American Chemical Society

Division of Physical Chemistry


Spring 2000





Chair (8/99-00) George Schatz
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3113
(847) 491-5657, fax (847) 491-7713


Vice-Chair (8/99-00) Richard M. Stratt
Brown University
Department of Chemistry
324 Brooke Street
Providence, RI 02912
(401) 863-3418, fax (401) 863-2594


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

Chair-Elect (8/99-00) Daniel Neumark
University of California
Department of Chemistry
237 Hildebrand
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-3502, fax (510) 642-6262


Vice-Chair-Elect (8/99-00) John C. Hemminger
Department of Chemistry
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697
(949) 824-6018, fax (949) 824-8571


Past Chair (8/99-00) Geraldine Richmond
Department of Chemistry
University of Oregon
210 Willamette Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
(541) 346-4635, fax (541) 346-5859


Anne M. Chaka (97-2000) The Lubrizol Corp.

David W. Chandler (98-2001) Sandia National Lab

Steven A. Buntin (99-2002) NIST

Anthony Dean (97-2000) Exxon

Julia E. Rice (98-2001) IBM

Alexander L. Harris (99-2002) Bell Labs


Thom H. Dunning, Jr. (98-2000) PNNL

Edward M. (Ted) Eyring (2000-02) University of Utah

Michael Bowers (99-2001) Univ. of California, SB

Alvin L. Kwiram (2000-02) Univ. of Washington


A. Welford Castleman, Jr. (98-2000) Penn. State

Paul L. Houston (2000-02) Cornell University

Joseph M. Jasinski (99-2001) IBM Research

Gregory Voth (2000-02) University of Utah


Chair (8/99-00) Eric Oldfield
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-3374


Vice-Chair (8/99-00) To Be Announced

Not available at press time

Chair-Elect (8/99-00) William A. Eaton
Lab of Chem Physics, NIH
Bldg 5, Room 104
Bethesda, MD 20892-0520
(301) 496-6030


Secretary (8/94-00) Gerald T. Babcock
Dept. of Chemistry
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-9715 x257


Chair (8/99-00) Kenneth D. Jordan
Department of Chemistry
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-8690


Vice-Chair (8/99-00) Edwin L. Siber
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-0265

Chair-Elect (8/99-00) Susan C. Tucker
Dept. of Chemistry
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-2203


Secretary (8/95-00) Michael Page
Department of Chemistry
North Dakota State Univ.
Fargo, ND 58105
(701) 231-8291

Remarks from the Division Chair for the
San Francisco ACS National Meeting, March 2000

George Schatz

Greetings from the Chair of the Physical Division. Although I have only recently assumed this position, I have been moving through the ranks of the Executive Committee for the last three years, including spending last year as Program Chair. What I have learned from this experience is that the Physical Division is blessed with lots of very talented volunteers, both in the Executive Committee and among members who help with organizing symposia, raising money, chairing sessions and many other tasks. As a result, this is an exciting and active organization, one that tries hard to be in touch with the needs of the members, and which is also doing a good job of maintaining the visibility of Physical Chemistry within the ACS.

Perhaps the most important function of the Physical Division is to organize the program in physical chemistry for the ACS National meetings. I am, therefore, pleased to say that the San Francisco meeting is going to be our biggest ever, with nearly 500 papers given within the Division program. Dan Neumark is the Program Chair, and he has put together an exciting set of invited symposia including: Aperiodic Metals and Metallic Glasses: Surface Properties; Atmospheric Chemistry (Harold Johnston Festschrift); Potential Energy Surfaces: From Polyatomics to Macromolecules; Patterning, Functionalization, and Reactivity of Complex Solid Surfaces; Frontiers of Protein Structure and Function; Physical Chemistry of Chirality; and Physical Chemistry at High Pressure and Temperature.

One of the highlights of the Atmospheric Chemistry symposium will be talks by six Nobel Prize winners (Paul Crutzen, Dudley Herschbach, Yuan Lee, Rudolph Marcus, Mario Molina, and F. Sherwood Rowland). We will also be cosponsoring a symposium with the Colloid and Surface Science Division honoring Gabor Somorjai.

In addition to the invited symposia, we will be having the usual Divisional poster session on Wednesday night. This includes many poster papers that are connected with the invited symposia, along with posters that cover other areas of physical chemistry. Also, there will be a strong contingent of Physical Division poster papers in the Sci-Mix program on Monday night. In case you have not gone to Sci-Mix, this is a society wide event that includes papers from all ACS divisions. Free liquid refreshment is provided, so this is well worth attending.

As a special activity for the San Francisco meeting, we will celebrate the millennium with a special symposium (which runs in an exclusive time slot on Sunday afternoon) entitled Physical Chemistry in the 21st Century. Speakers in this include: Ann McDermott, Susan Solomon, Martin Head-Gordon, David Nesbitt, Sunney Xie and Jim Heath. Please do not miss this exciting opportunity to hear about some of the hottest areas of physical chemistry.

As is customary at our Spring meeting, we will have a special symposium on Tuesday (with one talk on Monday) to honor the winners of ACS awards. This year we will be presenting nine ACS Awards, including the Wilson Award to Ad Bax, the Theoretical Chemistry Award to Ernest Davidson, the Hildebrand Award to Harry Frisch, the Olah Award to James Haw, the Nobel Laureate Signature Award to Alex Kandel and Dick Zare, the Barnes Award to George Samara, the Langmuir Award to Rich Saykally, the Catalysis Award to Gabor Somorjai, and the Debye Award to Peter Wolynes. I would like to congratulate everyone on winning these prestigious awards. This has been a banner year for awards given to members of the Physical Division, and we look forward to some exciting talks.

We strongly encourage anyone who is interested to become a member of the Division. You do not have to be an ACS member to join, and it is easy to do using instructions that are given elsewhere in this booklet (or on the division web page which I give later). Alternatively, if you are already a member, it is easy to join when you get your annual statement from the ACS. For just $12 per year (less for students), membership provides you with a poster which announces symposium topics several months before each meeting, and then closer to the meeting, you receive this book that includes abstracts of papers given in the division, and the divisional newsletter. In addition, if you are a graduate student, you are eligible for a travel award to support travel to a meeting where you are presenting a paper. Most of the Division dues is used to support activities at meetings, and if Division members attend sessions, or give papers, we derive additional income that helps us to do even more. Both students and non-students can join either of the Subdivisions (Theoretical and Biophysical) for free, and receive their newsletters. You are also welcome to become involved in the Division by suggesting symposium topics for meetings. Current members can forward their suggestions to the Division Secretary, Mark Gordon ( Please include the names of potential organizers as well as possible speakers with your suggestions. Remember that Program Chairs for the Division operate with a one-two year lead-time for most symposia, so much of our planning at this point concerns 2001 and beyond.

Let me take this opportunity to say thanks to my predecessors, as these are the people who have made the Division what it is today, and I have really enjoyed working with them. Geri Richmond was my immediate predecessor as Chair of the Division. She and her predecessor, Ellen Stechel, played a significant role in getting the Physical Division, and now other Divisions, to form a working dialog with the National Science Foundation through a series of meetings that take place at each National Meeting between NSF Chemistry Officers and Divisional representatives. I look forward to following their lead in participating in these meetings. Also, Mark Gordon, and his administrative staff person, Kristin Hinders, have played an enormous role in attending to the day-to-day activities of the Division, especially as concerns the finances of the Division, and taking care of details of the program for ACS National Meetings. I worked closely with Kristin in organizing the two 1999 meetings, and thanks to modern electronic communication it often seemed like Kristin was next door rather than in the next state as we ironed out details that required hourly conversations. Kristin's help was especially important this last year, as we made the transition to the OASys on-line abstracts system. My successor, Dan Neumark, has been involved in completing this transition, and he is again to be commended for the hard work that is required to put together a program of the complexity that we have for San Francisco using software that is still under development. One final person that should be mentioned is Steve Bachrach, who continues to be the webmaster of the ACS Physical Chemistry Division ( PHYS) and who has also helped out with the Division's transition to the 21st century.

I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

Election Information

Dear PHYS Division Member:

The Bylaws of the Division of Physical Chemistry, approved in 1977, 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 of two vacancies 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.

New Officers for the PHYS division follow.

The first six physical chemists assumed their respective offices at the close of the national ACS meeting in New Orleans, LA (August 1999). The Councilors and Alternate Councilors began their terms of service on January 1, 2000. The PHYS division thanks outgoing officers Geraldine Richmond (Chair), George Schatz (Chair-Elect), Daniel Neumark (Vice-Chair), Richard M. Stratt (Vice Chair-Elect), Paul Houston (Executive Committee), John Simon (Executive Committee), and Ron Levy (Alternate Councilor) for their service to the Division.

George Schatz
Chair 1 year

Daniel Neumark
Chair-Elect 1 year

Richard M. Stratt
Vice-Chair 1 year

John C. Hemminger
Vice-Chair-Elect 1 year

Alexander L. Harris
Executive Committee 3 years

Steven A. Buntin
Executive Committee 3 years

Edward M. (Ted) Eyring
Councilor 3 years

Alvin L. Kwiram
Councilor 3 years

Paul L. Houston
Alternate Councilor 3 years

Gregory A. Voth
Alternate Councilor 3 years

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, notify the secretary, Gerald Babcock, 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

A nominating committee, consisting of Krishnan Ragavachari (Lucent Technologies), Gregory Ezra (Cornell University) and Richard Stratt (Brown University) selected Edwin L. Sibert (Wisconsin) as the new Vice-Chair of the Subdivision. We all thank Ned for graciously agreeing to serve and undertaking this important responsibility. He began his duties at the conclusion of the New Orleans meeting.

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.

Subdivision membership is free to dues-paying members or affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry. To join the Theoretical Subdivision notify the secretary, Michael Page, 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.

Request for Symposia Topics and Speakers

The Executive Committee has been soliciting formal suggestions for symposia and speakers for the meetings to be held in three years. 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.

Numerous symposia in 2000 have been accepted based upon these suggestions.

The deadline for receipt of suggestions is August 1, 2000. (Address these to the Secretary/Treasurer, Mark S. Gordon, at the address in the table of officers.) The Executive Committee will meet in Washington DC in August to plan the programs for 2002 and 2003.

Recent Symposia Topics

213th ACS National Meeting

San Francisco, CA

April 13 - 17, 1997

Frontiers in Electronic Structure Theory
Chemistry of Single Molecules
Kinetics of Growth on Surfaces
Symposium Honoring the Memory of Professor Brian E. Bent
Dynamics of Complex Systems: Peter Debye Award Symposium
Nanostructured Materials: Clusters, Composites & Thin Films
Orientation and Alignment in Chemical Processes
New Concepts in Surface Chemistry: Diffusive Motion of Atoms & Molecules on Surfaces

214th ACS National Meeting

Las Vegas, NV

September 7-11, 1997

Biophysical Chemistry
Dynamics in Molecular Systems
Heterogeneous & Homogeneous Processes in the Atmosphere
Radiation Chemistry
Structure & Dynamics at Liquid Interfaces
Self-Assembling Thin Film Materials - Organized Multilayered Systems / Nanoscale and Patterned Assemblies

215th ACS National Meeting

Dallas, TX

March 29-April 2, 1998

Kinetics of Combustion Processes
Electron Transfer
Molecular Structure and Reactivity in Supercritical Fluids
Structure and Dynamics of Amorphous Materials and Glasses
Large Scale Electronic Structure Methods and Novel Applications
Water at Surfaces
Electrochemistry at Nanostructured Materials
Device Applications of Nanoscale Material

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

Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA
Technical Program

The 219th American Chemical Society National Meeting will take place in San Francisco, CA, during the week of March 26-31, 2000. Dr. Daniel Neumark, 2000 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:


Co-sponsored Symposia

Awards Symposia

(Presentations to be given Monday afternoon and Tuesday)


Autumn Meeting Call for Papers

Washington, DC, August 20-24, 2000

Program Chair: Daniel Neumark
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-3502, FAX (510) 642-6262

Online abstract submission deadline for this meeting is April 15, 2000. Paper abstracts are strongly discouraged, but may be submitted on the ACS Abstract Form to the symposium organizers before April 1, 2000.


Submit your abstract on-line at the ACS website: Please see the following page for more information.

As is now customary, Program Chair Neumark 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 sessions, unless the authors request otherwise.

The individual organizers of each of the topical symposia will select contributions from those that specifically request an oral presentation. 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 welcomes general contributions to the poster sessions, which will be grouped by subject area.

 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:_______________________________"

Restrictions on Speakers for PHYS Symposia

A speaker may give, at most, one invited talk in the PHYS division in any one calendar year. 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 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. 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 ACS Meetings - Pacifichem

Pacifichem, Honolulu, HI, December 14-19, 2000

The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Pacifichem 2000, is established to disseminate recent research results in the chemical sciences among chemists of the Pacific Rim countries, thereby fostering industrial development, improving local and global environments, and enhancing the material well-being of the peoples of Pacific Rim countries. The Congress is cosponsored by the ACS, The Chemical Society of Japan, the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Contributed papers are welcome for most symposia in either oral or poster format. The anticipated deadline for submission of abstracts is April 1, 2000. Further information can be obtained from the Congress Secretariat, c/o American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036,, fax: 202-872-6128, fic2000/

Over 179 symposia have already been accepted for presentation at Pacifichem 2000. The following 23 symposia are planned in Physical and Theoretical Chemistry (Area 10):


Future National ACS Meetings

San Diego, CA, April 1-5, 2001

Program Chair: Professor Richard Stratt, Department of Chemistry, Brown University, 324 Brooke Street, Providence, RI 02912,

Chicago, IL, August 26-30, 2001

Program Chair: Professor Richard Stratt, Department of Chemistry, Brown University, 324 Brooke Street, Providence, RI 02912,

Orlando, FL, April 7-11, 2002

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

Boston, MA, September 8-12, 2002

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


Theoretical Chemistry Web Site for Students

Theoretical chemistry lies at the interfaces among chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computational science, and has been greatly affected by the ongoing explosive growth in computer technology. It is an exciting and ever-more-important area of modern chemistry education and research. This web site offers an overview of the roles that theory plays within chemistry education and research, illustrates the wide impact that theory has within chemistry, introduces the reader to theoretical chemistry's modern day components, and provides guidance to students who may be interested in pursuing a career in chemistry. The level of presentation used ranges from what motivated high school students can follow through that appropriate to a chemistry faculty member active in research.

Throughout the site, hundreds of references are provided that include widely used text books (including a link that offers full access to the author's text on the subject) as well as literature articles and world wide web contacts for many practicing theoretical chemists. A multitude of web links provide wonderful educational information from which students can gain further detail as well as links to additional exciting science material.


ACS Fellowships: Calling All Chemists
Sabbatical or Career Change Opportunity

Senior professionals and graduate students are invited to apply for one of the two American Chemical Society Congressional Fellowships and a Science Policy Fellowship. Work in the Congress or ACS using your scientific and technical expertise. Gain first-hand knowledge of the government and contribute to decision-making. For a brochure contact:

ACS Office of Society Services
1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 1-800-227-5558


ACS Scholars Program

The application period for the ACS Scholars Program for the 2000-2001 academic year has begun. The application package is available on the web at: ffairs/scholars.html

or by mail at ACS Membership Division, 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Postmark deadline for submission is February 15, 2000.



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Created by ACS in August 1996, ChemCenter helps users organize the vast number of electronic resources available today. It provides easy access to the existing Web resources of the Society ACS Publications Division, Chemical Abstracts Services, and ACS Web. Unique features of ChemCenter include hourly updated chemistry news, Web cards, and "This Week in Chemical History." ACS and other credible sources frequently post information important to practicing chemists, such as professional services, conferences, publications, databases, education, shopping, and resources. Opportunities exist on the Web site for users to participate in an interactive, virtual community where they can maintain awareness of important scientific issues, engage in collaborative discussions with fellow specialists, and debate research and issues of interest.

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Nominations Requested for the
National Inventors Hall of Fame

All ACS members are invited by the Society's Committee on Patents and Related Matters (CP&RM) to make suggestions to the Committee on possible candidates for induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The inventor is not required to be a U.S. citizen, but the invention upon which the nomination is based must be covered by a U.S. patent. The invention must have contributed greatly to the national welfare and significantly promoted progress in science and the useful arts. Nomination documents can be obtained online at html; by email to, or write to Debbie Fillinich, American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Nominations for the year 2000 will be accepted until February 1, 2000.


ACS Launches New Web-Based
Legislative Action Center

In an effort to promote ACS member involvement and to increase the Society's impact on public policy, the ACS has just added a Legislative Action Center to its Government Affairs web site, al/

The new center allows ACS members to identify their federal legislators, learn about the legislative process and key issues, and send letters or e-mail messages to Congress.

The Legislative Action Center comes in response to requests from ACS members to increase the Society's impact on Capitol Hill and to decrease the time it takes to communicate with policymakers. The Center also will be the essential tool for members participating in the Society's Legislative Action Network--a web-based grassroots program for updating ACS members on federal issues and facilitating contact with members of Congress. Using this interactive web site, Legislative Action Network participants now will be able to respond to timely legislative action alerts within minutes, alerting members of Congress to the concerns of ACS members before votes on R&D, education, and other key issues.

"The Action Center essentially will be a one-stop shop for all members to learn about ACS priority issues, profile their Representative and two Senators, and, if desired, send a message simultaneously to all three," said David Schutt, Assistant Director of the Office of Legislative and Government Affairs. "We hope those members not already participating in our grassroots networks will sign-up for the Legislative Action Network and take advantage of this first-rate system." Network participants also will receive monthly legislative bulletins via e-mail, to keep current on science education, R&D funding, the environment and other priority issues.

To participate in the Legislative Action Network, sign up online at /gcy/networks.html

or send your name, e-mail, member #, and home address to


 Do your colleagues know?

Many physical chemists are not members of the ACS and are not aware that they can become Affiliates of the Division of Physical Chemistry and the Subdivisions of Theoretical and Biophysical Chemistry without being a member of the ACS itself. The dues for Affiliates are the same as for Members, and many of the advantages of association with the Division are also the same (Division Affiliates may not hold elective office and may not vote in Division elections). Because it is expensive to make extensive mailings to non-ACS members, we request your assistance in publicizing this information. Please share the membership application on page 18 with anyone who may be interested in membership or affiliation with the Division of Physical Chemistry.


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 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.

Physical Chemistry Division Membership Application

On-line Application for the American Chemical Society