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Tobin Marks

Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry; Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry and (by courtesy) Materials Science and Engineering

Ph.D in Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970; B.S. in Chemistry, University of Maryland, 1966

Research Interests

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

Dudnik, A. S.; Weidner, V. L.; Motta, A.; Delferro, M.; Marks, T. J., Atom-efficient regioselective 1,2-dearomatization of functionalized pyridines by an earth-abundant organolanthanide catalyst. Nat. Chem. 2014, 6 (12), 1100-1107

Linda A. Williams, Neng Guo, Alessandro Motta, Massimiliano Delferro, Ignazio L. Fragalà, Jeffrey T. Miller, Tobin J. Marks “Surface Structural-Chemical Characterization of a Single-Site d0 Heterogeneous Arene Hydrogenation Catalyst Having 100% Active Sites.” PNAS 2013, vol. 110 pp.413-418.

Qingjun Zhu, Staci L. Wegener, Chao Xie, Obioma Uche, Matthew Neurock, and Tobin J. Marks, Sulfur as a selective ‘soft’ oxidant for catalytic methane conversion probed by experiment and theoryNature Chem. 5, 104-109 (2012).

Hennek JW, Kim MG, Kanatzidis MG, Facchetti A, Marks TJ. Exploratory Combustion Synthesis: Amorphous Indium Yttrium Oxide for Thin-Film TransistorsJournal of the American Chemical Society 134, 9593-9596 (2012).

Youn J, Dholakia GR, Hennek JW, Facchetti A, Marks TJ. Influence of Thiol Self-Assembled Monolayer Processing on Bottom-Contact Thin-Film Transistors Based on n-Type Organic Semiconductors. Advanced Functional Materials 22, 1856-1869 (2012).

Zhou N, Guo X, Ortiz RP, Li S, Zhang S, Chang RPH, Facchetti A, Marks TJ. Bithiophene Imide and Benzodithiophene Copolymers for Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar CellsAdvanced Materials 24, 2242-2248 (2012).

Fredin LA, Li Z, Ratner MA, Lanagan MT, Marks TJ Enhanced Energy Storage and Suppressed Dielectric Loss in Oxide Core–Shell–Polyolefin Nanocomposites by Moderating Internal Surface Area and Increasing Shell ThicknessAdvanced Materials (2012).

Ha, Y.-G.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J,. Solution-Deposited Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Multilayer Gate Dielectrics for Low-Voltage Thin-Film Transistors, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 133, 10239–10250 (2011).

Loser, S.; Bruns, C.J.; Miyauchi, H.; Ortiz, R.P.; Facchetti, A.; Stupp, S.I.; Marks, T.J,. A Naphthodithiophene-Based Small Molecule Donor for High Efficiency, Solution-Processed Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells, J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 133, 8142–8145 (2011).

Kim, M.-G.; Kanatzidis, M.G.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J., Low Temperature Fabrication of Metal Oxide Thin-Film Electronics via Combustion Processing, Nature Materials10, 382-388 (2011).

Delferro, M.; Marks, T.J., Multinuclear Olefin Polymerization Catalysis: Structure, Function, and Cooperativity, Chem. Rev. 111, 2450–2485 (2011).

He, G.S.; Autschbach, J.; Baev, A.; Samoc, M.; Fratarelli, D.L.; Watanabe, N.; Facchetti, A.; Agren, H.; Marks, T.J.; Prasad, P.N,. Twisted π-System Chromophores: Novel Pathway to All-Optical Switching, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 6675-6680 (2011).

Guo, X.; Ortiz, R.P.; Zheng, Y.; Yan, H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J,. Bithiophene-Imide-Based Polymeric Semiconductors for Organic Thin-Film Transistors with Enhanced Device Stability, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 1405-1418 (2011).

Liu, J.; Buchholz, D.B.; Ha, Y.-G.; Xie, S.; Dravid, V.P.; Chang, R.P.H.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J,. SiO2-Reinforced Self-Assembled Nanodielectrics for High-Performance Transparent Thin Film Transistors, Advanced Materials, 23, 992–997 (2011).

Zhan, X.; Barlow, S.; Facchetti, A.; Marks, T.J.; Ratner, M.A.; Zhu, D.; Wasielewski, M.R.; Marder, S.R. Rylene Diimides in Organic Electronics, Advanced Materials, 23, 268–284 (2011).