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May, 2001


The 15th Winter Fluorine Conference, held in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, this past January, was very successful from all points of view. This was due in large measure to the creativity, hard work, and attention to detail of GB Hammond, Bill Farnham, and Elizabeth Winiarz. Thanks to everyone who attended the conference, and to those organizations that supported the conference, for making it one of the most scientifically stimulating meetings in recent memory. It will be a challenge to the organizers of the 2003 Winter Fluorine Conference (which by the way will also be held in January at the Tradewinds Resort in St. Petersburg Beach) to put together an equally strong and diverse program, but I am confident that Bill Farnham and Surya Prakash are up to the task!

One highlight of the 15th WFC was the presentation of the first biennial Distinguished Service Award in Fluorine Chemistry to William W. Wilson, one of the best friends our division has ever had. A complete accounting of Bill's service to our division would likely fill this entire newsletter. Suffice it to say that Bill has, for countless years, dedicated himself to the growth, recognition, and professional excellence of the Fluorine Division. Congratulations to Bill and best wishes for his continued success.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the newest members of our division's Executive Committee, Russell P. Hughes, Peter Morken, and George A. Shia, and our new Vice-Chair/Programming, GB Hammond. It is an understatement to say that GB already knows a great deal about organizing symposia and meetings!

I would have liked to meet up with many of you at the 13th European Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry in Bordeaux, France, this July. However, I will have to miss what will undoubtedly be a wonderful conference because, several years ago, I was chosen to be the Chair of the 2001 Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Chemistry, and these two conferences are being held during the same week. Quelle domage! However, I will see many of you at the 222nd ACS National Meeting in Chicago this August, where the Division of Fluorine Chemistry will officially convene.

I wish all of you a healthy and productive 2001.

Best regards,

Steve Strauss

Chair, ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry


The Division continues to be in very good financial shape. Last year (2000) was particularly good as the Division had a total income of $47,910.20, against total operating expenses of $46,648.30, resulting in a net income of $1,261.90. This positive financial performance is due mostly to the generous donations received from our industrial sponsors and the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) in support of the Fluorine Division activities at the Pacific Basin Conference and the 15th Winter Fluorine Conference. The total assets at year end (2000) as reported during the Division Business meeting during the 15th Winter Fluorine Conference and percent change from the previous year, including figures for the previous seven years are as follows:

Year Ending December 31,

Total Assets ($)

% Change from Previous Year

























The Division’s assets are currently invested as follows:

ACS Investment Pool $104,925.18 56.1%

Dean Witter Liquid Asset Fund $24,378.97 13.0%

Moissan Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Fluorine Chemistry $26,318.40 14.1%

Liquid Assets $31,342.33 16.8%



The Directory of Members of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry for the year 2000 was sent to the membership in September. It contains all corrections to the data as well as the corrected Divisional By-Laws up to that date. All in all there were 754 directories sent with the following distribution: Canada: 22; Mexico: 1; Europe/Asia: 225, and United States: 506. The members who joined by June of 2000 have received their directories; the remaining members will be sent theirs shortly now that the year end membership reports have been published. The next directory will be published in 2002. The division currently has (as of February, 2001) 712 members versus 713 members at the end of 1999.

At the Executive Committee meeting in January it was decided that we will offer free memberships for the first year only to anyone wishing to join the division. This does not apply to renewals nor to members who drop from the rolls and later reapply. Please use the new form which is attached to this newsletter. (The ACS webpage will continue to show the old membership information since the ACS cannot change such information mid-year.)




The ACS Council Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 4, 2001, in San Diego, California. In addition to attending the Council Meeting, I also attended the Joint-Council Committee on Science Meeting on Saturday, March 31, 2001 (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM).

The Council selected William F. Carroll, Jr. and Elsa Reichmanis to run for the 2002 ACS-President-Elect position. Robert L. Soulen (Fluorine Division Member) was selected as a nominee for District IV Director.

The assets of the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) have been officially transferred to the ACS. A Board Study Group has been formed to make recommendations on the administration of the PRF assets.

For those who plan ahead, the 244th National ACS Meeting will be held in Boston, Massachusetts!

The petition that standing ACS committees consist of not fewer than twelve and not more than twenty-four members was amended to twelve (minimum) and twenty (maximum), and this petition was then approved by the Council.

Last year the ACS dues were maintained at $108.00. The dues is tied to the Consumer Price Index; this year the escalator computation set the dues at $112.00, and this dollar amount was approved by the Council.

The Divisional Activities Committee adopted guidelines for the approval of the affiliation of divisions with other technical organizations. These guidelines are listed at http://membership.acs.org/c/cda/affiliation.pdf.

For several years there has been a debate over the allocations to divisions vs. local sections. A Presidential Task Force has made some recommendations on this topic and their recommendations for support to divisions and local sections can be found at http://membership.acs.org/p/ptf.

The Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs submitted a 3rd Edition of the ACS Academic Professional Guidelines – and this edition was approved by the Council.

The application of technology to improve meeting services continues with the addition of an on-line reservation service for the national meeting. Self-registration was provided starting with the San Diego meeting. On-line abstract submittal for regional meetings is under development.

The registration for the San Diego meeting was 17,824 – the 3rd largest national meeting.

Current membership in the ACS is 163,016, which represents a net increase of just over 2,000 members compared to 1999. Retention rate is nearly 94%.

A draft policy on recording and broadcasting of presentations at national meetings has been developed and is under review. The draft policy is as follows: "The use of any recording or broadcasting mechanism for the reproduction, transmission, or any other use of a presentation, whether oral or poster, at a national meeting of the ACS is strictly forbidden, without the written permission of the appropriate Division and/or organizing body, the Executive Director or his/her designee, and the prior written consent of the presenter. The presenter shall be fully informed of the intended use of the recorded material."



Dr. William W. Wilson was awarded the inaugural Division of Fluorine Chemistry "Distinguished Service Award" at the banquet during the 15th Winter Fluorine Conference at St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, in January. This award was created to recognize members that have made considerable contributions to the Division of Fluorine Chemistry. Bill was nominated by Karl Christe, and was selected by a committee based on his many years of service to the Division including service on the Executive Committee, as Vice-Chair/Secretary-Treasurer, and as Chair of the Division. Bill was awarded an engraved plaque but declined to receive travel expenses to attend the 15th Winter Fluorine Conference (which the recipient is entitled to receive as part of the award). Instead, Bill donated the travel expense back to the Division to the Moissan Research Fellowship Fund.



The Division of Fluorine Chemistry is pleased to provide two Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Fluorine Chemistry, $2,500 each, for work to be performed during the summer of 2001. The award recipient faculty are:

Professor Brian O’Brien, Gustavus Adolphus College

Professor Dale Shellhamer, Point Loma College





The Division is committed to continuing this program and actively encourages the submission of appropriate proposals for research to be conducted during the summer of 2002. This program is intended to encourage an interest in fluorine chemistry among prospective graduate students. The program will provide funds for a student's summer salary and will be awarded directly to faculty members conducting research in any area of fluorine chemistry at colleges or universities on the basis of competitively judged applications. The awards for 2002 are currently $2,500 for a ten-week program. In addition, a limited stipend will be available for the student to present his/her research results at an ACS sponsored meeting. Research expenses in connection with this program will be the responsibility of the faculty member or his/her department or institution. The number of awards to be made will be dependent upon the funds available.

Applications for funding under this program may be submitted by a faculty member conducting research in fluorine chemistry. The application should be no longer than five pages and should outline the specific research to be undertaken by the student, should present reasons for anticipating progress by the student during the allotted time, and should suggest how the program might encourage the student to pursue graduate work in fluorine chemistry. All applications must state that the faculty member has adequate facilities and sufficient additional funds to cover research expenses for the proposed research program, and must be signed by the applicant.

To be considered for an award in 2002, the Division Chair must receive an application by 15 November 2001. The application, in triplicate, should be sent to:

Professor Steven H. Strauss

Department of Chemistry

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO 80523

No more than one award will be provided to an individual applicant per year.

Applications for funding under this program will be judged by a committee consisting of the Division Chair, one academic member and one industrial member of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry. The awards for 2002 will be announced in the Spring 2002 Newsletter of the Division and the award recipients will be notified prior to this by mail or telephone. It is anticipated that students in this program will have completed the equivalent of three years of a chemistry major's program, although outstanding students with less academic experience can also be considered. Faculty members will be urged to consider students from institutions other than their own and especially from schools that provide limited opportunities for undergraduate research. However, selection of a student for participation in this program will be at the sole discretion of the faculty member. The selection process should be completed by 01 March 2002.

Brief reports (two to three pages) to the Division Chair are expected from the faculty member and student by 01 October 2002. The faculty report should include a summary of technical accomplishments, skills realized by the student, perceived interest by the student in graduate work, and the perceived success or failure of this program in encouraging interest in fluorine chemistry by the student. The student report should include a summary of technical accomplishments and an evaluation of the influence of the award program in his/her decision to consider graduate work in chemistry or fluorine chemistry.

The Division of Fluorine Chemistry is pleased to provide two Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Fluorine Chemistry, $2,500 each, for work to be performed during the summer of 2001. The award recipient faculty are:

Professor Brian O’Brien, Gustavus Adolphus College

Professor Dale Shellhamer, Point Loma College



Dr. Karel Lutar, our highly esteemed colleague and dear friend, died on September 2, 2000, after having struggled against severe illness for nine months. Unfortunately, the cancer was stronger than he was. He leaves behind a wife Marija, daughter Barbara, and son Marko.

Dr. Karel Lutar was born on December 1, 1947 in Murska Sobota, Slovenia, as the first son of the then Yugoslav consul in Hungary. He graduated in chemistry from the University of Ljubljana in 1973 and three years later he obtained an M.Sc. degree in chemical technology. In 1980 he defended his Ph.D. thesis in chemistry under the supervision of the late Prof. Dr. Slivnik. The title of his thesis was "Photochemical Reactions with Elemental Fluorine".

Dr. Karel Lutar was a dedicated fluorine chemist, experienced mainly in syntheses of inorganic binary and complex fluorides. At the beginning of his career he was mostly engaged in photochemical reactions with elemental fluorine. Besides research in kinetics, mechanisms and catalytic phenomena, he developed, together with his colleagues, several preparative methods, which are still among the best synthetic routes for the preparation of some binary and complex fluorides. Recently Dr. Lutar’s interest had been in high-energy oxidizers, chemistry in superacids and chemistry of lanthanoides.

Dr. Karel Lutar was a very kind and friendly person with a good sense of humour. His colleagues appreciated his willingness for co-operation and teamwork, as well as his sensitivity to other people’s problems. For his professionalism and character he had and still has many friends among fluorine chemists all over the world.




The 13th ESFC will be held in Bordeaux City, France, July 15-20, 2001. A full scientific and social program are planned. For more information please visit the conference website or contact the conference organizer, Dr. Alain Tressaud.


Directeur de Recherche CNRS

Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee

de Bordeaux (ICMCB - CNRS)

Avenue du Dr. A. Schweitzer

33608 - PESSAC-Cedex (France)

Tel: (33) 05 56 84 63 01

Fax: (33) 05 56 84 27 61

Web: http://www.fluor2001.u-bordeaux.fr

E-mail: tressaud@icmcb.u-bordeaux.fr

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

The Division of Fluorine Chemistry is planning to hold symposia. For details contact GB Hammond, Vice-Chair/Programs.

  • 224th ACS National Meeting – Boston, MA, September 8-12, 2002

The Division of Fluorine Chemistry is planning to hold symposia. Look to future newsletters for more details or contact GB Hammond, Vice-Chair/Programs.



Members of the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry can apply for a personal 2001 subscription to the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry at a special rate of US$130. Forthcoming special issues include:

Fluorine Chemistry in France (Volume 107, Issue 2)

Fluorinated Bioactive Compounds

Solid State Inorganic Fluorides

ACS Winter Fluorine Meeting

A free sample copy of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry Volume 100 special issue is available to members of the ACS division of fluorine chemistry.



Fluorine Chemistry at the Millennium: Fascinated by Fluorine, by R. E. Banks, was published in December 2000. ISBN: 0080434053, 656 pages. A special 20% discount price of US$207 (full price US$259) is offered to fluorine division members who order directly from Elsevier Science. Further information on this monograph is available from the web site:


If members of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry require any further information, or wish to obtain these offers, they should contact Steve Brewster by e-mail at s.brewster@elsevier.co.uk for further details.




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