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The poor performance of the Stock Market has resulted in the devaluation of our Division’s holdings. The status of the Division’s assets as of the end of June and a comparison to the beginning of the year are summarized in the Table below. Note that our assets have decreased 6.2% since December 31, 2000, and that the Moissan Fund also decreased by 6.7%. We all hope that this "skid" or "correction" as some refer to it has now leveled off and that the performance will return to a positive direction again.
Division of Fluorine Chemistry Assets as of 30 June 2001
With strong encouragement of the current Vice-Chair/Secretary-Treasurer, the Executive Committee of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry has decided to separate the jobs of the Division Secretary and Treasurer. The new Vice-Chair/Secretary will serve in the normal Vice-Chair rotation and will act as Division Secretary for the next three years. In 2005, the Vice-Chair/Secretary will become Chair of the Division. The duties of the Division Treasurer will be fulfilled through the end of 2002 by Bob Syvret. Next year’s election for Executive Committee positions will include the newly formed Division Treasurer position. Note that the Division Treasurer will not rotate into the Division Chair role. These changes have been incorporated into the latest revision of the Division’s by-laws and are being made to spread the workload of the Secretary and Treasurer between two people.
The costs of printing and distributing the Division newsletter continue to increase. If you would like to receive future issues of the newsletter electronically please send your request to Bob Syvret at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Division currently has (as of June, 2001) 720 members. Fifteen of these new members have taken advantage of our free membership policy. As a reminder, we will offer free memberships for the first year only to anyone wishing to join the Division. This does not apply to renewals or to members who drop from the rolls and later reapply. Please use the form which is attached to this newsletter. (The Fluorine Division website form can also be used if you lose this newsletter, but the dues information for current members is incorrect on this page. The renewal cost for ACS members is $10.)
As some of you may know, ACS has recently changed its policy with regards to membership directories. Members must now opt in to have their names included in such a directory. If they do not choose to be included, they cannot be included – in other words, no vote is a no vote. So far we have about 54 people who have agreed to have their names included and 12 who do not wish to be included in the next directory. If you wish to have your information included in the next divisional directory (due out mid-year 2002), it is very important that you check the appropriate box when you receive your renewal information from ACS. Since ACS has also started to use rolling memberships, your renewal form could come at any time (it should be tied to the month that you first joined). The Executive Committee has not yet had a chance to review this new policy and determine its effect on the publication and distribution of our next directory.
Report of the Council Meeting, Chicago, Il
The ACS Council Meeting was held on Wednesday, August 29, 2001, in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to attending the Council Meeting, I also attended the Joint-Council Committee on Science Meeting on Saturday, August 25, 2001 (11:00 AM to 5:00 PM).
Candidates were selected (by Council) for election to:
1) Committee on Committees
2) Council Policy Committee
3) Committee on Nominations and Elections
The Committee on Grants and Awards approved 120 PRF grants-in-aid and 41 supplements to existing grants totaling $5,177,550. The ACS has taken over the PRF funds and now administers these grants. The committee also voted to increase the maximum values for each PRF grant type beginning in 2002.
Of special interest to Divisions: The results of the Special Task Force on Appropriations for Local Sections and Divisions announced the following method for distributions of emergency funding over the next 2 years:
(a) $300,000 to be divided in half with $150,000 for each year.
(b) $100,000 for Divisions and $50,000 for Local Sections (each year). The money for Divisions will be distributed through the Divisional Activities Committee.
(c) Maximum funding for a Division is $10,000/year.
(d) A proposed Revenue/Expense ratio for calculating the amount that each Division would receive was announced.
(e) Annual Financial Reports (from a Division) must be received by June 30, 2001 to be eligible for 2001 funding and by May 30, 2002 to be eligible for 2002 funding.
A new version of the Chemistry.org web site is now available. The portal technology on which it is based allows weekly polls on current issues, and allows you to search all ACS web-content with the best available search engine (Google), and you can search the entire web with a specialized search engine designed to crawl the world of Chemistry (ChemIndustry.org).
The ACS dues for 2002 will be $112. The registration fee for 2002 will be $265.
Meeting attendance was >15,000. In the Clearing House, 1392 jobs were posted (by 169 companies) and 4001 interviews were held. The unemployment of Chemists dropped from 2.0% to 1.5% in 2001.
The Department of Career Services has finalized an existing new member-only product, the online Salary Comparator, which is available through the ACS Web site. This system used the detailed ChemCensus 2000 data to allow members to see how their own salary compares with persons in similar circumstances.
A petition to form a probationary division "Division of Laboratory Automation" was passed.
Three petitions were presented to the Council:
1) petition to increase the size of committees - postponed indefinitely
2) Petition on Meeting Registration Categories - passed
3) Petition to Clarify Requirements for Membership (ACS) - passed - allows a person with an associate degree or equivalent in a chemical science or chemical technology and five years of employment in a chemical science to become an ACS member.
The ACS had a net deficit of $8 million for 2001 due to unfavorable investment programs.
Donald J. Burton
Councilor for the Fluorine Division
IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND MILOS HUDLICKY
Milos Hudlicky, 82, professor emeritus of chemistry at Virginia Tech, died August 31, 2001. Born in Czechoslovakia, Hudlicky studied at the School of Chemical and Technological Engineering at the Technical University in Prague (the Institute of Chemical Technology of Prague since 1952) until 1939 when all institutions of higher learning were closed for the duration of the German occupation. He worked with Professor Otto Wichterle during the war and completed his doctoral studies at the Technical University in 1946. A UNESCO fellowship in 1948 provided him with the opportunity to study with Professor A. L. Henne at the Ohio State University. Following his return to the Technical University in 1949, he established organofluorine chemistry as a new area of research, an area to which he was to dedicate the rest of his life. After 1958, when he and many other professors were forced out of the university following a purge by the communists of all less-than-loyal personnel, he worked at the Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry in Prague until his emigration to the United States in 1968, after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.
At Virginia Tech Milos continued his work in organofluorine chemistry. A prolific writer, he wrote 18 books, among them the popular Oxidations on Organic Chemistry, Reductions in Organic Chemistry, and Chemistry of Organic Fluorine Compounds. He published 68 scientific articles — 31 of them as the sole author! — and held 29 patents. Unlike most senior scientists, he continued to work at the bench until his retirement in 1989, then he devoted his time to writing. In the words of a former colleague in Prague, he was "an example of a professor who was able to combine scientific, mentoring, and public activities ideally into one harmonious unit."
In 1992 he was awarded the Votocek Medal for Merit in Science and Technology by the University of Chemical Technology in Prague, the highest recognition in chemistry in the Czech Republic. He was a devoted member of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry and faithfully attended the Winter Fluorine Conferences every two years. He enjoyed his position as patriarch and asked a question of each speaker at the conference.
Well loved by his colleagues, he exercised his wit by occasionally writing his experimentals in verse, engaged in vigorous tennis matches, and enjoyed, until his health began to deteriorate, skiing and mountaineering. A man of uncompromising principles, he believed in hard work, integrity, and fair play. Above all else he loved his family: his wife Alena, his children Tomas and Eva, and his grandsons Jason and Petr.
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 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, an application must be received by the Division no later than 15 December 2001. The application, in triplicate, should be sent to:
Dr. Robert G. Syvret
Fluorine Technology Center, R1103
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
7201 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18195
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 published in the Spring 2002 edition of the Division newsletter and the award recipients will be notified prior to this by mail or telephone. The announcement will include the institutions and the faculty members receiving the awards. 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 was pleased to provide two Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships in Fluorine Chemistry, $2,500 each, for work performed during the summer of 2001. The award recipients were:
Professor Brian A. O’Brien, Gustavus Adolphus College
Professor Dale F. Shellhamer, Point Loma College
FUTURE MEETINGS OF INTEREST TO THE FLUORINE DIVISION
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA OF THE CANDIDATES FOR OFFICES OF THE DIVISION OF FLUORINE CHEMISTRY
Vice-Chair/Secretary (Three-year term, 2002-2004)
Richard E. Fernandez
Rick received a B.S. from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1987. He then hired into the Freon® Division of DuPont Chemicals where he worked to develop CFC and Halon® alternatives. He now works in the Nafion® Division of DuPont Fluoroproducts SBU. Rick has authored four chapters and several papers related to fluorine chemistry, and he holds 15 US patents.
Gary J. Schrobilgen
Gary J. Schrobilgen, Professor, Department of Chemistry, McMaster University, received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Loras College in 1967 and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from McMaster University under the supervision of Prof. Ronald J. Gillespie. After two years of research as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at Leicester University, U.K., Dr. Schrobilgen joined the McMaster Chemistry Department as a NSERC University Research Fellow (1980-90) and member of faculty in 1980, and was promoted to full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in 1988. He has made important contributions in two major areas of main-group inorganic chemistry; fluorine chemistry, and the polyatomic anions of the main-group elements. Both programs are heavily reliant upon the use of modern methods of structural elucidation, including multi-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and vibrational spectroscopy, to characterize novel bonding situations among main-group element species. He is best known for his work in the experimentally challenging field of fluorine chemistry, encompassing the syntheses and structural characterization of over half the known compounds of the noble gases as well as fluoro- and oxofluoro-derivatives of the main-group and transition elements in their highest oxidation states and at the limits of coordination. His work has been of importance in our understanding of structure and chemical bonding in so-called "hypervalent" molecules and main-group cluster molecules. He is the 1998 recipient of the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry and is a Canada Council Killam Research Fellow (1998-1999). He was also awarded the 1997 President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision at McMaster University. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1999.
Executive Committee (Three-year term, 2002-2004)
Adam is currently Vice President of Research at SynQuest Laboratories, Inc. He was born in Bradford, England in 1960. He received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry from UMIST, Manchester under the direction of Professor R. E. Banks. The research work was sponsored by ICI in the area of fluorinated heterocycles and dyes. There then followed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Florida in Bill Dolbier’s laboratory (physical organic chemistry) and a return to Eric Bank’s group (surface fluorination of polymers). In 1984, Adam accepted a position in the R&D group at PCR, Inc. in Gainesville Florida. The work involved development of new products for the PCR research chemicals catalog and process development in organofluorine and organosilicon chemistry. Finally, in 1997, Adam joined SynQuest Laboratories, Inc. as Vice President of Research, and is currently leading the effort to make novel fluorinated compounds available to the organofluorine research community. Adam has been a member of the Fluorine Division and attended the Winter Fluorine Conferences since 1985. He now feels it is time he became a more active contributor to the Division.
Cathleen Crudden received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto under the direction of Professor Mark Lautens, and then moved to the University of Ottawa where she carried out Ph.D. studies with Professor Howard Alper. During her Ph.D., she spent three months as a visiting student in the labs of Professor Shinji Murai at Osaka University, Japan. After completing her Ph.D., Cathleen became an NSERC postdoctoral fellow with Professor Scott Denmark, where she studied the effect of fluorine on the ability of a ketone to catalyze epoxidation reactions. In 1996, she accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, where she currently holds a University Research Professorship. In September of 2002, Cathleen will be moving to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario as a Queen’s National Scholar. Here she plans to continue her research into the effect of fluorine on the Baeyer-Villiger reaction, and the asymmetric synthesis of fluorine containing molecules. Cathleen is on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society of Chemistry and the editorial board of Canadian Chemical News. She is also a member of the Fluorine Division, and recently co-organized a symposium on fluorine chemistry at the 84th National Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Montreal, Quebec (05/2001), along with her colleague, Jack Passmore.
Chris completed his Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Dick Chambers at Durham in the UK, then joined Aldrich where he spent the next two years making new fluoroorganics for the Aldrich catalog. In 1988 he took responsibility for the Aldrich Fluorinated Products business, and has remained active in fluorine chemistry whilst taking additional business responsibilities. He is currently responsible for R&D and Marketing at Aldrich in Milwaukee and is involved in the commercial application of fluorine chemistry. Chris is an active member of the Fluorine Division, having been a regular delegate and supporter of meetings both in the USA and abroad for the last 15 years.
After completing Ph.D. studies at the University of Maryland College Park under the direction of Professor Paul Mazzocchi in Electron Transfer Photochemistry of Selected Herbicides and of Aromatic Imide with Silyl Enol Ethers in 1991, I spent my postdoctoral next three years at Dartmouth College working on "Synthesis of Fluorinated Inhalation Anesthetics Isoflurane and Desflurane" and on "Thermal and Photochemical Reactions of Perfluorinated Dienes and Trienes" under the direction of Professor David M. Lemal. In 1994, I joined 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota in the Industrial and Consumer Sector Research Laboratory, now a part of the Advanced Materials Technology Center. I have been working on fluorine chemistry and fluoropolymer research since then. I have 25 US Patents and Patent Applications in the fields of fluorine chemistry and fluoropolymers, and 18 journal articles.
Alternate Councilor (Three-year term, 2002-2004)
Suzanne T. Purrington has been active in the Fluorine Division for many years. Suzy was on the Executive Committee from 1991 to 1997 and served as Secretary-Treasurer as well as Chairman. She has also been active in the North Carolina Section of the ACS since 1974. Suzy is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at North Carolina State University. Her research interests are in the area of synthetic organofluorine chemistry with special emphasis on direct fluorination and small molecules containing fluorine that can be used as building blocks for the preparation of larger organic molecules containing fluorine.
Dean M. Roddick
Dean received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1979 and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1984 under the direction of John Bercaw. After postdoctoral stints at Wisconsin (with Charles Casey) and at UC San Diego (with T. Don Tilley), he joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming in 1986 and was promoted to full professor in 1996. He has been a member of ACS for 23 years and a member of the Fluorine Division for four years. While at Wyoming, he has established an active research program exploring the use of perfluorinated phosphine ligands in organometallic and inorganic metal coordination chemistry. In recent years he has extended this work to the study of metal coordination chemistry in acidic and superacidic media. He has published 34 scientific papers. While not yet an active participant in the Fluorine Division, he hopes to remedy this situation shortly.
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