2012 LPS

The 2012 Pauling Symposium & Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 on the campus of The University of Washington. The 2012 Medalist is Professor Robert J. Cava, Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University.

There is no charge or need to RSVP for the symposium. Attached is a flyer which contains contact information for the banquet ($).

Link to the event website: http://depts.washington.edu/chem/newsevents/pauling2012.html

While I will be addressing Professor Cava on Friday evening, I am unable to attend the symposium and banquet on Saturday.  Please reply (not to all) if you are interested in having me book a van and recruit a driver.

2012 Pauling Symposium and Banquet

The 47th Annual Pauling Medal Award

Saturday, October 6, 2012

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington


1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Mary Gates Hall 389, Auditorium

1:00 pm – Welcoming Remarks

1:15 pm – Ram Seshadri, Professor, Materials Department, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

“Solid state chemistry and reactivity of noble metal oxides: Pauling electronegativities and gold chemistry”

2:05 pm –Mas Subramanian, Milton Harris Professor of Material Science, Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University

“Beyond the Nature of the Chemical Bond: How close are we to ‘Functional Materials by Design’?”

2:50 pm – Break

3:20 pm – Susan Kauzlarich, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis

“Adding 3+ rare earths to transition metal Zintl phases and their resulting magnetic and thermoelectric properties”

4:05 pm – Introduction of Roberrt J. Cava

4:10 pm –Robert J. Cava, 2012 Pauling Award Winner, Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University

“A Molecule in a Metal – Dimer Formation in ThCr2Si2-type Pnictides”

Determining how crystal structure and chemical bonding influence the properties of solids is at the heart of collaborative research programs between solid state chemists and materials physicists. In some important electronic materials – the high temperature copper oxide superconductors and “colossal magnetoresistance” manganese oxides for example – stoichiometry, structure, bonding, and properties are coupled to yield an almost baffling complexity of chemistry-physics relationships, while in others, such as many classical intermetallic superconductors, bonding and structure play a much less profound role. In this talk I will describe some of our recent work on superconductor-related ThCr2Si2-type solid solution phases as examples of the kinds of insights that structural and chemical studies can contribute to understanding the electronic properties of materials.

5:00 pm – Final Remarks

Public Reception following the Symposium

Mary Gates 135, Commons

Banquet and Medal Presentation

Reservations/Tickets Required

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Kane Hall 225, Walker-Ames Room

Symposium Chair:

Professor Jim Mayer, University of Washington

For more information, contact:

Diana Knight



Hello everyone – Please join me in congratulating Carlos Monzano, graduate student in Dr. Staci Simonich’s laboratory for being recognized by NIEHS on the SRP webpage for receiving the highly prestigious 2012 Student Paper Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS), which he presented during the 244th ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia.  Carlos received the award for his research developing different gas chromatography (GC) techniques to  separate and identify mixtures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  The announcement is located on the SRP homepage (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/index.cfm) and the rest of the story is on the news page (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/news/index.cfm).

Congratulations to Carlos and Staci!