American Chemical Society
Division of Physical Chemistry(PHYS)


Chair (8/01-02) Richard M. Stratt
Brown University, Department of Chemistry
324 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3418, fax (401) 863-2594

Chair-Elect (8/01-02) John C. Hemminger
University of California-Irvine, Department of Chemistry
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-6020, fax (949) 824-3168

Secretary/Treasurer (8/01-06) Kenneth D. Jordan
Chevron Science Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-8690, fax (412) 624-8611

Vice-Chair (8/01-02) James L. Skinner
University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry
Madison, WI 53706
(608)262-0481, fax (608) 262-9918

Vice-Chair-Elect ( 8/01-02) David Nesbitt
University of Colorado, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-8857, Fax (303) 735-1424

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

Steven A. Buntin (99-02) NIST

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

David Norris, NEC Research Inst. (01-04)

Alexander L. Harris (99-02) Bell Labs

Arthur Nozik (00-03) NREL

Anne McCoy (01-04) Ohio State University

Michael Bowers (02-04) 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.

Paul L. Houston (00-02) Cornell University

Joseph Golab (02-04) BP Naperville Complex C-7

Gregory Voth (00-02) University of Utah

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

Chair (8/01-02) Arieh Warshel
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90033-1062
(213) 740-4114

Chair-Elect (8/01-02) Peter G. Wolynes
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0332
(213) 740-4114

Vice-Chair (8/01-02) To Be Announced

Secretary (8/01-02) To Be Announced

Past Chair (8/01-02) William A. Eaton
NIH, Laboratory of Chemical Physics
Building 5, Room 104
Bethesda, MD 20892-0520
(301) 496-6030

Chair (8/01-02) Edward L. Sibert
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Madison WI 53706

Vice-Chair (8/01-02) John Straub
Chemistry Department, Boston University
590 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215

Chair-Elect (8/01-02) Martin Head-Gordon
Dept. of Chemistry, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-5957

Secretary (8/00-03) Anne M. Chaka
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8380
(301) 975-2481

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

Remarks from the Division Chair for the Boston ACS National Meeting Fall 2002

Richard Stratt

The ACS meeting is here again, offering us another chance to see what modern physical chemistry looks like -- both in its more traditional habitats and in some far-flung settings.With the Fall (Boston) program assembled by the 2002 program chair, John Hemminger, comes a new opportunity to hear about progress in the fundamentals of the subject, and the applications of the those fundamentals to an ever widening set of scientific problems.

The basic molecular underpinnings of physical chemistry are highlighted in symposia dealing with Classical and Quantum Mechanical Studies of Solvation and with Biologically Relevant Molecules in the Gas Phase.Phenomena at somewhat longer length and time scales are explored in symposia covering Mesoscale Phenomena in Fluid Systems, Ordered Molecular Assemblies of Nanoparticles, and Nonlinear Dynamics in Polymeric Systems.The physical chemistry perspective is taken even further (to all new heights?) with symposia on the Frontiers of Atmospheric Chemistry and on Chemical Studies Important to Astrobiology.And, undoubtedly, we will hear both experimental and theoretical insights into the structures and dynamics of biomolecules during the course of symposia on Applications of Neutron Scattering in Structural Biology and Biophysics and on New Developments in Force Fields for Molecular Modeling.

On top of all this, Wednesday evening is reserved for the general Physical Chemistry poster session. The poster session always offers a wonderful overview of our field as a whole, but the poster session at this meeting also marks the inauguration of our Student Poster Awards.The Division will be looking for the best posters presented at the meeting by graduate or undergraduate students and the winners will receive monetary awards, as well as a mention in a future newsletter.

Speaking of newsletters, I would be remiss if I did not urge you and your coworkers to consider becoming a member of the Physical Chemistry division if you are not already a member. Students are especially welcome. Membership applications are available outside the physical chemistry meeting rooms and on the Physical Chemistry Division Web Site. Membership costs only $12, whether or not you're a member of the ACS (and only $3 if you're a full-time undergraduate or graduate student and a member of the ACS). Your membership helps the division support the symposia we put on at each national meeting -- and for your membership you receive a free copy of our vaunted newsletter (including all of the abstracts of all of the physical chemistry papers submitted to each national meeting). I would also urge you to contribute ideas for possible future symposia by contacting Jim Skinner (, the program chair for the 2003 national ACS meetings. Most of the symposia we sponsor begin with suggestions from the physical chemistry community.

On a somewhat different topic, I should also mention that the Boston meeting will be providing the occasion for an important discussion by the Council of the American Chemical Society, the Society's legislative governing body. For some time the Society has been worried about how best to support the rather different activities undertaken by its Divisions (Physical, Organic, Inorganic, Polymer, ...) and its Local Sections. Both groupings perform important functions for ACS members, both rely on the financial support of the Society to fulfill their missions, and both have long been impeded by not having the funds that they really need to put in place all the programs they would like. The suggestion to be discussed in Boston is a significant increase in funding for both -- a development which would, among other things, greatly enhance the Physical Chemistry's Division's ability to put on broadly-based, high-quality programs at national meetings. If you support this proposal, I hope you will take the time to let the Councilors of your Local Sections (and the Councilors of the P. Chem. Division) know how you feel.

Finally, let me welcome on board (and thank in advance!) the Division's new administrative assistant, Elaine Springel. As I mentioned in my last message, I hope that you will take the opportunity to let the officers of the Division, and me in particular (, know of any ways in which you think that the Physical Chemistry division can better serve its membership or help contribute to the field of Physical Chemistry.

Statement by ACS Presidential Candidate

Alvin Kwiram

Professor Alvin Kwiram, a physical chemist from the University of Washington and a Councilor for the Physical Chemistry division, is one of this year's candidates for ACS president. A copy of his statement follows.

The intellectual and economic reach of our discipline was never greater than it is today. ACS members are in an enviable position to take advantage of the manifold opportunities created by the knowledge-based economy. However, even as we exploit these tantalizing opportunities through discovery and invention, our vision must reach out to embrace fundamentally important social goals such as promoting the well being of all members of society, supporting environmental stewardship, and facilitating opportunities for those who face unwarranted barriers.

As head of the Office of Research at the University of Washington for over a decade, I have had an opportunity to identify and facilitate exciting new directions in scholarship and research, to foster technology transfer and economic development, and to promote the public understanding of science. I would bring this experience to bear in catalyzing selected ACS initiatives. The precise shape of that agenda should be the product of an active dialog with members, but here are a few of the themes I would emphasize.

Membership needs:The needs of the membership must always be among the highest priorities of the ACS president and, in the current climate, employment related issues are especially important. I would work with the appropriate committees and the Divisions to coordinate tutorials on emerging areas of science and technology that have strong employment growth potential for chemists. This effort could be coupled with video streaming to Local Section venues and complemented by expanded training opportunities through distance education. Indeed, a general strategy for continual learning and retraining opportunities for all ACS members should be a high priority both because job responsibilities are changing more and more rapidly, and because emerging technologies will allow us to moderate the impact these changes have on our members.

Research:Congress has nearly doubled funding for NIH over the past four years, partly in response to a comprehensive and well-targeted campaign. Congress should do the same for NSF. I would work with The Office of Legislative and Government Affairs (OLGA) as well as other organizations to encourage Congress not only to double the level of funding for NSF, but also to improve funding for other key agencies that support research beyond the health sciences. This is essential if our research enterprise and our industries in non-biomedical fields are to remain competitive with international centers of excellence. (Clearly, support for life sciences research must continue to be a priority for us.) We can demonstrate that strategic investments in research will not only strengthen our national defense and improve the health of the nation, but also yield significant economic benefits. OLGA does an excellent job of working with Congress and federal agencies, but needs more members to participate in the Legislative Action Network. I will work to give this program greater visibility.

As a founding member and the first academic chairman of the board of the Council for Chemical Research, I actively promoted university-industry collaboration as a means of revitalizing our national economy. I have continued those efforts in my research administration role and would do so at the ACS.

Education:Doctoral programs in the US are the envy of the world, but the world is changing rapidly. This is no time for complacency. Members of the European Union are modernizing and harmonizing their graduate education programs so students can move more freely from one country to another. Significant reforms are also afoot in several Asian countries. We must review our own system to ensure that we remain competitive for the best and brightest. In the last two years the ACS has launched a new effort to take a closer look at graduate education, and I am pleased to serve on the Graduate Education Advisory Board. I am particularly interested in the role ACS could play in responding to the increasingly global context of education and employment.

Publications and Finance: The health of our core activities and any new initiatives will depend in large measure on our financial stability. The latter, in turn, is closely tied to our publication enterprises. We face especially challenging times because, along with the current economic turbulence, we must also grapple with profound changes being wrought by the effects of the Internet. The ACS has provided leadership in the publication arena for a century, and more recently has demonstrated considerable agility in adapting to the new technologies. However, the impact of these technologies will go far beyond the displacement of traditional print media. These technologies will also transform disciplinary boundaries and patterns of collaboration. I would bring together a Task Force of creative and knowledgeable individuals to explore, in consultation with the ACS professionals and the Publications Committee, an open-ended range of opportunities we may wish to seize. Such an analysis, together with a careful review of our long-term financial structure, will be a high priority.

The remarkable record of the ACS is testimony to the leadership and vision of those who have dedicated themselves to these goals over the last 125 years. We have been successful because we have continued to re-invent ourselves. I have nearly two decades of experience in working at the institutional and national level on just the kinds of issues the ACS encompasses. I would be honored by the opportunity to contribute to the continued vitality of our profession and our Society.

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 Dan Neumark, Ken Jordan, and Rich Stratt. They have chosen the following candidates for election.
Vice-Chair Elect:
Barbara Garrison (succeeding David Nesbitt)
Alvin Kwiram (succeeding himself)
John Adams (succeeding Ted Eyring)
Alternate Councilor:
Gil Nathanson (succeeding Paul Houston)
Alternate Councilor:
Marsha Lester (succeeding Greg Voth)
Executive Committee
John Hellgeth
Executive Committee
Jeanne Hellgeth
Executive Committee
Stephen Bradforth

Barbara Garrison

Born 1949. B.S. in Physics, Arizona State University (1971), Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (1975), Postdoctoral Assistant, Purdue University (1975-1977), Sabbatical at California Institute of Technology (1985-1986), Penn State University: Assistant & Associate Professor of Chemistry (1979-1986), Professor of Chemistry (1986-2000), Head, Department of Chemistry (1989-1994), Distinguished Professor of Chemistry (2000-2002), Shapiro Professor of Chemistry (2002-present), APS Executive Committee, Division of Chemical Physics (1993-1996), Council of Chemical Research Governing Board (1992-1995), NSF Chemistry Advisory Committee (1991-1993); Committee of Visitors, Chemistry Division (1992, 1995-Chair, 1998), DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (1995-1999), Board on Chemical Science and Technology (1997-2000).

Awards: Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Grant for Newly Appointed Young Faculty in Chemistry (1979-1984), Teacher-Scholar Award (1984-1991), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (1980-1984), AVS Peter Mark Award (1984), Penn State Faculty Scholar Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Physical Sciences and Engineering (1990), ACS Akron Section Award (1990), ACS Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (1994), APS, Fellow (1994).

Research Interests: Computer simulations of reactions at surfaces; keV particle bombardment of solids; laser ablation; diamond film growth; time-dependent Monte Carlo methods; bombardment of single crystals to organic mass spectrometry; self assembled monolayers; F atom etching of silicon; silicon epitaxial growth. More information is available at

Alvin Kwiram

Born 1937. Walla Walla College, B.A. (Physics), B.S., (Chemistry), 1958; California Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1963. Honors: Council for Chemical Research Award, 1986; Guggenheim Fellow, 1977-78; Sloan Fellow, 1968-70; Alfred A. Noyes Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1962-63; Eastman Kodak Scientific Award, 1962-63; Sigma Xi; honorary degree, Andrews University, 1995. Professional Positions (for past ten years): University of Washington, Vice-Provost for Research, 1990-2002, and Professor, 1975 to date; Senior Vice-Provost, 1988-90; Vice Provost, 1987-88; Department Chair, 1977-87; University of Stuttgart, Visiting Professor, 1985-86. Service in ACS National Offices: Committee on Budget and Finance, Committee Associate, 1999-01; Committee on Science, 1989-97, Vice-Chair 1992-93; Committee on Divisional Activities, Committee Associate, 1988; Advisory Board for Graduate Education, 2001 to date. Service in ACS Offices: Member ACS since 1969. Division of Physical Chemistry: Councilor, 1988-02; Secretary-Treasurer, 1976-86; Executive Committee, 1976-present. Puget Sound Section: Executive Committee, 1987. Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow; American Physical Society, Fellow. ACS Division Division of Physical Chemistry. Related Activities: Council for Chemical Research, Member of the Founding Committee (1980), Board of Directors (1981-84), Chair of the Board of Directors (1982-83); Regional Liaison Leaders of the National Research Council, Chair, 1986-89; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chemistry Section, Chair, Chair-Elect and Past Chair (1991-94) and Member, Executive Committee, 1991-94; Member, Program Committee 1993-1998; NASULGC, Executive Committee, Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education, 1993-1995, 2001 to date; Chair-elect, Chair, Past-chair, 2001-2003; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Laboratory Advisory Committee, 2000 to date; Divisional Review Committee, 1998-2002; Member, numerous Visiting and Review committees, Commissions, and Board of Directors of many Scientific Organizations and corporations; Published more than 75 papers; Editor of several books.

John Adams

Born 1952. B.S. (1974) University of Missouri-Rolla, Ph.D. (1979) University of California, Berkeley. Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (1979-1981); Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia (1981-1987); Associate Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia (1987-present); Visiting Associate Professor, Brown University (1989-1990); Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, University of Missouri-Columbia (1996-present). ACS Committee on Membership Affairs, Associate (1994, 2001), Member (1995-2000), Secretary (1995, 2001); Board of Trustees, Group Insurance Plans for ACS Members (1997-2000); ACS Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, Member (2002-2003); ACS Committee on Budget and Finance, Associate (2002); ACS Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry, Webmaster (2001-2002); University of Missouri Local Section, Secretary-Treasurer (1984-1985), Chair-Elect (1988), Chair (1988-1989), Councilor (1993-present); Midwest Regional Meeting, Program Chair (1993), General Chair (2003); Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity (Professional in Chemistry), 2nd Vice President (1998-2000), 1st Vice President (2000-2002); Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation, Assistant Secretary (1998-2000), Vice President (2000-2002), Foundation Member, 1999-2009; AMOCO Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award (1987); William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching (1993); Excellence in Education Award (1999).

Research Interests: Structure and dynamics in supercritical fluids, solvation dynamics, energy transfer at interfaces, fluid simulations.

Gil Nathanson

Born 1957. B. S., Yale University (1979). Ph. D., Harvard University (1985). Miller Research and Post-Doctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley (1985-88). University of Wisconsin-Madison, Assistant Professor (1988-95), Associate Professor (1994-97), Full Professor (1997-present). Camille and Henry Dreyfus Young Faculty (1988) and Teacher-Scholar (1992) Awards, Presidential Young Investigator Award (1990). Member of ACS, APS, and AAAS. Co-author of forty publications.

Research Interests: Experimental Physical Chemistry. Molecular beam studies of collisions, solvation, and reactions at gas-liquid interfaces. Atmospheric heterogeneous chemistry. Structure and reactivity of the surfaces of pure liquids, acidic and basic solutions, and soluble and insoluble monolayers.

Marsha Lester

Born, 1955. B.A. Douglass College, Rutgers University (1976), Ph.D. Columbia University (1981), National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Bell Laboratories (1981-82), University of Pennsylvania, Assistant Professor (1982-88), Associate Professor (1988-92), and Professor of Chemistry (1992-present). Camille and Henry Dreyfus Young Faculty Award (1982) and Teacher-Scholar Award (1986), Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1987), National Science Foundation Career Advancement Award (1988), Broida Prize awarded by the International Symposium on Free Radicals (1995), Fellow of the American Physical Society (1993) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (1997), Guggenheim Fellowship (2002-03), Visiting Miller Research Professor, Berkeley (2003). Lucy W. Pickett Lecturer, Mount Holyoke College (1998), Visiting Lecturer of the Chemistry Research Promotion Center, Taiwan (2000), Distinguished Traveling Lecturer, Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society (2002-04).

Recent professional activities: Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair, Division of Laser Science, American Physical Society (1998-2002), Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, Department of Energy (1998-2002), Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, National Research Council (1996-2001), Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Area Coordinator, Pacifichem 2000, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (2000).

Her current research employs a variety of novel laser spectroscopic methods to investigate the dynamics of free radicals in encounters with reactive molecular partners of atmospheric and combustion relevance. She is the coauthor of more than 75 publications in physical chemistry. She has served on the editorial advisory boards of Chemical Physics Letters (1997-present), Molecular Physics (1998-2000), and the Journal of Physical Chemistry (1995-2000).

John Hellgeth

Born 1954. B.S., Biochemistry, Virginia Tech (1977); Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Virginia Tech (1986); NIST Graduate Internship (1984-85). Visiting Research Professor, Chemistry, Virginia Tech (1987-1991). Senior Application Scientist, Nicolet Instrument Corp. (1992-6): Product Manager (Vibrational Microspectroscopy), Spectra-Tech, Inc. (1996-7), Associate Research Fellow, Kimberly-Clark Corp. (1998-9); President, The SRN Company, LLC, (1999- present).

Research Interests: Vibrational spectroscopy of materials; in particular, development and use of novel hyphenated methods that permit investigation of structure-property relationships of material; chemical imaging via vibrational microspectroscopy.

Member: ACS, Society for Applied Spectroscopy and The Coblentz Society (current President of The Coblentz Society)

Jeanne Robinson

Group Leader of the Physical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy group (C-PCS) in the Chemistry Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in chemistry and biology from Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1979. She received the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1986 she became a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon. Dr. Robinson joined LANL as a Technical Staff Member in the Photochemistry and Photophysics group in l990. Dr. Robinson is investigating the heterogeneous reactions of gases and aerosols implicated in ozone depletion. She has co-developed a nonlinear optical microscope for interfacial imaging. She is working on development of integrated ferroelectric devices for electro-optics. She has also investigated waste destruction and supercritical fluid chemistry in water at high temperature and pressure. Her postdoctoral research used second harmonic generation as a real time optical probe of metal/liquid interfacial structure and kinetics and she is now working on both bulk and surface nonlinear optical measurements of multiplayer films formed by ionic self-assembly and spin assembly at LANL. Her thesis research concerned gas phase intermolecular energy transfer using state-to-state laser based diagnostics. She has 45 refereed publications and two patents.

Stephen Bradforth

Born 1966. Cambridge University, B.A., M.A. (Cantab) (1987). University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. (1992). Postdoctoral fellow, University of Chicago (1993-1996). University of Southern California, Assistant Professor (1996-2002), Associate Professor (2002 - present). Fulbright Scholar (1987), Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award (1996), Cottrell Scholar of the Research Corporation (1999), David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow (2000).

Bradforth's current research involves the application of femtosecond spectroscopic methods to problems of chemical reaction dynamics in condensed phase. Probes of the solvent influence on reaction dynamics include electron photodetachment from aqueous negative ions, and photodissociation of small molecule systems. Energy and electron transfer processes are also studied in novel polymer systems designed for artificial light harvesting and energy conversion. He is a member of the ACS, APS, and Royal Society of Chemistry and co-author of over 40 papers.

Notes from the Secretary/Treasurer

Kenneth D. Jordan

This newsletter contains information about the ACS national meetings and any other items of interest to significant numbers of PHYS division members. All members of the PHYS division are welcome to submit items to the Secretary for inclusion in 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.

The current ACS Bylaws & Regulations may be viewed at:\index.html.

A copy of the bylaws & regulations is also included on the Divisionís web page.

Biophysical Subdivision

Arieh Warshel

The biophysical subdivision organized the following symposia in the spring meeting: (i) Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlation of Biomolecules: Enzyme Action; (ii) Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlation of Biomolecules: Electrostatic Aspects; (iii) Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlation of Biomolecules: Phosphoryl and Nucleotidyl Transfer Reactions; (iv) Forces in Biology; and (v) Structural and Mechanistic Aspects of Amyloid and Fibril Formation. These symposia were very well attended, showing a great interest in biophysical problems and reflecting the growing number of physical chemists who study biological systems.

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Biophysical Subdivision, notify the Chair, Arieh Warshel, 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

Ned Sibert

The Executive Committee of the Theory Subdivision, which consists of current and past officers, met Sunday, April 7th, at the Orlando ACS meeting. Present were Anne Chaka, Casey Hynes, Martin Head-Gordon, Ken Jordan, Richard Stratt, and myself. Topics discussed at the meeting included the IBM graduate student computational chemistry awards, ideas for future symposia, and suggestions for the appointment of the nominating committee to choose the next Vice Chair of the Subdivision. We also considered how we might enhance ties between Computational Chemistry, particularly in regard to planning future symposia.

Following the advice of the Executive Committee, Jack Simons (Utah), and Charlie Brooks (Scripps) and I were selected to form a nominating committee to find the next Web Master and Vice Chair Elect. The nominating committee proposed that John Adams continue to serve as the Web Master and Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (PSU) was proposed for the position of Vice Chair. I am pleased to report that both have agreed to serve. They will begin their respective terms at the conclusion of the Fall ACS meeting. XXX will succeed to Chair Elect in 2003 and to the Chair of the Division in 2004.

Speaking of Web Masters, please visit the Subdivision web page at You will find links of interest to the theoretical chemistry community as well as postdoctoral announcements. Please send John Adams any comments you might have.

This year's competition for the IBM Graduate Fellowships had many high quality applicants. The selection committee of Martin Head-Gordon, Jamie Coffin (of IBM), and myself had a difficult time selecting the two recipients from this talented pool. The two recipients are Collin Wick (University of Minnesota, working with Ilja Siepmann) and Feng Wang (University of Pittsburgh, working with Ken Jordan). Collinís proposal was entitled "Simulation Studies of Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography". Fengís proposal was entitled "Drude Oscillator Models to Incorporate Dispersion Interactions into Model Potentials Describing the Interaction of Excess Electrons with Clusters of Polar Molecules".

Our congratulations go to Collin Wick and Feng Wang for winning the 2001 Graduate Student Awards in Computational Chemistry. Many thanks to Jamie Coffin and IBM for their continued support of these awards and to Don Truhlar and the Minnesota Supercomputing Center for making available grants of CPU time for the awardees. I urge you to encourage your students to apply next fall. Martin Head-Gordon will be in charge of the competition.

Several excellent suggestions for symposia topics were raised over our lunch meeting, and I passed these along in my report at the Physical Chemistry Division Executive Committee meeting on Sunday evening. As always, we welcome suggestions for symposia for the national meetings. For past and planned meeting symposia visit the physical chemistry web site at Please send your suggestions along to myself or Martin-Head Gordon, who will be rotating into the Chair position after the Fall meeting.

We would also like to remind faculty, who are members of the Subdivision, to encourage their students and postdoctoral fellows to join both the Theory Subdivision and the Physical Chemistry Division.

I look forward to seeing you all in Boston.

Student Poster Awards

The Physical Chemistry Division will be inaugurating a program of Student Poster Awards at the ACS 224th national meeting in Boston. Several awards with monetary prizes will be awarded for posters presented by students at the Physical Chemistry Poster Session on Wednesday evening of the meeting. To be eligible for the awards, the presenting author must be a graduate or undergraduate student at the time of the poster presentation. Poster presents will be contacted by e-mail and invited to declare their eligibility (student status) and desire to participate in the student poster award competition.

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 Boston in August to plan the programs for 2004. Please send your suggestions to the 2003 Program Chair, Jim Skinner, at the address in the table of officers. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is February 15, 2003. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these suggestions:
a) Recommend a symposium topic, organizer, and list of suggested speakers (a list of recent PHYS symposia follows for information purposes).
b) Provide a brief description of the significance of the symposium.

Recent Symposia Topics

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 at Chirality 
Physical Chemistry at High Pressure and Temperature 
Atmospheric Chemistry (Harold Johnston Festschrift)
220th ACS National Meeting Washington, DC 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 Matter 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, Glasses, and Clusters: Dynamics, Folding, Function and Prediction
222nd National Meeting August Chicago, IL 26-30, 2001 Physical Chemistry of Gas-Particle Interactions
Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum 
What Can We Really Learn about Condensed Phases from Clusters? 
Molecular Electronics 
Signal Processing in Chemistry 
First Principles Simulation of Chemical Dynamics 
Stereochemistry in Aligned Environments 
Three-Dimensional Si-O Cages: Materials for the 21st Century 
Dissociative Recombination of Molecules with Electrons
223rd National Meeting Orlando, FL April 7-11, 2002 Biophysical Chemistry of Protein Binding Events
Chemistry and the Environment in the 21st Century: Environmental Chemistry at Interfaces 
Dynamics and Friction at Submicron Confining Systems 
Frontiers in Chemical Dynamics 
Organic and Molecular Electronics 
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Enzyme Action 
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Electrostatic Aspects 
Modern Aspects of Structure Function Correlations of Biomolecules: Phosphoryl and Nucleotidyl Transfer Reactions 
Mechano-Chemistry and Forces in Biophysics 
Structural and Mechanistic Aspects of Amyloid Fibril Formation 
Molecular Modeling and Simulation of Reaction Mechanisms, Kinetics and Catalysis

Fall Meeting Technical Program August 18-22, 2002 - Boston, MA

The 224th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in Boston, MA during the week of August 18-22, 2002. Dr. John C. Hemminger, 2002 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:

A significant portion of the Divisionís annual income is provided by the ACS, based in part on Division membersí 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 23-27, 2003 - New Orleans, LA

Program Chair: James L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry Madison, WI 53706; (608)262-0481, fax (608) 262-9918;

Online abstract submission for this meeting begins approximately March 1, 2003, abstracts for the following symposia must be submitted by approximately April 5, 2001.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 before approximately March 15, 2003.

  1. VUV probes of dynamics and spectroscopy, Arthur Suits (SUNY-Stony Brook) and Cheuk Ng (UC-Davis)
  2. Synthesis, spectroscopy, characterization, and applications of nanoparticles,Naomi Halas (Rice) and Steven Buratto (UCSB)
  3. Quantum computing, Warren Warren (Princeton) and D. Cory (MIT)
  4. Spectroscopy and dynamics in liquids, Branka Ladanyi (CSU) and Mark Maroncelli (PSU)
  5. New electronic structure methods: from molecules to materials, E. Carter (UCLA) and M. Head-Gordon (UC-Berkeley)
  6. Iterative methods in quantum mechanics and applications to chemical problems, Hua Guo (UNM) and Stephen Gray (Argonne)
  7. Structure-function correlation for biological ion channels, Bob Eisenberg (Rush Medical Center) and Arieh Warshel (USC)
  8. Physical chemistry of biomolecular motors , Qiang Cui (Wisconsin) and Carlos Bustamante (UC-Berkeley)
  9. Sequence-dependent DNA curvature and deformation in protein-DNA complexes , Nancy Stellwagen (Iowa) and Udayan Mohanty (Boston College)
Submit your abstract online at the ACS website: As is now customary, Program Chair Skinner 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 Web site,

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 web site, and the call for papers must be observed to allow the ACS to compile the program and to print and to circulate the abstracts.

Information and Rules Applying to All Contributed Poster Papers

  1. No paper will be accepted unless an author expects to be present.
  2. ACS Bylaws 3(a) require that "papers by American Chemists or chemical engineers not members of the Society shall not appear on the program unless they be joint with one or more Society members."
  3. Prospective poster presenters who also submit papers to other Divisions should inform the Chairman-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 4íx8í.
  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 3í 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 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.
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

New Orleans LA March 23-27, 2003

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

New York City, NY Sept. 7-11, 2003

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

Anaheim, CA March 28-April 1, 2004

Program Chair: Professor David Nesbitt 
Univ. of Colorado
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Boulder, CO 80309 

Philadelphia, PA Aug. 22-26, 2004

Program Chair: Professor David Nesbitt 
Univ. of Colorado
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 
Boulder, CO 80309 



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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 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, 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.