Professor Tobin Marks

Tobin MarksTobin J. Marks is the Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University. He received his B.S. from the University of Maryland (1966) and Ph.D. from MIT (1971), and came to Northwestern immediately thereafter.

Marks’ research interests are transition metal and f element organometallic chemistry; catalysis; vibrational spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance; synthetic facsimiles of metalloprotein 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; and metal-organic chemical vapor deposition.

Of his 65 named lectureships and awards, he has received American Chemical Society Awards in Polymeric Materials, 1983; Organometallic Chemistry, 1989; Inorganic Chemistry, 1994; the Chemistry of Materials, 2001; and for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 2008. He was awarded the 2000 F. Albert Cotton Medal, Texas A&M American Chemical Society Section; 2001 Willard Gibbs Medal, Chicago American Chemical Society Section; 2001 North American Catalysis Society Burwell Award; 2001 Linus Pauling Medal, Pacific Northwest American Chemical Society Sections; 2002 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal; 2003 German Chemical Society Karl Ziegler Prize; 2003 Ohio State University Evans Medal; 2004 Royal Society of Chemistry Frankland Medal, 2005 Bailar Medal, Champaign-Urbana Section of the American Chemical Society, Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993; Member, U. S. National Academy of Sciences, 1993; Member, Leopoldina German Academy of Natural Sciences, 2005; Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2005.

In 2005, he was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific honor bestowed by the United States Government. Marks is on the editorial boards of 9 major journals; consultant or adviser for 6 major corporations and start-ups, and has published 865 research articles and holds 86 U.S. patents.

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