2018 Honors Convocation Keynote Speaker

Wayne Jones Jr. portrait in hallway

Wayne Jones Jr. is the dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire.

Prior to joining UNH in 2017, Jones was professor and chair in the department of chemistry at Binghamton University, State University of New York, where he also served as founding director of the Center for Learning and Teaching and interim dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. He led the transdisciplinary area of excellence initiative in Smart Energy. In addition to running the Center for Learning and Teaching from 1996-2008, he established the Go Green Institute in 2008 to encourage middle school students to pursue careers in science and engineering.

An inorganic chemist and materials scientist, Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Michael’s College and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin before joining the Binghamton faculty in 1993. His research involves the study of photo-induced electron and energy transfer processes in inorganic and polymer systems with specific research interests in polymer sensors, photovoltaics and electronic nanomaterials.

Jones has authored more than 150 publications and articles, holds five patents and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. His work has been supported by over $14 million in federal research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense and industrial partners.