William Tolman

William Tolman

Associate Dean of Research
Professor of Chemistry
William Greenleaf Eliot Professor of Chemistry
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
research interests:
  • Inorganic, biological, and polymer chemistry

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1134
    One Brookings Dr.
    St. Louis, MO 63130

William B. Tolman's work focuses on using inorganic, biological, and polymer chemistry to address important problems related to human health and the environment.

Current research in his group emphasizes the use of synthetic chemistry to unravel how copper-containing enzymes function and developing new ways to prepare biorenewable and sustainable polymers. His team has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and he is a fellow of both the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society journal Inorganic Chemistry.

Before coming to Washington University in January 2018, Tolman spent 27 years at the University of Minnesota, where he was the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry (2009-2017).

Publications



Honors and Awards



American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry, 2017



Charles E. Bowers Teaching Award (College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota), 2012



Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2010



Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2006



Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (@Technical University of Munich), 2004



Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2004



Buck-Whitney Medal (American Chemical Society, Eastern New York Section), 2001



Distinguished McKnight University Professorship (University of Minnesota), 2000



George W. Taylor Award for Excellence in Research (University of Minnesota), 1998



Camille & Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 1994-1999



National Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation), 1993-1998



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



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



Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1994-1996 



Searle Scholar Award (Chicago Community Trust), 1992-1995



McKnight-Land Grant Professorship (University of Minnesota), 1992-1994



George W. Taylor Career Development Award (University of Minnesota), 1994



Postdoctoral Fellowship (American Cancer Society), 1988-1990



Postdoctoral Fellowship (National Institutes of Health), 1987-1988



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



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



University Honors (Wesleyan University), 1983



Phi Beta Kappa (Wesleyan University), 1983



Sigma Xi (Wesleyan University), 1983



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