Division of Physical Chemistry

Fall 2003 Newsletter


Chair (8/02-03) John C. Hemminger
University of California-Irvine, Department of Chemistry
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-6020, fax (949) 824-3168

Chair-Elect (8/02-03) James L. Skinner
University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemistry
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-0481, fax (608) 262-9918

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

Vice-Chair ( 8/02-03) David Nesbitt
University of Colorado, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-8857, Fax (303) 735-1424

Vice-Chair Elect (8/02-03) Barbara Garrison
Penn State University, Department of Chemistry
152 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-2103, fax (814) 863-5319

Past Chair (8/02-03) Richard M. Stratt
Brown University, Department of Chemistry
324 Brook Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3418, fax (401) 863-2594


Stephen Bradforth (02-05) Univ. of Southern California

John Hellgeth (02-05) SRN Company

David Norris (01-04) NEC Research Institute

Arthur Nozik (00-03) NREL

Anne McCoy (01-04) Ohio State University

Jeanne Robinson (02-05) Los Alamos National Laboratory


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

Michael Bowers (02-04) Univ of California, Santa Barbara

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

Ellen Stechel (01-03) Ford Motor Company


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

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

Marsha I. Lester (02-04) University of Pennsylvania

Gil Nathanson (03-05) University of Wisconsin


Chair (8/02-03) Peter G. Wolynes
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0332
(858) 822-4825

Chair-Elect (8/02-03) Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-3518

Vice-Chair To Be Announced

Secretary To Be Announced

Past Chair (8/01-02) Arieh Warshel
Dept. of Chemistry, University of Southern California
Los Angeles CA 90089-1062
(213) 740-4114


Chair (8/02-03) Martin Head-Gordon
Dept. of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-5957

Vice-Chair (8/02-03) Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Department of Chemistry, Penn State University
152 Davey Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-6442

Chair-Elect (8/02-03) John Straub
Department of Chemistry, Boston University
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-6816

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

Past Chair (8/01-02) Edwin L. Sibert
Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-0265


Remarks from the Division Chair for the New York ACS National Meeting Fall, 2003

John C. Hemminger

The ACS Fall National meeting is upon us again, and Jim Skinner has done a superb job as Physical Chemistry Division program chair in putting together a diverse and exciting program. In New York Jim has organized eight oral symposia, including two on Biophysical Chemistry: "Combinatorial biophysical chemistry and molecular evolution and "Frontiers in biophysical methods". The symposium on "Combinatorial biophysical chemistry and molecular evolution" is being co-sponsored by the division of Computers in Chemistry. Symposia have also been organized on: "Making and breaking chemical bonds in gas and condensed phases: Theory and applications", "Physical chemistry of complex fluids", Quantum Monte Carlo methods", "Size selected clusters on surfaces," "Slow dynamics near the glass transition," and "The conduction band in liquids and disordered solids: What is it, and how should we talk about it?" We began at the last meeting of awarding cash prizes (on the spot checks) to the best student presented posters. Please plan to attend the Physical Chemistry poster session on Wednesday evening and congratulate the winners.

I would like to invite all Physical Chemistry Division members to become active in the Division. We are always looking for Division Members who would like to represent the Division as officers or executive committee members. If you are interested in participating in this manner, please let any of the Division officers know. In an organization such as the ACS where the bulk of the work is carried out by volunteers such as the division officers, councilors, and executive committee members, it is important to have diverse and active participation by the division members.

David Nesbitt is already well along with the planning for the Spring, 2004 meeting. I would encourage all of you to provide your suggestions for symposia you would like to see the Physical Chemistry Division organize (or which you would like to organize under the auspices of the division) to David Nesbitt, who is the Program Chair for the 2004 National meetings, or to Barbara Garrison, who is the Program Chair for the 2005 National meetings. You can also provide suggestions to any of the Physical Chemistry Division executive committee members.


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 4,000). No signature shall be valid if it appears on more than one nominating petition for the same vacancy during the same calendar year.

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

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

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

Regardless of whether petition nominees are validated or not, the Bylaws require the Secretary/Treasurer to mail to every PHYS division member a ballot that bears at a minimum the names of 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 Richard Stratt, John Hemminger, and Barbara Garrison. They have chosen the following candidates for election:

Bruce D. Kay (succeeding Barbara Garrison)

Ellen Stechel (succeeding herself)

Alternate Councilor:
Patricia Thiel (succeeding A. Welford Castleman, Jr.)

Executive Committee:
Robert J. Levis

Bruce D. Kay

Bruce D. Kay is Laboratory Fellow and Senior Chief Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Affiliate Professor of Physical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. Kay earned a B.S. (1976) in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. (1982) in Chemical Physics from the University of Colorado. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1982 and was Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Interfacial Chemistry Division until joining PNNL in 1991. His current research employs molecular beam scattering and surface analytical techniques to examine the chemical kinetics and dynamics of adsorption, desorption, diffusion, phase transformation, solvation, and reactions at model aqueous and oxide interfaces. In related studies, molecular beams are used to synthesize and characterize novel nanoporous thin film materials. Kay has extensive prior experience in state-to-state dynamics of inelastic and reactive gas-surface scattering, chemical kinetics experiments and modeling in gases, liquids, and at interfaces, kinetics of sol-gel derived glass and ceramic materials, phase transitions, hydrogen in and on metals, multiphoton ionization laser spectroscopy of small molecules, and molecular beam production and characterization of clusters. He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Vacuum Society and has published over 80 papers on a wide range of topics.

Robert Levis

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Advanced Photonics Research at Temple University. Levis' group pioneered the area of strong field chemistry developing both the use and theoretical understanding of intense ultrafast lasers to induce chemical reactivity. Current research interests include controlling chemical reactivity with adaptively tailored laser fields, developing chem/bio agent sensors using optimal quantum dynamic discrimination, the theory of strong field processes in molecules, and biophotonics. Levis earned his Ph.D. degree at the Pennsylvania State University and his BA in chemistry from La Salle College. He was the recipient of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar award, the NSF Young Investigator award, and has been a Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. Levis has also been recognized for his excellence in teaching.

Ellen Stechel

Since November 2002, Ellen B. Stechel is the Manager of Emissions Compliance Engineering in North American Engineering at Ford Motor Company. From May 2001 till her current position, she managed an Accelerated Low Emissions Technology (Catalytic Converter Technology) Deployment program in Global Core Engineering in Ford Motor Company. From November 1999 till May 2001 she managed the Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Department in Ford Research Laboratories (FRL). She received her A.B. in Mathematics and Chemistry from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio in 1974. She received an MS in Physical Chemistry and completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Chicago in 1976 and 1978, respectively. After a postdoctoral research position at the University of California, Los Angeles, she joined Sandia National Laboratories in a technical staff position in Condensed Matter Physics in late 1981. Her research interests have been varied including: computational theory of reactive scattering of A+BC and electron transfer reactions; quantum chaos; electronically stimulated processes on surfaces; electronic structure of high Tc cuprates; and advanced algorithmic development and complex materials applications of density functional theory. She has authored/co-authored greater than 85 papers in various fields of chemical, surface and condensed matter physics. In 1993, she joined the Advanced Materials and Device Sciences Department at Sandia National Laboratories and became the manager of that department in 1994. She continued in the management position until she left Sandia in late 1998. From its inception in late 1997 until she left Sandia, she was co-technical director of a virtual center, Center for the Simulation of Complex Materials. In late 1998, she joined Ford Research Laboratories as a Senior Staff Technical Specialist in the Physics Department. She is a member of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Board, for the Office of Science in DoE. She is a member of the Chemical Sciences Round Table, BCST (Board on Chemical Sciences & Technology), NRC. She is also interim chair of the Scientific Oversight Committee for the Computational Materials Science Network (CSMN), a virtual network, sponsored by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Science and a member of the Council on Materials Sciences for the same Division. She was a co-coordinator and co-founder of CSMN. She was a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry, an American Chemical Society publication, a specialist editor for Computational Physics Communications, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Materials Chemistry. She has served in numerous professional society official and advisory positions, including the Panel on Public Affairs in the American Physical Society. In the American Vacuum Society, she was Co-Program Chair for the 1994 National Meeting, served a three-year term on the Board of Directors, and served a three-year term as Trustee for the society. Serving the ACS, she was an officer in PHYS from 1994-1999 including Program Chair (1997) and Chair (1998). She currently is a councilor for the PHYS division and holds an elected position as PHYS divisional representative to the Committee on Science. She also represents Ford Motor Company in ACS Corporate Associates and is a member of the Committee. Past or Current Professional Memberships: ACS, APS, AVS, IEEE, AAAS.

Patricia A. Thiel

Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University and Senior Chemist and Director for Materials Chemistry at Ames Laboratory. She received her B.A. in Chemistry at Macalester College, and her Ph.D. in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. After postdoctoral work at the University of Munich, she joined the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, then moved to Iowa State University in 1983. Her research area is surface science, particularly in the areas of thin solid film growth, and quasicrystals. Thiel is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Vacuum Society, and has held Alexander von Humbolt Foundation, and A. P. Sloan Foundation Fellowships. She has received an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award and the DOE Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Materials Chemistry. She has served on numerous boards and committees for major organizations, including NSF, DOE, ACS-PRF, and NIH, and has been a member of editorial advisory boards for five journals. She has organized conferences and symposia within the framework of the MRS, APS, ACS, AVS, and GRC organizations, and she has published about 180 papers.


I approve the nomination of Ellen Stechel for Councilor from January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006.

YES [   ]       NO [   ]

I approve the nomination of Patricia Thiel for Alternate Councilor from January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2006.

YES [   ]       NO [   ]

Voter’s Signature                                                                            

Please return your ballot by October 1, 2003 to:

Kenneth D. Jordan, Secretary/Treasurer
Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Notes from the Secretary/Treasurer

Kenneth D. Jordan

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

The current ACS Bylaws & Regulations may be viewed at: http://www.chemistry.org/portal/Chemistry?PID=acsdisplay.html&DOC=committees%5Ccnb%5Cindex.html. Click on the link to Documents of the Committee and then on the link to Charter, Constitution, Bylaws, and Regulations of the American Chemical Society (Bulletin 5). A copy of the bylaws and regulations is also included on the Division’s web page (http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS.)


Councilor’s Report

John E. Adams

The Council meeting opened at 8 a.m. and moved quickly to the first order of significant business, the selection of the two candidates for ACS President-Elect in 2004. Of the four nominees for the office, Council selected William F. Carroll, Jr. (VP, Occidental Chemical) and Michael E. Strem (Pres., Strem Chemicals) to appear on this Fall’s ballot. The candidates for District Directors were also announced. If you live in District I, you will choose among Ron Archer, Anne O’Brien (the incumbent), and Dorothy Phillips. If you live in District V, you will chose between Judith Benham and Ann Nalley (the incumbent). If you live in the other four districts, your Director is not up for election in 2003.

Following the reports of the Society’s officers—it was announced that E. J. Corey has been selected to receive the 2004 Priestley Medal and that the Board of Directors has reauthorized the Minority Scholars Program—the Council heard reports from the various committees. For those unfamiliar with the way the Council operates, almost all the business is transacted during the committee reports, at which time particular committees present various items for votes. The main item of business in New Orleans was the petition calling for Constitution and Bylaws changes that would revise the way that Local Sections and Divisions are funded from member dues. The petition up for final vote would, after a four-year transition period, commit 20% of member dues to fund these units of Society operations. In particular, the revisions would roughly triple the funding going to Divisions while yielding a small increase in Local Section funding. The measured passed with the requisite two-thirds majority. The Constitution changes now go to the entire membership for approval, again with a two-thirds majority being required. [In a separate action, the Council authorized a special election in late Spring or early Summer for this vote.] The Bylaws changes await confirmation by the Board of Directors, but are contingent on passage of the Constitution changes. In anticipation of the eventual approval of the measure, the Council ratified the funding formulas that will be used to determine who gets how much money next year.

The Committee on Budget and Finance, lovingly called B&F, reported a decrease in the unrestricted net assets of the ACS last year of $58M (yikes!), almost all of which was due to the decreased value of the investments and an underfunded pension expense. (As many companies and nonprofits discovered last year, the loss in value of pension investments forced a charge against unrestricted net assets.) The actual deficit stemming from Society operations, however, was about $800K, which was less than budgeted.(N.B.: For more information about ACS finances, please take a look at the extensive B&F web site, found by going to http://chemistry.org and searching on “Budget and Finance”.)

ACS dues for 2004 will be $120 plus an additional $2 “special assessment” imposed by the Board of Directors to cover the increased funding that will be distributed to Divisions in the first year of the phase-in of the new funding formula. (This assessment will be imposed only if the Constitution changes are approved by the membership.)

Finally, total meeting attendance in New Orleans stood at 14,576 as of Wednesday morning, with a record number of abstracts submitted (~8700). Personal observation suggested that attendance at PHYS sessions was good, presumably as a result of the strong programming.


Biophysical Subdivision

Peter G. Wolynes

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

Martin Head-Gordon

Graduate Student Awards in Computational Chemistry

The Theoretical Subdivision administers an award in computational chemistry for theoretical chemistry graduate students. Applicants for these award submit a research proposal describing the scientific problem to be solved, and detailing how state-of-the art computers would help in solving their problem. The award, sponsored by IBM and the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, support the scholarly activity of theoretical chemistry graduate students, and encourage the use of computers in theoretical chemistry. This year there are two awardees. Both awards carry 2500 node hours on the University of Minnesota IBM SP supercomputer. In addition the first place awardee receives $2,500 and the second place awardee receives $1,000. The 2002 awardees are: 
1st Prize: Valentino Cooper, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania. Advisor: Professor Andrew Rappe. Proposal: "The Effect of Oxygen Vacancies on the Hydration of Alumina".
2nd Prize: Geoff Hutchinson, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University. Advisors: Professor Mark Ratner and Professor Tobin Marks. Proposal: "Interchain Electronic Coupling in Conducting Polymers".
We thank IBM and the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for their generous sponsorship, and congratulate the 2002 Awardees.

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. Our subdivision web-site contains full information about us, including current officers, lists of postdoctoral positions wanted and available in theoretical chemistry, and can be accessed at: http://www.chem.missouri.edu/theory/

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 available on the Division’s web page: http://hackberry.chem.trinity.edu/PHYS/member.html


Student Poster Awards

John C. Hemminger

At the Spring 2003 National ACS meeting in New Orleans, LA, the Physical Chemistry Division gave out graduate student poster awards. Five awardees were chosen and received cash awards of $300 each. The recipients were:


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 New York in September, 2003, to plan the programs for 2006. Please send your suggestions to the 2005 Program Chair, Barbara Garrison, at the address in the table of officers. The deadline for receipt of suggestions is February 15, 2004. These suggestions will be essential input for organizing the programs of the meetings. For greatest effectiveness, follow these suggestions:

Recent Symposia Topics

220th ACS National Meeting
Washington, DC
August 20-20, 2000

Chemical Applications of Neutrons
Chemistry Under Extreme Conditions
Dynamics in Liquids
Femtochemistry: 1999 Nobel Prize Symposium
Frontiers in Biophysical Theory
Industrial Applications of Theoretical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry of Nucleic Acids: In Memory of Matter Petersheim
Proton Transport in Liquids, Solids, & Proteins
Quantum Computing for the Next Millenium
Very Low Temperature Dynamics & Spectroscopy

221st ACS National Meeting
San Diego, CA
April 1-5, 2001

Accurate Description of Low-Lying Molecular States & Potential Energy Surfaces
Chemical Approaches to Photonic Crystals
Energy Landscapes of Proteins, Glasses, & Clusters: Dynamics, Folding, Function, & Prediction
Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy
Optical Studies of Single Molecules & Molecular Assemblies in Chemical Physics & Biophysics
Probing Molecular Aqueous Environments in Chemistry & Biology
Strong-Field Chemistry: Molecules & Clusters in Intense Laser Fields

222nd ACS National Meeting
Chicago, IL
August 26-30, 2001

Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum
Dissociative Recombination of Molecules with Electrons
First Principles Simulation of Chemical Dynamics
Molecular Electronics
Physical Chemistry of Gas-Particle Interactions
Signal Processing Chemistry
Stereochemistry in Aligned Environments
Three-Dimensional Si-O Cages: Materials for the 21st Century
What Can We Really Learn about Condensed Phases from Clusters?

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fall Meeting
Technical Program
September 7-11, 2003 — New York, NY

The 226th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in New York, NY, during the week of September 7-11, 2003. Dr. James L. Skinner, 2003 Physical Chemistry Division Program Chair, has arranged a broad range of topics in modern physical chemistry to be featured in symposia and a general poster session at this meeting. The topical symposia and their organizers are:


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
March 28-April 1, 2004 — Anaheim, CA

Program Chair: David Nesbitt, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, (303) 492-8857, Fax (303) 735-1424, djn@jila.colorado.edu

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

Submit your abstract online at the ACS website: http://oasys.acs.org/. Please see the following for more information regarding submission. As is now customary, Program Chair 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.

The planned symposia and their organizers are:


Restrictions on Speakers for PHYS Symposia

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

Submission of Abstracts

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

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


General Information for Contributed Papers

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


Information and Rules Applying to All Contributed Poster Papers

  1. No paper will be accepted unless an author expects to be present.
  2. ACS Bylaws 3(a) require that “papers by American Chemists or chemical engineers not members of the Society shall not appear on the program unless they be joint with one or more Society members.”
  3. Prospective poster presenters who also submit papers to other Divisions should inform the Chairman-Elects as to the Division, titles of papers and co-authors by the deadline date.
  4. Each poster paper will have a poster board measuring 4’x8’.
  5. All illustrations, charts, and textual material to be posted must be prepared in advance since materials for these purposes will not be available at the meeting.
  6. Posters should be mounted prior to the opening of the session and left in place until the close. Authors are encouraged to be present the entire session.
  7. There must be a heading (with letter at least 1” height) giving the title of the papers, the author(s), their affiliation(s), and the number assigned to it in the program.
  8. Illustrative material will be read by attendees from a distance of 3’ or more, so lettering on illustrations should be at least 3/8” high.
  9. There should be a logical sequence (introduction, development and conclusion) to the display and each sheet should be numbered.
  10. Mounting the sheets on colored construction paper and using other techniques for improving graphic impact will enhance the presentation’s effectiveness. Ease of reading is far more important than artistic flair. Certain color combinations, for instance, may look beautiful but may be almost impossible to read, especially in the absence of optimum lighting.
  11. Do NOT mount illustrations on heavy stock, which is difficult to mount on the poster boards.
  12. Each author is responsible for mounting his or her material at least 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 Chair.


Future National ACS Meetings

Anaheim, CA March 28-April 1, 2004

Program Chair: David Nesbitt
Department of Chem & Biochem, Univ of Colorado
Boulder, CO, 80309

Philadelphia, PA August 22-26, 2004

Program Chair: David Nesbitt
Department of Chem & Biochem, Univ of Colorado
Boulder, CO, 80309

San Diego, CA March 13-17, 2005

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

Washington, DC Aug 28-Sep 1, 2005

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



American Chemical Society
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 chemists. Some of the more practical advantages of membership are:

  1. Members receive, in advance, abstracts of the papers to be delivered in the Division of Physical Chemistry programs at national meetings of the ACS
  2. Members receive a newsletter with the abstracts of the National meetings listing future symposia and divisional meetings and giving the deadlines for submission of papers to be presented at these meetings.The newsletter is included with the abstracts of papers for convenience.
  3. Members receive discounts on the purchase price of the complete bound books of meeting abstracts. Discounts for other books and journals are also available, and new arrangements are negotiated from time to time.
  4. The Division of Physical Chemistry is an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics, and members of the Division are eligible for a discount on various AIP publications including The Journal of Chemical Physics.
  5. The Division holds mixers at each national meeting of the ACS at which a division program is presented. These events are held in conjunction with a poster session and provide an excellent opportunity to meet other physical chemists.
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  10. In 1978, the Division established the Subdivision of Biophysical Chemistry. There is no additional fee for membership in the Subdivision. The subdivision provides special services and participates fully in developing symposium topics at the national meetings, specifically for the biophysically inclined.
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