Program

The 215th American Chemical Society National Meeting will be held in Dallas, TX, March 29 - April 2, 1998. Dr. Geraldine L. Richmond, PHYS Division Program Chair, has arranged for the breadth of modern physical chemistry to be featured in eight symposia and two poster sessions devoted to a wide range of topics. The topical symposiums and organizers are:

As is now customary, Program Chair Richmond has arranged for the presentation of contributed talks in each of the topical symposia. The contributed talks will be selected by the individual symposium organizers, from among abstracts submitted for the poster sessions that explicitly request consideration for oral presentation. The criterion for selection will be close connection with the topics addressed in the symposia. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be assigned to the poster sessions, unless the authors request otherwise.

Awards Symposium

Very Important Notice

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: "

Autumn Meeting

Call for Papers

The 216th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in Boston, MA during the week of August 23 - 27, 1998. Dr. Geraldine Richmond, 1998 Physical Chemistry Division Program Chair, has arranged a technical program consisting of nine topical symposia and two general poster sessions. The topical symposia and their organizers are:

The individual symposium organizers of each of the topical symposia will select some contributions from those that specifically request an oral presentation. Such abstracts should be submitted directly to a symposium organizer. The criterion for selection will be a close connection with the topics addressed in the symposia. Since the symposium 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 welcomes general contributions to the poster sessions, which will be grouped by subject area.

Submission of Abstracts

Important notes for all contributed papers for presentation at the Boston meeting, in either the topical symposia or the general poster session, are:
Abstract deadline: April 1, 1998 Send Abstract to:
The symposium organizer listed after the appropriate symposium title.
Program Chair: Dr. Geraldine L. Richmond
Department of Chemistry
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-4784
FAX (541) 346-3422
Abstract requirements: Four copies, one of camera-ready quality, on an original ACS abstract form, of 150 word abstract. Abstracts sent via FAX cannot be accepted. Information about obtaining abstract forms is listed under "General Information for Contributed Papers."
Request for oral presentation: Authors who send their contribution to the program but wish their abstracts to be considered for possible oral presentation in a topical symposium must attach a note to the abstract submission so indicating, and identify the symposium in which oral presentation is desired. They must also submit a copy of the abstract to the organizer of the symposium in which they wish to make their presentation. They should also get their abstract in one week prior to the deadline.

General Information For Contributed Papers

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

Classification By Subject Area--Authors are asked please to list on the bottom of the short abstract form (under the heading subject area) those of the following areas with which they prefer to see their poster papers classified or they can list a specific topical symposium that is part of the program.
Chemical EquilibriumMagnetic ResonanceSolutions
Kinetics: Gas PhaseTheoretical ChemistryThermodynamics
Kinetics: Liquid PhaseRadiation Chemistry(Others) Specify area

Short Abstract--The abstract must be sent on an ACS abstract form to the Symposium Organizer (or, for non-symposium specific submissions, the Program Chair for the year of the meeting). The abstract form is typically available in academic chemistry department offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web; the appropriate page can easily be reached from the PHYS homepage

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

Information And Rules Applying to All Contributed Poster Papers

1. No paper will be accepted unless an author expects to be present.

2. ACS Bylaws 3(a) require that "papers by American Chemists or chemical engineers not members of the Society shall not appear on the program unless they be joint with one or more Society members."

3. Prospective poster presenters who also submit papers to other Divisions should inform the Chairman-Elect as to the Division, titles of papers and co-authors by the deadline date.

4. Each poster paper will have a poster board measuring 4'x8'.

5. All illustrations, charts, and textual material to be posted must be prepared in advance since materials for these purposes will not be available at the meeting.

6. Posters should be mounted prior to the opening of the session and left in place until the close. Authors are encouraged to be present the entire session.

7. There must be a heading (with lettering at least 1[[Omega]]" height) giving the title of the papers, the author(s), their affiliation(s), and the number assigned to it in the program.

8. Illustrative material will be read by attendees from a distance of 3' or more, so lettering on illustrations should be at least 3/8" high.

9. There should be a logical sequence (introduction, development and conclusion) to the display and each sheet should be numbered.

10. The presentation's effectiveness will be enhanced by mounting the sheets on colored construction paper and using other techniques for improving graphic impact. Ease of reading is far more important than artistic flair. Certain color combinations, for instance, may look beautiful but 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 1/2 hour prior to the opening of the assigned poster session and removing it within 1/2 hour after the close of the session. ACS cannot assume any responsibility for materials beyond those time limits.

13. Do provide sign-up sheets to record names and addresses of attendees who wish more information.

14. Do bring duplicates of data and conclusions. Duplicating facilities are unavailable through ACS.

15. ACS provides a modest supply of push-pins, masking tape and felt-tipped pens but it is wise to bring your own. Upon advance request, ACS will arrange for blackboards to be available in the room.

16. Admission to poster sessions will be by ACS meeting badge only.

17. A poster paper submitted to the Program Chair (before the deadline) for presentation at a national meeting should be considered accepted unless the author is specifically notified to the contrary by the Division of Physical Chemistry Program Chairman.

Future ACS Meetings

Anaheim, CA, March 21-25, 1999

Program Chair: George C. Schatz, Northwestern University, Dept. of Chemistry, Evanston, IL 60208-3113, (847)491-5657, fax (847)491-7713, e-mail: Four copies of abstracts (with the original on the ACS form) must be submitted by November 1, 1998 to the first symposium organizer listed.

New Orleans, LA, August 22-26, 1999

Program Chair: George C. Schatz, Northwestern University, Dept. of Chemistry, Evanston, IL 60208-3113, (847)491-5657, fax (847)491-7713, e-mail: Four copies of abstracts (with the original on the ACS form) must be submitted by April 1, 1999 to the first symposium organizer listed.

Las Vegas, NV, March 26-31, 2000
Washington, DC, August 20-25, 2000
San Diego, CA, April 1-6, 2001
Chicago, IL, August 26-31, 2001

Request for Symposia Suggestions
Pacifichem 2000

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

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

(1) Symposium topic.

(2) The names (affiliation, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail) of three (3) co-organizers who are from different Pacific Rim countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and United States).

(3) A brief description of the focus and content of the proposed symposium.

(4) A list of possible invited speakers.

Please complete the Pacifichem 2000 Symposium Suggestion Form (next page) by September 1, 1998 and send it to:

Professor Marsha I. Lester
Pacifichem 2000 Area 10 Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323
Tel: (215) 898-4640
Fax: (215) 573-2112
Pacifichem Secretaria
c/o American Chemical Society
1155 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 872-4396
Fax: (202) 872-6128

The guidelines for submission of a symposium proposal can be found at

Thanks in advance for your help!

Symposium Suggestion Form
Pacifichem 2000

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

Symposium Title:

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

Co-organizer (1)

City, Code, Country                                                                                           
Telephone, Fax                                                                                           

Co-organizer (2)

City, Code, Country                                                                                           
Telephone, Fax                                                                                           

Co-organizer (3)

City, Code, Country                                                                                            
Telephone, Fax                                                                                           

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

A list of possible speakers:

Please send completed forms by September 1, 1998 to:

Professor Marsha I. Lester
Pacifichem 2000 Area 10 Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6323

Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

The Executive Committee is soliciting formal suggestions of symposia and speakers which will provide essential input for programming at future national meetings. The Executive Committee will meet at the Boston meeting in August to plan the symposia for 2000, therefore the deadline for receipt of suggestions is August 1, 1998. (Send these to the Secretary/Treasurer, Mark S. Gordon, at the address in the table of officers.) A list of all PHYS symposia since 1995 appears below for informational purposes. Please follow these suggestions for greatest effectiveness:

a) Recommend a symposium topic, organizer and list of suggested speakers.

b) Provide a brief description of the significance of the symposium.

c) A speaker may give at most, one invited talk in the PHYS division in any one calendar year. 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.

209th ACS National Meeting Anaheim, CA April 2-9, 1995

Physical Chemistry of Proteins
Photodynamics: Manipulating Molecules with Fields
Density Functional Theory in Chemistry
Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Complex Liquids
Microscopics and Imaging
Metal-Metal Bonding: from Clusters to Surfaces

210th ACS National Meeting Chicago, IL August 20-27, 1995

Physical Chemistry of Membranes
Proton Transfer
Chemical Kinetics in Environmental Systems
Molecular Electronics/Nanostructures and Nanomaterials
Frontiers in Biophysical Chemistry

211th ACS National Meeting New Orleans, LA March 24-28, 1996

Photoeffects at Semiconductor-Liquid Interfaces
Site-Specific Chemical Reactions: The Role of Surface Structure in Mediating Thermal and Photo-Chemistry on Surfaces
Transition State from Dilute Gases to Condensed Media
State-to-State Scattering Studies in the Production and Reactivity of Molecular Photoions
Adsorbed and Included Species in Zeolites

212th ACS National Meeting Orlando, FL August 25-29, 1996

Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to Supercooled Liquids: Advances and Novel Applications
Bimolecular Interactions of Small Free Radicals
Highly Excited States: Relaxation, Reactions and Structure
Hyperthermal Energy Molecule/Surface Reactions
Performance of Quantum Chemical and Molecular Modeling Codes for Complex Chemical Systems
100 Years of Physical Chemistry: A Celebration of the Birthday of the Journal of Physical Chemistry
Dynamics of Biological Systems
Molecular Biotechnology

213th ACS National Meeting San Francisco, CA April 13-17, 1997

Frontiers in Electronic Structure Theory: Dedicated to the memory of Jan Almlof
Chemistry of Single Molecules
Kinetics of Growth on Surfaces
Symposium Honoring the Memory of Professor Brian E. Bent
Dynamics of Complex Systems: Peter Debye Award Symposium
Nanostructured Materials: Clusters, Composites & Thin Films
Orientational Effects in Chemical Reactions
New Concepts in Surface Science: Surface Diffusion

214th ACS National Meeting Las Vegas, NV September 7-11, 1997

Biophysical Chemistry
Dynamics in Molecular Systems
Heterogeneous & Homogeneous Processes in the Atmosphere
Radiation Chemistry
Structure & Dynamics at Liquid Interfaces
Self-Assembling Thin Film Materials - Organized Multilayered Systems / Nanoscale and Patterned Assemblies

Do your colleagues know?

Many physical chemists are not members of the ACS and are not aware of the fact that they can become Affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry and the Subdivisions of Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry without being a member of the ACS itself. At $10.00 per year, the dues for Affiliates are slightly higher than for Members, but many of the advantages of association with the Division are the same. (Division Affiliates may not hold elective office and may not vote in Division elections.) Because it is expensive to make extensive mailings to non-ACS members, in order to inform them of this option, we request your assistance in publicizing this information.

Division of Physical Chemistry
Subdivisions of Biophysical and Theoretical Chemistry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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