Message from the Chair
Greetings from sunny but frigid
St. Paul. As I write this message
in early April, it feels more like early November. Hope springs eternal though – it is supposed to warm up
later in the week. I would first of
all like to welcome our newest members of the Executive Council. P. V. Ramachandran (Chandran) has joined us as our newest Membership
Chair. Bill Dolbier and Bruce Smart
round out our Executive Committee for 2003 bringing the welcome expertise of
long time members to our group. We
say goodbye and thanks to our outgoing Executive Committee members Bob
Syvret (who isn’t going very far as he remains Treasurer), Steve
DiMagno and Scott Shaffer.
Although I was unable to attend
the 16th Winter Fluorine Conference, it was by all accounts a huge
success. I would like to thank the Conference Chair Bill Farnham and Co-chair Surya
Prakash for their work in putting together the program as well as Michelle
Gandy from the ACS Office of Divisional Activities who was responsible for
many of the crucial behind the scenes tasks necessary to put on a conference of
David A. Dixon, who was the recipient of the 2003 ACS Award for
Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, presented the award address during the
Thursday night banquet to an enthusiastic crowd. In keeping with what has become what I hope is a long lasting
tradition, Synquest sponsored the
undergraduate Winter Conference Poster Awards. This year the winners were
Chongsoo Lin (Don Burton’s group,
University of Iowa) and Vittoria Salafia (Jonathan Percy’s group, Leicester University).
These awards are a nice recognition of the work of our youngest members and, as
such, are highly appreciated.
The Fluorine Division is proud
to sponsor the Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship every year (see
the call for proposals later in the Newsletter). The winners this year are as follows: Joe Thrasher and Brian
O’Brien, University of Alabama; Ken
Laali, Kent State University; Sergiu
Gorun, Brown University and Scott
Lewis (student Nathan Dean) James
Don Burton was the recipient of the second biennial Distinguished
Service Award in Fluorine Chemistry which is given to a member who exemplifies
excellence in our field and to our division.
Don has had a major impact on our division and its members over the years
and this award was richly deserved. I
have valued Don’s mentorship and friendship now for almost 30 years (!) since
I became a member of his group and would like to add my personal congratulations
on this award – I’m only sorry I couldn’t be the one to present it.
I hope we have many more years of his guidance.
I would also like to thank William
W. Wilson, Ashwani Vij, and Tini Vij
for the organization of the Karl Christe Symposium at the Spring ACS meeting in
New Orleans. Allow me to add my
congratulations to Karl Christe for
his well deserved ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry. See the more detailed article on this later in the
The Fluorine Division Website
(Webmaster: Phil Henderson) continues
to be an extremely useful source for all things Fluorine. The website contains
among other things, issues of the past newsletters, listings of the officers,
membership information and upcoming meetings.
Check it out if you haven’t looked at it recently - http://membership.acs.org/F/FLUO.htm.
In addition to the current information, there will be an important
addition to the website in May. This
year in the fall, the division will vote on a new set of bylaws.
In accordance with our current bylaws, we must allow our members to read
the proposed new bylaws some time before voting.
We are doing this by making the entire bylaws available on our website.
Please visit and read this important document so that you can vote in an
informed manner in the Fall. If you
do not have web access, please contact Gary
Schrobilgen who will send you a printed copy of the bylaws.
This year has been a good year
for recognition of our members and of fluorine chemistry. In addition to the awards mentioned above, Gary Schrobilgen will receive the E.W.R. Steacie Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry this
August. This is one of the more
prestigious awards in Canada. Last year Gary also received the Alcan
Lecture Award and the Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry
from the CSC. Congratulations
Gary. In November, Neil Bartlett received the Davy Medal of the Royal Society of Great
Britain in London. Congratulations to Neil as well. We would like to continue to recognize the awards that our
members receive as part of a continuing department in the newsletter.
Please let the Secretary of the Fluorine Division know when you or one of
your Fluorine Division colleagues receives an award or recognition so that we
can let our members know.
We would also like to
acknowledge new faculty appointments in Fluorine Chemistry in our newsletter.
To this end let us note that Dr.
Michael Gerken has joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of
If there are concerns or questions you have regarding
the Fluorine Division please send me an e-mail.
If there are items you would like to have considered for inclusion in the
Newsletters, please do the same.
The Fall ACS Meeting in New York will have a full
Fluorine Chemistry program. Hope to see you there.
2003 Winner of
ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry
by William W. Wilson
A special Award Symposium for Karl Christe was organized during the 225th American Chemical Society National Meeting held in New Orleans, LA, 23-27 March 2003, to honor Karl for his receipt of the 2003 ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Organizers of this Symposium were William W. Wilson, Ashwani Vij, and Tini Vij, co-workers with Karl Christe at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Following Karl’s Award Address to the Division of Inorganic Chemistry on Monday morning, which drew between 500 and 600 attendees, the Divisions of Fluorine Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry sponsored the two-day Symposium on Tuesday and Wednesday featuring many well-known main-group fluorine and inorganic chemistry friends and colleagues from across the U.S., Canada, and abroad. There were a total of 41 invited papers (16 of which were from outside the U.S.) that were contributed to the Symposium, one of the most highly attended such Inorganic Division Award Symposia at any Inorganic Division Meeting, with attendances ranging between 75 and 100 for each of the four half-day sessions. The high quality of the papers that were presented and the large turnout for the Symposium were, indeed, a great tribute to Karl for all his many years of innovative and trend-setting work in the field of inorganic main-group fluorine chemistry.
ASSETS (as of 31 March 2003)
Moissan Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Fluorine Chemistry
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 2000.
The Fluorine Division welcomes
the following new members (as of Feb.
28, 2003) and looks forward to their participation in the Fluorine Division’s
Al Jammaz, Bernard F. Badet, Kirk W. Ball, Dmytro O. Berbasov, Janet K. Boggs,
Aziz A. Choudry, Mitchel Cohn, Denise L. Creech, Trevor K. Ellis, Matthew G.
Fete, John A. Gladysz, Masayuki Harada, Vicki Hedrick, Quan Heng Dao, Jinbo Hu,
H. D. B. Jenkins, Tara L. S. Kishbaugh, Iris
B. Kliman Bloom, Henry Koroniak, Marta Krawczyk, Steven Mark Lobel, Paul D.
Markowitz, Andrew Moralee, Christopher K. Ober, Voshiyuki Okamoto, Philip R.
Schild, Iqbal Sharif and Chris M. Timperley.
The Fluorine Division’s
membership, which is at 653 (as of Feb.
28, 2003) has remained relatively stable since last year when it was at 660.
We are nonetheless asking each of our members to take a proactive role in
membership recruitment in an effort to significantly increase our membership.
We ask that you approach colleagues, including graduate students,
research associates and post doctoral fellows, whom you know to be actively
engaged in some aspect of fluorine chemistry, and urge them to visit the
divison’s website in order to become familiar with the scope of the
division’s activities and the advantages of membership.
It is particularly important that we familiarize younger colleagues with
the Fluorine Division’s activities to help ensure the future sustainability of
the division. Those interested in
joining may use the membership form attached to this Newsletter or that
available on the division’s website (http://membership.acs.org/F/FLUO/Meetings.htm).
It is worth pointing out to prospective members that the membership fee
for the first year of is waived.
The Fluorine Division members are asked to consult the Membership Directory Opt-In form attached to end of this Newsletter. If you have not done so already and you wish to be included in future membership directories, it is important that you fill in this form and to return it to P. V. Ramachandran at your earliest possible convenience. The completed form need only be submitted once.
by COUNCILOR DON BURTON
The ACS Council Meeting was held
on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 in New Orleans, LA. In addition to attending the Council Meeting, I also attended
the Joint-Council Committee Meeting on Saturday, March 22, 2003 (11:00 AM to
5:00 PM). Detailed below are some
points of interest from the Council Meeting:
The Council selected Dr. William
F. Carroll, Jr. (Vice-President, Occidental Chemical Corporation) and Dr.
Michael F. Strem (President, Strem Chemicals, Inc.) as the candidates for
President-Elect, 2004. The Board of
Directors approved a 2003 budget with a net deficit of $815,000 compared with
the Board-mandated maximum allowable deficit of $1 million.
The Petition for Division and
Local Section Funding was the subject of intense discussion.
A Board Task Force reported on its examination of means to implement the
petition, should it be approved by the Council and the ACS membership.
The Board voted to enact a special temporary assessment - contingent upon
adoption and ratification of the petition - to pay for the incremental costs via
a supplement to the annual dues. The
Task Force preferred a temporary
assessment over a permanent dues increase to the annual dues.
Assessments of $2.00 in 2004, $4.00 in 2005, $6.00 in 2006, and $8.00 in
2007 were authorized. Legal opinion
for this temporary assessment (capped at four years) validated the authority of
the Board to enact a temporary assessment.
The Council voted overwhelmingly
to approve the petition for Division and Local Section funding.
The new funding distribution (approved) will increase
the division allocation from 20% to ~ 45%.
The ratio of Local Sections/Division distribution will change from 4/1 to
Thus, the Board of Directors and
the Council favored a revised distribution scheme that will allocate more funds
for divisions. Since this petition
requires an amendment to the Constitution of the ACS, adoption of the petition
requires a two-thirds vote of the Council (which it received at the Council
Meeting in New Orleans), and the
petition will only become effective
upon ratification by two-thirds of the Society voting on the amendments to the
Constitution (it needs 2/3 of the members who vote).
All Society members will receive
(by mail) a ballot to approve or disapprove this petition.
If two-thirds of the voting members approve this petition (by ballot), it
will become a permanent amendment to the ACS Constitution and implemented by the
Board of Directors.
This petition is a good
thing for Divisions. When you
receive your ballot, I urge you to vote approval
of this petition (amendment).
The temporary assessment to your
dues is capped at four years. This
temporary assessment, which together with budget offsets, will fund the
petition. This temporary assessment
will be reviewed annually by the Board and may be adjusted (downward) based upon
the Society's financial situation.
After 2007, the temporary
assessment will be removed and the ACS will pick up the > $1,000,000 to fund
this new distribution. Vote
approval for this petition and amendment.
Total membership (ACS) as of 12/31/02 was 161,144 - a net decrease of 1.4%.
In 2002, 16 of the 33 Divisions ran significant
deficits. Approval of the new
amendment will help alleviate some of the Divisions' problems.
Donald J. Burton
Councilor for the Fluorine Division
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
2004 MOISSAN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN FLUORINE CHEMISTRY
Division is committed to continuing this program and actively encourages the
submission of appropriate proposals for research to be conducted during the
summer of 2004. 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 2004 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.
be considered for an award in 2004, the Division Chair must receive an
application by November 15, 2003. The
application, in triplicate, should be sent to:
St. Paul MN 55144
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 2004 will be announced in the Spring 2004 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 March 1, 2004.
Brief reports (two to three pages) to the Division Chair are required from the faculty member and student by October 1, 2004. 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.
A. 16th Winter
biennial conference, the 16th
Winter Fluorine Conference was
held last January (12-17, 2003) at the TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort
& Conference Center, St. Pete Beach, Florida.
This year’s theme was Discovering
New Roles for Fluorine: From Enzymes to Microlithography. The
conference was chaired by Bill Farnham (DuPont), aided by Surya Prakash
(University of Southern California, Co-Chair) and the skillful management of
Michele Gandy (ACS). Their excellent work was clearly demonstrated by the success
of this conference in all its aspects. Our
heartfelt gratitude to them! New
roles for fluorine in materials, electronics, and pharmaceuticals, continuing a
tradition of enabling new and “next generation” technologies, were featured
during the conference. Discussions
in the broader areas of organic, polymer, and inorganic chemistry research
included presentations on synthetic methods, catalysis, enzymatic processes,
tailored polymers and new material applications, and selective fluorination.
Two sessions dedicated to “New Developments in Fluorinated Materials
for Lithography,” and “Advances in Fluorination Methodologies” as well as
two poster sessions and the WFC Student Poster Award contributed to the success
of this year’s scientific program. The
ACS Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry Award recipient was David Dixon who was
honored in our traditional Thursday evening banquet.
The list of plenary speakers included:
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 National 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, Université 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"
Yudin, University of Toronto, "Asymmetric Catalysis with Organofluorine
This year’s conference
consisted of a very international list of participants, the largest contingent
coming from Japan, followed by the United Kingdom. A participant breakdown by
country follows: Canada (5), Denmark (1), France (4), Germany (2), Israel (1),
Italy (5), Japan (29), Korea (4), Russia (1), South Africa (1), United Kingdom
(12), United States (156).
B. Symposia Planned for the
226th ACS National Meeting
New York City, September 7-11, 2003
(1) Fluorine in Alternative Energy Sources
E. Smart, Central Research & Development, DuPont, Experimental Station,
Wilmington, DE 19880, Phone: 302-695-7482, Fax: 302-695-9799, Bruce.E.Smart@usa.dupont.com
Vadim A. Soloshonok, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, 620
Parrington Oval, Room 208, Room 208, Norman, OK 73019, Phone: 4053258279, Fax:
4053256111, email@example.com. Co-chair: Viacheslav A. Petrov, Central Research &
Development, DuPont, Experimental Station, PO Box 80328, Wilmington, DE
19880-0328, Phone: 302-695-1958, Fax: 302-695-9799, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Fluorinated Synthons" symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting which
focuses on new developments in organofluorine chemistry.
The Symposium is a two-daylong forum held to discuss the latest results
in the generation of fluorine-containing building blocks and their utilization
in the synthesis of multifunctionalized organic compounds.
The meeting covers a number of fields of chemistry indirectly or directly
affected by the presence of fluorine. These
include physical and organic chemistry, material science, biochemistry,
agrochemicals and medicinal chemistry. The
symposium has received enthusiast backing from (and co-sponsoring) from ORG,
AGRD and MEDI divisions. A banquet
is being planned to cap this event. Some of the invited speakers include: Itsumaro Kumadaki (Setsunan
University, Japan); John T. Welch (SUNY, Albany); Taizo Ono (National Institutes
of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan); Toru Okayama, (Daiichi
Fine Chemical Co., Ltd., Japan); Takeo Taguchi (Tokyo College of Pharmacetical
Science); Beate Koksch, (University of Leipzig, Germany); Toshio Fuchigami
(Tokyo Institute of Technology); Santos Fustero, (Universidad de Valencia,
Spain); Andrei K. Yudin (University of Toronto); Manfred Schlosser (Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology); Hideki Amii (Okayama University, Japan).
Poster Sessions: Gerald B. Hammond,
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,
285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747, Phone: 508-999-8865, Fax:
C. Planned Meetings
228th ACS National Meeting; August 22-26, 2004, Philadelphia, PA
A joint tutorial with the
Chemical Toxicology Division on “Toxicology in Fluorine Chemistry” is
planned. This will be a Sunday half day tutorial organized by Jon Howell (DuPont,
Wilmington, DE), Dayal Meshri (Advance Research Chemicals, Inc., Catoosa, OK)
and Fred Behr (3M, St. Paul, MN). A
symposium on Industrial Fluorine Chemistry (one day) – organized by George
Shia Honeywell, Buffalo, NY) and Bob Syvret (Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.,
Allentown, PA) will also be featured.
2005; December 15-20, 2005, Honolulu, HI
Gary J. Schrobilgen (McMaster University), Rika Hagiwara (Kyoto University) and William J. Casteel, Jr. (Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown, PA) have put together and submitted a proposal for an inorganic fluorine symposium entitled "Inorganic Fluorine Chemistry, Bridging Fundamental and Applied Chemistry". The proposal was submitted to the conference committee in the first round of submissions which closed April 15th. Takashi Yamazaki (Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Technology, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16 Nakamachi, Koganei-city 184-8588, Japan. Tel. & FAX +81-42-388-7038, e-mail: email@example.com) is in charge of planning the organic fluorine activities. The procedure and deadlines for submitting proposals are given at the following website: http://www/pacifichem.org/
D. Past Participation of the
Fluorine Division in ACS National Meetings
As a way to inform our members of scientific symposia previously organized by the Fluorine Division, the following table summarizes the Division’s participation in ACS National Meetings over the last 11 years:
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