Jones Group alums, Akshay Korde (now Abbvie) and Byunghyun Min (now Phillips 66), discovered the first zeolite nanotubes. A description of their work appear in the January 7 issue of Science. The discovery stemmed from a collaborative project including the Nair, Jones and Sholl groups, sponsored by NSF, aimed at discovering new 1-D or 2-D zeolite materials. Several syntheses using a newly designed SDA resulted in materials with unusual XRD patterns and morphologies, and knowledge from prior work from Nair and Nair/Jones on imogolite nanotube synthesis suggested these new materials were nanotubes. Conclusive structure determination was completed by means of computational modeling coupled with electron microscopy and electron diffraction analysis. The work on the latter two techniques was led by Tom Willhammar at Stockholm University. Check out the paper here.
Jacob Cleveland successfully defended his PhD thesis. Jacob will start a postdoctoral position at Los Alamos National Laboratory in early 2022. Congrats Jacob!
Dr. Tony Vallace joins the group after completing his PhD in ChE at Villanova University.
Dr. Iman Nezam completes his postdoctoral studies at Georgia Tech and joins Evonik. Farewell Iman!
June 2021 –
New postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Poori Ilani-Kashkouli, joins the group following postdoctoral studies at Georgia State and UC Davis. Also, Dr. Maddie Ball completes her stay at GT as an Eckert Postdoctoral Fellow, and moves on to start a faculty position as an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University.
May 2021 –
Taylor Hatridge and Max Bukhovko successfully defend their MS and PhD theses. Taylor will move on to law school at the University of Wisconsin, while Max starts a position with Northrup Grumman. Congrats to both!
Dong Kyu Moon completes his postdoctoral stay in the group and returns to Korea to start a job at Hyundai Motors. Also, Dr. Jones is honored with the Georgia Tech Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Innovation.
Four new PhD students join the group! Anu Osibo will work on depolymerization catalysis and Yoseph Guta will study amine adsorbent stability. Both will be co-advised by Prof. Sievers. MinGyu Song will study DAC under unconventional conditions, and will be co-advised by Prof. Lively. Laura Proano will evaluate catalytic sorbents for CO2 capture and conversion in a single, intensified process.
The group welcomes the arrival of new postdoctoral fellow Pranjali Priyadarshini, who recently completed her PhD at the University of Illinois.
We bid farewell to postdoctoral fellow Dharam Kumar and visiting PhD student Wei Zhou. We welcome the arrival of new postdoctoral Fellow Gabriel Short, who recently completed his PhD in chemistry at the University of Florida.
Chris steps down as Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis and is named the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of JACS Au.
Learn how Editors-in-Chief are selected by the ACS.
Congratulations to Jason Lee and best wishes as he begins a data science fellowship with Insight!
Congratulations to Akshay Korde and Byunghyun Min for graduating. Akshay will be joining Abbvie in Chicago and Byunghyun will be joining Phillips 66 in Bartlesville, OK.
March 19, 2020-
Jones Group laboratory operations halt due to need for social distancing in the Coronavirus Pandemic. Gloves and safety glasses donated to local area hospitals.
Welcome Dr. Juliana Carneiro to the group!
Congratulations to Claudia Okonkwo for completing her thesis and joining the Boston Consulting Group!
Congratulations to Qandeel Almas for completing her Ph.D. as well!
Congratulations to Max Bukhovko for winning the Best PhD Proposal Award in ChBE!
Welcome Youn Ji Min to the group!
Congratulations to Kristina Golub and best wishes in her next stage at Phillips 66!
Congratulations to the catalysis team for winning the bi-annual Jones Group Olympics!
Welcome Dhrumil Shah, Wei Zhou, and Sasithorn Kuhaudomlap to the Jones Group!
Congratulations Nathan on completing his PhD and joining Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a post-doctoral fellow. Congrats to Jason Lee on completion of his thesis. Jason will stay on at GT working as a post-doctoral fellow.
Congratulations to Isaiah Borne and Taylor Hatridge on their NSF Fellowship Awards!
Dr. Simon Pang departs GT to take a position at LLNL, returning to his west coast roots. Dr. Michele Sarazen completes her post-doctoral stay in the group to prepare for her start at Princeton University, where she will begin as an Assistant Professor in January.
Dr. Caroline Hoyt heads to her new position as a researcher at NREL.
Dr. Hyuk Taek Kwon has completed his appointment in the group, and will move to NETL for his next research position, having made a significant impact on the group. Also, Dr. Lalit Darunte, having recently defended his PhD thesis, heads to DowDupont on his next adventure. Congratulations to both! Dr. Dharam Raj Kumar joins the team after completing his PhD at the University of Manchester.
We wish the best to departing, newly minted PhDs Dr. Taylor Sulmonetti, who is joining Exponent in Atlanta, and Dr. Kiwon Eum, who heads to a post-doctoral position at the University of Minnesota. Joining the group are three new students, Maxim Bukhovko (Tufts U), Jacob Cleveland (Tennessee Tech), and Nima Ronaghi (West Virginia). Congrats also go to Dr. Caroline Hoyt, who completed her PhD thesis in December, and will stay on for a few months of post-doctoral work in the group.
Congratulations Grace Chen on completing your PhD thesis! Off to SRNL for the next step of your career! Best wishes to Dr. Stanley Yang upon your return to Taiwan, to continue your research career there.
Welcome Luiz Henrique Vieira and Kristina Golub to the Jones group!
The group wishes Dr. Steph Didas as she sets off on her next adventure at LBNL after 7+ years in the group as a PhD student, EFRC Managing Director and Group Manager.
Congratulations Claudia Okonkwo on receiving the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award! and Congratulations to Shilpa Mahamulkar on successfully defending her Ph.D Dissertation!
Congratulations Claudia Okonkwo and Sang Jae Park on successfully passing the Ph.D qualifying exam!
It was announced that Chris won the 2016 Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress from AIChE. This is a tremendous honor recognizing 16 years of research contributions of the Jones Group.
Congratulations to Seung Won and Kiwon on successfully defending your Ph.D theses! Seung Won is now working at LH Chem, and Kiwon is completing a postdoc with Prof. Sankar Nair.
The Jones group welcomes 4 new graduate students – Claudia Okonkwo, Byunghyun Min, Akshay Korde, and Qandeel Almas, a Fullbright Fellow. Additionally, Dr. Hyuk Taek Kwon joined the group after completing his PhD at Texas A&M.
Chris was the featured member of the AAAS in a recent blog on innovative technologies to capture and tame carbon dioxide. Read here.
Dr. Bo Hu joined the group after completing his PhD in chemistry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Chris was named the Love Family Professor, ending his appointment of the New-Vision Professor (2011-2015)
Chris was featured in a news story as a leading researcher studying CO2 capture from the ambient air. The story produced by PRI for National Public Radio. Read here.
Welcome Kyeong Min to the Jones Group!
Welcome Duy Thatch Tran to the Jones Group!
Chris was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.
Mica was selected as a Leadership Fellow in the Georgia Tech Leadership Fellows Program.
Simon received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from CU College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Mica won the 2015 Outstanding ChBE Ph.D. Proposal.
Shilpa was recognized for her leadership as Symposium Chair at the 2015 Student Honors Luncheon.
Prof.’s Jones and Nair have been named the Sigma Xi Best Faculty Paper Award Winners for 2014. The annual Georgia Tech award recognizes a paper titled “Interfacial Microfluidic Processing of Metal-Organic Framework Hollow Fiber Membranes,” published July 4 by the journal Science.