Developing novel nanomaterials that provide an enhanced understanding of basic actinide chemistry and the mobility of nuclear materials in environmental systems.

Tori Z. Forbes

Tori Z. Forbes

Tori Z. Forbes

Phone: (319) 384-1320
Office: W374 CB


University of Notre Dame, 2003-2007, Environmental Mineralogy, Ph. D, Advisor:  Professor Peter C. Burns

Beloit College, 1997-2001, Chemistry, B.S., minor in Environmental Studies


Professional and Academic Position

Professor, 2022-Present, University of Iowa

Associate Professor, 2016-2022, University of Iowa

Assistant Professor, 2010-2016, University of Iowa

Postdoctoral Researcher 2008-2010, University of California at Davis,  Advisor:  Professor Alexandra Navrotsky

Adjunct Instructor 2007-2008, University of Notre Dame, Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences

Postdoctoral Researcher 2007-2008, University of Notre Dame, Advisor:  Professor Slavi C. Sevov

Research Assistant II, 2001-2003, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry, Woods Hole, MA


Honors and Awards 

University of Iowa Collegiate Scholar 2022-2024

James Van Allen Natural Sciences Fellow 2022-2023

UI Department of Chemistry Research Scholar Award 2021

UI Honors Lane Davis Team Teaching Award 2019

UI Honors Lane Davis Team Teaching Award 2017

University of Iowa Dean’s Scholar 2016 - 2018

Finalist for Iowa Women of Innovation Award, 2015 and 2016

Department of Energy Early Career Award, 2015 

Chemical Communications Emerging Young Investigator, 2015  

Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, Distinguished Faculty Mentor, 2014

NSF CAREER Award, Division of Solid State and Materials Chemistry, 2013

Finalist for Early Career Scientist Poster Award, Actinides Meeting, 2009

Bayer Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2006-2007

NDEER Symposium Graduate Student Poster Award, 2005

Environmental Molecular Science Institute Graduate Student Fellowship, 2005-2007

Edward C. Fuller Award for Chemistry Education, May 2001

Erickson Scholarship in Chemistry, August 1999

Beloit College Presidential Scholarship, August 1997