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Fall 2002 NEWSLETTER

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September, 2002

Treasurer    Membership    Councilor    Special Message About Division Dues   Moisson Fellowship      Meetings   Candidates for Division Offices

Chair's Message

·        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 chemistry.

·        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,

 

            Very sincerely,

Chair, 2002

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VICE-CHAIR/SECRETARY-TREASURER REPORT

ASSETS (as of 30 June 2002)

 

($) As of 31 December 2001

($) As of 30 June 2002

ACS Investment Pool (market value)

100,851.59

93,037.42

Morgan Stanley Dean Witter

 

 

Prime Income Trust

4,413.73

4,494.55

Liquid Asset Fund

15,685.40

10,747.49

Diversified Income Trust “C”

3,226.14

3,308.73

Moissan Fellowship Total

24,067.49

22,967.41

MFS Mass Investors Trust "A"

10,773.18

9,415.50

Oppenheimer U.S. Gov Trust "A"

5,850.98

6,080.70

Limited Duration Fund

(Van Kampen Sr. Floating Rate Fund)1

5,221.83

5,321.44

Putnam Int. Growth Fund "A"

2,221.50

2,149.77

First Union National Bank

26,925.04

9,027.54

 

 

 

Total Assets2

175,169.39

143,583.14

percent change

 

-18.0%

1  On advice of the MSDW financial advisor, funds were transferred to the Limited Duration Fund from the Van Kampen Sr. Floating Rate Fund.

2  The 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 Chemistry

 

($) As of 30 June 2001

($) As of 31 Dec. 2001

($) As of 30 June 2002

MFS Mass Investors Trust "A"

11,531.05

10,773.18

9,415.50

Oppenheimer U.S. Gov Trust "A"

5,562.59

5,850.98

6,080.70

Limited Duration Fund

(Van Kampen Sr. Floating Rate Fund)1

5,080.28

5,221.83

5,321.44

Putnam Int. Growth Fund "A"

2,380.66

2,221.50

2,149.77

 

 

 

 

Total

24,554.58

24,067.49

22,967.41

% Change

 

-2.0%

-4.6%

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 year 2000.

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VICE-CHAIR MEMBERSHIP REPORT

No report in this newsletter

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DIVISION 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.

  • The 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.
  • In 2003, John Crum (Executive Director of the ACS) will retire.
  • The 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 budgets.
  • The dues for 2003 will be $116.00.
  • The petition to increase the size of Society Committees passed with a small margin.
  • In 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.
  • The registration fee for 2003 will be $275.00.
  • Boston, as usual, was a well-attended meeting: 17,121 registrants, with 409 exhibition booths.
  • 16 Divisions (ACS) had budget deficits in 2001.
  • A new policy of the ACS:  they will supply LCD, microphones, overhead projector and screen;  35 mm projectors will be supplied only by special request.
  • The Clearing House had 1,242 job candidates, 572 jobs offered, and 4,667 interviews conducted.
  • For 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 Division

 

 

Notice to all ACS Members of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry

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 CHEMISTRY

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 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 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 syvretrg@apci.com.  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, 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

·        16th WINTER 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 http://membership.acs.org/F/FLUO/16wfc.html

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 Process Chemistry"
  • 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 Manufacture"
  • 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) phosphanes"
  • 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 Trifluoromethylation"
  • 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 the Fluorinase"
  • Jonathan M. Percy, University of Leicester, "Selectively Fluorinated Molecules from Trifluoroethanol and other Building Blocks"
  • P. V. Ramachandran, Purdue University, "Synthesis of Fluorinated Analogs of Biologically Active Molecules"
  • 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 Carbon Spheroids"
  • Kenji Uneyama, Okayama University, Japan "Trifluoroacetimidoyl Metals: Synthetic Intermediates for Versatile Fluoroorganic Compounds"
  • Andrew K. Yudin, University of Toronto, "Asymmetric Catalysis with Organofluorine Compounds"

Conference Awards
Conference Awards
*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.

 

·        17th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FLUORINE CHEMISTRY – Summer 2003, Shanghai, China

·        14th EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON FLUORINE CHEMISTRY – Summer 2004, Poznań, Poland

Organizer is Henryk Koroniak.

·        17th WINTER FLUORINE CONFERENCE – January 8-14, 2005, TradeWinds Hotel, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida

Conference Chair is Professor Surya Prakash (USC).

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BIOGRAPHICAL DATA OF THE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICES OF THE DIVISION OF FLUORINE CHEMISTRY

 

Vice-Chair/Membership (Three-year term, 2003-2005)

P. V. Ramachandran

Professor 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.

 

Statement from Ramachandran:

Fluorine 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 years.

 

J. Scott Shaffer

Scott 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

markets 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

(Fomblin® and Galden®), HCFC Meforex® 142b, 143 and VF2 monomer business as

well as directing the HCFC replacement entry strategy for North America for

Ausimont.  Scott has also completed proprietary market research for DuPont on Fluorinated Specialties.

Scott's 18 years marketing experience and creative capabilities in specialty organofluorine markets, uniquely positions him as a valuable resource to the Executive Committee.

 

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 coworkers.

 

Bruce Smart

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, 2003-2005)

 

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 SelectfluorÒ 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 Division.

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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