Priestley Medal 2017 for Tobin J. Marks

Priestley Medal 2017 for Tobin J. Marks

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Professor Tobin J. Marks, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA, has been awarded the highest honor of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Priestley Medal. The prize is awarded annually to recognize distinguished services to chemistry. It was presented at the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA, USA, on April 4, 2017.

Marks is honored for “dedicated service to the chemistry enterprise, and pioneering research in catalytic polymerization, organometallic chemistry, organic optoelectronic materials and electronically functional metal oxides”.

Tobin J. Marks
studied chemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1970. He joined Northwestern University in 1970 as Assistant Professor of Chemistry and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1974 and to Full Professor in 1978. Today, Marks is Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry at Northwestern. His research interests include organometallic chemistry, catalysis, polymer chemistry and polymerization catalysis, nonlinear optical materials, printed flexible electronics, and transparent conductors, among other topics.

Among many other honors, Marks received the the Karl Ziegler Prize from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) in 2003, the William H. Nichols Medal from the ACS in 2010, and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Award for Industrial Materials in 2015, as well as several honorary doctorates. He is an Honorary Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society, a Fellow of the RSC, an Honorary Member of the Israel Chemical Society, and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina German National Academy of Natural Sciences, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Marks has served on the Editorial and Advisory Boards of several scientific journals, including the International Advisory Board of ChemSusChem.

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