Toscano - Biography

Paul J. Toscano was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. He became interested in chemistry at an early age after seeing the periodic table of the elements in the Golden Book of Knowledge. Experimentation with a chemistry set in the basement of his parents' house only served to annoy his mother. This early interest was nurtured further by his father, who brought home bits of pure elements from his place of employment, and later by his high school chemistry teacher, Ms. Mary Albaugh. Toscano received his B.A./M.A. degrees with honors from the Johns Hopkins University in 1978. He continued his studies at Hopkins under the supervision of Professor Luigi Marzilli and received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1983. After a post-doctoral stint at Northwestern University with Prof. Tobin Marks, he came to the Department of Chemistry at the University at Albany in 1985, as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1991 and received the University at Albany Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1999. A University First Patent Award followed in 2001.

Toscano's research interests cover organometallic and metal coordination chemistry, including the study of metal compounds via X-ray diffraction methods and their use in electronics applications. He has been author or coauthor on more than 90 research articles, as well as abstracts and other presentations of his work at scientific conferences. He lives in the Albany area with his patient and understanding wife, Mary, and his two daughters, Amy and Elena.