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March 24, 2015

SHOEl Electronic Materials. Inc)

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SHOEI Electronic Materials, Inc.

March 23, 2015




Re: Employment Opportunity within Shoei Electronic Materials, Inc.

Job Title: Chemist / Scientist

Location: Eugene, OR (Corvallis, OR temporarily while facilities are being completed)


Job Description:


The person holding this position will be involved in the synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline quantum dots and other types of nanoparticle materials. This effort is focused on accomplishing many objectives, which include: development of high quality (tight FWHM – full width at half maximum value – emission and absorption, high luminescent quantum efficiency) materials while increasing the operational lifetime of these same materials. Also, understanding the ligand shell chemistry and exchange reactions, and the further development of proprietary techniques enabling full-scale production of these same materials.


Specific Tasks include:

  • Synthesis of inorganic semiconductor, metallic and metal oxyfluoro nanoparticles via batch reaction processes and flow cell reactor processes.
  • Characterize materials using UV/VIS techniques to understand their optical properties (FWHM, τNRR and ηeff).
  • Design experiments to optimize the synthetic process to ensure the highest quality nanomaterial are obtained.
  • Diligently record data and observations.
  • Generate intellectual property and ideas.
  • Design nanomaterials that are compatible with customer processes/applications.


Other Job Responsibilities include:

  • Understand customer needs and their applications.
  • Operate safely and to promote safety in a team environment.
  • Stay abreast of current research activities across the world.
  • Generate monthly reports and effectively communicate ideas and results to a broad audience (as well as to a specific, highly technical audience).


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Education level required: B.S. in Sciences.
    • Preferred:S. in Chemistry, Materials Science or Physics.
  • Years of experience required: this is an entry level position.
  • Understand Schlenk line work and working in atmosphere free conditions (nitrogen glove box).
  • Able to use Microsoft Office suite, including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Self-sufficient and self-reliant – strong ability to initiate and design experiments.


About the Company:


Shoei Electronic Materials, Inc. (SEMI) is a newly formed, vibrant company that is starting R&D activities in the Willamette Valley (Eugene, OR). SEMI is focused on the use of proprietary production methods to become the premiere supplier of high quality nanocrystalline quantum dot and nanoparticles in a worldwide market. To this end, SEMI is rapidly growing its R&D activities to support nanoparticle synthesis and to support applications in which nanocrystalline quantum dot materials can play a large role.


SEMI is a subsidiary and partner of Shoei Chemical, Inc. (SCI) – a company that engages in the development, manufacture, marketing and sales of metallic nanoparticles for use in the electronics industry as conductive and dielectric pastes and thin films. Additionally, they support activities for the development of catalytic materials.


SEMI is committed to understanding the basic optoelectronic properties of nanocrystalline quantum dot materials – from the physics associated with interactions with various forms of energy, to the chemistry needed to control the size, morphology, optical and electronic properties, to the engineering required to enable utilization of these materials in applications. To this end, we are seeking innovative and energetic people to bring these specialized materials to market and to help breach barriers preventing their utilization to date.




David M. Schut, Ph.D.

Vice President, Research & Development

Shoei Electronic Materials, Inc.

Ph: (541) 713-1325




March 20, 2015

Office Specialist 1 – Department of Chemistry

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:22 am

Office Specialist 1, Department of Chemistry at Oregon State University is accepting applications to fill one part-time (.45 FTE) non-benefits eligible position starting at $900 per month.  This position is the first point of contact for visitors to the Chemistry Office.  Major duties include, providing exceptional customer service to students, faculty, visitors and work with departmental Head Undergraduate Advisor and the College of Science Advising. To review posting and apply, go to Apply to posting # 0014179. Closing Date: 03/31/2015. OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

Undergraduate Student Award

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:17 am

International Student Advising and Services (ISAS) is currently accepting nominations for the Clara L. Simmerville Award for International Education recognizing and outstanding undergraduate student at Oregon State University.  The award will be given to an OSU undergraduate domestic or international student who has voluntarily contributed to international understanding through personal relationships, scholarship and research, and involvement in campus or community organizations supporting international understanding.  Awardees will receive $100 and have their name engraved on a plaque in International Programs. Nomination forms can be found here. For more information:

March 19, 2015

Commencement News for the Graduate Community

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:31 pm

The Graduate School is happy to tell you that for the first time, graduate students completing their degrees during summer term may participate in the spring commencement ceremony.  A special form must be completed by summer graduates and their major professors to arrange participation in the ceremony.

If you have students who expect to complete a degree spring or summer term, please share this information from the Graduate School’s commencement web site:

Please direct all questions to

Thank you.

FERPA Outside the Classroom

Filed under: Announcements @ 1:16 pm

Good Afternoon: Several weeks ago the College of Agricultural Sciences hosted a workshop “FERPA Outside the Classroom”. The workshop PowerPoint, video, and some templates are now available at the website below. We will be adding some additional materials and important links for faculty and staff in the upcoming weeks. As we heard during the workshop there are many issues surrounding FERPA and letters of recommendation, reference calls, etc. I will be vetting an official process for the College in a few weeks. Until that time we recommend the following actions:
1. When asked to write a letter of recommendation, please get the student’s specific permission to address all or certain aspects of their academic performance (see Example 3). If done by email the email must come from their onid account. Remember that there is no such thing as implied consent, even with letters of recommendation.
2. Departments can consider collecting a general consent form from students. We suggest using a form which includes the College of Agricultural Sciences, rather than just the department. The upcoming process will consider whether to require College level consent , collected and archived at the department level. Remember that these must be renewed each year.
3. Have a conversation with students about the consent form and what it means. Again, we will consider a College wide effort to inform students and/or at the department level.
4. Recall, even after graduation a letter of recommendation requires a release for use of academic performance information.

Finally, any input on how the College should approach FERPA consent agreements is welcome. Please email me with your thoughts.

Penelope L. Diebel
Assistant Dean of Academic Programs
College of Agricultural Sciences

SEMI Professional Development Program with U of O

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SEMI Professional Development College Program_Final

Karel JH Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award

Filed under: Announcements @ 8:58 am

Nominations are being accepted for the Karel J. H. Murphy Professional Faculty Leadership and Service Award. This award recognizes a professional faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership and service throughout their career both within their Department and in programs and organizations across Oregon State University.   Award criteria is available at

Nominations will be accepted through April 9.   Please direct questions to Michelle Mahana at

Job Opening at Schrodinger

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March 18, 2015

Who Am I? Wednesday – Sarah Burton

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Name: Sarah Burton

Area of Study / Position Title: Graduate Coordinator

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?): While chemistry is an interesting field, I lean toward the soft sciences. This is why I’m the Graduate Coordinator, and not a chemist. If you want a sympathetic ear or a fellowship researched, I’m your girl. If you hand me dangerous chemical compounds, I’ll likely mistake them for a tasty beverage or a delightful snack.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? I work behind the scenes for graduate students, processing their paperwork, collecting application information, setting up recruitment events. Beyond that, I sit at the front desk, granting requests and solving problems, like a benign mob boss who must operate within the bounds of the law. Completely within the bounds of the law.

One thing you truly love about your job? Operating within the bounds of the law.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself. There are no strange factoids about me. I am completely normal. If you look beneath the surface, you will not find anything out of the ordinary.

March 16, 2015

Focus on ECampus

Filed under: Extended Campus,Focus on ECampus @ 3:00 pm

Students take OSU Chemistry online for a variety of reasons. This month, we focus on Angela Courchesne, an experienced high school teacher who needed additional credits in Chemistry to advance her career. Here is Angela’s story:

I have been a teacher in the state of Connecticut for 20 years and I am seeking an additional cross-endorsement in Chemistry.  I am presently certified in grades 7-12 biology and 7-12 general science.  I took the Praxis certification exam (which is used by a majority of states in the US) and passed it, then sent my credentials to the state education department to see what I would need to obtain my certification.  They told me I needed 7 additional chemistry credits to satisfy the requirements necessary for certification, so I am taking them through OSU Ecampus.

These online courses are perfect for those working full time.  I received my Master’s degree in Education online through another university.  It was perfect: no running trying to get to class on time, and you can schedule your studies around your work schedule.  During my work for my Master’s degree, I was married with no kids, but now with 2 children we are a busy family, and OSU’s online courses have worked out well.  They are best for someone who can have the discipline to sit down and get their work done bit by bit; if you are a procrastinator, you can get overwhelmed quickly because there is a lot to cover.  If I am in need of other classes, I will certainly look towards Oregon State University Ecampus Chemistry again.  Also, I would highly recommend these classes for others in a similar situation as mine.




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