Tobin J. Marks
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalyic Chemistry
B.S. University of Maryland, 1966; Ph.D Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970.
-Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 1970 – 1974
-Associate Professor, 1974 – 1978
-Professor of Chemistry, 1978
-Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, 1986-
-Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, 1987-
-Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry, 1999-
-Professor of Applied Physics, 2009-
-Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2017-
Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Issued U.S. Patents
ISI h-index - 155
Google Scholar h-index, 170
“Few practicing scientists have more effectively bridged homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic sciences, demonstrating exceptional originality, breadth and insights than Tobin Marks. His contributions are broad: producing new processes through chemical innovation, mentoring students and promoting the chemistry community.”
-University of California, Berkeley, Chemist Gabor A. Somorjai
Honorary Doctorates, Doctor of Science Honoris Causa
2016 Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Technical University of Munich
2012 Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, The Ohio State University
2011 Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, University of South Carolina
2011 Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Honors and Fellowships
2019 Foreign Member, European Academy of Sciences
2019 President’s Honorary Professor, Nanjing Technical University
2018 Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italian National Academy of Sciences)
2018 CPSE Award and Lectureship, First National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society
2018 Lee Fong Award and Lectureship, National Taiwan University
2017 Harvey Prize in Science and Technology, Harvey Foundation, Israel
2017 Johnson Award and Lectureship in Materials Science, Cornell University
2017 American Chemical Society Priestley Medal
2016 Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics
2016 Eminent Scientist Award, American Chemical Society Undergraduate Program
2016 Tannas Award in Materials Science, University of California, Los Angeles
2016 Member, U.S. National Academy of Inventors
2016 Chinese Academy of Sciences President’s International Distinguished Scientist Award
2015 Honorary Foreign Fellow, Chinese Chemical Society
2015 UK Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Industrial Materials
2015 Luigi Sacconi Medal, Italian Chemical Society
2014 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
2013 Alan G. MacDiarmid Medal, University of Pennsylvania
2012 Theodore W. Richards Medal, American Chemical Society
2012 U.S. National Academy of Sciences Award in the Chemical Sciences
2012 Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering
2012 Distinguished Alumni Award and Election, Circle of Discovery, University of Maryland
2012 American Chemical Society Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis
2011 Schulich Prize, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
2011 American Chemical Society Arthur Cope Senior Scholar Award in Organic Chemistry
2011 Member, Indian National Academy of Sciences
2011 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences
2010 William H. Nichols Medal, American Chemical Society
2010 Wilhelm Manchot Prize, Technical University of Munich
2010 Mosher Award, American Chemical Society
2009 Fellow, Materials Research Society
2009 Materials Research Society von Hippel Award
2008 American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry
2008 Principe de Asturias Prize for Technical and Scientific Research (Spain)
2005 Induction into University of Maryland Hall of Fame
2005 Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry UK
2005 John Bailar Medal, University of Illinois
2005 Member, Leopoldina German National Academy of Natural Sciences
2005 US National Medal of Science
2004 Sir Edward Frankland Medal, UK Royal Society of Chemistry
2003 Karl Ziegler Prize, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
2002 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal
2001 American Chemical Society Award in the Chemistry of Materials
2001 Willard Gibbs Medal, American Chemical Society
2001 Linus Pauling Medal, American Chemical Society
2000 Cotton Medal, American Chemical Society
1997 Centenary Medal, UK Royal Society of Chemistry
1994 American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry
1993 Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1993 Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
1989 American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry
1989-1990 Guggenheim Fellow
1984 American Chemical Society Arthur K. Doolittle Award in Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
Distinguished Named Lectureships
2020 Julia and Edward Lee Memorial Lectures, University of Chicago
2019 Institute of Advance Materials Sparkling Lecture, Nanjing Institute of Technology
2018 Annual Lecturer, Grubbs Center for Polymeris & Catalysis, Gwangju Inst. of Science and Technlogy
2018 COPE Distinguished Lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology
2018 Arduengo Distinguished Lecturer, University of Alabama
2018 Davis Distinguished Lecturer, North Carolina State University
2018 Dow Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford University
2017 Inaugural Sigma-Aldrich Lecturer in Materials Chemistry, University of California Santa Barbara
2017 Parry Lecturer, University of Utah
2016 Zhang Dayu Lecturer, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Chemical Physics
2016 McElvain Academic Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Madison
2016 Science at the Cutting Edge Lecturer, Michigan State University
2016 ECS Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, University of Texas Dallas
2016 Munib and Angela Masri Distinguished Lecturer, American University of Beirut
2016 Oryx Lecturer, Texas A&M Qatar
2015 Stone Lecturer, University of Bristol, UK
2015 Annual Center for Plastic Electronics Lecturer, Imperial College London
2015 Eyring Lecturer, Arizona State University
2015 Bergman Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
2015 Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship, University of Texas Austin
2015 Bergman Lecturer, University of Calfornia, Berkeley
2015 Eyring Lecturer, Arizona State University
2015 Annual Center for Plastic Electronics
Lecturer, Imperial College London
2014 University of Gerogia, King Lecturer
2014 Distinguished Clean Energy Lecturer, University of Washington
2014 Frontiers in Molecular Sciences Lecturer, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2014 Xingda Lecturer, Peking University
2014 Rausch Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2013 Bayer Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
2013 Bayer Lecturer, Cornell University
2012 Inaugural 3 MET Lecturer, University of Kaiserslautern
2012 Johnson Lecturer, Stanford University
2012 Karcher-Barton Lecturer, University of Oklahoma
2011 Distinguished International Lecturer, Institute for Advanced Study, Hong Kong
University of Science and Technology
2011 Shore Lecturer, Ohio State University
2011 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science
2010 Schaeffer Lecturer, University of New Mexico
2010 Jones Lecturer, Queens University (Ontario)
2010 Second Semana de la Ciencia y la Innovation Plenary Lecturer, Mexico City
2010 Abelson Lecturer, Washington State University
2010 Kilpatrick Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology
2009 First Semana de la Ciencia y la Innovation Plenary Lecturer, Mexico City
2009 Center Bangalore, India
2009 First International Materials Science Lecturer, International Centre for Materials Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru
2009 Director’s Distinguished Lecturer, U.S. National Science Foundation
2009 Chevron-Phillips Lecturer, Virginia Tech
2009 Dawson Lecturer, University of Kentucky
2009 Frontiers in Chemistry Lecturer, Wayne State U
2008 Crano Lecturer, University of Akron
2008 MacLean Lecturer, McMaster University
2008 Whelan Lecturer, University of Texas El Paso
2008 Butler Lecturer, University of Florida
Davis Lecturer, Unviersity of South Carolina
2007 Boulder Scientific Lecturer, Colrado State U
2006 Jortner Lecturer, Tel Aviv University
2006 Gomberg Lecturer, University of Michigan
2005 Abbott Lecturer, Montana State University
2005 Otto M. Smith Lecturer, Oklahoma State University
2005 Alumni Distringuished Lecturer, Michigan State University
2005 UNIVERSITY Pierre et Marie Curie Institut Universitaire de France Professor
2004 H.B. Jonassen Lecturer, Tulane U.
2003 Milkovich Lecturer, University of Akron
2003 Walton Lecturer, Purdue University
2003 Arthur D. Little Lecturer, MIT
2002 Bigeleisen Lecturer, SUNY Stony Brook
2001 Renowned International Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong, Polytechnical University
2000 McElvain Lecturer, University of Wisconsin
1999 Convention Intercantonale Romande Lecturer, Switzerland
1999 Marcus Lecturer, Washington University
1999 Abbott Lecturer, University of North Dakota
1998 Closs Lecturer, University of Chicago
1998 Seaborg Lecturer, University of California Berkeley
1997 Siedle Lecturer, Indiana University
1996 Kilpatrick Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology
1996 Xerox of Canada Distinguished Lecturer (University of British Columbia; Victoria U)
1996 H.C. Brown Lecturer, Purdue University
1996 Musher Lecture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
1995 Fishel Lecturer, Vanderbilt University
1995 Lind Lecturer, University of Tennessee- Oak Ridge Nat. Lab.
1995 Gooch-Stephens Lecturer, Baylor University
1994 Stieglitz Lecturer, University of Chicago- Chicago ACS Section
1994 Japan Society of Organic Chemistry Lectureship
1994 E.F. Smith Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
1994 W.R. Grace Lecturer, University of Maryland
1993 ICI Distingiushed Lecturer, University of Calgary
1993 Purves Lecturer, McGill University
1993 Hill Lecturer, Duke University
1993 Karcher Lecturer, University of Oklahoma
1992 National Science Council of Taiwan Lecturer
1992 Gordon Lecturer, University of Toronto
1991 RIKEN Frontier Research Program Visiting Scientist (Japan)
1990 Dow Lecturer, Boston College
1990 Roberts Lecturer, Grinnell College
1989 Graduiertenkolleg Lecturer, Technical U./Free University of Berlin
1988 Frontiers in Chemistry Lecturer, Texas A&M University
1988 ESSO Lecturer, University of Toronto
1988 Kolthoff Lecturer, University of Minnesota
1987 Tables Rondes Roussel-Uclaf Lecturer, Paris
1987 Merck-Frosst Lecturer, University of British Columbia
1987 Boomer Lecturer, University of Alberta
1986-1987 Phi Lambda Upsilon Lecturer, University of Nebraska
1986 SACS Lecturer, University of South Carolina
1986 Asher Visiting Lecturer, Technion Israel
1986 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Hawaii
1984-1985 Reilly Lecturer, University of Notre Dame
1984 Lemieux Lecturer, University of Ottawa
1981 Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Western Ontario
1980 President Lecturer, Technical University of Berlin
1980 Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin
Current or Past Editorial and Advisory Board
Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry; Inorganic Syntheses; Organometallics; Inorganica Chimica Acta; Polyhedron; Polymer; Progress in Inorganic Chemistry; Chemical Communications; Accounts of Chemical Research;Journal of Molecular Catalysis; Topics in Organometallic Chemistry; Catalysis Letters; Actinide and Lanthanide Reviewer for Annual Surveys of Organometallic Chemistry; Topics in Catalysis; Nouveau Journal de Chimie/New Journal of Chemistry; Chemistry of Materials; Advanced Materials, CVD; Oxford Monographs on the Physics and Chemistry of Materials; Crystal Engineering Communications; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; MRS Communications; Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics; Journal of Organometallic Chemistry; Science China Chemistry. Governing Council, Gordon Research Conferences; External Advisory Committee, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois;
Polyera Inc. in Skokie IL (Headquarter laboratories) and Jubei Taiwan (Applications center); currently 45 employees. Name changed to Flexterra Inc. to better reflect product orientation.
Transition metal and f element organometallic chemistry; catalysis; vibra¬tional spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; synthetic facsimiles of metallo¬protein active sites; carcinostatic metal complexes; solid state chemistry and low-dimensional molecular metals; nonlinear optical materials; polymer chemistry; tetrahydroborate coordination chemistry; macrocycle coordination chemistry; laser-induced chemistry and isotope separation; molecular electro-optics; metal-organic chemical vapor deposition; polymerization catalysis; printed flexible electronics; solar energy; transparent conductors.
American Chemical Society; Society for Applied Spectroscopy; International Society for Magnetic Resonance; Materials Research Society; Sigma Xi; Phi Beta Kappa; American Association for the Advancement of Science; U.S. National Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; German National Academy of Natural Sciences; Royal Society of Chemistry (UK); Chemical Research Society of India, Indian National Academy of Sciences; Israel Chemical Society, Honorary Member. Chinese Chemical Society, Honorary Foreign Member; Italian National Academy of Sciences.
Minuteman, Chicago ACS section, 9/71‑2000.
Organizer, Inorganic Chemistry Symposia, Great Lakes Regional ACS Meeting, 6/76.
Symposium Planning Committee, Inorganic Chemistry Division, ACS, 6/77‑6/78.
Director, NATO Advanced Study Institute, “Organometallics of the f‑Elements”, SOGESTA Conference Center, Urbino, Italy, 1978.
Principal Organizer, NSF National Organometallic Chemistry Workshop, 1980‑1982.
Councillor, Inorganic Chemistry Division, ACS, 1/80‑12/85.
Member, National Research Council Solid State Sciences Advisory Panel, 1980‑1985.
Organizer, Lanthanide and Actinide Symposium, 28th IUPAC Congress, Vancouver, 1981.
American Chemical Society Tour Speaker, 1981.
Organizer, Organometallics of the f‑Elements Symposium, 15th Rare Earth Research Conference, Rolla, 1981.
Organizing Committee, Second China‑Japan‑U.S.A. Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry Conference, Shanghai, 1982.
Steering Committee, Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, 1982.
Steering Committee, First International Conference on the Chemistry and Technology of the Lanthanides and Actinides, Venice, 1983.
Director, NATO Advanced Study Institute, “Fundamental and Technological Aspects of Organo‑f‑ Element Chemistry,” Maratea, Italy, 1984.
Oversight Review Team, NSF Chemistry Division, 1982.
ACS Publications Committee, 1983‑1985.
Steering Committee, Second International Conference on the Chemistry and Technology of the Lanthanides and Actinides, Lisbon, 1987.
Committee on ONR Chemical Sciences Research Planning, 1985-1988.
Task Force, ACS Materials Chemistry Journal, 1986.
Organizing Committee, NSF Workshop on Materials Preparation Facilities, 1987.
Organizing Committee, International Conference on Synthetic Metals ’88.
Chairman, Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Chemistry, 1989.
Editor, Polyhedron symposium-in-print, “Metal-Ligand Bonding Energetics in Organotransition Metal Compounds”,1988.
Organizer, “Bond Energies and the Thermodynamics of Organometallic Reactions” Symposium, Fall ACS National Meeting, Miami, 1989.
Organizing Committee, Sixth International Symposium on “Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis,” Pisa, 1989.
Senior Scientist Appointments Committee, Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 1988-1992.
Instrumentation Advisory Committee, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1989.
National Science Foundation Chemistry Advisory Committee, 1990-1992.
Organizer, First International Workshop on MOCVD of High-Tc Superconductors and Related Materials, Evanston, 1992.
Local Organizer, First NSF Joint U.S.-Russian Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry Workshop, Evanston, 1993.
Organizer, Second International Workshop on MOCVD of High-Tc Superconductors and Related Materials, Tiburon, 1994.
American Chemical Society Willard Gibbs Medal Jury, 1994-2000; 2009-2012.
Co-Organizer, Third International Workshop on MOCVD of High-Tc Superconductors and Related Materials, Strasbourg, 1996.
U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences Council on Chemical Sciences, 1996-2001; Chair, 1999-2001.
Task Force, ACS Review of Inorganic Chemistry, 1996-1997.
Organizing Committee, NSF Solid State Chemistry and Materials Workshop, 1998.
Committee of Visitors Review Team, NSF Chemistry Division, 1998.
Editor Search Committee, Organic Letters, 1998.
Technology Vision 2020 Catalysis Report Team, ACS, CMA, AICHE, CCR, SOCMA.
Organizer, U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences International Workshop on Opportunities for Catalysis in Carbon Management, Santa Fe, 1999.
National Research Council Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, 2000-2003.
Editor Search Committee, ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry, 2000.
Co-Organizer, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Workshop “Carbon Management: Implications for R&D in the Chemical Sciences,” December 2000.
Assessment Panel, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, 2001.
ACS Task Force on Guidelines for Editor Search Committees.
Organizing Committee for Materials and Manufacturing Workshop, National Research Council Committee on Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century, Washington, June 2001.
Lecturer, ACS Short Course on Inorganic Polymers, 1987-2003.
Editor Search Committee, ACS journal Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2001.
Organizer, U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences Workshop “Frontiers in Homogeneous Catalysis”, O’Hare, Sept. 2002.
Organizer, 11th International Symposium on Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Evanston, July 2003.
Assessment Panel, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, 2004.
Review Committee Chair, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Feb. 2005.
Co-Organizer, ACS-IEEE-MRS Symposium on Organic Microelectronics, Newport, Rhode Island, 2005.
Coauthor, NAS-NRC Report, International Chemical Research Benchmarking, 2007.
Co-Organizer, International Conferences on Transparent Conducting Oxides, Heriklon, 2006, 2008, 2010.
Co-author, U.S. Department of Energy-Basic Energy Sciences Report, Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, 2008.
Co-author, ONR/NSF report, Hybrid Flexible Electronics Research in Europe, 2009.
Review Committee, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, March 2010.
Co-author & NSF Coordinator, Five-Nation “Chemical Sciences and Society Symposium” report, Chemistry for a Sustainable Global Society, RSC Publications, 2010.
Council on Higher Education Review Committee on Israeli Chemistry Curricula, 2011-2012.
Selection Committee, NAS Award for Initiatives in Research (Young Scientist Award), 2012
Co-author, NSF-ONR report Organic Photovoltaics-Current Status and Opportunities, 2013.
Co-Chair, Vice Chair, Gordon Research Conferences on Hybrid Electronic and Photonic Materials and Phenomena, Hong Kong, 2014, 2016
NSF Chemistry Division Director Search Committees, 2015, 2018.
Tobin J. Marks
Phone: (847) 491-5658
Mail: Department of Chemistry, 2145 Sheridan Road
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