Fascinated With Unusual Materials: An Interview With 2017 Priestley Medalist Tobin J. Marks

Professor Tobin J. Marks, Ph.D., is the winner of the 2017 Priestley Medal. In this video interview, he discusses his career, the allure of working with novel materials, and what it’s like to make a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.

Marks is the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and the Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry. For nearly 50 years, he has been carrying out cutting-edge work, including the development of organic photonics and olefin-polymerization techniques that led to processes that produce more environmentally friendly plastics. His many standout achievements include the development of flexible electronic materials that can be used for organic light-emitting diodes and solar cells.

Marks is also the author of more than 600 articles in ACS journals stretching back more than 50 years. Read the complete collection of his work in ACS journals.

Read C&EN’s recent profile of Marks and their coverage of his Priestly Medal win.

Get stories like this one in your inbox every month. Sign up for a custom newsletter from ACS Axial.

If you have comments or questions for the author of this post, please e-mail: Axial@acs.org.