Meet Tobin J. Marks

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.

Northwestern University:
-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 - 157

Google Scholar h-index, 175

“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 Wang Yu Award and Lectureship, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

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;

Companies Founded

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.

Research Interests

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.

Professional Societies

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.

Professional Service

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.

Contact Me

Tobin J. Marks
(847) 491-5658
Mail: Department of Chemistry, 2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

Program Assistant: Morgan Eklund
Phone: (847) 491-3075
Office: Tech, M290


Professor Tobin J. Marks