Faculty Bio

Joseph Tanski

Professor of Chemistry

Mr. Tanski earned his A.B. in chemistry from Vassar College in 1995 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University in 2000. After completing a postdoctoral appointment with Gerard Parkin at Columbia University, Mr. Tanski spent time as a substitute assistant professor at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice before joining the Vassar faculty in 2003. 

Mr. Tanski teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Mr. Tanski’s laboratory, with equipment for the synthesis of air and water sensitive inorganic and organometallic compounds, is in Bridge for Laboratory Sciences 207. Research projects are available for interested students in several fields, including asymmetric catalysis, extended structure coordination chemistry, and X-ray crystallography.