Marks Receives ACS Highest Honor

June 21, 2016
Tobin Marks, Ph.D. will receive the 2017 Priestley Medal from ACS. It is the highest honor bestowed by the world's largest scientific society.
Tobin J. Marks
Tobin J. Marks, Ph.D. — professor of chemistry, professor of materials science and engineering, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and professor of applied physics at Northwestern University — will receive the 2017 Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (ACS). It is the highest honor bestowed by the scientific society. ACS honors Marks for his "dedicated service to the chemistry enterprise, and pioneering research in catalytic polymerization, organometallic chemistry, organic opto-electronic materials and electronically functional metal oxides."

Throughout his 50-year career, Marks has made major contributions in the field of material chemical science, according to ACS — specifically catalysis, electronic materials and organometallic chemistry. He has created plastics, catalysts, solar cells, printable transistors, and OLEDs that are reportedly faster, more energy efficient and more versatile. He has partnered with Dow Chemical to develop world-scale polymerization processes and has co-founded the start-up Polyera Corp. to produce printed electronics, according to ACS. Marks' landmark research is documented in 1,195 publications and 232 U.S. patents.

"Few practicing scientists have more effectively bridged homogeneous and heterogeneouscatalytic sciences, demonstrating exceptional originality, breadth and insights than Tobin Marks," says University of California, Berkeley, chemistry professor Gabor A. Somorjai, who nominated Marks for the award. "His contributions are broad: producing new processes through chemical innovation, mentoring students and promoting the chemistry community."

Marks has received numerous awards for his research, including the U.S. National Medal of Science, the National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences and the Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, as well as the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry, the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry, the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, the ACS Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis, the ACS Arthur Cope Senior Scholar Award in Organic Chemistry, the William H. Nichols Medal and a number of other awards from ACS local sections.

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