- Fall 2002
Fall 2002 NEWSLETTER
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Message About Division Dues Moisson
Fellowship Meetings Candidates
for Division Offices
This is the official election ballot of the Division of Fluorine
Chemistry for Executive Committee positions for 2003.
Please exercise your right to vote in the Division’s election for
2003 as we will elect a new Vice-Chair/Membership to succeed Rick Flynn,
who becomes Chair of the Division for 2003, and two Executive Committee
members to succeed Scott Shaffer and Steve DiMagno.
At this time, on behalf of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry, I
would like to thank Scott Shaffer and Steve DiMagno for their
service to the Division as members of the Executive Committee (2000-2002).
The Division of Fluorine Chemistry would like to congratulate Dr.
David A. Dixon, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, for being selected
as the recipient of the 2003 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine
Chemistry. Dave served as
Chair of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry in 1998.
The Award banquet and presentation and Dave’s address will be held
during the 16th Winter Fluorine Conference in Florida in January.
See inside for details.
The Fluorine Division programming at the recent ACS National
Meeting in Boston was a tremendous success. Many people that I talked to during the week characterized
this meeting as having the best Fluorine Division programming of any ACS
meeting ever. The success of the
meeting is due, in no small way, to the very hard work of the organizers.
In particular, special thanks go to Bruce Smart, who organized the
symposium on Fluorine in Microlithography and Chip Manufacture, to
Alain Tressaud and Boris Zemva for organizing the symposium in honor of Professor
Neil Bartlett’s 70th Birthday, and to GB Hammond for
coordinating the whole thing.
Speaking of great programming, the upcoming 16th
Winter Fluorine Conference promises to be the best one ever.
Conference Chair Bill Farnham and Co-chair Surya Prakash are busy
putting together a very strong technical program, while Conference Coordinator
Michele Gandy, from the ACS Office of Divisional Activities, is busy with the
myriad of tasks behind the scenes. Please
try to attend the 16th Winter Fluorine Conference and help to make
it the best one ever.
The Division of Fluorine Chemistry is very grateful to the
following organizations for their generous financial support of the Fluorine
Division symposia at the 224th ACS National Meeting in Boston, August
18-22, 2002: DuPont Central Research & Development, EXFLUOR Research
Corporation, Honeywell Specialty Chemicals, Fluorine Products Division,
Petroleum Research Fund, and SYNQUEST Laboratories, Inc.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery
of Noble Gas reactivity by Professor Neil Bartlett at the University of British
Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. It is
a tremendous honor for all of us that this event, one of the great scientific
discoveries of the 20th Century, is most closely associated with
fluorine chemistry, and in fact, would never have been possible without fluorine
Inside this issue of the Division newsletter you will find a call
for proposals for the 2003 Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
in Fluorine Chemistry. The
Division will grant two awards for work to be done in the summer of 2003.
These awards help to fund undergraduate research in fluorine chemistry
and are primarily intended to generate interest and enthusiasm in fluorine
chemistry amongst the undergraduate chemistry population.
Several prior recipients of these awards have gone on to do graduate
research and have successful careers in fluorine chemistry.
Please consider submitting a proposal for these awards.
At the latest Executive Committee Meeting in Boston we decided not
to publish a membership directory this year (2002).
The reason for this is that we had a very limited response (<
10%) of our members “opting in” to the directory. According to the ACS, we cannot include a members name in our
membership directory if that person has not specifically opted in.
The Executive Committee is interested in any ideas or comments on how to
address this problem and to get the issue of a membership directory resolved.
I want to thank Michele Gandy, Michael Shea, and Wendy Torosian of
the ACS Office of Divisional Activities for their enthusiastic and continued
support of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry.
These people have provided behind the scenes support of our Division for
many years and never receive the proper credit for doing so.
So, I’m publicly thanking them now so that everyone knows how
appreciative we are of their loyal and valued support.
Finally, I want to thank all of you as members of the Division of
Fluorine Chemistry for your continued support of the Divisional Activities.
The Division of Fluorine Chemistry is great only because of our dedicated
members. Please continue to support
and contribute to the success of the Division.
Wishing you all happiness and success, I remain,
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ASSETS (as of 30
As of 31 December 2001
As of 30 June 2002
Investment Pool (market value)
Stanley Dean Witter
Income Trust “C”
Investors Trust "A"
U.S. Gov Trust "A"
Kampen Sr. Floating Rate Fund)1
Growth Fund "A"
advice of the MSDW financial advisor, funds were transferred to the Limited
Duration Fund from the Van Kampen Sr. Floating Rate Fund.
large drop in Division assets was the result of the large expenditure to the ACS
to cover the costs from the 15th Winter Fluorine Conference.
$26,739.36 paid on January 11, 2002.
Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Fluorine
As of 30 June 2001
As of 31 Dec. 2001
As of 30 June 2002
Investors Trust "A"
U.S. Gov Trust "A"
Kampen Sr. Floating Rate Fund)1
Growth Fund "A"
Points to note:
The poor performance of the Stock Market has resulted in the continued
devaluation of our Division’s holdings. The
Moissan Fund holdings have continued to decrease owing to the decline in the
Market and the fact that the Division has not contributed to the Fund since the
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VICE-CHAIR MEMBERSHIP REPORT
No report in this newsletter
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COUNCILOR REPORT – 223RDACS NATIONAL MEETING
by COUNCILOR DON BURTON
The ACS Council Meeting was held on Wednesday. August 21,
2002, in Boston, MA. In addition to attending the Council Meeting, I also
attended the Joint-Council Committee on Science Meeting on Saturday, August 17,
2002 (11:00 AM to 5:15 PM). Detailed
below are some points of interest from the Council Meeting.
ACS in 2002 will run a deficit of $4.2 million. Journal revenue (advertising) exceeded budget and
investment revenue was down. The
Board's goal in 2003 is not to exceed $1.0 million in deficit spending.
2003, John Crum (Executive Director of the ACS) will retire.
petition for Local Section and Division Support (which would significantly
increase Division support) was withdrawn and will most likely be voted on in
New Orleans (Spring 2003 ACS meeting).
Since the financial impact on the Society will exceed $500,000, this
petition was not supported by the Budget and Finance subcommittee, and with
the ACS operating in deficit mode; I expect this petition will have a
difficult time. I will keep you
informed after the New Orleans meeting of any decision on this matter.
Obviously, a positive decision would be beneficial to Division
dues for 2003 will be $116.00.
petition to increase the size of Society Committees passed with a small
New Orleans there will be a special program on the stability of long-term
research. I'm sure that this
program will be of interest to many of our members.
registration fee for 2003 will be $275.00.
as usual, was a well-attended meeting: 17,121 registrants, with 409
Divisions (ACS) had budget deficits in 2001.
new policy of the ACS: they
will supply LCD, microphones, overhead projector and screen;
35 mm projectors will be supplied only
by special request.
Clearing House had 1,242 job candidates, 572 jobs offered, and 4,667
the first time in recent history, the membership of the ACS declined;
from 164,000 to 154,000.
Donald J. Burton
Councilor for the Fluorine
A mistake was made during the membership renewal
process for 2002 and you were inadvertently charged $15 instead of $10 to renew
your Fluorine Division annual membership. Anyone
who wishes to receive a $5 rebate should send a request (by regular mail only please) to the Division
Chair (Bob Syvret) before the end of October 2002.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
MOISSAN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN FLUORINE
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 2003. 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 2003
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
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 2003, the Division Chair
must receive an application by 15 November 2002. The application, in triplicate, should be sent to:
Robert G. Syvret, R1103
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
7201 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18195
Alternatively, an electronic submission in the
form of a Word document may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No more than one award will be provided to an individual applicant per
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, and one member-at-large
of the Fluorine Division. The
awards for 2003 will be announced in the Spring 2003 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 2003.
Brief reports (two to three pages) to the
Division Chair are expected from the faculty member and student by 01 October
2003. 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.
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FUTURE MEETINGS OF INTEREST TO THE FLUORINE DIVISION
FLUORINE CONFERENCE –
January 11-17, 2003, TradeWinds Hotel, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida –
Conference Chair is Dr. Bill Farnham (DuPont), and Conference Co-Chair is
Professor Surya Prakash (USC). Please
visit the conference website for up to date information about the conference.
The website is
16th Winter Fluorine Conference Program Overview
The scientific program
will consist of:
- ACS Creative Work in
Fluorine Chemistry Award Lecture*.
- 40 Invited Oral
Presentations in fifteen sessions between Monday and Friday.
- Two special sessions
dedicated to "New Developments in Fluorinated Materials for
Lithography," and "Advances in Fluorination Methodologies".
- Two poster sessions
including the Winter Fluorine Conference Poster Competition Awards**.
16th Winter Fluorine
Conference Plenary Lectures
- Fred E. Behr, 3M Company, "Perfluoroketones
- Karl O. Christe, Edwards AGF, CA USA,
"Quantitative Scale for Lewis Acidity"
- Paul A. Deck, Virginia Polytechnic and State
University "C6F5: A Stable Electron-withdrawing Substituent and Useful
Spectroscopic Probe for Metallocene Chemistry"
- David Dixon, Pacific Northwest Laboratory,
"Computational Approaches to the Design of 157 NM Photoresists"
- Andrew E. Feiring, Dupont Central Research,
"Design of Transparent Fluoropolymer Photoresists of Semiconductor
- John Gladyz, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg,
"Fluorous Catalysis without Fluorous Solvents"
- Berthold Hoge, University of Cologne, Germany,
"Strategies for the Synthesis of Chiral Bidentate Bis(trifluoromethyl)
- Hiroshi Itoh, IBM Almaden, "Fluoropolymers
for 157 nm Lithography"
- Shiro Kobayashi, Kyoto University, Japan,
"Enzymatic Reactions of Fluorosugar Substrates for the Synthesis of
Poly- and Oligo-saccharides"
- Bernard Langlois, Universite Claude
Bernard-Lyon, France, "Design and Use of New Reagents for Nucleophilic
- Christopher K. Ober, Cornell University, "Fluoropolymers
for Advanced Lithography"
- David O'Hagan, University of St. Andrews,
"Biosynthesis of Fluoroacetate, the Toxin - Discovery and Isolation of
- Jonathan M. Percy, University of Leicester,
"Selectively Fluorinated Molecules from Trifluoroethanol and other
- P. V. Ramachandran, Purdue University,
"Synthesis of Fluorinated Analogs of Biologically Active
- Gary J. Schrobilgen, McMaster University,
"Applications of Noble-Gas Chemistry to the Syntheses of Main-Group and
High-Oxidation State Transition Metal Oxide Fluorides"
- Taaki Sonoda, Institute of Advance Material
Study, Kyushu University, "Molecular Modeling of New Fluorinated Anions
for Lithium Battery Electrolyte"
- Steven H. Strauss, Colorado State University,
"Fluorination and Defluorination Reactions of Boron, Boron/Carbon, and
- Kenji Uneyama, Okayama University, Japan "Trifluoroacetimidoyl
Metals: Synthetic Intermediates for Versatile Fluoroorganic Compounds"
- Andrew K. Yudin, University of Toronto,
"Asymmetric Catalysis with Organofluorine Compounds"
*American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry is
sponsored by Lancaster Synthesis, Inc.
**These awards will be sponsored by SynQuest Laboratories, Inc., and will be
given to the best poster presentations on research in fluorine chemistry by an
undergraduate and a graduate student.
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FLUORINE CHEMISTRY – Summer 2003, Shanghai,
SYMPOSIUM ON FLUORINE CHEMISTRY – Summer 2004, Poznań, Poland
FLUORINE CONFERENCE – January 8-14, 2005, TradeWinds Hotel, St.
Petersburg Beach, Florida
Chair is Professor Surya Prakash (USC).
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DATA OF THE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICES OF THE DIVISION OF FLUORINE CHEMISTRY
Vice-Chair/Membership (Three-year term, 2003-2005)
P. V. Ramachandran, Director, Herbert C. Brown Center for Borane Research,
Department of Chemistry, Purdue University, received his Ph. D. in organic
chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1983.
After two years of post-doctoral research with Professor Herbert C.
Brown at Purdue University, he became a Research Scientist in 1987 before
joining the faculty in 1997. He is best known for his work in organoborane chemistry,
particularly asymmetric reductions. The
reagent that he co-introduced with Brown, DIP-Chloride™ (Aldrich), has been
very successful and is used industrially.
For more than a decade he has been applying organoborane chemistry for
fluoroorganic syntheses. About
75% of his research group of 18 persons works on fluorine-related problems.
He has been an active member of the Fluorine Division and has organized
two ACS symposia for the Division (1998 Fall and 2002 Fall).
He has edited two books, one of them in Fluorine Chemistry, entitled,
“Asymmetric Fluoroorganic Chemistry.”
He is a co-author of ~100 publications, including several major reviews
and book chapters.
chemistry is gaining increased importance in agricultural, materials, and
medicinal chemistry. This facet
should help in building the Division, particularly its membership.
We have won several ACS awards for being one of the best small
divisions. We need to build upon
our accomplishments and increase our membership from its current level of
~700. With all of your help, I
would like to devote myself to strengthen the Division within the next five
J. Scott Shaffer
earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in
1977 and an MBA in International Studies from the Katz Graduate School of
Business in 1996. He is currently President of AMS Materials, LLC a
manufacturers rep firm for fluorinated specialty gases and liquids based in
Fruit Cove Florida. Representing
3M and others, the main
served include Electronics, Aerospace, Chemical and Medical Devices.
Formerly, Scott was Vice President/General Manager of Lancaster
Synthesis, Inc., serving the medicinal discovery segment.
Lancaster included the former research chemical assets of PCR, Inc. in
Gainesville, Florida. Scott held prior the position of General Manager of the PCR
Catalog business from 1996 until its acquisition by BTP, Ltd.
Scott was Business Director for Ausimont USA, based in Morristown, NJ
for ten years. In that position
he directed the fluorinated fluids
and Galden®), HCFC Meforex® 142b, 143 and VF2 monomer business as
as directing the HCFC replacement entry strategy for North America for
Scott has also completed proprietary market research for DuPont on
18 years marketing experience and creative capabilities in specialty
organofluorine markets, uniquely positions him as a valuable resource to the
Executive Committee (Three-year term, 2003-2005)
Webb I. Bailey, Jr.
Webb I. Bailey, Vice President and Technical Director
at FluoroMed, L.P., in Round Rock Texas, received B.S. and M.S. degrees from
Sam Houston State University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University under
F.A. Cotton. He also was a
post-doctoral research associate at The University of Texas at Austin with
R.J. Lagow. From 1983 to 1996 he
held various research positions at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
At Air Products he was a member of the Fluorine Technology Center and
was involved with projects that targeted the use of fluorocarbons in
electronic and medical applications. In
1996 he founded FluoroMed, L.P. which manufactures high purity fluorocarbons
that are used primarily in medical applications. At FluoroMed he is
responsible for developing partnerships with pharmaceutical companies to find
new applications that require fluorochemicals.
He also maintains production facilities that are compliant with cGMP
quality standards. Additional
responsibilities involve coordinating documentation required by FluoroMed
customers and the U.S. FDA and foreign regulatory authorities.
He is a 29-year member of the ACS and has been a regular attendee of
Winter Fluorine Conferences since early 1980.
William J. Casteel, Jr.
Bill Casteel, Senior Principal Research Chemist, Air
Products and Chemicals, Inc., received his B.S. degree in chemistry from
Rhodes College in 1987. During
this time, Bill was first introduced to fluorine chemistry as part of a summer
program in Prof. Joseph Thrasher’s research group at the University of
Alabama (1986). Bill received a
Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley,
under the supervision of Prof. Neil Bartlett.
While there, he worked on the synthesis of high oxidation state
transition metal fluorides. After
two years of research as a National Science Foundation (NSF) NATO Postdoctoral
Fellow at McMaster University, working in Gary Schrobilgen’s research group
on applications of noble gas fluorides to oxofluoride synthesis, Bill joined
the Corporate Science and Technology Center of Air Products and Chemicals in
1995. At Air Products, Bill’s
research has focused on applications of “hard” inorganic fluorinating
agents, such as F2 and O-F compounds, to the selective
electrophilic fluorination and deoxofluorination of fine chemical
intermediates for the electronics and pharmaceuticals industries.
Bill is a member of the Fluorine Division and has attended Winter
Fluorine Conferences since 1991.
William R. Dolbier, Jr.
William R. Dolbier, Jr., Professor of Chemistry,
University of Florida, received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Stetson
University in 1961 and a Ph. D. in organic chemistry from Cornell University
in 1965, under the supervision of Mel Goldstein.
After a post-doc at Yale with Bill Doering, he joined the faculty of
the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor in 1966.
Bill moved quickly through the ranks at the University of Florida,
becoming Professor in 1975 and serving as Chairman of the Department from 1982
to 1987. A physical organic
chemist, Bill first began to apply the tools of his trade to the field of
organofluorine chemistry in the mid-70’s, and since that time he’s devoted
his research efforts almost entirely to gaining an understanding the
reactivity of compounds containing fluorine.
Although perhaps best known for his mechanistic studies of the
chemistry of fluorinated allenes, cyclopropanes, and radicals, in recent years
he’s devoted increased research attention to development of synthetic
methodology - for example, his synthetic studies of
octafluoro[2.2]paracyclophane and recent studies related to difluorocarbene
and nucleophilic trifluoromethylation. Bill
has been honored as an A. P. Sloan Fellow and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
and he’s received a number of teaching and research awards from the
University of Florida. Honorary
doctorates were bestowed by Stetson University (1989) and Adam Mickiewicz
University, Poznan, Poland (2000), and he was the recipient of the ACS Award
for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry in 2000.
Within the Division of Fluorine Chemistry, Bill has previously served
on the Executive Committee (fifteen years ago), as Chairman of the Division in
1986, and was organizer of the 11th Winter Fluorine Conference in
1993. He’s also on the
editorial board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry.
With more than 200 papers published, most in the area of fluorine
chemistry, Bill currently maintains a very active research group of 10
Bruce Smart received BS degrees in Chemistry and
Mathematics from U. Missouri at Kansas City (1967), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry
from U.C. Berkeley (1970). He
joined Dupont CR&D in1970, entered research management in1977, and has
managed groups in exploratory organic and organometallic chemistry, polymer
science, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and fluoroproducts R&D.
He spent two years in Dupont Corporate New Business Development
(1998-2000), and currently is a CR&D Research Manager and Program Director
of the Dupont-MIT Alliance on Bio-Based Materials.
His major research interests are physical organic chemistry and
organofluorine chemistry. He has published over 100 scientific papers and reviews,
edited two books, and holds 39 US patents.
He is past chairman of the Gordon Research Conference on Physical
Organic Chemistry, and has served on the Board of Editors of Organic Syntheses, Inc., the
Petroleum Research Fund Advisory Board, and the IUPAC Commission on Physical
Organic Chemistry. He is a member
of the Industrial Advisory Boards for the Department of Chemistry at U.
Florida and the Materials Research Laboratory at U.C. Santa Barbara, and is a
Dupont representative on The Chemical Research Council. He was elected a fellow of the AAAS in 1992.
He has been an active member of the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry
for 30 yrs, has served previously on the Executive Committee (1978-82), and
was Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of the Division (1981)
He is a past chairman of the Winter Fluorine Conference (1981), and has
organized over a dozen special symposia for the Division, including most
recently the Division’s Millenium Symposium at the San Francisco 2000 ACS
Meeting and the symposium on “Fluorine in Microlithography and Microchip
Manufacture” for the fall 2002 ACS meeting.
He served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry
(1987-96) and has been the Americas Editor of the Journal since 1997. He was recently appointed to represent the Division on the
new ACS Committee on Science.
Treasurer (Three-year term,
Robert G. Syvret
Bob Syvret is currently Lead Research Chemist in the Fluorine
Technology Center of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA.
Bob was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He attended McMaster University and earned the honours B.Sc.
degree in chemistry in 1982. In
1987 he graduated from McMaster University with a Ph.D. in Inorganic
Main-Group Fluorine Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Gary J.
Schrobilgen. His research thesis
was entitled, “O=IOF4 Derivatives
of Xenon and Related Main-Group Elements.”
Bob began his industrial career as Senior Research Chemist, Fluorine
Exploratory Research at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA, in
February, 1987. During his
15-year career at Air Products he has been responsible for the development of
selective fluorination technologies for commercial applications with a focus
on finding value in F2 applications.
Bob led the chemical development at Air Products of the commercially
available family of electrophilic fluorination reagents known as the
reagents. Bob served the ACS
Division of Fluorine Chemistry as Vice-Chair/Secretary-Treasurer from
1999-2001, and is the currently serving as Chair and Acting-Treasurer of the
Bob’s work and that of many
coworkers has been described in 50 publications, patents, and presentations at
fluorine meetings. He has
attended and contributed to each of the last 7 Winter Fluorine Conferences, 3
International Fluorine Symposia, and all but 3 of the ACS Division of Fluorine
Chemistry meetings during the last 15 years.
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Last Updated :02/12/04
: Phil Henderson