Ian A Tonks
Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Ian Tonks is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Columbia University in 2006, and performed undergraduate research with Prof. Ged Parkin. He earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from the California Institute of Technology, where he worked with Prof. John Bercaw on olefin polymerization catalysis and early transition metal-ligand multiply bonded complexes. After postdoctoral research with Prof. Clark Landis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he began his independent career at the University of Minnesota in 2013. His current research interests are focused on the development of earth abundant, sustainable catalytic methods using early transition metals. Prof. Tonks’ work in this area has recently been recognized with an Outstanding New Investigator Award from the National Institutes of Health, as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship.