Todd Marder received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from M.I.T. (1976) where he worked with Professor Alan Davison, FRS and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles (1981), where he was a University of California Regents Intern Fellow working with Professor Fred Hawthorne. Following postdoctoral research with Professor F. G. A. Stone, CBE, FRS at the University of Bristol in England, he spent two years as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Central Research and Development Department at DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware. He joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo in Canada in 1985, was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and to Full Professor in 1993. In 1995, he was the recipient of the Rutherford Memorial Medal for Chemistry of the Royal Society of Canada, given each year to the leading chemist in the country under 40 years of age. He moved to the University of Durham in England in 1997 to take the Chair in Inorganic Chemistry, previously held by Prof. Ken Wade. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Main Group Element Chemistry for his contributions to the chemistry of boron and its organometallic compounds and to their applications in the development of catalysts and chromophores. In 2010, he was awarded a JSPS Invitation Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, a Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and a Wolfson Research Merit Award by the Royal Society, UK. In 2012 he joined the Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität Würzburg, Germany, as Professor and Chair of Inorganic Chemistry. In 2015, he was elected to membership in the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences). He was also recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Award in Organometallic Chemistry.
He has held Visiting Professorships in the UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, and China and he was the David Craig Visiting Professor at the Australian National University in 2014. He holds an Adjunct Professorship in Chemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a Honorary Professorship at Durham University, a guest Professorship at Shandong University, and a Jiangnan Distinguished Professorship at Jiangnan University. He has served on the editorial boards of Organometallics, Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, Polyhedron, Inorganica Chimica Acta, Applied Organometallic Chemistry, the Canadian Journal of Chemistry, Crystal Engineering, and Chemistry Central Journal. He has published over 280 papers, and presented over 350 invited lectures worldwide. His publications have been cited ca. 15,000 times.
His diverse research interests include organometallic and metal-boron chemistry, homogeneous catalysis, small molecule triggers of stem cell differentiation, luminescence, nonlinear optics, liquid crystals, and crystal engineering. His research has been supported both by grant agencies and by multinational companies including ICI, Johnson Matthey Catalysts, Syngenta Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline, and Imperial Oil, and SME’s such as Reinnervate Ltd. and High Force Research Ltd. While much of his work is fundamental science, real world applications are always considered when appropriate. For example, the diboron reagent bis(neopentylglycolato)diboron (B2neop2) developed jointly with Prof. N.C. Norman (Bristol University) is produced worldwide in bulk quantities, and a small molecule trigger of stem cell differentiation developed jointly with Profs. Whiting and Pryzborski (Durham University) is now available commercially.