American Chemical Society

Division of Physical Chemistry (PHYS)

Fall 2001 Newsletter

Chair (8/00-01) Daniel Neumark
University of California, Department of Chemistry
237 Hildebrand
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-3502, fax (510) 642-3635

Vice-Chair (8/00-01) John C. Hemminger
University of California-Irvine, Department of Chemistry
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-6020, fax (949) 824-3168

Secretary-Treasurer (8/96-01) Mark Gordon
Iowa State University, Department of Chemistry
201 Spedding Hall
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-0452, fax (515) 294-5204

Chair-Elect (8/00-01) Richard Stratt
Brown University, Department of Chemistry
324 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3418, fax (401) 863-2594

Vice-Chair-Elect (8/00-01) James L. Skinner
University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry
Madison, WI 53706
(608)262-0481, fax (608) 262-9918

Past Chair (8/00-01) George Schatz
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston IL 60208-3113
(847)491-5657, fax (847) 491-7713

David W. Chandler (98-01) Sandia National Lab

Steven A. Buntin (99-02) NIST

Barbara Garrison (00-03) Penn. State Univ.

Julia E. Rice (98-01) IBM

Alexander L. Harris (99-02) Bell Labs

Arthur Nozik (00-03) NREL

Michael Bowers (99-01) Univ. of California, SB

Edward M. (Ted) Eyring (00-02) University of Utah

Alvin L. Kwiram (00-02) Univ. of Washington

Ellen Stechel (01-03) Ford Motor Co.

Joseph M. Jasinski (99-01) IBM Research

Paul L. Houston (00-02) Cornell University

Gregory Voth (00-02) University of Utah

A. Welford Castleman, Jr. (01-03) Penn. State

Chair (8/00-01) William A. Eaton
Lab of Chem Physics, NIH, Bldg 5, Room 104
Bethesda MD 20892-0520
(301) 496-6030

Vice-Chair (8/00-01) Peter G. Wolynes
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0332
(213) 740-4114

Chair-Elect (8/00-01) Arieh Warshel
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90033-1062
(213) 740-4114

To be announced

Chair (8/00-01) Susan C. Tucker
Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
Davis CA 95616
(530) 752-2203

Vice-Chair (8/00-01) Martin Head-Gordon
Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720
(510) 642-5957

Chair-Elect (8/00-01) Edward L. Sibert
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Madison WI 53706

Secretary (8/00-03) Anne M. Chaka
NIST, Physical & Chemical Properties Division
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8380
(301) 975-2481

Remarks from the Division Chair for the
Chicago ACS National Meeting
Fall 2001

Daniel Neumark

Greetings from the Chair! Let me begin by thanking Rich Stratt for organizing an outstanding program in San Diego.The substantial time and effort he invested resulted in a smoothly run and scientifically stimulating meeting. I would also like to offer congratulations to David Nesbitt, who has agreed to be Vice-Chair Elect in 2002. David’s creativity and energy will prove an invaluable asset to the Division in the upcoming years as it works to provide novel and exciting conference programs together for its members. On a more somber note, Mark Gordon and Kris Hinders will be retiring from their positions as Secretary-Treasurer and Administrative Liaison, They have provided outstanding service to the Division during the last five years and will be sorely missed.

The Division of Physical Chemistry represents all areas of physical chemistry, and this broad representation is reflected in the diverse program that Rich Stratt has assembled in Chicago.Symposium topics include: Dissociative Recombination of Molecules with Electrons, First-Principles Simulation of Chemical Dynamics, Molecular Electronics, Physical Chemistry of Gas-Particle Interactions, Signal Processing in Chemistry, Stereochemistry in Aligned Environments, Three-Dimensional Silicon-Oxygen Cages, What Can We Really Learn About Condensed Phases from Clusters, and Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum. These symposia originate from suggestions made by the physical chemistry community; more participation from the community results in more vital and representative conference programs. If you have an idea for a symposium, please contact John Hemminger ( or Mark Gordon (

I would like to alert members of the Division to a likely change in our policy regarding graduate student support at ACS meetings. Instead of awarding partial travel support to a small number (3-5) of graduate students, the Division may institute "Poster Awards" for graduate students presenting the best posters at the Wednesday evening poster session. Our hope is that this will increase graduate student participation in the poster session and membership in the Division. Details will be worked out at the Executive Committee meeting in Chicago.

The Physical Chemistry Division is continuing to work with the Chemistry Division at NSF. At each national meeting, the current chair and past chair meet with NSF administrators in order to pass along the concerns of the community and to keep abreast of new policies and initiatives at NSF. One key issue is the balance between individual investigator awards and multi-P.I. initiatives, a particularly serious concern given the uncertain budget outlook for NSF. Another ongoing issue is the need for rotators at NSF in the fields of experimental and (particularly) theoretical chemistry. NSF is interested in high quality scientists who would like to perform an invaluable service to the community by spending a year in Washington. I encourage anyone interested in serving in such a position to contact George Schatz, Mark Gordon, or me.

I look forward to seeing all of you in Chicago!


Election Information and Ballot

Dear PHYS Division Member:

The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 1997, 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 (which is part of the abstract separates for the fall meeting).

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

Additional nominations can come from the membership in the following fashion: A petition candidate must be supported by the signatures of not fewer than 4% of the members of the PHYS division in good standing (presently approximately 3,500). 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.

Biographical sketches of all the nominees are found below.  This year the Nominating Committee consisted of George Schatz, Dan Neumark, and Joel Bowman. They have chosen the following candidates for election.

VICE-CHAIR ELECT: David Nesbitt (succeeding James Skinner)
SECRETARY-TREASURER: Kenneth Jordan (succeedingMark Gordon)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: David J. Norris (succeedingJulia Rice)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Anne McCoy (succeeding David Chandler)
COUNCILOR: Michael Bowers (succeedinghimself)
ALTERNATE COUNCILOR: Joseph Golab (succeeding Joseph Jasinski)



DAVID NESBITT: Born 1953. B.A. Harvard University (1975), University of Colorado Ph.D. (1981), Nobel Laureate Signature Award (1981), National Research Council Fellow (1981-82), Miller Fellow, UC Berkeley (1982-84), JILA/University of Colorado, Assistant Professor (1984-87), Associate Professor (1987-90), Full Professor (1990-present). Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Award (1984), Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1987), Wilson Prize Lecture (1989), Arthur S. Flemming Award (1991), American Physical Society Fellow, (1991-present), Department of Commerce Medal (1992), Edward Uhler Condon Award (1995), Earle K. Plyler Prize (1997), Reilly Lecture (1997), William F. Meggers Award (1999), Alexander von Humboldt Fellow (1999-present).

Nesbitt’s research experimental/theoretical interests range from high sensitivity IR laser absorption techniques, high resolution spectroscopy of clusters, radicals and molecular ions in slit supersonic jet expansions, frequency domain studies of unimolecular energy flow, time resolved kinetics of atmospheric radicals, state-to-state reaction dynamics in crossed beams, stereochemistry with vibrationally aligned molecules, apertureless near field scanning optical microscopy, single molecule photophyics of semiconductor quantum dots, and confocal fluorescence studies of biomolecular binding kinetics. He is a member of ACS, APS and Sigma Xi and coauthor of over 150 publications in chemical physics.

KENNETH JORDAN: Born 1948. B.S, Northeastern University (1970), Ph.D., MIT (1974). J. Willard Gibbs Instructor, Yale Univ. (1974-1976); Assistant Professor, Yale Univ. (1976-1978). Assistant Professor, Univ. of Pittsburgh (1978-1980). Associate Professor, Univ. of Pittsburgh (1980-1985).  Professor, Univ. of Pittsburgh (1985-present). Program Director for Theoretical Chemical Physics, National Science Foundation (1984-1985). Chair, Vice Chair, Vice Chair Elect, Theoretical Chemistry Subdivision, Physical Chemistry Division, ACS (1988?1991, 1997-2000). Affiliate Staff Scientist. Pacific Northwest Laboratories (1994-1997). Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (1988-present). Visiting Professor, University of Utah (1994-1995). Visiting Fellow, Australian National University (1992). Promotion of Chemistry, Visiting Professor (Taiwan) (1995). Director, Center for Molecular and Materials Simulations, Univ. of Pittsburgh (1999 -present).

Awards: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1977-1982). Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1977-1979). Guggenheim Fellow (1981-1982). Fellow, American Physical Society (1993). Visiting Fellow, JILA (1997). University of Pittsburgh's Chancellor's Research Award (1995). Pittsburgh ACS Award (2000).

Research Interests: Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. Chemical reactions on semiconductor surfaces. Theoretical studies of the electronic structure of molecules. Characterization of temporary anion states. Long-range through-space and through-bond interactions. Mechanisms for electron and excitation transfer. Properties of atomic and molecular clusters. Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations. Applications of parallel-processing techniques.

Member: APS, ACS, Sigma Xi

Kenneth Jordan has co-authored approximately 210 publications in experimental and theoretical physical chemistry.< He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Chemical Physics and of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts.

DAVID J. NORRIS: Born 1968. University of Chicago, B.S., Chemistry (1990); MIT, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry (1995); NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSD (1995-97). NEC Research Institute, Research Scientist (1997-2001). University of Minnesota, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Associate Professor (2002-).

Research Interests:  Experimental physical chemistry of materials; in particular, understanding how the properties of a material can be tailored by controlling its size, shape, and/or structure; the optical properties of photonic crystals and photonic band gap solids; the physical properties of colloidal nanocrystals.

Member: AAAS, ACS, APS, and MRS.

MICHAEL T. BOWERS: Born 1939. University of Illinois, Ph.D. (1966). University of California at Santa Barbara, Assistant Professor (1968-73), Associate Professor (1973-76), Professor (1976-91), Professor Abovescale (1991-Present). American Physical Society Fellow (Elected 1987), Nobel Laureate Signature Award, ACS (1989), Faculty Research Lecturer Award, UCSB (1994), Guggenheim Fellow (1995), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1994), Field and Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry, ACS (1996); Thomson Gold Medal, International Mass Spectrometry Society (1997); Editor, International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (1986-Present), Associate Editor, Journal of the American Chemical Society (1989-Present).

Research Interests: Generation, structure, energetics and reactivity of semiconductor and metallic clusters; development and applications of gas phase ion chromatography; reaction mechanisms and energetics of transition state metal ions and simple molecules; structure and energetics of synthetic and biopolymers in the gas phase.

Member: Alpha Chi Sigma, ACS, APS, ASMS, AAAS

Michael Bowers has co-authored more than 300 publications in the fields of physical chemistry and mass spectrometry.

ANNE B. McCOY: Born 1965. Haverford College, B.S. (1987), University of Wisconsin Madison, Ph.D. (1992), Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and University of California, Irvine (1992-1994). The Ohio State University, Assistant Professor (1994-2000), Associate Professor (2000-present). Golda Meir Postdoctoral Fellow (1993-1994). Bergmann Memorial Award (1998). Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (1999-2004).

Research Interests: Theoretical chemistry, focusing on vibrational spectroscopy and dynamics of weakly bound complexes. Developing general approaches that enable accurate treatments of the spectroscopy and dynamics of these systems, in particular extending the range of applications and the accuracy of diffusion Monte Carlo and mixed quantum/classical treatments. Understanding the role of non-adiabtic effects in spectroscopy and dynamics of open-shell systems.

Member: APS, ACS, Sigma Xi

Anne McCoy has co-authored approximately 50 publications in physical chemistry.

JOSEPH GOLAB: Born 1959. Texas A&M, Ph.D. (1986). Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University (1986-89).  National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Research Scientist and Leader of the Computational Chemistry Group (1989-91). Amoco Chemicals, Research Scientist (1991-96), Amoco Corporation, Staff Research Scientist, (1996-97), Amoco Corporation, Senior Research Scientist, (1997-98), BP Amoco p.l.c., Associate Chemist, (1998-99), BP Chemicals, Technology Manager, Chemistry Modeling (1999-present).   Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Affiliate Staff Scientist, Theory, Modeling, and Simulation Group, W. R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (1996-present).

Research Interests:  Theoretical Chemistry, mainly applying and developing accurate, quantitative, computational techniques and methods for problems of industrial interest, especially molecular properties, thermochemistry, and kinetics.

Member: ACS, AIChE

Joe Golab has co-authored over 28 refereed journal articles, several book chapters, and one book and has spoken on industrial applications of molecular modeling worldwide. He is a core member of BP's Modeling & Simulation Network and has served on several Vision 2020 panels as well as NSF Review panels.


Notes from the Secretary-Treasurer
Mark Gordon

This newsletter contains information about the ACS national meetings and any other items of interest to significant numbers of PHYS division members. All members of the PHYS division are welcome to submit items to the Secretary for inclusion in the newsletter. The deadlines are generally around December 1 and May 1 for the newsletters appearing before the Spring and Fall ACS meetings, respectively. Submissions may be made via mail, FAX or e-mail.


Biophysical Subdivision

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

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, please notify one of the officers of the division located on the second page of this newsletter. 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

IBM Graduate Student Awards in Computational Chemistry

CALL FOR APPLICANTS FOR IBM 2001 AWARDS! (Deadline is October 20, 2001)

There are two Awards in Computational Chemistry that are open to current graduate students. We are grateful to IBM and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for their support of these awards. Last year’s winners are announced below.

Let me urge you to encourage your graduate students to apply. The competition is open to any graduate student (regardless of citizenship) who began graduate study after August 1, 1998 and who is an ACS member (or whose advisor is an ACS member). 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 ACS.

An Awards Committee will consider all the applicants. The awards applications should be sent to Professor Ned Sibert at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Note that the deadline for applications is October 20, 2001.

These two awards, supported by IBM, will provide one-time cash stipends of $2500 and $1000 as supplements to normal financial aid to doctoral candidates in the research-dissertation stage in the 2001-2002 academic year. The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute will provide each awardee up to 1000 node-hours on an IBM SP2 cluster for the awardees to actually carry out a portion of the awarded research. The awardees will have access to the consulting services of the Institute normally available to all users.   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 in SP2 cpu-hours. Applicants should explain how they plan to use the grant funds. 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 five double-spaced pages. In addition, a faculty person (typically the applicant's research advisor) responsible for the applicant's use of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute resources must be identified.

Forward applications by October 20, 2001 to:

Professor Edwin L. Sibert
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin
1101 University Avenue
Madison WI 53706
(608) 262-0265

The awardees will be announced in the Fall 2001 Theoretical Subdivision newsletter and Spring 2002 division newsletter.


1st Prize: Nathan A. Baker
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California-San Diego
Advisor: Professor J. Andrew McCammon
Proposal: Investigation of Microtubule Assembly by Parallel Solution of the Poisson-Boltzman Equation



2nd Prize: Sidney P. Elmer

Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
Advisor: Professor Vijay S. Pande
Proposal: Design and Characterization of Self-Folding Polyphenylacetylene-Based Heteropolymers



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

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


Council Report
Alvin Kwiram

As an experiment, the Division has decided to add a new feature to the Newsletter: a brief report from the Councilors. The purpose is to provide Division members a glimpse of some of the topics that the councilors deal with and what some of the main issues are at each meeting. Your comments, either positive or negative are welcome. If you do not think this is of interest, please let us know, since we do not need to spend the time and energy creating material if it is of no interest to the membership. On the other hand, we want to provide services that you might find helpful. If you have suggestions for other information that you would find helpful, please let us know.

The usual items of business at the council meetings (held on Wednesday mornings at the twice-a-year national meeting) are the reports of the ACS President, Board Chair and various committee chairs. Most of the information is contained in the minutes of the Executive Committee and committee reports

Normally, one of the first items of business at the spring meeting is to vote on the candidates for president elect.< This year the four candidates were from industry (industry and academic candidates are placed on the ballot in alternate years). They were:

Each candidate is given three minutes to make an oral statement to the assembled councilors. This is often a summary of their published statements which are provided in advance to the councilors (along with their cv's) in the Councilor briefing document. The two top candidates are then placed on the ballot sent to all ACS members for a vote of the membership. The two selected by the councilors this year are William Carroll and Elsa Reichmanis. You will have an opportunity to vote for them in the coming months.

The immediate past president is Daryle Busch; the current president is Attila Pavlath ; and the president elect is Eli Pearce. The president elect takes over as president on January 1 for one calendar year.

Members are encouraged to propose candidates for president of the society. We have not had an academic physical chemist for some time. (Ed Wasserman from Dupont was the most recent president from industry with a physical chemistry connection.) The recent effort by the Division to get Dick Zare on the ballot was not successful. Any suggestions for candidates should be sent to the Division chair.

Another item of business taken up by the ACS this past year dealt with the use of membership lists. Historically, if another organization requests the use of the DPC membership list, it must be approved by the ACS Executive Director and the DPC Executive Committee. Typical examples where the Division would approve release of the list would be to

The Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry or to the Division of Chemical Physics of the American Physical Society. Only those requests that in the eyes of the Executive Committee would have a high degree of interest on the part of the DPC membership are approved. The issue that came up this year was how to handle the release of information in the web directories. The ACS extended the above policy on membership lists to information in web directories.

The Division has four councilors and four alternate councilors.

Councilors: Edward M. Eyring (00-02), Alvin L. Kwiram (00-02), Michael Bowers (99-01), Ellen Stechel (01-03)

Alternate Councilors: Joseph Jasinski (99-01), Paul Houston (00-02), Gregory Voth (00-02), A. Welford Castleman, Jr. (01-03)

In other news, the ACS is making $65,000 available this year for innovative projects proposed by Divisions that might help improve programming, service to members or in other ways improve the operations of the Society. If you have suggestions, you may want to convey them to the Secretary-Treasurer.

An ethics task force has been formed to determine whether there should be a new governance unit formed in ACS to help members understand more fully the importance of high ethical standards in the pursuit of professional goals. Any thoughts on this matter would be welcome.

The other major activity of interest to the divisions, is the discussion about the need to increase the financial support that the ACS provides to the divisions. Currently, the DPC receives about $18K a year from the ACS to support programming and some membership service costs. In total, Divisions received just over $300K in 1999. On the other hand, local sections receive nearly four times as much support as divisions do. No one argues that the local sections should receive less, but the divisions have made a strong case for several years that divisions need more support in order for them to mount effective programs at the national meetings. As a result, then President Ed Wasserman formed a Presidential Task Force to review this matter. There is some prospect that the allocation to Divisions may be raised at a cost of some $250K a year. Currently the allocation to divisions consists of a base allocation of $564 (1999), plus an amount based on the number of members in the division ($1.12 per member), the number of attendees at the national meetings and at DPC symposia, the number of posters and so on. The total received by DPC from ACS in 2000 was $17,960.

Let me take this opportunity to invite any DPC members who have well defined views on how graduate education needs to change might to communicate them to me. I am a member of the newly formed ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board which is charged with the task of reviewing the current practices in graduate education and recommending changes that might address some of the main concerns about this aspect of higher education. Many of the issues are well known: time to degree; inadequate preparation for work in careers other than research universities; inadequate career counselling; inadequate preparation for needed skills like team work and public speaking. How should PhD physical chemists, for example, be educated for work in industry, in high schools or community colleges, so that they are well prepared and can "hit the ground running"? If you have views on these matters please feel free to share them with me or with Margerie Caserio who heads the new ACS office and is guiding the Advisory Board in its deliberations. Paul Anderson is the chair of the joint SOCED/CPT Advisory Board.

These are some of the main topics that might be of interest to DPC members.   I have not reported on operational issues like realigning boundaries of sections or creating new ones; changing the name of "region" to "district"; modifying the requirements for membership in the ACS for those with less than a bachelors degree in the chemical sciences; approval of the 3rd edition of "Academic Professional Guidelines"; or the new dues level. But you know which way they went.


Graduate Student Travel Fellowship Awards

Fellowships of $300.00 were awarded to graduate students to offset conference registration, travel or local expenses for travel to ACS National Meetings. The winners from the Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 meetings were:
Fall 2000 Recipients

Jun Deng, University of Memphis
Jason Smith, Rutgers University
Tommaso Baldacchini, Boston College
Alessandra Scodinu, University of California, Berkeley

Spring 2001 Recipients

Wei Cheng, Brown University
Raymond C. Dudek, Brown University
K. Lance Kelly, Northwestern University
Elizabeth A. Raymond, University of Oregon

Congratulations on receiving this award!


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 Orlando in April to plan the programs for 2003. Please send your suggestions to the 2003 Program Chair, James Skinner, at the address in the table of officers. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is February 15, 2002. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these suggestions:



ACS 2001 Membership Campaign

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The millennium fast approaches, the excitement and energy is at an all-time high and the ACS 2001 Membership Campaign is in full swing. The Campaign is a flurry of activities aimed at progress, growth, and securing the future of the Society and the chemical community at large. ACS's pledge for the future is to build a vibrant, strong society that serves 175,000 chemical professionals worldwide.

Be a part of the Member-Get-A-Member drive. It's fast, and easy. Call our toll-free number 1-800-227-5558, ext.4568 and ask for the Member-Get-A-Member package. When the package arrives, nominate one of your colleagues for membership; choose your free thank you gift; give your nominee the special application and brochure from the package. It's that simple.

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Recent Symposia Topics

216th ACS National Meeting
Boston, MA
August 23-27, 1998
Special Topics in High Resolution Spectroscopy
Structure and Reactivity of Complex Metal Oxide 
A Celebration of 20 Years of the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry
Physical Properties of Polymeric Materials and Molecular Thin Films
Innovations in Teaching Physical Chemistry Concepts and Courses
Molecular and Supramolecular Photochemistry and Photophysics
Biophysical Program: Oxygen Activation in Metalloenzymes
Biophysical Program: Frontiers of Theory in Biophysical Chemistry
Biophysical Program: Ultrafast Protein Responses
217th ACS National Meeting
Anaheim, CA
March 21-25, 1999
Liquids and interfaces (in honor of Doug Henderson)
Free radicals in condensed phases
Unimolecular reactions and intramolecular dynamics
Physical chemistry of sol-gel materials
Frontiers of statistical mechanics: in honor of Ben Widom
Linear conjugated polyenes: A celebration of the scientific career of Bryan Earl Kohler
Structures of electrochemical interfaces by new spectroscopic probes and approaches
218th ACS National Meeting
New Orleans, LA
August 22-26, 1999
Water and Water Clusters
Chemical Waves, Fronts and Patterns
Chromophore Aggregates
Electronically Nonadiabatic Processes in Gaseous, Cluster and Condensed Media
Imaging in Chemical Dynamics
Modern Electronic Structure Theory: Celebrating the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
219th ACS National Meeting
San Francisco, CA
March 26-31, 2000
Aperiodic Metals and Metallic Glasses: Surface Properties
Patterning, Functionalization, and Reactivity of Complex Solid Surfaces
Proteins 2000: Frontiers of Protein Structure and Function
Potential Energy Surfaces: From Polyatomics to Macromolecules
Physical Chemistry of Chirality
Physical Chemistry at High Pressure and Temperature
Atmospheric Chemistry (Harold Johnston Festschrift)
220th ACS National Meeting
Washington D.C.
August 20-24, 2000
Chemistry Under Extreme Conditions
Very Low Temperature Dynamics and Spectroscopy
Chemical Applications of Neutrons
Industrial Applications of Theoretical Chemistry
Frontiers in Biophysical Theory
Proton Transport in Liquids, Solids and Proteins
Quantum Computing for the Next Millennium
Dynamics in Liquids
Physical Chemistry of Nucleic Acids: In Memory of Matt Petersheim
Femtochemistry: 1999 Nobel Prize Symposium
221st ACS National Meeting
San Diego, CA 
April 1-5, 2001
Probing Molecular Aqueous Environments in Chemistry and Biology
Strong-Field Chemistry: Molecules and Clusters in Intense Laser Fields
Chemical Approaches to Photonic Crystals
Accurate Description of Low-Lying Molecular States and Potential Energy Surfaces
Optical Studies of Single Molecules and Molecular Assemblies in Chemical Physics and Biophysics
Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Energy Landscapes of Proteins, Dynamics, Folding, Function and Prediction


Fall Meeting

Technical Program

August 26-30, 2001

Chicago, IL

The 222nd American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in Chicago, IL during the week of August 26-30, 2001. Dr. Richard Stratt, 2001 Physical Chemistry Division Program Chair, has arranged for 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:

Very Important Notice

A significant portion of the Division’s annual income is provided by the ACS, based in part on Division members’ attendance at the national meetings. On the advance meeting registration form you will see a question such as that given below. If you list the Physical Division, you will contribute to our income and allow the Division to offer better symposia.

"Please list ALL of the division(s) to which you belong:__________________________"


Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

April 7-11, 2002

Orlando, FL

Program Chair: John C. Hemminger, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697, Phone: (949) 824-6020, FAX: (949) 824-3168,

Please see 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.

Submit your abstract on-line at the ACS website: Please see the following page for more information. As is now customary, Program Chair Hemminger 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.

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 website,

Request for contributed oral presentation: 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 website, 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-Elect as to the Division, titles of papers and co-authors by the deadline date.
  4. Each poster paper will have a poster board measuring 4’x8’.
  5. All illustrations, charts, and textual material to be posted must be prepared in advance since materials for these purposes will not be available at the meeting.
  6. Posters should be mounted prior to the opening of the session and left in place until the close. Authors are encouraged to be present the entire session.
  7. There must be a heading (with lettering at least 1” 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. li>Do NOT mount illustrations on heavy stock, which is difficult to mount on the poster boards.
  12. Each author is responsible for mounting his or her material at least 1/2 hour prior to the opening of the assigned poster session and removing it within 1/2 hour after the close of the session. ACS cannot assume any responsibility for materials beyond those time limits.
  13. Do provide sign-up sheets to record names and addresses of attendees who wish more information.
  14. Do bring duplicates of data and conclusions. Duplicating facilities are unavailable through ACS.
  15. ACS provides a modest supply of 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 Chairman.


Future National ACS Meetings

Boston MA August 18-22, 2002

Program Chair: Professor John C. Hemminger
Department of Chemistry, Univ. of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697

New York City NY September 7-11, 2003

Program Chair: Professor James L. Skinner
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

New Orleans LA March 23-27, 2003

Program Chair: Professor James L. Skinner
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

Anaheim CA March 28-April 1, 2004

Program Chair: Professor David J. Nesbitt
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, U. of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309



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Division of Physical Chemistry
Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry
Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry

We invite you to encourage non-members to join the PHYS division. It is the professional organization devoted to physical chemistry and physical chemists and can be most successful with maximum participation by physical chemits. Some of the more practical advantages of membership are:
  1. Members receive, in advance, abstracts of the papers to be delivered in the Division of Physical Chemistry programs at national meetings of the ACS.
  2. Members receive a newsletter with the abstracts of the National meetings listing future symposia and divisional meetings, and giving the deadlines for submission of papers to be presented at these meetings. The newsletter is included with the abstracts of papers for convenience.
  3. Members receive discounts on the purchase price of the complete bound books of meeting abstracts. Discounts for other books and journals are also available, and new arrangements are negotiated from time to time.
  4. The Division of Physical Chemistry is an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics, and members of the Division are eligible for a discount on various AIP publications including The Journal of Chemical Physics.
  5. The Division holds mixers at each national meeting of the ACS at which a divisional program is presented. These events are held in conjunction with a poster session and provide an excellent opportunity to meet other physical chemists.
  6. Members may vote and hold office in the Division and participate in its activities. Division Affiliates may not vote and may not hold office. Members and Affiliates are invited to suggest symposium topics, speakers and organizers.
  7. The Division maintains a close relationship with the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Through the Division programs, and through cooperation with the Journal of Physical Chemistry, we seek to call attention to the vigorous and dynamic character of physical chemistry in this country, and to stimulate intellectual cross-fertilization between the different fields of research in physical chemistry.
  8. The Division mounts important award symposia. The Debye, Hildebrand and Theoretical Chemistry awards are given each year, and the Langmuir Award every other year by the ACS. In addition, the Pure Chemistry and Nobel Laureate Signature awards are frequent features in Division symposia.
  9. In 1978 the Division established the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry. There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision. The Subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics, at the national meetings, specifically for the theoretically inclined.
  10. In 1994 the Division established the Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry. There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision. The Subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics, at the national meetings, specifically for the biophysically inclined.