John F. Brock, III School Chair, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Christopher W. Jones is the John F. Brock III School Chair in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE). Jones has been a faculty member at Georgia Tech since 2000, leading a ChBE research group that works in catalysis and adsorption, with a strong emphasis in materials chemistry. He is known in the field for his pioneering work on materials that extract carbon dioxide from ultra-dilute mixtures such as ambient air, which are key components of direct air capture technologies that have the potential to reverse climate change.

Jones was Georgia Tech's associate vice president for research from 2013-2019. This included a period as interim executive vice president in 2018. In addition to his roles at Georgia Tech, Jones served on a committee commissioned by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine to create a national research agenda to address climate change and carbon dioxide removal. The group of experts from across North America developed a consensus study — Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration — from 2017-2018. He received his undergradute chemical engineering degree at Michigan, then earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees at California Institute of Technology.