Professor Martin Owen Jones is a Lecturer at the College, Energy Materials Coordinator for the ISIS neutron spallation facility at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and honorary professor of chemistry at the University of St Andrews. He graduated from Nottingham University where he also did his PhD studies. After that he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham, ERASMUS Research Fellow at the CRISMAT research facility, Caen (France) and Director of Research for Professor Peter Edwards at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford. He took up his present positions in November 2011 and teaches Inorganic Chemistry at Lincoln.
The study of energy materials, ranging from superconductors, through transparent conducting oxides and hydrogen storage materials to catalysts and in particular research into low-carbon energy storage systems. His recent work has focused on the development of systems to detect, store and utilise ammonia as a chemical energy storage medium. Neutron scattering techniques are a crucial element for the study of energy materials as their highly penetrating nature allows complex sample environment to be used during characterisation studies, facilitating the development of in-operando characterisation – the study of materials at the conditions of operation.