Dr. Christopher W. Jones

Phone: 
(404) 385-1683
E-mail: 
christopher.jones [at] chbe.gatech.edu
Office: 
ES&T 2202
Mailing Address: 

School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0100

Education

BSE Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1995
Research Advisor- Levi T. Thompson
MS Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1997
Research Advisor- Mark E. Davis
PhD Chemical Engineering, Minor - Chemistry California Institute of Technology, 1999
Research Advisor- Mark E. Davis
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1999-2000
Research Advisors- John E. Bercaw and Mark E. Davis

 

Bio

Chris Jones was born in suburban Detroit, Michigan in July of 1973. After spending 14 years in Troy, Michigan, he enrolled as a chemical engineering student at the University of Michigan. In route to earning a BSE in chemical engineering, Chris carried out research on transition metal carbide and nitride catalytic materials under the direction of Levi Thompson. After graduating in 1995, Chris moved to Pasadena, California, to study inorganic materials chemistry and catalysis under Mark E. Davis at Caltech. There he earned MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Subsequently, he studied organometallic chemistry and olefin polymerization under the direction of both Davis and John E Bercaw at Caltech. He started as an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech in the summer of 2000 and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2005. In May, 2005, he was appointed the J. Carl and Sheila Pirkle Faculty Fellow, followed by a promotion to Professor in July 2008. He was named New-Vision Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering in July 2011. In 2015, he became the Love Family Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Chris was named the Associate Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech in November 2013. In this role, he directs 50% of his time on campus-wide research administration, managing the limited submissions process, internally funded research programs in coordination with the colleges and with a primary focus on interdisciplinary research efforts, and policy related to research institutes, centers and research core facilities.

 

Dr. Jones directs a research program focused primarily on catalysis and CO2 separation, sequestration and utilization. In 2010 he was honored with the Ipatieff Prize from the American Chemical Society for his work on palladium catalyzed Heck and Suzuki coupling reactions. That same year, he was selected as the founding Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis, a new multi-disciplinary catalysis journal published by the American Chemical Society. In 2013, Chris was recognized by the North American Catalysis Society with the Paul E. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis and by the American Society of Engineering Education with the Curtis W. McGraw Research AwardMost recently, he was recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers with the 2016 Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, distinguishing him as one of the top academic chemical engineers under 45. Dr. Jones has been PI or co-PI on over $48M in sponsored research in the last fifteen years, and as of March 2017, has published over 240 papers that have been cited >15,000 times. He has an H-Index of 59 (ISI), 66 (Google Scholar).

 

Honors, Awards, Editorial Boards:

Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2016

Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2015

Sigma Xi Best Faculty Paper Award, 2015

Golden Goggles Lectureship, Middle Tennessee State University (student selected), 2015

Editorial Board, Annual Reviews of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2015

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2014

Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, Program Committee, 2014

Curtis W. McGraw Research Award, American Society of Engineering Education, 2013

Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, North American Catalysis Society, 2013
Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, Invited Speaker, 2012
Georgia Tech Award for Research Program Development, 2012
Editorial Board, ChemSusChem, 2012-2015
Distinguished Lecturer, Hong Kong Baptist University, 2011
Georgia Tech Award for the Outstanding Faculty Research Author, 2011

New-Vision Professorship, 2011-2015
Founding Editor in Chief, ACS Catalysis, 2010
Eastman Lectureship, University of Virginia, 2010
Robert W. Vaughan Lectureship, Caltech, 2010
Ipatieff Prize, American Chemical Society, 2010
Editorial Board, Catalysis Letters, 2010
UOP-Honeywell Invitational Lecturer, 2009
Dreyfus Foundation Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry, 2008
Hesburgh Teaching Fellow, 2008
Editorial Board, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A. Chemical, 2007-2010
Editorial Board, Applied Catalysis A. General, 2007-2010
Editorial Board, Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, 2007-2008
Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, Invited Participant, 2005
J. Carl and Sheila Pirkle Faculty Fellow, 2005-2008, 2010-2011
DuPont Young Professor Award, 2005
Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award, 2004
Young Scientists Prize, 13th International Congress on Catalysis, 2004
CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, 2004
CAREER AWARD, National Science Foundation, 2002-2007
Ralph Powe Award, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 2001
Junior Faculty Award, Shell Oil Company Foundation, 2001, 2002, 2003
Innovation Recognition Award, Union Carbide, 1999
William Corcoran Fellowship, Caltech, 1995
James B. Angell Scholar, Michigan, 1994-1995
William Branstrom Freshman Prize, Michigan, 1992

 

Invited Lectures:

Universities

1. Seminar, University of Florida, Department of Chemical Engineering, February 2003
2. Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, May 2003
3. Seminar, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Department of Chemical Engineering, September 2003
4. Seminar, University of Virginia, Department of Chemical Engineering, October 2003
5. Seminar, Wayne State University, Department of Chemistry, October 2003
6. Seminar, University of Windsor, Department of Chemistry, October 2003
7. Seminar, Lehigh University, Department of Chemistry, October 2003
8. Seminar, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Chemical Engineering, April 2004
9. Seminar, University of Texas, Department of Chemical Engineering, November 2004
10. Seminar, University of Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering, March 2005
11. Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Chemistry, March 2005
12. Seminar, University of South Carolina, Department of Chemical Engineering, April 2005
13. Seminar, Texas A&M University, Department of Chemical Engineering, October 2005
14. Seminar, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering, January 2006
15. Seminar, University of Colorado, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, January 2006
16. Seminar, Purdue University, Department of Chemical Engineering, January 2006
17. Seminar, Tennessee Technological University, Department of Chemical Engineering, February 2006
18. Seminar, California Institute of Technology, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, May 2006
19. Seminar, University of California, Davis, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, October 2006
20. Seminar, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Van't Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences, Netherlands, February 2007
21. Seminar, Technische Universität München, Department of Chemistry, Germany, September 2007
22. Seminar, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Netherlands, September 2007
23. Seminar, Mississippi State University, School of Chemical Enineering, October 2007
24. Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, October 2007
25. Seminar, University of Tokyo, Department of Chemical System Engineering, October, 2007
26. Seminar, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, March 2008
27. Seminar, Stanford University, Department of Chemical Engineering, May 2008
28. Seminar, Inha University, Department of Chemistry, July 2008
29. Seminar, Stanford University, Global Climate and Energy Project, December 2008
30. Seminar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, December 2008
31. Seminar, Texas A&M University, Department of Chemical Engineering, February 2009
32. Seminar, Northwestern University, Center for Catalysis and Surface Science, April 2009
33. Seminar, University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering, September 2009
34. Robert W. Vaughan Lecture, California Institute of Technology, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, October 2009
35. Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, November 2009
36. Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Chemistry, February 2010
37. Eastman Lecture, University of Virginia, Department of Chemical Engineering, February 2010
38. Seminar, The Ohio State University, Department of Chemistry, April 2010
39. Seminar, University of Florida, Department of Chemical Engineering, April 2010
40. Seminar, Osaka University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, May 2010
41. Seminar, Lehigh University, Department of Chemical Engineering, September 2010
42. Seminar, Columbia University, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, February 2011
43. Distinguished Lectures, Hong Kong Baptist University, College of Science and Department of Chemistry, September 2011
44. Seminar, Iowa State University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, November 2011
45. Seminar, University of Colorado, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, February 2012
46. Seminar, University of Notre Dame, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, February 2012
47. Seminar, Princeton University, Department of Chemical Engineering, February 2012
48. Seminar, Tufts University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, February 2012
49. Seminar, University of Tennessee, Department of Chemistry, March 2012
50. Seminar, Vanderbilt University, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, April 2012
51. Student-Invited Seminar, Texas A&M University, Department of Chemistry, May 2012
52. Seminar, Southampton University, Department of Chemistry, October 2012

53. Seminar, Stanford University, Department of Chemical Engineering, January 2013

54. Seminar, University of South Alabama, Spring Research Forum, Featured Speaker, March 2013

55. Seminar, University of California, Riverside, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, May 2013

56. Seminar, University of Houston, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, February 2014

57. Seminar, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Chemistry, October 2014

58. Seminar, University of South Florida, Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, November 2014

59. Seminar, University of Wisconsin, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, December 2014

60. Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, Energy Biosciences Institute, March 2015

61. Seminar, Clemson University, Department of Chemistry, April 2015
62. Seminar, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Chemistry, October 2015
63. Seminar, Columbia University, Department of Chemical Engineering, November 2015
64. Seminar, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemical Engineering, February 2016.

65. Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, March 2016

66. Seminar, Northwestern University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, May 2016

67. Seminar, University of Victoria, Department of Chemistry, February 2017

68. Seminar, Seton Hall University, Department of Chemistry, March 2017 

69. Seminar, University of Concepcion, September 2017

70. Xingda Lecture, Peking University, Department of Chemistry, October 2017

71. Seminar, Shanghai Normal University, Department of Chemistry, October 2017 

 

Industry and Government

1. Degussa Inc., Calvert City, KY, October, 2003
2. Department of Energy - Catalysis Contractor's Meeting, Rockville, MD, May 2004
3. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, August 2004
4. Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN, September 2004
5. Department of Energy - Catalysis Contractor's Meeting, Rockville, MD, May 2004
6. Lonza Group, Ltd., Visp, Switzerland, July 2005
7. National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA, September 2005
8. Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX, November 2005
9. Dow Chemical Company, Terneuzen, Netherlands, February, 2007
10. Chevron Technology Ventures, Houston, TX, April 2007
11. Chevron Corporation, Richmond, CA, November, 2007
12. Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, January 2008
13. UOP-Honeywell Invitational Lecture Series, Des Plaines, IL, April 2009
14. DuPont Central Research and Development, Wilmington, DE, January, 2010
15. Dow Chemical Company, Terneuzen, Netherlands, October 2010
16. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, January 2011

17. Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI March 2011

18. BASF Catalysts, Iselin, NJ, November 2011
19. ChevronPhillips, Houston, TX, November 2011
20. Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN, October 2012

21. Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, TX, March 2013

22. ExxonMobil Chemicals, Baytown, TX, August 2013

23. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, January 2014

24. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, CO, October 2015

25. Linde, München, Germany, May 2016

 

 

Conferences:

1. Design and Synthesis of Nanoscale Catalytic Materials, 3rd Chemical Engineering Conference for Collaboration in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thessalaniki, Greece, May 2003
2. E.V. Murphree Award Session Honoring Mark E. Davis, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March, 2005
3. George A. Olah Award Session Honoring Enrique Iglesia, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2005
4. Nanoparticles, Colloids and Surfaces in Advanced Catalytic Materials, 79th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Potsdam, NY, June 2005
5. Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Section, China/USA/Japan Joint ChE Conference, Beijing, China, October 2005
6. G. Somorjai Award Session Honoring James Dumesic, 231st ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2006
7. Gordon Research Conference - Catalysis, Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH, June 2006
8. Keynote Lecture on New Catalytic Materials and Supports, 20th North American Meeting, North American Catalysis Society, Houston, TX, June 2007
9. Catalysis in Nano-spaces, Kanagawa University, Yokohama, Japan, October 2007
10. G. Somorjai Award Session Honoring Avelino Corma, 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 2008
11. Catalysis for Sustainable Society, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, July 2008
12. Workshop on Nanotechnologies for Thermal and Solar Energy Conversion and Storage, Jacksonville, FL, August 2008
13. ASME 3rd Energy Nanotechnology International Conference, Jacksonville, FL, August 2008
14. Gordon Research Conference - Chemical Reactions at Surfaces, Ventura, CA, February 2009
15. Catalyst Synthesis, 237th ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2009
16. Keynote Lecture, 14th International Conference on the Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Stockholm, Sweden, September 2009
17. V. Ipatieff Award Session, 239th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2010
18. William Flowers Hand Lecture, Mississippi State University Biofuels Conference, Jackson, MS, August 2010
19. Lehigh University Nano-Energy Conference, Bethlehem, PA, September 2010
20. Frontiers of Heterogeneous Catalysis - 3rd International Symposium of the Catalysis Research Center – Technische Universität München, Garching, Germany, October 2010
21. Young Faculty Forum, AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2010
22. Michigan Catalysis Society, Livonia, MI, March 2011
23. Gabor Somorjai Award Symposium Honoring Harold H. Kung, 241st ACS National Meeting, Anaheim, CA, March 2011
24. GCEP Carbon Capture Workshop, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May 2011
25. Direct Air Capture Summit, Calgary, Canada, March, 2012
26. Gabor Somorjai Award Symposium Honoring Enrique Iglesia – George Olah Award Symposium Honoring James Dumesic, 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2012
27. Carbon Capture Symposium, 243rd ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2012
28. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering, Invited Speaker, September 2012
29. Alpha Chi Sigma Award Symposium Honoring Enrique Iglesia, AIChE Annual Meeting, October 2012
30. George Olah Award Symposium Honoring Alex Bell, 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2013

31. Keynote Lecture, Catalysis Club of Chicago, Naperville, IL, May 2013

32. Plenary Lecture, 23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Louisville, KY, June 2013

33. Keynote Lecture, 16th International Symposium on the Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Hokkaido, Japan, August 2013

34. Keynote Lecture, Southeastern Catalysis Society, Asheville, NC, September 2013

35. Plenary Lecture, 6th Asia Pacific Congress on Catalysis, Taipei, Taiwan, October 2013

36. Philadelphia Catalysis Club, Philadelphia, PA, January 2014

37. Gabor Somorjai Award Symposium Honoring Mark Davis, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 2014

38. Advances in Catalytic Technologies for Conversion of Coal, Natural Gas, and Biomass to Liquids, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX, March 2014

39. Southwestern Catalysis Society, Houston, TX, April 2014

40. Plenary Lecture7th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials, Niagara Falls, Canada, June 2014

41. Plenary Lecture, 7th Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology, Kyoto, Japan, June 2014

42. Session Honoring John E. Bercaw, 248th ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2014

43. KAUST Research Conferences: Catalytic Carbon and Hydrogen Management, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, February 2015

44. Michigan Catalysis Society, Livonia, MI, March 2015

45. Plenary Lecture, 8th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization, Singapore, July 2015

46. Plenary Lecture, 9th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, August 2015
47. Keynote Lecture, Europacat XII, Kazan, Russia, August 2015
48. PacificChem, Honolulu, HI, December 2015

49. Ipatieff Prize Symposium Honoring Aditya Bhan, 251st ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2016

50. 16th International Congress on Catalysis, Beijing, China, July 2016

51. Plenary Lecture, Catalytic Activation and Selective Conversion of Energy-Related Molecules, Xiamen, China, July 2016

52. 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016

53. ACS-CSRI Meeting, Bhopal India, January 2017

54. ACS on Campus, Pune, India, January 2017

55. APCAT-7, Keynote Lecture, Mumbai, India, January 2017

56. MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, April 2017

57. Chemistry-A New Opening, Jagiellonian University, June 2017 

58. Session Honoring Umit Ozkan, 254th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, August 2017 

59. Andreas Acrivos Award Lecture, AIChE National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 2017 

 

Courses Taught (past, present, future):

ChE 2100 Chemical Process Principles - Sp 2000, Fa 2005, Su 2011, Su 2013, Fa 2016
ChE 4300 Kinetics and Reactor Design - Fa 2001, Fa 2002, Sp 2003, Su 2008, Su 2012
ChBE 4515 Chemical Process Safety - Sp 2002, Su 2002, Su 2003, Sp 2004, Su 2004, Sp 2006, Su 2006, Sp 2007, Su 2007, Sp 2010, Sp 2011, Sp 2012, Sp 2013, Sp 2014
ChBE 4535 Chemical Product Design, Engineering and Optimization - Fa 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
ChBE 6300 Kinetics and Reactor Design - Sp 2008, Fa 2008, Fa 2009
ChBE 8803 Catalytic Chemistry and Engineering – Sp 2005, Fa 2010

 

Favorite sports teams

Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions