T H E P E T E R S G R O U P at C a l t e c h
Jonas Peters was born in 1971 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1993 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at the University of Chicago,
where he worked with Professor Gregory Hillhouse on synthetic methods in inorganic
chemistry, specifically with regard to the stabilization of reactive species
including HN=NH and HNO. Jonas then spent a year as a Marshall Scholar at
the University of Nottingham, UK, working with Professor James J. Turner,
FRS. Jonas studied physical inorganic chemistry including photochemical generation
and the detection of short-lived transients by rapid time-resolved methods.
In the fall of 1994, Jonas left Nottingham to begin his doctoral studies
under the direction of Professor Christopher C. Cummins at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Jonas' research focused on the activation and functionalization
of small molecules using low coordinate tris-amido molybdenum and titanium
complexes. After receiving his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1998, Jonas
was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance
of Professor T. Don Tilley. At Berkeley, Jonas concentrated on the synthesis
and employment of novel phosphine, silane, and phosphino silane ligands relevant
to late metal Si-C, Si-H, C-H, and C-C bond breaking and forming processes.
Jonas began as assistant professor in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical
Engineering at Caltech in August of 1999, was promoted to associate professor in 2004, and to Professor of Chemistry in 2006. In July of 2007, he relocated to the MIT Department of Chemistry as the W. M. Keck Professor of Energy. His research program is centered on the development of preparative inorganic chemistry with a strong emphasis
in the chemistry of transition elements. Jonas returned to Caltech in January 2010.
Jonas C. Peters
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Caltech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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