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James G. Anderson is Philip S. Weld Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Earth and Planetary Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University. He was Chairman, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 1998-2001. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992, the American Philosophical Society in 1998, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1986, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1989. He is a member of the Space Studies Board of the National Research Council.
The Anderson research group addresses three domains at the interface of chemistry and Earth Sciences: (1) mechanistic links between chemistry, radiation, and dynamics in the atmosphere that control climate (2) chemical catalysis sustained by free radical chain reactions that dictate the macroscopic rate of chemical transformation in Earth's stratosphere and troposphere; and (3) chemical reactivity viewed from the microscopic perspective of electron structure, molecular orbitals and reactivities of radical-radical and radical-molecule systems. He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers and has testified on numerous occasions for both Senate and House hearings.

He was presented the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in the Physical Sciences, the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP/WMO Vienna Convention Award, the Harvard Ledlie Prize for Most Valuable Contribution to Science by a Member of the Harvard Faculty, the ACS National Award: Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology, the United Nations Earth Day International Award, the E. O. Lawrence Award in Environmental Science and Technology, the Gustavus John Esselen Award, Chemistry in the Public Interest, American Chemical Society, the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award, University of Washington, the National Academy of Sciences Arthur L. Day Prize and Lectureship, United Nations Environment Programme Ozone Award. He served on the Executive committee of the National Research Council Earth Science Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (NAS 2007), Space Science Board: Task Group on Research and Analysis, National Research Council Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry, National Research Council Committee on Global Change Research, National Science Foundation Advisory Committee on Atmospheric Sciences, Board of Directors, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Executive Committee, and the Pontifical Academy Board: Chemical Events in the Atmosphere and Their Impact on the Environment.

Scott Auerbach is Professor of Chemistry, Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Founding Director of the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He graduated with a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1993 and began his academic position at UMass Amherst in the Chemistry Department in Fall 1995. Professor Auerbach won a National Science Foundation Career Award in 1998, a Sloan Fellowship in 1999, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award in 1999. In 2006, Prof. Auerbach won the UMass College of Science Outstanding Teacher Award, and is now the Founding Director of an innovative science curriculum called iCons, which focuses on integrating fields of science for training in societal problem areas such as Renewable Energy and Biomedicine. The research of Professor Auerbach and coworkers focuses on advanced materials and catalysts of importance to emerging renewable energy technologies including biofuels and fuel cells, leading to 2 books and 100 peer-reviewed articles. Professor Auerbach's group also models the molecular-level mechanisms of self-assembly of nano-structured materials.

Shannon Bullard is a Human Resources and Program Manager for the DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts Technical organization. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Food Science and later continued her education obtaining her M.B.A. from Drexel University. Throughout her career at DuPont, she has been involved in leading Science & Engineering recruiting initiatives for both new college graduates and experienced hires.

Michael J. Cima is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has an appointment at the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. He earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1982 (phi beta kappa) and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1986, both from the University of California at Berkeley. Prof. Cima joined the MIT faculty in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society in 1997. Prof. Cima was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. He now holds the David H. Koch Chair of Engineering at MIT. He was appointed faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program in 2009 which is a program to inspire youth to be inventive and has a nationwide reach. Prof. Cima is author or co-author of over two hundred peer reviewed scientific publications, thirty seven US patents, and is a recognized expert in the field of materials processing. Prof. Cima is actively involved in materials and engineered systems for improvement in human health such as treatments for cancer, metabolic diseases, trauma, and urological disorders. Prof. Cima's research concerns advanced forming technology such as for complex macro and micro devices, colloid science, MEMS and other micro components for medical devices that are used for drug delivery and diagnostics, high-throughput development methods for formulations of materials and pharmaceutical formulations. He is a coinventor of MIT’s three dimensional printing process. His research has led to the development of chemically derived epitaxial oxide films for HTSC coated conductors. He and collaborators have developed a number of drug delivery and diagnostic technologies. Finally, he has been a major contributor to the development of high throughput systems for discovery of novel crystal forms and formulations of pharmaceuticals. Prof. Cima also has extensive entrepreneurial experience as founder and director of several biomedical companies.

Michael P. Doyle received his B.S. degree from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and obtained his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. Following a postdoctoral engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle, he joined the faculty at Hope College in 1968 where he rose to full professor in six years and was appointed the first Kenneth Herrick Professor in 1982. In 1984, he moved to Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, as the Dr. D. R. Semmes Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and in 1997 he came to Tucson, AZ, as Vice President, then President, of Research Corporation and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. In 2003 he moved to the University of Maryland, College Park, as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Doyle has been the recipient of a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1973), a Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award (1982), the American Chemical Society Award for Research at Undergraduate Institutions (1988), Doctor Honoris Causa from the Russian Academy of Sciences (1994), Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (1995), the James Flack Norris Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (1995), the Paul G. Gassman Distinguished Service Award (2001), the George C. Pimentel Award for Chemical Education (2002), the Harry and Carol Moser Award (2005), and in 2006 the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. He is an AAAS Fellow, member of the Editorial Boards of five journals and Associate Editor of ChemComm, and an active member of the American Chemical Society.

He has written or coauthored ten books, including Basic Organic Stereochemistry, 20 book chapters, and he is the co-author of more than 270 journal publications. With 29 years in undergraduate institutions, more than 130 undergraduate students are coauthors of his publications, many with more than two citations, and more than 50 of these coauthors have obtained their Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees.

S. James Gates, Jr. is the University System of Maryland Regents Professor, John S. Toll Professor of Physics, and Director of the Center for String & Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, College Park. He also serves on the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). He has B.S. degrees in mathematics and physics and a Ph.D. degree, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His thesis, in 1977, was the first at MIT on the topic of `supersymmetry.' Dr. Gates has held appointments at MIT, Harvard, the California Institute of Technology and Howard University, and Gustavus Adolphus College. He has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Educational Testing Service and Time-Life Books. Dr. Gates is known for his work in supersymmetry and supergravity, areas closely related to superstring theory, which seeks to describe the fundamental matter of the universe. He authored Superspace or 1001 Lessons in Supersymmetry (1984), the first comprehensive book on supersymmetry. He is a past president of the National Society of Black Physicists, and was nominated by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to become a member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He is on the board of trustees of Society for Science & the Public.

National Technical Association bequeathed him the National Technical Achiever of the Year and Physicist of the Year Award (1993). The American Physical Society gave him the Bouchet Award (1993). The Washington Academy of Sciences recognized him as the College Teacher of the Year (1999). The University of Maryland has bestowed upon him its Distinguished Scholar-Teacher (2002). The American Association of Physics Teachers presented him with the Klopsteg Award (2003). The National Science Teachers Association recognized him with their Karplus Award (2007). He has appeared in numerous television science documentaries including “The Elegant Universe,” “Einstein's Big Idea,” “The Fabric of Space,” and the BBC's “Hunt for the Higgs.” In 2012, he also appeared in the History Channel's “Mankind: The Story of All of Us.” Most recently, he has contributed footage for a documentary “The Mystery of Matter,” on the development of chemistry.

In the last two years, Prof. Gates has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and most recently, the National Academy of Sciences. During a White House ceremony on 01 Feb 2013, he was bestowed by Pres. Obama with the National Medal of Science, the highest recognition the U.S. gives in the sciences. The citation on his medal reads, “For contributions to the mathematics of supersymmetry in particle, field and string theories and extraordinary efforts to engage the public on the beauty and wonder of fundamental physics.”
Sarah A. Green is Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Michigan Technical University. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and Ph.D. from the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Green’s research focuses on the origin and fate of DOC in terrestrial, lake, and marine environments; methods for detection of free radicals, photochemical transformations of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in the environment; oxidative degradation reactions; response of aquatic systems to climate change; effects of electrostatic charge and ionic strength on fast reaction kinetics; behavior of metal contaminated sediments in the Lake Superior basin; fluorescence-based analytical methods; integration of biological, geological, physical, and chemical data for understanding global cycles. She is a 2013 Jefferson Science Fellow.

David Harwell is the Assistant Director for Career Management and Development at the American Chemical Society. In this role he develops employment and professional development strategies for ACS members, and chemical professionals as well as supporting the ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs. Additionally, he provided support to the ACS Presidential Task Force on Innovation and the Chemical Enterprise, and he is the project lead for the Society’s new Entrepreneurial Initiatives including the Entrepreneurial Training Program, and the Entrepreneurial Resources Center. Before joining the ACS staff, David obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at Texas Tech University, worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCLA, and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii. In summary, David is a chemist by training and a career counselor by profession.

Susan H. Hixson served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1992-2012. Her major responsibilities included serving as the Program Lead for Chemistry within DUE, and as the Program Lead for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), the Higher Education Centers for Learning and Teaching (HE-CLT), the Adaptation and Implementation Track of the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program (CCLI-A&I), the Systemic Changes in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum Initiative (Chemistry Initiative), and the Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement Program (UFE). Prior to moving to the NSF, Dr. Hixson was a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Mount Holyoke College from 1973-1992, and she also served as Chair of the Program in Biochemistry for six years during that period. She was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1980) and a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (1986-1987). Her research program at Mount Holyoke focused on the photoaffinity labeling of enzymes with aryl azide reagents. She received her Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1970) and her B.S.Chem. degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1965), and served as an Instructor at Boston University (1969-1970), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (1970-1973).

Thomas Holme is a Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1987 and was a Postdoctoral Associate at Hebrew University and the University of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1989. He began his academic career at the University of South Dakota and comes to us from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. He maintains two research groups, one in Chemical Education Research and the other in Computational Chemistry.

In Chemical Education, Dr. Holme’s research focuses on measurement and assessment of student learning. He serves as Director of the Examinations Institute of the American Chemical Society, and his research generally seeks to improve the quality of information that can be obtained from exams and other forms of assessment. The work is carried out within the context of theories of cognition that help organize our understanding of how students approach the tasks they undertake while taking an exam. His group is developing methods to assess the cognitive complexity of test items considering both the objective complexity inherent in the content covered by the assessment and the subjective complexity as determined by a student taking an exam. The combination of these types of complexity provides an estimation of the cognitive load the student experiences while testing and this information can help explain the validity and reliability of the measurement of that student's knowledge.
In computational chemistry his research group carries out a combination of approaches to look at biologically important chemical processes—in both human and plant applications—that involve chemicals that include main-group inorganic elements like boron or silicon. Because molecules in this category often contain bonding motifs that have not been extensively studied in biochemical systems, the research begins with small molecule quantum chemistry studies that inform the development of force field parameterizations for molecular mechanics calculations. Ultimately, because the biochemical action of the molecules of interest often involves the breaking and/or forming of chemical bonds, hybrid QM/MM methods must be utilized for the study of these systems.

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald is an Assistant Professor of Sociology. She received her PhD in Public Policy and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2011. Her research takes a demographic approach to the study of social stratification. She is co-author of Is American Science in Decline? (2012), which documents trends in the size of the American scientific workforce, public attitudes toward science, youth interest in science, the production of scientific degrees, and transitions to scientific employment.

Clark Landis is Professor of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Born in 1956, he received the B. S. degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois-Urbana and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago for his work with Jack Halpern on the mechanism of enantioselective hydrogenation. Clark’s current research interests center on catalysis and include mechanisms of metal-catalyzed alkene polymerization and enantioselective hydroformylation, development of new NMR and mass spectrometric methods for measurement of rapid kinetics, synthesis and applications of modular chiral diazaphospholane ligands, computational modeling of catalytic processes, bonding theory, and chemical education. With Frank Weinhold he is coauthor of two books, Valency and Bonding (Cambridge Press, 2005) and Exploring Chemistry with NBOs (Wiley, 2011). He was the recipient of the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 2010 and the University of Wisconsin Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Anne McCoy received her B. S. degree in Chemistry from Haverford College in 1987, her Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 and was a Golda Meir post-doctoral fellow with Benny Gerber at the Hebrew University and University of California, Irvine. She joined faculty at the Ohio State University in 1994. She has been a member of the ACS Committee on Professional Training since 2008, served as vice-chair of the committee in 2011, and has been the chair since January 2012. She has served as a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry since 2005, and is the Deputy Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Professor McCoy has received a number of honors including being named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher/Scholar, giving the Crano Memorial Lecture for the Akron Section of the ACS in 2011, and the Distinguished Scholar Award (Ohio State) in 2013. Professor McCoy is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society and the AAAS.

Jeffrey S. Moore received his B.S. in chemistry (1984) and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with Samuel Stupp (1989), both from the University of Illinois. He then went to Caltech as an NSF postdoctoral fellow working with Robert Grubbs. In 1990, he joined the chemistry faculty at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then in 1993 returned to the University of Illinois where he is currently Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as the Murchison-Mallory Chair in the Department of Chemistry. In 1995, he became a part-time Beckman Institute faculty member under the Molecular and Electronic Nanostructures research theme. He currently serves as lead PI on four grants including federal (one MURI) and corporate grants. He is also co-PI on four additional grants working with colleagues across many disciplines. His awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Chemical Society. Prof. Moore has also received the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has been recognized as a “Faculty Ranked Excellent by their Students” for his instruction of Chem 332. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of American Chemical Society since July of 1999 and Advisor of the University of Illinois’ Society of Postdoctoral Scholars since January 2011. He has pioneered the development of online organic chemistry courses and is preparing to offer a two-semester organic chemistry sequence as a massive open online course through Coursera. He has over 300 published journal articles covering topics from technology in the classroom to self-healing polymers, mechanoresponsive materials and shape-persistent macrocycles including publications in Macromolecules, the Journal of Chemical Education, Advanced Materials and the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

Susan Olesik is Dow Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio State University. She received her B.A. from DePauw University in 1977 and her Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with James Taylor. She was also a postdoctoral fellow for Milos Novotny at Indiana University from 1982-1984 and for Tomas Baer at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1984-1986. She has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1986, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 1997. In 1987, she received the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award; in 1990 she received the Eli Lilly Research Award; in 1998 she received a Commendation from NASA for work on Cassini-Huygen's Probe; and in 2000 she received the AWISCO Woman in Science Award.

Francine Palmer, Ph.D. is the Solvay Research & Innovation Director for North America, responsible for the company’s R&I Center in Bristol, PA. Research at the Bristol laboratory is focused on nanotechnology and advanced materials, organic electronics and consumer chemicals. Solvay is a Brussels-based international chemical group, strongly committed to sustainable development with a clear focus on innovation and operational excellence. Francine earned a Ph.D. in organic synthesis at the University of Adelaide, Australia and started her career as a post-doctoral research fellow under Prof. Christopher J Moody at the University of Exeter. In her current role, she is responsible for key competency and talent management and recruitment, as well as being a regional ambassador for academic and government lab institutions and collaborations.

Jeffrey A. Reimer is the C. Judson King Endowed Professor in Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley, and a Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in chemistry from UC Santa Barbara (1976) and his Ph.D. (1980, chemistry) from Caltech. After two years at IBM’s Watson Research Laboratory in New York, he joined Berkeley’s faculty in 1982. From 2000-2005 Reimer was an Associate Dean in the UC Berkeley Graduate Division where he was responsible for campus-wide reviews of doctoral programs; from 2006 until 2011 he was the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of Berkeley’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department.
In 1998 Reimer won the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Physical Sciences and was given the AIChE Northern California Section Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence in Academic Teaching. He was awarded the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching.
Professor Reimer is author or co-author of over 160 technical papers and reviews, and co-author (with T.M. Duncan) of the introductory text Chemical Engineering Design and Analysis. Professor Reimer was a Mercator Professor of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) at RWTH Aachen University in 2006. Since that time he was named a Fellow of the AAAS and the APS, and won the 2012 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for outstanding contributions to magnetic resonance.

Joel Shulman is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. After obtaining a B.S. degree from The George Washington University in 1965, he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1970 from Harvard University. In 1970, he joined the research staff of the Procter & Gamble Company. During his 31-year career at P&G, he managed projects ranging from drug discovery to the manufacture and commercialization of decaffeinated instant coffee brands to developing ingredients for the first 2-in-1 shampoo. From 1996 to 2001, he was Manager of External Relations and Associate Director of Corporate Research at P&G, with responsibility for bringing new technical capabilities into the company. Included in his department were doctoral recruiting, university relations, external research programs, interactions with government laboratories, and technology acquisition from Russia and China.

Upon retiring from P&G in 2001, Dr. Shulman joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches undergraduate organic chemistry and a course called “Life After Graduate School.” He developed this latter course into a two-day workshop entitled “Preparing for Life After Graduate School,” which is presented by the American Chemical Society on campuses throughout the country. Dr. Shulman serves the ACS as a Career Consultant, a consultant to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars Office, Chair of the Graduate Education Advisory Board and of the Task Force on the AAMC-HHMI report Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians, and a member of the Committee on Professional Training. He is a Fellow of the ACS.

Angelica Stacy is Professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Equity at the University of California, Berkeley. Stacy received her B.A. from LaSalle College in physics and chemistry in 1977 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1981. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, she began her career at UC Berkeley in 1983. She has published over 120 refereed journal articles, many in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Solid State Chemistry. She has been a distinguished lecturer at Florida State University (2003), the University of Pittsburgh (2002) and Grinnell College (1999). She received the Catalyst Award from the Chemical Manufacturers Association and the Frances P. Garvin - John M. Olin Medal from the American Chemical Society. In 1984, she received the NSF's Presidential Young Investigator Award and, in 1991, the Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers. She was co-chair of the NSF's Presidential Young Investigators Workshop on U.S. Engineering, Mathematics and Science Education for the Year 2010 and Beyond (1990) and the Gordon Conference on Innovations in the Teaching of College Chemistry (1994). She was an essayist for the Carnegie Project and served on the National Research Council's Chemical Sciences Research Roundtable on Graduate Education. Stacy has received such awards as UC Berkeley's Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1996) and the American Chemical Society's James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Teaching of Chemistry (1998). She also received UC Berkeley's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991 and was named to the Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education by the University of California's Office of the President from 1993 until 1997.

William B. Tolman is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. He received a B.S. degree from Wesleyan University, CT, in 1983, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1987. After a postdoctoral period, 1987-1990, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Centers for Metals in Biocatalysis and Sustainable Polymers and currently is serving as Chair of the Department of Chemistry (since 2009). Among the honors he has received are the Searle Scholars, NSF National Young Investigator, Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar, and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Awards, the Buck-Whitney Medal from the American Chemical Society, a Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society. He was Associate Editor (2007-2012) and is now Editor-in-Chief of the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry. He served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences from 2009-2011, is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund and the governing board of the Council for Chemical Research, and served as Chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms (2005) and Metals in Biology (2011).

Current research in the Tolman group encompasses synthetic bioinorganic and organometallic/ polymer chemistry. In the bioinorganic area, the objective is to gain a fundamental structural, spectroscopic, and mechanistic understanding of metalloprotein active sites of biological and environmental importance via the synthesis, characterization, and examination of the reactivity of model complexes. The goal of the Tolman group’s research in the organometallic/ polymer area is to synthesize and characterize a variety of metal complexes for use as catalysts for the polymerization of cyclic esters. In this collaborative project with Prof. M. Hillmyer, particular emphasis is being placed on developing and understanding the mechanism(s) of processes for the controlled synthesis of polymers derived from renewable resources. His work has appeared in >175 publications that have been cited >10,000 times (current h-index = 62).

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