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Postdoctoral Position @University of Alabama

There is an open postdoctoral position the Papish group at the University of Alabama, at the flagship campus in Tuscaloosa. A chemistry PhD is required. Desirable skills/interests include organometallic, inorganic synthesis and expertise in catalysis and kinetic studies. Experience with DFT is a plus though its not required. Applicants should send a CV to with subject line “postdoc”. Ability to write well and mentor younger students are among the criteria in my hiring decision. The postdoc may work on various catalysis projects or they may work on the ruthenium anticancer project in the group.  Position is open until filled and ideally the candidate will start in August to October.

Dr. Elizabeth T. Papish
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry
The University of Alabama
Shelby Hall
250 Hackberry Lane
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 348-5822

Gamelin Wins 2015 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award

The ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry are proud to announce Daniel Gamelin, University of Washington, as the winner of the third Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship Award. Dr. Gamelin was nominated by his peers for his broad, unique, and outstanding sustained contribution to the development of inorganic nanoscience. He will be presented with an award at a symposium in his honor at the fall ACS National Meeting, August 16-20, 2015 in Boston, MA.

Dr. Gamelin’s research interests focus on combining synthesis, spectroscopy, and ligand field theory or ab initio electronic-structure methods to elucidate key functional properties of inorganic materials. His work has been recognized with numerous awards including the ACS Inorganic Nanoscience Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Senior Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, and a Scialog Fellow of the Research Corporation.


Request for Nominations for the Boston Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecturer

If you wish to nominate someone through the Division of Inorganic Chemistry:

1. Please read and carefully follow the instructions below
2. *Please send the completed form (attached) to either of the DIC award co-chairs Stephanie Brock ( or Tim Warren ( by 5PM on Feb. 16 [note-this is earlier than the Feb 22 date mentioned below so that DIC has time to conduct reviews]*
3. Please note that the DIC can only forward two nominations, and thus nominations will be reviewed to select finalists


To: ACS Division Secretaries

cc: ACS Division Officers, MPPG Executive Committee

The Kavli Foundation has agreed to sponsor The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture through 2025 featuring two lectures at each ACS national meeting. The Kavli Foundation Emerging Leader in Chemistry Lecture is awarded to an outstanding chemical scientist who is less than 10 years past receipt of his/her PhD and is under 40 years of age.  The candidate is a distinguished younger scientist who is highly regarded by his or her peers for significant contributions to an area of chemistry or related multidisciplinary area of chemistry.

MPPG is very pleased to sponsor the sixth lecture in this series at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston with the involvement of the ACS Divisions in nominating the candidates for this award.

Please take this opportunity to reach out to your division members to send recommendations to the Division for consideration.  All nominations must be submitted by the Division Secretary or acting Division Secretary to the email box using the attached Emerging Leader Nomination Form. *[please note instructions above!]*

Nominations must be received by February 22, 2015. *[Feb 16 5PM to DIC awards co-chairs]*

Please note that Divisions who submitted nominations for previous meetings, may resubmit them at the Division’s discretion as long as the candidate meets the nominating criteria for the Denver meeting.


Luke Achenie, 2015 MPPG Chair


Travel Fellowship Announcement

U.S. National Committee’s Young Observer Program
48th IUPAC General Assembly and 45th IUPAC Congress
Busan, South Korea
August 6-14, 2015
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), a worldwide leader in advancing the chemical sciences, is holding its 48th General Assembly (August 6-13, 2015) and its 45th Congress (August 9-14, 2015) in Busan, South Korea.
The U.S. National Committee for IUPAC is seeking outstanding U.S. scientists and engineers under the age of 45, with interests and expertise related to the working groups of IUPAC, to travel as Young Observers to South Korea. The USNC/IUPAC will provide travel fellowships of $2500 to successful candidates.
This Young Observer Program provides an excellent opportunity to become involved in the work of IUPAC, develop an international network of scientists and engineers, and represent your U.S. colleagues in the chemical sciences.
Successful candidates must:
  • Be a U.S. scientist or engineer under the age of 45, be active in chemical or chemical engineering research in academia, government, or industry. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder).
  • Have a specific interest in one or more of the business meetings and technical sessions that will be held in Korea.
  • Have a strong interest in collaborative work with scientists in laboratories outside of the United States.
  • Have an interest in continuing activities through the IUPAC organization.

Career scientist applicants should ideally have, but are not required to have, five years of independent research/work experience after the completion of their educational experience. In exceptional cases applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers will be considered.

Former YOs may apply for a maximum second YO experience. They must demonstrate how they have remained involved with IUPAC since their first experience.

2015 Young Observer Program Application Deadline is February 23, 2015.

For more information about the program and to apply, visit Questions about the program can be directed to




Election Results are in!

The newly elected 2015 DIC officers and their positions are:

Claudia Turro (The Ohio State University)

Executive Committee Member at Large:
Joshua S. Figueroa (University of California, San Diego)

Thomas R. Cundari (University of North Texas)

Alternate Councilor:
Paula L. Diaconescu (University of California, Los Angeles)

Bioinorganic Chemistry Subdivision Chair-Elect:
Serena DeBeer (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and Cornell University)

Coordination Chemistry Subdivision Chair-Elect:
Daniel Rabinovich (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Nanoscience Subdivision Chair-Elect:
Sara E. Skrabalak (Indiana University – Bloomington)

Organometallics Subdivision Chair-Elect:
Christopher C. Cummins (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Solid State and Materials Subdivision Chemistry Chair-Elect:
Amy Lucía Prieto (Colorado State University)


Call for Nominations for the 2015 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship

Call for Nominations for the 2015 Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship

Inorganic Chemistry and the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry are seeking nominations for the Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship, which will recognize an individual who has demonstrated creativity and impact in forefront research in inorganic chemistry, broadly defined.

Past awardees: 

2014 Professor Jeffrey R. Long, University of California, Berkeley

2013 Professor Christopher C. Cummins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The winner will receive:

  • An award plaque

  • $3,000 USD

  • Travel and hotel accommodations up to $1,500 USD to attend the 2015 Fall ACS National Meeting

Nominators should include:

  • Name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the nominee

  • Name, affiliation, and e-mail address of the nominator

  • Year and institution granting PhD of the nominee

  • Description of the nominee’s accomplishments (one page maximum)

  • List of key publications (maximum of 10) relevant to the nomination

Nominee must be 46 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2014.

The winner will be announced in early 2015 and the award will be presented at the Fall ACS National Meeting, August 16-20, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts at a symposium in honor of the awardee.

Deadline for nominations: December 15, 2014. 

Send your nominations for the Inorganic Chemistry Lectureship to: