William B. Tolman received a B.S. degree from Wesleyan University (1983) and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley (1987). After a postdoctoral stint at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota (1990), and rose through the ranks to Distinguished McKnight University Professor. He is a member of the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers and served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry (2009-2017). He began his current position in 2018. 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, a Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation, and the American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (2017). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, and has published > 220 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited more than 23,000 times. He served as Associate Editor (2009-2012) and now as Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry (2013-present). Current research in his group aims to understand copper protein active sites in enzymes and catalytic feedstock conversions and sustainable polymer syntheses.
William Greenleaf Eliot Professor of Chemistry
Washington University in St. Louis