Tobin J. Marks

Tobin Jay Marks (born November 25, 1944) is the Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and Professor of Material Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University. Among the themes of his research are synthetic organo-f-element and early-transition metal organometallic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, molecule-based photonic materials, superconductivity, metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, and biological aspects of transition metal chemistry.

Tobin J. Marks
Tobin Jay Marks

(1944-11-25) 25 November 1944
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forOrganometallic chemistry, inorganic chemistry
AwardsNational Medal of Science (2005)
NAS Award in Chemical Sciences (2012)
Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry, Material Science
InstitutionsNorthwestern University
Doctoral advisorF.A. Cotton

Marks received his B.S. from the University of Maryland in 1966 in chemistry, which is part of the University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. Then he received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971. He came to Northwestern University in the fall of 1970.

As of April 2009, Marks has mentored over 100 PhD students and nearly 100 postdoctoral fellows. More than 90 of these alumni hold academic positions worldwide. He has published over 1245 research articles and holds 260 patents.[1] His h-index is 141.

The Marks Group

The Marks group is organized into four teams (A-D):

  • A-team; Organometallics/Catalysis
  • B-team: Molecular Photonics
  • C-team: Transparent Oxides
  • D-team: Molecular Electronics

Work in organometallics is conducted by the A-team of the Marks group and has traditionally focused on two main areas: Group IV mediated polymerizations and f-element mediated hydroelementation. Recent publications cover topics of f-element hydroelementation, supported catalysts, and bimetallic catalysis.



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