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Northwestern University chemist and materials scientist Tobin J. Marks, a world leader in the fields of organometallic chemistry, chemical catalysis, materials science, organic electronics, solar energy, photovoltaics and nanotechnology, has received the 2011 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Professor Marks, an Evanston resident, is being recognized for his pioneering studies in catalysis. In particular he was cited for the development of major new industrial catalysts and the fundamental understanding of their chemical structures and mechanisms of action. Prof. Marks has been a leader in the understanding and development of new catalysts that enable the production of recyclable, environmentally friendly and sustainably produced plastics and elastomeric materials.