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One of our outstanding chemistry department researchers and teachers, fondly known as XYZ, is heading south to what is becoming the University of MInnesota South Branch, aka the University of Texas. We have recently lost Paul Barbara, now in the National Academy, to Texas as well as the outstanding bio-organic chemist Ben Liu. Jim Chelikowsky, a computational materials scientist, has also been snapped up recently.

This demonstrates the difficulty of becoming one of the three top public research universities in the world [sic]. The competition has deep pockets.

XYZ is a UT graduate and no doubt the Longhorns made him an offer he couldn't refuse. In the current mercenary environment, a bedrock of stable funding is hard to turn down. It is a tribute to our chemistry department that they have so many excellent faculty. Unfortunately this makes us the proverbial happy hunting ground. Before we fall all over ourselves pursuing interdisciplinary dollars, let's recognize that we need strong disciplinary research as a foundation.

All the best, XYZ!

From the University of Texas Chemistry Department Website:

Dr. Xiaoyang Zhu joins the department

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to welcome Dr. Xiaoyang Zhu, who will be joining the faculty this spring. Dr. Zhu received a BS from Fudan University in 1984 and a PhD from The University of Texas in 1989. He is a 2006 recipient of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award, and a 1996 recipient of the Cottrell Scholar Award.

Dr. Zhu works on surface/interface problems in three general areas: molecular electronics and organic semiconductors, biosensors and protein microarrays, monolayers and molecular tribology. He probes surfaces and interfaces on the femtosecond time scale and nanometer length scale using a variety of state-of-the-art experimental tools, ranging from ultrafast photoemission spectroscopy to interfacial force microscopy. Please join us in welcoming him to our department.

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