Jonathan O. Smith


Director, Chemical Development

Jonathan Smith has served as Director of Chemical Development at Gevo since 2012. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MS in Chemical and Bio-Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. Dr. Smith has more than 40 years of experience developing lab processes and scaling up from the lab bench to full-scale commercial plants. In addition to managing the bio-analytics group at Gevo, Dr. Smith oversees a team of chemists and engineers, facilitates the development of innovative chemical processes, and collaborates with industrial partners to meet supply chain commitments for bio-based chemicals. Previously, he worked for the Agricultural Chemicals Division of BASF, a multinational chemicals company, in roles of increasing responsibility within research and development, process development, production, and global technology. Dr. Smith specializes in utilizing organic chemistry and chemical engineering principles to develop novel catalytic transformations and defining key process parameters needed for successful scale-up and commercialization.

Sessions With Jonathan O. Smith

Wednesday, 23 March