Dr. Cynthia Jenks is the director of the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. She has more than 10 years of leadership experience in science management and strategic planning, in addition to a background in both the chemical sciences and chemical engineering.
Dr. Jenks also serves as the coleader of “Energy Everywhere,” a coalition of 12 national laboratories seeking approaches for converting distributed waste resources into fuels and chemicals.
Before joining Argonne, Dr. Jenks served as the assistant director for scientific planning and as the director of the Chemical and Biological Sciences Division at Ames Laboratory. As assistant director, Dr. Jenks played a central role
in developing the laboratory’s new strategic plan and communication plans.
Dr. Jenks’ research areas of expertise include surface structure and reactivity, surface structure-property relationships, catalysis, chemical conversions for sustainable energy, and thin film growth.
In 2011, she was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributing “major discoveries about surfaces of aluminum-rich quasicrystals,” and for “sustained scientific outreach and leadership in scientific planning within the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy.”
Dr. Jenks holds a PhD and an MPhil in chemistry, and an MS in chemical engineering from Columbia University. She holds a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.