William B Tolman

William Greenleaf Eliot Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean in Arts & Sciences

Education and Employment

1/18- Present: William Greenleaf Eliot Professor of Chemistry, and Associate Dean in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis

8/09-12/17:  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Chair, Department of Chemistry.

7/00-12/17:  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Chemistry.

7/97-7/00:  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Professor, Department of Chemistry.

8/96-6/97:  University of California, Berkeley, CA. Visiting Professor, Department of Chemsitry and Miller Institute for Basic Sciences Research. Sponsor: Professor Judith Klinman.

7/94-7/97:  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry.

8/90-7/94:  University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry.

10/87-7/90:  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Postdoctoral Fellowin the laboratory of Professor Stephen J. Lippard.

8/83-9/87:  University of California, Berkeley, CA. Ph.D. in Chemistry (9/87). Advisor: Professor K. Peter C. Vollhardt.

9/79-6/83:  Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. B.A. in Chemistry (6/83). Undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Alan Cutler.


2017:  ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (American Chemical Society)

4/12:  Charles E. Bowers Teaching Award (College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota)

7/10:  Fellow, American Chemical Society

11/06:  Fellow, American Association for the Advancment of Science

6/05-7/10:  Lee Irvin Smith Professorship (University of Minnesota)

8/04:  Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

9/01:  Buck-Whitney Medal (American Chemical Society, Eastern New York Section)

7/00:  Distinguished McKnight University Professorship (University of Minnesota)

6/98:  George W. Taylor Award for Excellence in Research (University of Minnesota)

6/94-5/99:  Camille & Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

6/93-6/98:  National Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation)

9/96-6/97:  Bush Sabbatical Supplement Award (University of Minnesota).

1/97-5/97:  Visiting Professorship, Miller Institute for Research (University of California, Berkeley).

9/94-10/96:  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

7/92-6/95:  Searle Scholar Award (Chicago Community Trust)

7/92-6/94:  McKnight-Land Grant Professorship (University of Minnesota)

5/94:  George W. Taylor Career Development Award (University of Minnesota)

1/88-7/90:  Postdoctoral Fellowship (American Cancer Society)

10/87-1/88:  Postdoctoral Fellowship (National Institutes of Health)

1984-85:  W.R. Grace Fellowship (University of California, Berkeley)

1983-84:  University Fellowship (University of California, Berkeley)

1983:  University Honors (Wesleyan University)

1983:  Phi Beta Kappa (Wesleyan University)

1983:  Sigma Xi (Wesleyan University)

1982:  Analytical Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society (Wesleyan University)

Professional Organizations and Service

Member, Center for Metals in Biocatalysis and Center for Sustainable Polymers

Member of the American Chemical Society, the Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry, and the Amerian Association for the Advancement of Science.

Editor-in-Chief, Inorganic Chemistry

Member of the Governing Board of Directors, Council of Chemical Research (prev)

Member of the Advisory Board, ACS Petroleum Research Fund

Member, Advisory Board, Chemical & Engineering News

Member, Task Force on Laboratory Safety, Council for Research, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (prev)

Councilor, ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry (prev)

Chair, Gordon Research Conference “Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms” (February, 2005).

Chair, Gordon Research Conference “Metals in Biology” (February, 2011)