Jonathan Owen grew up in Midland, MI experimenting in the garage with the help of his father who was a chemist at the Dow Chemical Company.  In 2000, Jon obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he did research with Professor Clark Landis. During the summer months Jon returned to Midland to work with Dr. Pete Nickias at Dow Chemical. While at Dow he was introduced to research of Professor John Bercaw and later moved to Caltech for his Ph.D.. As a member of the Bercaw group, he studied the bonding and reactivity of platinum carbene complexes and the kinetics and mechanism of methane C-H activation. In 2005, Jon joined the lab of Professor Paul Alivisatos as a Petroleum Research Fund - Alternative Energy Fellow.  Together with the Molecular Foundry at LBNL and Symyx Technologies  he developed high-throughput instrumentation to study the mechanism of CdSe nanocrystal formation.  In 2009 he joined the faculty at Columbia University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. 

Professor Jonathan Owen


B.S. - UW - Madison (Landis, C. R.)

Ph.D. - CalTech (Bercaw, J. E. and Labinger, J. A.)

Postdoc - UC, Berkeley (Alivisatos, A. P.)


DuPont Young Faculty Award

3M Nontenured Faculty Award

Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellow

ACS-PRF Alternative Energy Fellow