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Tobin J. Marks


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


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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