Jim Atwood has been an Editor of the Journal of Coordination Chemistry since 1992 and sole Editor since 2006. Since 2006, the Journal has exhibited strong growth and development where the pages published have doubled, the acceptance rate has gone from 68% to 40% and the Impact Factor has tripled.
Jim Atwood received his Ph.D. in 1975 from the University of Illinois (T. L. Brown) and did Postdoctoral Research in the US-USSR Program of Cooperation in Homogeneous Catalysis (E. L. Muetterties, Cornell University and A. E. Shilov, Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow). In 1977 Jim started as an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo (State University of New York, SUNY) and rose through the ranks to become SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, including eight years as Chair of the Department of Chemistry. Jim Atwood has taken two international sabbaticals, one at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany (W. A. Herrmann) and the other at the University of Melbourne, Australia (A. Wedd).
Jim Atwood’s research is in the general areas of mechanistic organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. This research has resulted in 36 students receiving their Ph.D.s under Atwood’s direction, 137 published manuscripts (including nine reviews), a patent and two editions of a textbook. Jim Atwood has lectured in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Russia, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland, in addition to widely in the USA.
Jim Atwood has received several awards through his career, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Schoellkopf Award, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Distinguished Alumni Award (Missouri State University), Humboldt Research Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Award, among others. He has served a variety of roles within the University at Buffalo, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Associate Dean and currently as the Faculty Athletic Representative (NCAA) for the Office of the President.