Spring 2005 Newsletter


Remarks from Chair

Election Information and Ballot

Notes from the Secretary

Biophysical Subdivision

Poster Session Awards

Request for Symposia Topics andSpeakers

Recent Symposia Topics

Call for Papers — 230th National Meeting — Washington, DC

Submission of Abstracts

General Information for Contributed Papers

Future ACS Meetings

Membership Information

Membership Application


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

Chair-Elect ( 8/04-05) Barbara Garrison
Penn State University
Department of Chemistry
152 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-2103, fax (814) 863-5319

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

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

Vice-Chair Elect (8/04-05) 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

William F. Schneider (04-07) Univ. of Notre Dame

Robert J. Levis (03-06) Temple University

Branka M. Ladanyi (04-07) Colorado State Univ.

Jeanne Robinson (02-05) Los Alamos National Laboratory


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

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

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

Ellen Stechel (04-06) Ford Motor Company


Patricia Thiel (04-06) Iowa State University

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

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

Gil Nathanson (03-05) University of Wisconsin


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

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

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

Secretary To Be Announced

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
Theoretical Division, LANL
Los Alamos, NM 87545
(505) 665-5341

Secretary (8/04-07) Jan Steckel
NETL, 626 Cochrans Mill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940

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

Remarks from the Division Chair
Spring, 2005

David J. Nesbitt

The Spring National ACS Meeting in San Diego is coming up soon, and as Division Chair I am most grateful for the excellent job Barbara Garrison has done as Program Chair in putting together a diverse and exciting program. In San Diego, Barbara has organized 8 oral symposia, addressing key areas ranging from 1) water dynamics (Water: Structure, Dynamics and Reactions Across the Phase Diagram, Greg Kimmel and Teresa Head-Gordon), 2) hydrogen bonding (Hydrogen Bonds: Developments in Experiment and Theory, Tim Zwier and Ken Jordan), 3) photonics (Novel Directions in Photonics: Nanophotonics and Biophotonics, Paras Prasad and George Schatz), 4) nanocrystals (Dynamics and Conductivity of Nanoparticles and their Assemblies, Greg Hartland and Tianquin Lian), 5) metal catalysis (Growth and Catalysis of Metal Overlayers, Hannes Jonsson and Donna Chen), 6) biomolecular interactions (Biophysical Aspects of Protein and Peptide Aggregation: Experiment and Theory, John Straub and Devarajan Thirumalai), 7) environmental chemical physics (Applications of Physical Chemistry to Environmental and Biogeochemical Research, Karl Mueller and Peggy O'Day), as well as 8) novel developments in NMR (NMR Recent Developments in Magnetic Resonance: Liquid and Solid State Applications, Theoretical Methodology, and Emerging Techniques, Matthew Augustine, Leonard J. Mueller, and Ruth Stark).

When it is of mutual scientific interest, the Physical Division also traditionally cosponsors a few symposia organized by other divisions. This spring we will cosponsor one symposium honoring John Pople (John Pople Memorial Symposium, Bernie Schlegel and Leo Radom, Division of Computers in Chemistry), and another on chlorofluorocarbon chemistry (The Rise and Fall of Chlorofluorocarbons, Carmen J. Giunta, History of Chemistry Division).

Most importantly, the spring meeting is also a time when we get to honor colleagues who have won National ACS Awards. This year, as a continuing testament to the vigor and diversity of physical chemistry, we have been blessed with seven award-winners claiming the Physical Division as the venue in which to present their award addresses. In addition, we also have an eighth award winner (Robert Hamers), who will be presenting his award address in an award symposium cosponsored by both the Physical and Colloid and Surface Chemistry Divisions.

Election Information and Ballot

Dear PHYS Division Member:

The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 1999, call for the Division Chair to appoint a three-person, Nominating Committee before the spring meeting. A complete slate of candidates prepared by this committee will consist of one candidate for Vice-Chair-Elect, one candidate for each vacancy on the Executive Committee, and one candidate for each vacancy that may have developed in the ranks of the division Councilors, Alternate Councilors, and Secretary/Treasurer position. The Vice-Chair-Elect automatically becomes the Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Immediate past-Chair in each succeeding year. Thus, this person makes a commitment to serve five years on the Executive Committee. In the year this person serves as Chair-Elect, the duties of Program Chair are also his or hers. The term of office for other Executive Committee members, Councilors, and Alternate Councilors is three years. The Secretary/Treasurer serves five years.

The Secretary/Treasurer is required to announce the slate of candidates in the fall newsletter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Officers for the PHYS division follow. The first seven physical chemistry officers assumed their respective offices at the close of the national meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The Councilors and vice-councilors begin their terms of service on January 1, 2005.

The Physical Chemistry Division thanks outgoing officers James L. Skinner (Chair), David Nesbitt (Chair-Elect), Barbara Garrison (Vice-Chair), Bruce D. Kay (Vice-Chair-Elect), Anne McCoy (Executive Committee), David Norris (Executive Committee) Michael Bowers (Councilor), Joe Golab (Alternate Councilor), and Marsha I. Lester (Alternate Councilor) for their service to the Division.

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 (http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS.)

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.

Student Poster Awards

David Nesbitt

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

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

Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

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

Recent Symposia Topics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications of Physical Chemistry to Environmental & Biogeochemical Research
Biophysical Aspects of Protein & Peptide Aggregation: Experiment & Theory
Dynamics & Conductivity of Nanoparticles & Their Assemblies
Growth & Catalysis of Metal Overlays
Hydrogen Bonds: Developments in Experiment & Theory
NMR Research 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:

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

Submit your abstract online at the ACS website: http://oasys.acs.org/. Please see the following for more information regarding submission. As is now customary, Program Chair Garrison has arranged for the presentation of contributed talks in each of the topical symposia. The contributed talks will be selected by the individual symposium organizers from among abstracts that explicitly request consideration for oral presentation. The criterion for selection will be close connection with the topics addressed in the symposia. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be assigned to the poster session(s), unless the authors request otherwise. Since the organizers will not be able to accommodate all requests, the poster sessions will be specifically organized to group posters by symposium topic. While the symposia do cover a wide range of topics, they cannot cover the full depth and breadth of physical chemistry. The Division, therefore, also welcomes general contributions to the poster sessions, which will be grouped by subject area.


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: __________________________.”

Submission of Abstracts

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

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

General Information for Contributed Papers

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

Information and Rules Applying to All Contributed Poster Papers

  1. No paper will be accepted unless an author expects to be present.
  2. ACS Bylaws 3(a) require that “papers by American Chemists or chemical engineers not members of the Society shall not appear on the program unless they be joint with one or more Society members.”
  3. Prospective poster presenters who also submit papers to other Divisions should inform the Chairman-Elects as to the Division, titles of papers and co-authors by the deadline date.
  4. Each poster paper will have a poster board measuring 4’x8’.
  5. All illustrations, charts, and textual material to be posted must be prepared in advance since materials for these purposes will not be available at the meeting.
  6. Posters should be mounted prior to the opening of the session and left in place until the close. Authors are encouraged to be present the entire session.
  7. There must be a heading (with letter at least 1” height) giving the title of the papers, the author(s), their affiliation(s), and the number assigned to it in the program.
  8. Illustrative material will be read by attendees from a distance of 3’ or more, so lettering on illustrations should be at least 3/8” high.
  9. There should be a logical sequence (introduction, development and conclusion) to the display and each sheet should be numbered.
  10. Mounting the sheets on colored construction paper and using other techniques for improving graphic impact will enhance the presentation’s effectiveness. Ease of reading is far more important than artistic flair. Certain color combinations, for instance, may look beautiful but may be almost impossible to read, especially in the absence of optimum lighting.
  11. Do NOT mount illustrations on heavy stock, which is difficult to mount on the poster boards.
  12. Each author is responsible for mounting his or her material at least ½ hour prior to the opening of the assigned poster session and removing it within ½ hour after the close of the session. ACS cannot assume any responsibility for materials beyond those time limits.
  13. Do provide sign-up sheets to record names and addresses of attendees who wish more information.
  14. Do bring duplicates of data and conclusions. Duplicating facilities are unavailable through ACS.
  15. ACS provides a modest supply of pushpins, masking tape, and felt-tipped pens, but it is wise to bring your own. Upon advance request, ACS will arrange for blackboards to be available in the room.
  16. Admission to poster sessions will be by ACS meeting badge only.
  17. A poster paper submitted to the Program Chair (before the deadline) for presentation at a national meeting should be considered accepted unless the author is specifically notified to the contrary by the Division of Physical Chemistry Program Chair.

Future National ACS Meetings

Washington, DC, Aug 28-Sep 1, 2005

Program Chair: Barbara Garrison
Department of Chemistry
Penn State University
University Park, PA, 16802

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
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112

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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:

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. li>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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. In 1978, the Division established the Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry. There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision. The subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics at the national meetings, specifically for the biophysically inclined.

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