American Chemical Society
Division of Physical Chemistry
Spring 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 McCoy
Department of Chemistry
Ohio State University
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 06520-8107
(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
Department of Chemistry
University of Utah
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 (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) To Be Announced

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

Spring, 2009

Laurie J. Butler

I would like to draw your attention to a new yearly symposium, beginning at the Fall 2009 National ACS meeting in DC, to highlight leading research by postdoctoral fellows in physical chemistry.  Drawn from applications worldwide, ten postdoctoral researchers present their work in invited talks in two sessions on Tuesday, August 18 of the meeting.  Several of these gifted scientists will be applying for faculty positions in the coming year, so we encourage you to attend the Tuesday sessions to have a first look at potential applicants to your college.  The talks span the field of physical chemistry including nanoscience, electronic structure, spectroscopy and dynamics.

Martin Head-Gordon, the program chair for PHYS, has also put together an exciting selection of PHYS symposia for the meeting in DC: The Physical Chemistry of Photon to Fuel Conversion; Chemical Reaction Dynamics in Gaseous and Condensed Phases; Molecular Basis of Protein Aggregation and Amyloid Formation; Fluorescence Microscopy Beyond the Diffraction Limit; New Developments in Strongly Correlated Electrons; Graphitic Materials ; Protected Metallic Clusters, Quantum Wells and Metal-nanocrystal Molecules; and 25 Years of ZEKE.  In addition, we continue at this meeting the special program for undergraduate researchers, beginning with a series of talks on Sunday by leading researchers (including George Schatz!) to introduce our younger colleagues to some of the research areas in the technical symposia. Tom Stephenson (Swarthmore) is again leading this effort.  We encourage applications from young researchers for the fall undergraduate program next year, which will be organized by Will Polik (Hope). The undergraduate program in DC benefits from a generous donation from the Bennet/Raccah family in honor of Prof. Paul Raccah. (

Several of the oral presentations relevant to the nanoscience theme of the ACS national meeting in the Salt Lake City are now available on the web.  For selected PHYS talks, see the list on

The Physical Chemistry Division also gives awards for the best student posters at each meeting. The awardees for the Spring 2009 meeting in Salt Lake City are given later in this newsletter and their pictures can be found on the web. ( In the Washington, DC meeting we are delighted to announce a new student poster award in honor of renowned kineticist Sid Benson. An ACS member who worked extensively in the field of chemical kinetics at Ford, Bill Kaiser, donated the funds to underwrite this special poster award for four years. If you would like to make a contribution for a dedicated award of this kind, please contact the PHYS chair, Laurie Butler, or 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 contact me and I will 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, congratulations to Peter Rossky, the first recipient of the annual ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry.  Peter will give the plenary talk at the at the Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry, held every other year in Telluride, Colorado, beginning in the Summer of 2009. These summer schools were personally endowed by Jack Simons, with matching funds from other sources including the PHYS Division. 

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

Call for Nominations for the Executive Committee

The nominations committee, comprised of Greg Voth, Laurie Butler and Mike Fayer,is seeking nominations for opened positions on the executive committee. The positions include: Vice-chair elect, one councilor, one alternate councilor, two members of the executive committee.

The vice-chair elect is a multi-year position as an officer in the division. The vice-chair elect in 2010 will be the vice chair in 2011; chair elect and program chair in 2012; chair in 2013 and immediate past chair in 2014. Following our tradition ofalternating between experimentalists and theorists in the executive committee, the next vice-chair elect will be an experimentalist.

Please send suggestions directly to Greg Voth, at your earliest convenience but not later than June 6, 2009.

Election Information and Ballot

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 5,500). 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 six physical chemistry officers assumed their respective offices at the close of the national meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The Councilors and vice-councilors began their terms of service on January 1, 2009.

Laurie Butler, Chair1 year
Martin Head-Gordon, ChairElect1 year
Mark Johnson, Vice Chair1 year
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Vice-Chair Elect1 year
Robert Cave, Executive Committee3 years
Caroline Chick-Jarrold, Executive Committee3 years
Paul Jagodzinski, Councilor3 years
Xiaoyang Zhu, Alternate Councilor3 years

The Physical Chemistry Division thanks outgoing officers Gregory Voth (Chair), Laurie Butler (Chair-Elect), Martin Head-Gordon (Vice-Chair), Mark Johnson (Vice-Chair Elect), Will Polik (Executive Committee), Gustavo Scuseria (Executive Committee) for their service to the Division.

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 August 1 and March 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

Fellow members of the Physical Division,

The most pressing issue facing the ACS is the ramification of the recent market downturn. The finances of the Society are sound, but are significantly weaker that they were just a few months ago. The operations of the Society returned $9.7M ($560K favorable to budget) to the asset pool for 2008, however investment losses and federal mandates coupled with Pension Fund investment losses reduced unrestricted net assets from $212M (December 31, 2007) to $60M (December 31, 2008). One of the tenants of the Society is that we, as members, ensure the financial strength of the Society in order to ensure its future. The Board of Directors and the Society Committee on Budget and Finance received detailed budget briefings at the recent national meeting in Salt Lake City and are doing everything possible and appropriate to address the situation, including a reduction in force representing 3% of the 2000-person ACS workforce. An open letter to the membership related to budget issues is available via the ACS homepage

Contained below is a synopsis of the actions taken and the information reported during Council meeting held at the Spring 2009 national meeting in Salt Lake City.

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

Biophysical Subdivision

Martin Zanni

The Biophysical Subdivision announces that Doug Tobias from the Chemistry Department at the University of California at Irvine is rotating on as Vice-Chair of the sub-division following the conclusion of Cecilia Clemente's 3-year term. Doug is a theorist and a simulator. He specializes in membrane protein structures and dynamics, as well as surface effects of ions. He has a good mix of physical and biophysical chemistry that is well-suited to serve the PHYS Division.

The Biophysical Division also announces our new website, The site is also linked to the main page of PHYS. If there are announcements that our webpage can help advertise, please let us know.

Theoretical Subdivision

H. Bernhard Schelgel

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. Bernhard 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 Awards in Computational Chemistry:

Two awards in computational chemistry are available for current graduate students. One award is for up to 30,000 service units and the second award is for up to 60,000 service units on NCSA's Teragrid resources. These awards are designed to encourage graduate work in computational chemistry, to recognize research accomplishments, and to stimulate interest in the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry and the Physical Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Society. The competition is open to any graduate student (regardless of citizenship) who began graduate study after August 1, 2005, and who is an ACS member (or whose advisor is an ACS member). Applications should be sent by e-mail to with the applicant's name and "student award" in the subject line of the email. The deadline for applications is August 1. 2009. Awardee selection will be made on a competitive basis. Applicants should be working on new and innovative computational chemistry methods or applications in theoretical chemistry. Applicants should prepare a written description of a computational chemistry research project that requires high-performance computing, with an explanation of the scientific importance of the project. Proposals need to include an estimate of the computing resources required and how they will be used. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student's advisor, along with a vita and transcript, are required. The proposal, including the vita, should not exceed four double-spaced pages. In addition, a faculty person (typically the applicant's research advisor) responsible for the applicant's use of the NCSA Teragrid resources must be identified. We are grateful to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications for their support of these awards.

Student Poster Awards

Martin Head-Gordon

The winners of the Physical Chemistry Student Poster Award Competition at the Spring 2009 ACS meeting in Salt Lake City, UT 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 anonymous and impartial judges.

Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

Mark A. Johnson

The Executive Committee solicits formal suggestions for symposia and speakers for the meetings to be held in future years.  The Executive Committee met in Salt Lake City, UT in March, 2009, to plan the programs for 2010. We will finalize the programs during the ACS meeting in Washington, DC in August 2009. Please send your suggestions to the 2010 Program Chair, Mark A. Johnson, or the 2011 Program Chair, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, at the address in the table of officers.  The deadline for receipt of suggestions is July 1 of the preceding year. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings.  For greatest effectiveness, follow these guidelines:

Recent Symposia Topics

230th ACS National Meeting
Washington, DC
Aug 28 – Sept 1, 2005

Charge Transfer Processes: Making Connections
Chemical Control of Oxide Material Response
Computational Exploration of Energy Landscapes:  Challenges & Solutions
Influence of Local Structure & Reagent Energy on Chemical Reactions at Solid Surfaces
Frontiers in Photobiology
Physical Chemistry Curriculum Reform Update:  Where are We & Where are We Going?
Structures & Properties of Small Clusters
Symposium on Ions in Complex Physical, Chemical, & Biological Systems

231st ACS National Meeting
Atlanta, GA
March 29-30, 2006

Emerging Issues in Atmospheric Science:  A Physical Chemistry Perspective
Interactions of Peptides & Proteins with Membrane Surfaces
Molecular & Molecular-Scale Electronics
Molecules in Space
Quantum Molecular Dynamics in the Condensed Phase:  Towards Bridging the Gap Between Theory & Experiment
Spectroscopy of Interfaces
Theoretical & Experimental Advances in the Study of Low-Energy Electron-Induced Processes In Complex Systems

232nd ACS National Meeting
San Francisco, CA
Sept 10-14, 2006

Chemistry in Extreme Environments
Cyber Science, Chemistry
Fundamentals of Metal Oxide Catalysis
Physical Chemical Foundations of Biological Membrane Phenomenonbr>Fifty Years of Electron Transfer & RRKM Theories
Frontiers in Single-Molecule Biophysical Chemistry and Imaging
Frontiers in Molecular Dynamics: Experiment & Theory
Theory of Rare Events & Accelerated Dynamics
Physical Chemistry of Ionic Liquids

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

Capturing Complexity in Physical Sciences Simulations
Dynamics on the Nanoscale
Measures of Accuracy and Reliability in Molecular Simulation
Structure and Dynamics at the Liquid-Liquid Interface
The Biophysics of RNA
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, 2008

Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Novel Imaging Techniques for Biomolecular 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
Chemical Methods of Nanofabrication


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 2009 Meeting

August 16-20, 2009  Washington, DC

Program Chair:  Martin Head-Gordon, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA94720 (510) 642-5957,

The symposia and their organizers are:

Spring 2010 Meeting

March 21-25, 2010 San Francisco, CA

Program Chair: Mark Johnson, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520 (203) 436-4930,

The planned symposia and their organizers are:

Restrictions on Speakers for PHYS Symposia

A speaker may give, at most, one invited talk in the PHYS Division in any given meeting. Note that this rule does not apply to contributed talks and posters, so there is still plenty of opportunity for all physical chemists to present their research results in the PHYS Division.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstract Requirements: Submit a 150-word abstract via the ACS web-based submission system, OASYS.  Submission instructions and information on abstract requirements can be found at the ACS Web site,

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

General Information for Contributed Papers

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

Future National ACS Meetings


Washington, DC, August 16-20, 2009
Program Chair: Martin Head-Gordon
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720;


San Francisco, CA March 21-25, 2010
Program Chair: Mark Johnson
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520;


Boston, MA,  August 22-26, 2010
Program Chair: Mark Johnson
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520;



Anaheim, CA March 27-31, 2011
Program Chair: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA16802;


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 ˝ hour prior to the opening of the assigned poster session and removing it within ˝ 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.
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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:
1.             Members receive, in advance, abstracts of the papers to be delivered in the Division of Physical Chemistry programs at national meetings of the ACS
2.             Members receive a newsletter with the abstracts of the National meetings listing future symposia and divisional meetings and giving the deadlines for submission of papers to be presented at these meetings.  The newsletter is included with the abstracts of papers for convenience.
3.             Members receive discounts on the purchase price of the complete bound books of meeting abstracts.  Discounts for other books and journals are also available, and new arrangements are negotiated from time to time.
4.             The Division of Physical Chemistry is an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics, and members of the Division are eligible for a discount on various AIP publications including The Journal of Chemical Physics.
5.             The Division holds mixers at each national meeting of the ACS at which a division program is presented.  These events are held in conjunction with a poster session and provide an excellent opportunity to meet other physical chemists.
6.             Members may vote and hold office in the Division and participate in its activities.  Division Affiliates may not vote and may not hold office.  Members and Affiliates are invited to suggest symposium topics, speakers, and organizers.
7.             The Division maintains a close relationship with the Journal of Physical Chemistry.  Through the Division programs and through cooperation with the Journal of Physical Chemistry, we seek to call attention to the vigorous and dynamic character of physical chemistry in this country and to stimulate intellectual cross-fertilization between the different fields of research in physical chemistry.
8.             The Division hosts important awards symposia.  The Debye, Hildebrand, and Theoretical Chemistry awards are given each year, the Langmuir Award every other year by the ACS.  In addition, the Pure Chemistry and Nobel Laureate Signature awards are frequent features in Division symposia.
9.             In 1978, the Division established the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry.  There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision.  The subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics at the national meetings, specifically for the theoretically inclined.
10.          In 1978, the Division established the Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry.  There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision.  The subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics at the national meetings, specifically for the biophysically inclined.

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