2019 – 2020 Ensor Lecturship
Christopher Jones is the William R. McLain Chair and Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. He previously served as Associate Vice President for Research from 2013-2019, including a period as Interim Executive Vice-President for Research in 2018.
Dr. Jones leads a research group that works in the broad areas of materials, catalysis and adsorption. He is known for his extensive and pioneering work on materials that extract CO2 from ultra-dilute mixtures such as ambient air, which are key components of direct air capture (DAC) technologies. For the past decade, he has worked closely with Global Thermostat LLC, on DAC technology development.
He also has produced extensive body of work in catalysis, including heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, spanning from asymmetric catalysis in organic synthesis (specialty synthesis) to conversion of syngas into higher alcohols (commodity production).
Jones has published almost 300 peer-reviewed scholarly papers on catalysis and separations, and has mentored 100 MS, PhD and post-doctoral students over the past 20 years.
The American Chemical Society recognized Jones’ catalysis research with the Ipatieff Prize in 2010, followed by the North American Catalysis Society with the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis in 2013. Dr. Jones is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, ACS Catalysis, and is Vice-President of the North American Catalysis Society.
In 2016, he was recognized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for his work in catalysis and CO2 capture with the Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress.
Lecture: Amine-Modified Silicates as CO2 Sorbents that Enable Direct Air Capture Technologies