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Mark E. Jones, Ph.D.

A love of science and a passion for chemistry propelled a farm kid from Virginia to a satisfying industrial career. Mark Jones is currently Executive External Strategy and Communications Fellow for Dow Chemical, reporting directly to Dr. A.N. Sreeram, Corporate Vice President of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer. Mark joined the CTO staff in September 2011, do, in part, to his skill in communicating science.

In 2017, he was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, recognized for his commitment to communicating chemistry. Mark curates and hosts webinars describing successful product introductions with ACS Webinars. Mark is a frequent speaker a scientific meetings on topics of energy, sustainability, biomass conversion, and others. Mark currently serves as co-chair of the National Academy’s Chemical Sciences Roundtable. He is a co-author on the recently released National Research Council reports on ARPA-E and “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States”. Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Industrial and Environmental Section, serving on Communications, Regulatory and other committees, and is an active member of the American Chemistry Council’s Biobased Chemistry Network. The White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership was a focus from 2013-15, looking both at technology options and improving scale-up of new technologies. He participated in a number of World Economic Forum events, leading discussions around energy and bioproducts. He chaired DOE review panels for the Office of the Biomass Program from 2007-2011 and continues to serve as a reviewer for DOE and other organizations.  He recently assumed responsibility for next generation sustainability goals associated with innovation at Dow. Mark represents Dow Chemical on the American Chemical Society’s Corporation Associates and the Chemical Heritage Landmark Committee. He supports awards that recognized scientific advancement.  He currently serves on the Edison Awards Steering Committee and served or serves as a judge for BIO's Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculure, ACS's Heroes of Chemistry, the SCI's Moore medal, the BIG Innovation Award, the R&D 100 Awards and a collection of Dow internal awards. 

Mark is a frequent keynote speaker.  His talks include multiple times at Chemicals America conferences, American Chemical Society national, regional and local meetings, the 2017 SATA conference,  AIChE national and local meetings, multiple R&D 100 conferences, American Association for the Advancement of Scince national meetings, the Edison Universe Meet the Innovators Forum, REFOCUS, American Center for Life-cycle Assessment, Sustainable Manufacturer, Plastics Recycling, National Academy events, and many universities.

Mark joined Dow in 1990 following a graduate career that had very little to do with his ultimate career path. He followed a degree from Randolph-Macon College with a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder where he studied gas-phase ion molecule chemistry - not an area of great industrial interest. A post-doc at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science preceded coming to Dow. His early Dow career was spent in Catalysis, in what is now Core R&D. Mark discovered a family of catalysts useful for conversion of ethane directly to vinyl chloride, and other catalysts for both chlorocarbon chemistry and alkane activation. Moves to Performance Plastics, Hydrocarbons, Chemicals, Energy and Licensing R&D, Ventures and New Business Development and the Energy Storage Devices followed. Mark co-directed the Renewable Chemistries Expertise Center (RCEC) for over a decade. Mark touched many areas of technology, including experience in the processing of inorganic materials, fuel cell development for portable power applications, cellulosic conversion, and broad technology exploration.

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