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Tobin J. Marks


B.S.: University of Maryland 1966; Ph.D.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1970


Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Statement

Among the themes of our 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.

Selected Publications

Irwin, M.D.; Buchholz, D.B.; Hains, A.W.; Chang, R.P.H.; Marks, T.J. p-Type Semiconducting Nickel Oxide as an Efficiency-Enhancing Anode Interfacial Layer in Polymer Bulk-Heterojuction Solar Cells, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci, 2008, 105, 2783-2787.

Rivnay, J.; Jimison, L.H.; Toney, M.F.; Noriega, R.; Marks, T.J.; Facchetti, A.; Salleo, A. Transport Anisotropy in Solution-Processed Molecular Semiconductor Thin Films with Engineered In-Plane Grain Boundaries, Nature Materials, 2009, 8, 952-958.

Hains, A.W.; Ramanan, C.; Irwin, M.D.; Liu, J.; Wasielewski, M.R.; Marks, T.J. Designed Bithiophene-Based Interfacial Layer for High-Efficiency Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaic Cells. Importance of Interfacial Energy Level Matching, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2010, 2, 175-185.

Kim, M.-G.; Kim, H.S.; Ha, Y.-G.; He, J.; Kanatzidis, M.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T. High-Performance Solution-Processed Amorphous Zinc-Indium-Tin-Oxide Thin-Film Transistors, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 10352-10364.

Liu, J.; Buchholz, D.B.; Chang, R.P.H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J. High-Performance Flexible Transparent Thin Film Transistors Using a Hybrid Gate Dielectric and an Amorphous Zinc Indium Tin Oxide Channel,Advanced Materials, 2010, 22, 2333-2337.

Weiss, C.J.; Marks, T.J. Organozirconium Complexes as Catalysts for Markovnikov-Selective Intermolecular Hydrothiolation of Terminal Alkynes Reaction Scope and Mechanism, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2010, 132, 10533-10546.

Liu, J.; Buchholz, D.B.; Chang, R.P.H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J. All-Amorphous-Oxide Flexible Transparent Thin Film Transistors, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 11934-11942.

Weiss, C.J.; Marks, T.J. Organo-f-Element Catalysts for Efficient and Highly Selective Hydroalkoxylation and Hydrothiolation, Dalton Trans. Perspective, 2010, 39, 6576-6588.

Motiei, L.; Yao, Y.; Choudhury, J.; Marks, T.J.; van der Boom, M.E.; Facchetti, A. Self-Propagating Molecular Assemblies as Interlayers for Efficient Inverted Bulk-Heterojunction Solar Cells, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2010, 132, 12528-12530.

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
  • Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher Scholar
  • DuPont Young Faculty Fellow
  • 1979 Fresenius Pure and Applied Chemistry Award of Phi Lambda Upsilon
  • Innovation Recognition Award, Union Carbide Corporation
  • 1984 ACS Arthur K. Doolittle Award in Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering
  • 1984 Sobral Medal, Portuguese Chemical Society
  • 1986 1987 Mack Awardee and Lecturer, Ohio State U.
  • 1989 American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry. Guggenheim Fellow, 1989-1990
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993
  • Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 1993
  • 1994 American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry
  • 1997 Centenary Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 1998 Francis Clifford Phillips Award, U. of Pittsburgh
  • 1999 Paolo Chini Award, Italian Chemical Society
  • 2000 Cotton Medal, ACS Texas A&M Section
  • 2001 American Chemical Society Award in the Chemistry of Materials
  • 2001 Burwell Award, North American Catalysis Society
  • 2001 Williard Gibbs Medal, ACS Chicago Section
  • 2001 Linus Pauling Medal, Oregon-Washington ACS Sections
  • 2002 American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal
  • 2003 Karl Ziegler Prize, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker
  • 2003 Evans Medal, Ohio State U
  • 2004 Sir Edward Frankland Prize, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2005 U. of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry UK, 2005
  • 2005 John Bailar Medal, U. of Illinois
  • Member, Leopoldina German National Academy of Natural Sciences, 2005
  • US National Medal of Science, 2005
  • American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 2008
  • 2008 Principe de Asturias Prize for Technical and Scientific Research (Spain)
  • Honorary Fellow, Chemical Research Society of India, 2009
  • Fellow, Materials Research Society, 2009
  • 2009 Herman Pines Award, Chicago Section of the North American Catalysis Society
  • 2009 Nelson W. Taylor Award in Materials Research, Penn. State U.
  • 2009 Materials Research Society von Hippel Medal
  • 2010 William H. Nichols Medal, ACS New York Section
  • 2010 Distinguished Affiliated Professor Award, Technical University of Munich
  • 2010 Wilhelm Manchot Prize, Technical University of Munich
  • 2010 Centennial Medal, U. of Oviedo (Spain)
  • 2011 Schulich Award, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
  • 2011 Mosher Award, ACS Santa Clara Section
  • 2011 ACS Arthur Cope Senior Scholar Award
  • 2011 Member, Indian National Academy of Sciences
  • 2011 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences
  • 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
  • 2012 Honorary Member, Israel Chemical Society
  • 2013 Alan G. MacDiarmid Medal, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2014 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry
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