The 44th ACS Central Regional Meeting

Dr. Mark E. Jones – Thursday, May 16, 2013

Plenary Lecture

 Thursday, May 16, 2013

“Sustainable Decision Making”

Mark E. Jones, Ph. D.

Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow, The Dow Chemical Company




Living sustainably is difficult.  It was difficult in ancient times and it is even more challenging today.  Taking on that challenge requires an understanding of how the actions of individuals and companies can have a real versus perceived impact.  The Dow Chemical Company has taken steps to make chemical production more resource efficient, focusing on carbon efficiency, energy use, water use and societal impacts.  Examples of where Dow has been successful will be shared.  In addition, materials and products that Dow is developing today will play a part in reducing global consumption of natural resources and energy.



Dr. Mark Jones is currently Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow for Dow Chemical, reporting directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer William Banholzer.  He continues to provide technical support for Dow’s Renewable Chemistries Expertise Center (RCEC) in this role. Dr. Jones has spent most of his career developing catalytic processes.  He is a co-author on the recently released National Research Council report “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States”.     

Dr. Jones joined Dow in 1990 following a graduate career at the University of Colorado- Boulder studying gas-phase ion molecule chemistry - not an area of great industrial interest.  He was introduced to catalysis during a post-doctoral stint at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science in Boulder.  Dr. Jones has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon College. He spent his early Dow career in heterogeneous catalysis, including the discovery, scale-up and commercialization of catalytic technologies, and process improvements.  Much of his work is in the area of alkane activation and partial oxidation, including vinyl chloride directly from ethane, ethylene from methane and oxidative carbonylation.  More recently, he spent two years focused on lithium ion batteries, developing processes for producing battery materials. The Energy Storage role built on Dr. Jones’ previous experience in the processing of inorganic materials, fuel cell development for portable power applications, and technology exploration.  His recent talks have focused on the market and production hurdles faced by biomaterials.