Still Having Fun with Science

Mark Jones

Research Fellow

A Born Scientist

After a lifetime of studying things, taking things apart and building things, Mark Jones is still having fun with science.

Mark Jones pretty much always knew he wanted to be a scientist.He was a kid who was always experimenting and studying his menagerie of rabbits, fish, snakes and turtles (“anything I was willing to take care of, no matter how much it grossed out my mother”). When he was in elementary school, he spent his winter break at his uncle and aunt’s house in Washington, D.C., where they visited the Smithsonian every day.

He quickly outgrew chemistry sets, but that didn’t stop him from mixing up his own formulations from what would be considered hazardous materials today. He cringes and laughs now when he thinks of his unsuspecting deacon father buying a bulk quantity of muriatic acid from the hardware store at young Mark’s request – carted home in an old vodka bottle that he found discarded next to the store, no less!

Creating Order from Nature's Chaos

Mark’s passion then was largely the same as it is today – to understand and control the world around him – to “make order out of nature’s chaos.” His favorite part of his work has always been seeing a need and developing a way to meet that need. Yet he also appreciates the role chance plays in science – and admires Nobel Prize winner Tom Cech for admitting that his discovery of catalytic RNA was a “serendipitous observation.”

Today, much of his workday is spent studying how chemistry can develop solutions for Earth’s dwindling resources. (“The goal is to leave as much of the stuff we have today for future generations.”) At home, he continues to tinker and build stuff – using a “really cool” welder and plasma cutter combo to weld together two kayak trailers and make a welded sculpture, which he first 3D modeled on a workstation he also built himself from an array of graphics processors. Recently he has started “playing” with electronics for home automation.

He’ll always be grateful to his parents and extended family, who first fostered the curiosity that led to his exciting career. He advises today’s young scientists to learn as much as they can but don’t neglect culture, and “always give yourself time to just ponder.”

White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

US8674149B2; “Oxidative mono-halogenation of methane”

US8088957B2; “Conversion of a multihydroxylated-aliphatic hydrocarbon or ester thereof to a chlorohydrin”

US6984763B2; “Oxidative halogenation and optional dehydrogenation of c3+hydrocarbons”

US6933417B1; “Process for vinyl chloride manufacture from ethane and ethylene with partial CHl recovery from reactor effluent”

US6909024B1; “Process for the conversion of ethylene to vinyl chloride and novel catalyst compositions useful for such process”

US6821924B2; “Oxyhalogenation process using catalyst having porous rare earth halide support”

US6797845B1; “Process for vinyl chloride manufacture from ethane and ethylene with immediate HCl recovery from reactor effluent”

US6680415B1; “Oxyhalogenation process using catalyst having porous rare earth halide support”

US6452058B1; “Oxidative halogenation of C1 hydrocarbons to halogenated C1 hydrocarbons and integrated processes related thereto”

EP1879840B1; Oxidative halogenation of Cl hydrocarbons to halogenated Cl hydrocarbons”

EP1771403B1; Conversion of a multihyroxylated-aliphatic hydrocarbon or ester thereof to a chlorohydrin”

EP1753737B1; “Process for preparing epichlorohydrin from ethane”

EP1395536B1; “Oxidative halogenation of Cl hydrocarbons to halogenated Cl hydrocarbons and integrated processes related thereto”

EP1235771B1; “Process for vinyl chloride manufacture from ethane and ethylene with immediate HCL recovery from reactor effluent”

EP1235772B1: “A process for the conversion of ethylene to vinyl chloride, and novel catalyst compositions useful for such process”

EP1235773B1; “Process for vinyl chloride manufacture from ethane and ethylene with partial HCL recovery from reactor effluent”

EP1235769B1; “Oxyhalogenation process using catalyst having porous rare earth halide support”

Mark E. Jones and William F. Banholzer; "Solar flux, water, and land impose limits on biology," Biotechnology and bioengineering, 111(6), June 2014, pages 1059-1061.

Banholzer, W.F. and Jones, M.E.; "The Four Dimensional Product: Integration Over Time is the Only Way to Understand Sustainability," Proceedings of the AIChE, 2013 Annual Meeting (San Francisco), Sustainable Engineering Forum, 4 November 2013.

William Banholzer and Mark Jones, "Possible versus practical,"Chemistry World, October 2013, page 41 and on-line 19 September 2013.

Jones, Mark E.;"Why Big Always Wins: Examining the Economies of Scale," Chemical Enginereering, 10 September 2013.

William F. Banholzer and Mark E. Jones; "Needed: ChEs to Solve Global Problems," Chemical Engineering Progress, August 2013, page 15.

William F. Banholzer and Mark E. Jones; "Perspective: Chemical engineers must focus on practical solutions," AIChE Journal, Volume 59, Issue 8, August 2013, pages 2708–2720.

Committee on the Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels (committee member), “Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels in the United States,” National Research Council of the National Academies, 24 October 2012.

Jones, M.J.(typo); Kresge, C. T.; and Maughon, B. R.; "Alternative Feedstocks for Olefin Production: What Role Will Ethanol Play?", Oil and Gas European Magazine, 2010, (36:1), pages 34-39.

Hickman, Daniel A.; Jones, Mark E.; Jovanovic, Zoran R.; Olken, Michael M.; Podkolzin, Simon G.; Stangland, Eric E.; Thompson, R. Kirk; “Reactor Scale-up for Fluidized Bed Conversion of Ethane to Vinyl Chloride,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research,” 2010, 49(21), 10674-10681.

Hickman, Daniel A.; Jones, Mark E.; Jovanovic, Zoran R.; Olken, Michael M.; Podkolzin, Simon G.; Stangland, Eric E.; Thompson, R. Kirk; Reactor Scale-up for Fluidized Bed Conversion of Ethane to Vinyl Chloride, 21st International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering, Philadelphia, PA, June 2010.

Jones, Mark (chair); McDermott, John; Kinoshita, Charles; Firevold, Robert; Krause, Curtis; Brown, Craig; "2009 Thermochemical Conversion Platform Review Report," December 2009.

Schoenung, Susan; Keller, Jay; Gutterson, Neal; Jaffoni, Terry; Jones, Mark; Knotek, Michael; Maher, Michael; Marshall, Liz; Miles, Tom; Tumbleson, Michael; Petok, Fred; Prince, Roger; "2009 Biomass Program Peer Review Report," December 2009.

Jones, Mark E.; “Will Stream Crackers Go the Way of the Dodo?” 21st Ethylene Producers’ Conference 2009 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 27, 2009.

Clavalieri, Ralph; Jaffoni, Terry; Barash, Irvin; Sonke, Daniel; Werpy, Todd; Stevens, Lyle; Johnson, Donald; Jones, Mark; Cruickshank, Bill; Tumbleson, Mike; Terry, David; Tyson, Shaine; "2007 Office of the Biomass Program Peer Review Summary Report," November 2008.

Banholzer, William F.; Watson, Keith J; Jones, Mark E.; “How Might Biofuels Impact the Chemical Industry?” Chemical Engineering Progress, 2008, Vol. 104 (No. 3), S7-S14.

van der Heijden, Alwies W. A. M.; Podkolzin, Simon G.; Jones, Mark E.; Bitter, Johannes H.; Weckhuysen, Bert M.; “Catalyzed Hydrogen-Chlorine Exchange between Chlorinated Hydrocarbons under Oxygen-Free Conditions,” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 47(27), 5002-5004, 2008.

Jones, Mark (chair); Frederick, Jim; Myers, Lisa; Brown, Robert; Breault, Ron; Kelley, Steve; "Office of the Biomass Program Thermochemcial Platform Peer Review Initial Reviewer Feedback: Summary of Results," July 10-11, 2007.

Jones, Mark E.; Hickman, Daniel A.; Olken, Michael M.; “The E2V Story: Novel Catalysts Enable the Dow Ethane-to-Vinyl Process” Abstracts of Papers, 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United States, March 25-29, 2007 (2007), COLL-515.

Podkolzin, Simon G.; Stangland, Eric E.; Jones, Mark E.; Peringer, Elvira; Lercher, Johannes A.; “Methyl Chloride Production Methane over Lanthanum-Based Catalysts,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129(9), 2569-2576.

Peringer, Elvira; Podkolzin, Simon G. ; Jones, Mark E.; Olindo, Roberta; Lercher, Johannes A.; “LaCl3-based catalysts for oxidative chlorination of CH4,” Topics in Catalysis 38(1-3), 211-220, 2006.

Jones, Mark E.; Hickman, Daniel A.; Olken, Michael M.; “The E2V Story: Novel Catalysts Enable the Dow Ethane-to-Vinyl Process Abstracts,” 38th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Frankenmuth, MI, United States, May 16-20, 2006, CRM-119.

Panja, Chameli; Jones, Mark E.; Heitzinger, John M.; Gebhard, Steven C.; Koel, Bruce E.; “Bi Adsorption and Poisoning on Ni(100) Surface as Probed by CO Chemisorption,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2000, 104(14), 3130-3139.

Jones, Mark E.; “A Simple-to-Build Thermal-Conductivity GC Detector,” Journal of Chemical Education, 1994, 71(11), 995-6

Mitchell, Gary E.; Dekoven, Benjamin M.; Speth, David R.; Jones, Mark E.; Curphy, James J.; Schmidt, Donald L.; Yeh, Alvin T.; Gland, John L.; Fischer, Daniel A.; “Characterization of Polymers and Their Surfaces Ssing Ultra-Soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy,” Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, 1993, 304(Polymer/Inorganic Interfaces), 215-20.

Simonson, R. J.; Paffett, M. T.; Jones, M. E.; Koel, B. E.; “A Vibrational Study of Borazine Adsorbed on Platinum (111) and Gold (111) Surfaces,” Surface Science, 1991, 254(1-3), 29-44.

Parker, Deborah Holmes; Jones, Mark E.; Koel, Bruce E.; “Determination of the Reaction Order and Activation Energy for Desorption Kinetics Using TPD Spectra: Application to Deuterium Desorption Silver (111),” Surface Science, 1990, 233(1-2), 65-74.

Jones, Mark E.; Heitzinger, John M.; Smith, Randall J.; Koel, Bruce E.; “Temperature Programmed Desorption of Bismuth on Nickel(100),” Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology, A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, 1990, 8(3, Pt. 2), 2512-16.

Jones, Mark E.; Koel, Bruce E.; Weppner, Richard T.; “Small-Scale Electrochemical Cleaning of Molybdenum to Improve Spotwelding Characteristics,” Review of Scientific Instruments, 1989, 60(9), 3067-8.

Jones, Mark E.; Ellison, G. Barney; “A Gas-Phase E2 Reaction: Methoxide Ion and Bromopropane,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1989, 111(5), 1645-54.

Jones, Mark E.; Barlow, S. E.; Ellison, G. B.; Ferguson, E. E.; “Reactions of Carbon (1+), Helium (1+), and Neon (1+) with Vibrationally Excited Hydrogen and Deuterium,” Chemical Physics Letters, 1986, 130(3), 218-23.

Jones, M. E.; Ellison, G. B.; “Safer Way to Start a Microwave Discharge,” Rev. Sci. Instrum. 57 (1986), 1432-3.

Jones, Mark E.; Kass, Steven R.; Filley, Jonathan; Barkley, Robert M.; Ellison, G. Barney; “Alkylation of Enolate Ions,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 1985, 107(1), 109-15.

Oakes, John M.; Jones, Mark E.; Bierbaum, Veronica M.; Ellison, G. Barney; “Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Anions CCO- and HCCO-,” Journal of Physical Chemistry, 1983, 87(24), 4810-15.