Group meetings schedule for Fall 2019 can be found here.

September 25: Open House, Ryan 4003, 5:00-7:00pm

Main group meets on Tuesday nights (6:00 pm in Tech K140).
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19

A-Team meets on Wednesdays (2 pm in Tech G247)
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20

Solid State group meets on Thursdays (12:00 pm in Tech G247)
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21

December 3: Holiday Dinner

Note: There are no meetings on November 26, 27,or 28 in observation of Thanksgiving.

Tobin Marks is elected to the European Academy of Sciences in recognition of his scientific contributions. The induction ceremony will take place in Madrid in October.

The European Academy of Sciences is an international nonprofit organization that promotes excellence in science and technology and their roles in fostering social and economic development. Its members include numerous Nobel laureates, Wolf and Harvey Prize winners, Welch Prize winners, members of various national academies and those having received many other prestigious recognitions.

“I am deeply honored to receive this accolade, especially because it recognizes the outstanding contributions of the many European collaborators, colleagues and students I have worked with,” Marks said.

Read more here.

Summer Marks Group Picnic on the campus lakefront.  Unfortunately Chris, Rachel, Jiaqi, Shanfu, and Jake were in the lab, at a conference, or on travel.









Congratulations to Jiazhen Chen (“Mr. Half-Sandwich”) who successfully defended his PhD thesis this June! Here he is seated to Tobin’s left with other members of the Marks A-Team.  Jiazhen will join Boston Consulting Group in July after a well-deserved Alaska vacation. 




Tom Aldrich successfully defends his PhD thesis. Shown are committee members Lin Chen and Julia Kalow to Tobin’s right, Tom, his mom and dad to Tobin’s left. Tom will be joining DuPont R&D in a few weeks.





Tobin is inducted into the Italian National Academy of Sciences, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. It was founded in 1603 and its illustrious members include Galileo, Pasteur, Einstein, Fermi, Heisenberg, and others, and more recently, American chemists Harry Gray (Caltech) and Dick Zare (Stanford). The ceremony took place at the Palazzo Corsini in Rome in November 2018. To Tobin’s right is Nobel Laureate Yuan T. Li.







Photos from the group holiday dinner at a Chicago Mexican restaurant. Great gathering, great meal, great fellowship!



Group member Anna Invergo with her parents after her thesis defense. (Anna's father is an NU Chem PhD) Congratulations to Anna, who is departing for PPG Industries!






Tobin shares the Technion Harvey Prize in Science and Technology with Professor Carla Shatz of Stanford University (to his right) in June of 2018.






Michael Desanker defends his PhD thesis. Left to right, Michael’s aunt, grandmother, mom, Tobin, Michael, committee member Yip-Wah Chung, and Michael’s dad. Congratulations to Dr. Michael, who is leaving for Dow Chemical!



Dr. Tracy Lohr has been named the winner of the 2018 Clara Immerwahr Award! This international award is awarded to a woman under 40 for outstanding results in Catalysis Research. Dr. Lohr is the first woman from North America to win this award. Congratulations, Tracy!




Tobin has been selected as a winner of the 2017 Harvey Prize in Science and Technology. The Harvey Prize, awarded by the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, was established in 1972 as a bridge of good will between Israel and other nations. It is awarded annually to “individuals who have made significant contributions to humankind.”


A recent Marks Group publication, Efficient catalytic greenhouse gas-free hydrogen and aldehyde formation from aqueous alcohol solutions, featured on the July 2017 Cover of Energy & Environmental Science.





A beautiful day for the 2016 Marks Group picnic!






Tobin has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Priestly Medal, the American Chemical Society's highest honor. ACS is honoring Prof. Marks for his “dedicated service to the chemistry enterprise, pioneering research in catalytic polymerization, organometallic chemistry, organic opto-electronic materials, and electronically functional metal oxides.” Congratulations, Tobin!


Tobin received an honorary doctorate from the Technical University of Munich in May 2016. From L to R: Dean Kai-Olaf Hinrichsen, Tobin Marks, and President Wolfgang Herrmann.







Speakers at Tobin’s Birthday Symposium at the Honolulu Pacifichem Meeting, December 2015.







In April 2016, Tobin was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.








Congratulations to Tobin for receiving the 2015 Luigi Sacconi Medal. The award was given in early September in Camerino, Italy.





Tobin Marks has won the 2015 Materials for Industry-Derek Birchall Award for his pioneering work on the industrial application of new organic, inorganic and hybrid materials for electronics and photonics. The award is administered by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Congratulations, Tobin!



Congratulations to Professor Marks for receiving the 2014 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award!







Congratulations to Nanjia Zhou and Deep Jariwala for winning the 2015 Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award. Nanjia and Deep received the award on April 8, 2015 at the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco. Congratulations Nanjia and Deep!








Competitive hydrogenation of benzene over heterogeneous catalysts usually favors hydrogenation of the more electron rich aromatic. By studying the arene hydrogenation activity of a series of organozirconium complexes chemisorbed on acidic oxides, Massimiliano Delferro, Tobin J. Marks, and their colleagues reveal the key factors accounting for the selective hydrogenation of benzene by these catalysts (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03254). Often, heterogeneous catalyst performance significantly depends on its textural structure and surface morphology, among other factors. This principle is especially true for the single-site supported catalysts in this study, where the catalytic activity is enhanced by an electrostatic interaction between the Bronsted acidic oxide surface and the metal center.


Tobin Marks has won the 2015 Luigi Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society.  The award recognizes outstanding research in the field of inorganic chemistry.  It will be awarded at the annual national meeting of the Italian Chemical Society in Camerino Italy this September.

Congratulations to Massimiliano Delferro for being the 2014 recipient of the Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership! The award is given annually to an outstanding research scientist working in the Northwestern University Chemistry Department "for stewardship, cooperation and leadership in the finest pursuit of research in chemistry." Congratulations Max!  

Professor Marks has received the 2014 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award for his pioneering work in organometallic chemistry particularly with regards to catalysis. The Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Award is a national award administered by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Tobin will be receiving his award in the UK, and he will be going on a lecture tour in September 2014. Congratulations Tobin!

Tobin has received the Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis. The Somorjai Award is a national award administered by the American Chemical Society and Tobin will be honored at an awards ceremony this coming April at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Well done Tobin!

Tobin recieved the award in Chemical Sciences from the National Academy of Sciences. This is the highest award that the academy offers. It is offered in recognition of research that has significantly contributed to a better understanding of natural processes and the betterment of humanity. Congratulations Tobin!

Tobin has been awarded the Theodore William Richards Medal. Tobin receives the award in recognition of his contributions to catalysis and organometallic chemistry. Well done Tobin!

Tobin has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, a further testament to both the breadth and quality of Tobin's research. Congratulations Tobin!

Antonio Facchetti was named an AAAS chemistry fellow in 2011. Antonio's contributions to science and technology will be recognized at the Fellows Forum, held Febuary 18th, in Vancouver.

Tobin recieved his second honorary doctorate this year from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. The school has named him a "molecule master" in recognition of his work on catalysts for plastics and energy efficient OLEDs.

Mike Weberski (A-Team) successfully defended his thesis! Mike leaves the group for Dow Corning. Congratulations Mike!

Tobin has been awarded the 2011 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for his pioneering work in the field of catalysis. An award ceremony will take place at Northwestern University and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry on September 27th and will include presentations by Tobin and last year’s winner, George Whitesides.

Tobin recieved an honorary doctorate from the University of South Carolina in recognition of his work in both material science and chemistry.

The Indian Academy of Sciences has elected Tobin as an honorary fellow. He joins Daniel Hartl and Sir Richard Friend as the only three honorary fellows in 2010 entering India’s most prestigious scientific organization. Congratulations Tobin!

Tobin has been selected as the 2010 William H. Nichols Medalist for “pioneering research in catalysis and soft matter electronics.” In receiving this prestigious award he joins past winners Langmuir, Pauling, Seaborg, Calvin, Cotton, and 89 other accomplished scientists. Congratulations Tobin!

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