Spring 2010 Newsletter














            Remarks from Chair

            Call For Nominations for the Executive Committee

            Election Information and Ballot

            Notes from the Secretary

Council Report

Biophysical Subdivision

            Theoretical Subdivision

            Energy Subdivision

            Poster Session Awards

            Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

            Recent Symposia Topics

            Technical Program — 240th National Meeting — Boston, MA

            Restrictions for Speakers for PHYS Symposia

            Submission of Abstracts

            General Information for Contributed Papers

            Future ACS Meetings


            Membership Information

            Membership Application























Chair (8/09-10)   Martin Head-Gordon

Department of Chemistry, University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720

(510) 642-5957, fax (510) 643-1255

mhg@ cchem.berkeley.edu


Chair Elect (8/09-10)  Mark A. Johnson

Department of Chemistry, Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520-8107

(203) 436-4930, fax (203) 432-6144



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 (8/09-10)  Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University
104 Chemistry Building
University Park, PA 16802

 (814) 865-6442, fax  (814) 863-5319



Vice Chair Elect (8/09-10) Martin Gruebele

University of Illinois

Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333-1624, fax (217)244-3186



Past Chair (8/09-10) Laurie J. Butler

Department of Chemistry,  University of Chicago

Chicago, IL   60637

(773) 702-7206, fax (773) 702-5863



Vicki Grassian (8/07-10) University of Iowa

Robert Cave  (8/08-11)  Harvey Mudd College

Ted Goodson (8/09-12) University of Michigan

C. David Sherrill (8/07-10) Georgia Inst. of Technology

Caroline Chick-Jarrold (8/08-11) Indiana University

Sotiris Xantheas (8/09-12)  PNNL


Paul Jagodzinski (08-10)  Northern Arizona University

Michael R. Berman (09-11) AFOSR

John E. Adams (09-11) University of Missouri

Ellen Stechel (10-12) Sandia National Labs


Gang-Yu Liu (08-10) University of California- Davis

Xiaoyang Zhu (09-11)  University of Minnesota

Veronica Vaida (08-10) University of Colorado

Mary J. Shultz (10-12), Tufts University


Chair (8/09-10)  Christine Payne

  Department of Chemistry, Georgia Tech

(404) 385-3125



Chair-Elect (8/09-10)   Douglas J. Tobias

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

(949) 824-4295


Vice-Chair (8/09-10)   Greg Engel
  Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
(773) 834-0818



Past Chair (8/09-10)  Martin Zanni
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
(608) 262-4783


Chair  (8/09-10)   Gerhard Hummer

Laboratory of Chemical Physics,

National Institutes of Health

(301) 402-6290




Chair-Elect (8/09-10) C. David  Sherrill

Department of Chemistry, Georgia Tech

(404) 894-4037



Vice-Chair (8/09-10)   Phillip Geissler

Department of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley

(510) 642-8716



Secretary Jan Steckel

 (412) 386-4430



Past Chair  (8/09-10)   H. Bernhard Schlegel

Department of Chemistry, Wayne State University

 (313) 577-2562



Chair (8/09-10)  Bruce D. Kay

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory




Chair-Elect  (8/09-10) Emily A. Carter

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Princeton University

(609) 258-5391


Vice-Chair  (8/09-10) John C. Hemminger

Department of Chemistry
University of California, Irvine

(949) 824-6022






Remarks from the Division Chair

Spring, 2010

Martin Head-Gordon


New Energy Subdivision: The PHYS Division’s new Energy Subdivision is now operational! The first Chair of the subdivision is Bruce Kay (PNNL), with Emily Carter (Princeton) serving as vice-chair. I would like to thank them for their efforts. The Energy Subdivision joins the existing subdivisions in Theory and Biophysical Chemistry. The Energy Subdivision will be active in suggesting future symposia that explore the physical chemistry of new energy sources and conversion processes. A complete list of Division officers can be found at http://phys-acs.org/officers.pdf


New Divisional Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry: An exciting new development is the initiation of an annual award recognizing outstanding research in experimental physical chemistry by an individual who has not yet received an ACS National Award. The funds for this award were secured by Greg Voth (Chicago), and I would like to thank him for this important initiative. The award will be presented for the first time in 2011, and the call for nominations will very shortly be available on the Division’s home page: http://phys-acs.org. It joins our existing Divisional Award in Theoretical Chemistry, which was given to Prof. Ken Jordan in 2010.  The call for nominations for the 2011 Theory Award is also on our home page.


Call for Nominations for Divisional Officers: The scientific and educational quality of the PHYS Division's activities depends on the voluntary involvement of our scientific colleagues. If you are interested in being an officer or being on the Executive Committee, please write L-Butler@uchicago.edu and we'll forward your name to the Nominating Committee.


New Postdoctoral Research Awards: With the aid of a newly awarded ACS grant for innovative programming, we are reorganizing our Postdoctoral Research Awards for 2010 and 2011.  We have made 4 awards this spring, which will be recognized with talks at the Boston meeting.  There are two winners in the theoretical and computational area: Riccardo Baron (UCSD; McCammon group), and Dmitrij Rappoport (Harvard; Aspuru-Guzik group), and two winners in experimental physical chemistry: James Cahoon (Harvard; Lieber group) and Randall H. Goldsmith (Stanford; Moerner group).  I congratulate them, and thank the Committee who judged the nominations for their time and effort. There will be a call for the 2011 Awards early next year.


Student Poster Prizes: The Physical Chemistry Division continues to provide awards for the best student posters at each national meeting. The awardees for the Spring 2010 meeting in San Francisco are listed on our web-page at http://phys-acs.org/PosterWinnersSpring2010.htm


Upcoming ACS National Meetings: The Fall 2010 ACS meeting will be held in Boston from August 22-26, and our 2010 Program Chair, Mark Johnson (Yale) has put together an exciting program including symposia in biophysical chemistry, energy, atmospheric chemistry, theoretical chemistry and much more. The symposia description may be found here: http://phys-acs.org/AU_2010.pdf . We hope to see many of you in Boston this fall! You may also want to begin thinking about what to present at the Spring 2011 meeting, which will be March 27-31, 2011, in Anaheim CA.  Abstract submission will close in October.


Future P-Chem Symposia: With ACS’s long time-lines, planning for symposia in 2011 is already far advanced, under the excellent leadership of our 2011 Program Chair, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (Penn State). If you are interested in organizing a future symposium, please contact our Program Chair for 2012, Martin Gruebele (Illinois).


Finally, I would like to thank the present officers and executive committee members of the PHYS Division for their time and scientific expertise, and thank you for your continued support of the Division.


Call for Nominations for the Executive Committee


The nominations committee, comprised of Martin Head-Gordon, Laurie J. Butler and James Skinner, is seeking nominations for opened positions on the executive committee.  The positions include:


Vice-chair elect , two members of the executive committee, councilor, and two alternate councilors.


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 of alternating between experimentalists and theorists in the executive committee, the next vice-chair elect will be a  theorist.


Please send suggestions directly to Laurie Butler, l_butler@uchicago.edu at your earliest convenience but not later than June 6, 2010


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.


The Secretary shall distribute the list of nominees to all members of the Division. Additional nominations may then be made as follows:  Each nominee or slate of nominees must be supported by signatures of not less than four percent of the members of the Division in good standing. 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 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.


Councilors and Alternate Councilors shall be elected by ballot in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the SOCIETY.


The Secretary shall distribute to each member of the Division a ballot containing the name of all candidates for positions of Councilor and Alternate Councilor, and for each other vacancy for which more than one candidate has been nominated.


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 Washington, DC. The Councilors and vice-councilors began their terms of service on January 1, 2010.


Martin Head-Gordon, Chair                                              1 year

Mark Johnson, Chair Elect                                               1 year

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Vice Chair                           1 year

Martin Gruebele, Vice-Chair Elect                                  1 year                    

Theodore Goodson, Executive Committee                   3 years

Sotiris Xantheas, Executive Committee                        3 years                  

John Adams (re-elected), Councilor                               3 years

Mary J. Shultz, Alternate Councilor                                 3 years


The Physical Chemistry Division thanks outgoing officers Laurie Butler (Chair), Martin Head-Gordon (Chair-Elect), Mark Johnson (Vice-Chair), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (Vice-Chair Elect), Marsha Lester (Executive Committee), Jingsong Zhang (Executive Committee), James Lisy (Alternate Councilor) 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 after 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://phys-acs.org/phys_bylaws_2_2010.pdf)


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. At the Spring 2010 National Meeting in San Francisco the Council learned that the Society’s total 2009 revenue ($460 million) was up +1% from 2008, but fell short of the 2009 approved budget by $19.5 million or 4.1%.  This revenue shortfall was fully anticipated and contingency planning actions and cost containment initiatives were implemented across the Society. These actions resulted in expense savings totaling $22.5 million.  Significant reductions were realized in salaries and fringe benefits, and in discretionary accounts such as travel, training, and professional services.  As a result, the Society’s Net Return from Operations was $13.7 million, or $3.0 million greater than anticipated in the 2009 Approved Budget. 


Unrestricted Net Assets rebounded in 2009 to approximately $124 million, from a previous $60 million at the end of 2008.  The significant increase can be attributed to the favorable operating results, investment gains, and a net reduction in the Society’s post-retirement benefit plan liabilities.  The Society ended the year in compliance with four of the five Board-established financial guidelines.  The Fund Balance Ratio Guideline, which measures the adequacy of the Society’s unrestricted net assets, was not met.  The financial outlook for 2010 is better and there is hope that the Society will meet the 2010 approved budget. 


Contained below is a synopsis of the actions taken during the Council meeting held in San Francisco, as well as other information reported to Councilors.


·         Council selected Luis A. Echegoyen and Bassam Z. Shakhashiri as candidates for 2011 President-Elect

·         The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the results of the election to select candidates from the list of nominees to represent District II and District IV on the Board of Directors for the term 2011-2013. George M. Bodner and Joseph R. Peterson are the District II candidates; and Larry K. Krannich and Will E. Lynch are the District IV candidates. Ballots will be mailed on or before October 10 to all members in District II and District IV.

·         The Committee on Nominations and Elections announced the selection of the following candidates for Directors-at-Large for a 2011-2013 term: Janan M. Hayes, Robert L. Lichter, Kathleen M. Schulz, and Kent J. Voorhees. Election of two Directors-at-Large will occur during the Fall.

·         The Council voted to approve the Petition on Admissions Committee. This petition removes the Admissions Committee from the Bylaws and transfers its functions to the Council Committee on Membership Affairs.  The Board of Directors will vote within 90 days on whether to ratify the Petition on Admissions Committee.

·         A motion to approve the Petition on Candidate Selection by Member Petition failed. This petition would have amended the Constitution to emphasize that candidates selected by a petition process from members will have no further screening. 

·         The motion to approve Petition on Election Timelines 2009 failed. This petition would have shortened certain national election timelines.

·         The Council received three petitions for consideration. Action is expected on these petitions during the Fall 2010 Council meeting in Boston.

o    Petition on International Chemical Sciences Chapters. This petition provides for travel funds for either the Chair or Chair-Elect of International Chemical Sciences Chapters to attend governance meetings at twice the amount allotted for a Councilor. 

o    Petition on President-Elect Eligibility. This petition requires that nominees or candidates for President-Elect come from an academic background every other election, and that only those from non-academic backgrounds would be eligible in the alternate years.

o    Petition on Recorded Votes. This petition provides for additional voting methods, e.g., clickers that have been recently used at Council meetings, when conducting recorded votes.

·         Council voted to set the member dues for 2011 at the fully escalated rate of $146. This rate is established pursuant to an inflation-adjustment formula in the ACS Constitution and Bylaws. 

·         Council voted to continue for three years the current formula for determining allotments to local sections.

·         Council was informed that at the close of 2009, the Society membership totaled 161,783 compared to 154,024 for year-end 2008.  The number of new membership applications received last year was the highest ever.  The 2009 number also reflects the transition of 6,658 former Student Affiliates to the new student member category and the recruitment of 6,341 new student member undergraduates.

·         Council has been informed that the Board of Directors has voted to grant full voting rights on the Board Planning Committee to the chairs of the Committees on Local Section Activities and Divisional Activities. (CPC & B&F already vote.) 


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


Biophysical Subdivision

Christine Payne


The mission of the Biophysical Subdivision is to suggest and help organize symposia and activities for PHYS Division members with an interest in biophysical chemistry. Biophysical symposia at the Fall 2010 ACS meeting in Boston include Electrons in Biomolecules and Metals in Biology. We welcome suggestions and volunteers. Any PHYS member interested in organizing a biophysical symposium should contact the chair, Christine Payne. Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the chair, Christine Payne, 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

Gerhard Hummer


Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry.  To join the Theoretical Subdivision, notify the chair, Gerhard Hummer, 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.


Finally, I invite your nominations for the annual ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry. Prof. Kenneth D. Jordan, the 2010 awardee, will give the plenary talk at the Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry. Details on nominating a brilliant theorist for this award may be found at http://phys-acs.org/theoryAward.htm.


Energy Subdivision

Bruce Kay


The Energy Subdivision was created in 2010 to address fundamental physiochemical phenomena relevant to the efficient production and utilization of energy and its impact on the environment.  Physical chemistry provides the scientific foundation for many energy-related technologies such as combustion, catalysis, fuel cells, and solar (both photosynthesis and photo-voltaic), and plays a central role in understanding related issues in climate change, and carbon capture and sequestration.  The Subdivision works closely with the Division and the Theoretical and Biophysical Subdivisions in developing energy-related programming for symposia at national meetings.


The inaugural officers for the Subdivision are Bruce D. Kay (Chair) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Emily A. Carter (Chair-Elect) of Princeton University, and John C. Hemminger (Vice-Chair) of the University of California at Irvine.  Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry.  To join the Energy Subdivision complete and submit the application form at the end of this newsletter.


Student Poster Awards

Mark A. Johnson


The winners of the Physical Chemistry Student Poster Award Competition at the Spring 2010 ACS meeting in San Francisco, CA were:


Hongli Tao, Stanford University,Ab initio multiple spawning study of coherent control in the cyclohexadiene ring-opening reaction“


Imee Su Martinez, University of Houston, “Surface analysis of contained RTILs using SFG and complementary classical techniques”


Alina P. Sergeeva, Utah State University, “Structure, stability and unique chemical bonding of pure boron clusters: All-boron hydrocarbon analogs”


Olga R. L. Griffith, The University of Arizona, Intra- and intermolecular electronic interactions of dioxolane-substituted pentacene derivatives with triisopropylsilylethynyl functional groups: Environment-dependant effect of the substituents”


Jocelyn M. Rodgers, University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, “Simulating the lipid-mediated aggregation of transmembrane proteins”


Yu Cheng, Case Western Reserve University,  “Gold nanoparticles for photodynamic therapy and drug delivery”


Ashley K. Tucker, Georgia Institute of Technology, “Liquid crystal phases under the presence of a rotating external field”


Heather R. Howard,  Lebanon Valley College, “Photolytic reactions in ices relevant to Triton.”


Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer


The Executive Committee solicits formal suggestions for symposia and speakers for the meetings to be held in future years.  The Executive Committee met in San Francisco, CA in March, 2010, to plan the programs for 2011.  We will finalize the programs during the ACS meeting in Boston, MA in August 2010.  Please send your suggestions to the 2011 Program Chair, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, or the 2012  Program Chair, Martin Gruebele, 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:

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


232nd  ACS National               Chemistry in Extreme Environments

            Meeting                       Cyber Science, Chemistry

San Francisco, CA                  Fundamentals of Metal Oxide Catalysis

Sept 10-14, 2006                    Physical Chemical Foundations of Biological Membrane Phenomenon

                                                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                 Capturing Complexity in Physical Sciences Simulations

           Meeting                          Dynamics on the Nanoscale

Chicago, IL                               Measures of Accuracy and Reliability in Molecular Simulation

March 25-29, 2007                  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                Single Molecule Spectroscopy and Novel Imaging Techniques for Biomolecular Systems

            Meeting                         Emergence of Function in Molecular Assemblies

Boston, MA                               Computational Electrochemistry for New Energy

August 19-23, 2008                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 Nation                     Physical Chemistry of Atmospheric Processes

          Meeting                           Optical Probes of Dynamics in Complex Environments

New Orleans, LA                     Multiscale Modeling in Biophysics

April 6-10, 2008                       Computational Spectroscopy

                                                    Nanostructured Materials

                                                    Electronic Structure and Reaction Dynamics of Open-Shell Species

                                                    Spectroscopy, Chemistry and Imaging Through Nanophotonics


236th ACS National                 Water Mediated Interactions

          Meeting                           Advances in the Electronic Structure of Transition Metal Systems and Organometallics

Philadelphia, PA                      Spectroscopic Probes of Chemical Dynamics in Gaseous and Condensed Phases

Augutst 17-21, 2008               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                 New Developments in Energy Conversion and Light-Harvesting

          Meeting                           Advances in Electronic Structure Theory and First Principles Dynamics

Salt Lake City, UT                    Attosecond Science- The Next Frontier

March 22-26, 2009                  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


238th ACS National                 Molecular Basis of Protein Aggregation and Amyloid Filbril Formation

      Meeting                               New Developments in Strongly Correlated Electrons

Washington, DC                      25 Years of ZEKE

August 16-20, 2009                Protected Metallic Clusters, Quantum Wells and Metal-Nanocrystal Molecules in Fundamental and   Applied Chemistry

                                                    The Physical Chemistry of Photon to Fuel Converstion

                                                    Graphitic Materials

                                                    Fluorescence Microscopy Beyond the Diffraction Limit

                                                    Chemical Reaction Dynamics in Gaseous and Condensed Phases


239th ACS National                 Multiscale Nanomaterials, Polymer, and Biomolecular Dynamics

          Meeting                           Optical Science and Emerging Energy Technologies

San Francisco, CA                  Recent Advances in Observational and Experimental Astrochemistry

March 21-25, 2010                  Dynamics in Clusters and Floppy Systems: Theory and Experiment

                                                    Fluorescent Probes in Biophysics and Chemistry

Measuring and Manipulating Condensed Phase Chemistry in Time and Frequency: Celebrating 50 Years of the Laser

Physical Chemistry of Ionic Liquids


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 2010 Meeting

August 22-26  Boston, MA


Program Chair:  Mark A. Johnson, Department of Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8107, (203) 436-4930, mark.johnson@yale.edu


The symposia and their organizers are:


Electrons in Bio-Molecules, Jack P. Simons (University of Utah), J. Mathias Wever (University of Colorado)


Molecular Systems for Efficient Solar Energy Conversion and Storage, Victor Batista (Yale University), Charles Schmuttenmaer (Yale University), Gary Brudvig (Yale University)


Challenges for Density Functional Theory, Weitao Yang (Duke University), Xiaosong Li (University of Washington)


Physical Chemistry of Spectrochemical Analysis, Brooks H. Pate 9 University of Virginia), Kevin K. Lehmann (University of Virginia)


 Metals in Biology, Amy Palmer (University of Colorado), Thomas Brunold (University of Wisconsin)


 Physical Chemistry of Hydrates, Interfaces and Aerosols and Their Relationship to Climate, Veronica Vaida (University of Colorado), Steven S. Brown (NOAA)


 Recent Advances in Ion Mobility for Analysis and Characterization of Macromolecules, Michael T. Bowers (U. C. Santa Barbara), Erin Baker (PNNL)


Chemical Computations on General Purpose Graphics Processing Units (GP-GPUs), Thom Dunning Jr. (University of Illinois), Volodymyr Kindratenko (University of Illinois), Todd J. Martinez (University of Illinois), Robert J. Harrison (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Jeffrey Madura (Duquesne University)


Spring 2011 Meeting

March 27-31, Anaheim, CA

Program Chair: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, (814) 865-6442, shs@chem.psu.edu


The planned symposia and their organizers are:


Quantum Information, Quantum Computation and Chemistry: Experiment and Theory, Alan Aspuru-Guzik (Harvard       University), Kenneth Brown (Georgia Tech)


Tunneling Pathways, David N. Beratan (Duke University), Jose N. Onuchic (U. C. San Diego)


Membrane Protein Structure and Function, Toby W. Allen (U. C. Davis), Frances Separovic (University of Melbourne)


Chemical Reaction Dynamics at Surfaces: Advances in Experiment and Theory, Diego Troya (Virginia Tech), John R. Morris (Virginia Tech)


Chemical Carbon Mitigation- A Physiochemical Approach, Andrew Bocarsly (Princeton), Emily Carter (Princeton)


Infrared Spectroscopy of Gas and Condensed Phase Biomolecules, Timothy Zwier (Purdue University), Martin Zanni (University of Wisconsin Madison)


Fragment and Localized Orbital Methods in Electron Structure Theory, So Hirata (University of Florida), John Z. H. Zhang (New York University)

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.  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 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


Boston, MA August 22-26, 2010                                                            Anaheim, CA March 27-31, 2011

Program Chair:  Mark Johnson                                                               Program Chair: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

Yale University                                                                                          Pennsylvania State University

New Haven, CT 06520; mark.johnson@yale.edu                                    University Park, PA16802; shs@chem.psu.edu


Denver, CO August 28- September 1, 2011                                         San Diego, CA March 25-29, 2012

Program Chair: Sharon Hammes-Schiffer                                             Program Chair: Martin Gruebele

Pennsylvania State University                                                                 University of Illinois

University Park, PA16802; shs@chem.psu.edu                                      Urbana, IL; gruebele@scs.illinois.edu 


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
Subdivisions of Theoretical Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry and Energy
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.
11.          In 2009, the Division established the Energy Subdivision.  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.

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