Jay A. Labinger



California Institute of Technology, Administrator, Beckman Institute, 1986‑; Faculty Associate, Chemistry, 2006-; Member of the Professional Staff, Chemistry, 1986‑

Atlantic Richfield Company, Los Angeles, CA, Research Advisor, 1985-86; Principal Research Scientist, 1984-85; Senior Research Scientist, 1983-84

Occidental Research Corporation, Irvine, CA, Senior Research Chemist, 1981-83

University of Notre Dame, Assistant Professor, 1975-81

Princeton University, Instructor, 1974-75; Postdoctoral Research Associate, 1973-74


B.S. (with distinction and departmental honors), Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, June 1968

Ph.D. in chemistry, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 1974


Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis

      Selective oxidation of hydrocarbons and conversion technology

      Mechanistic organotransition metal chemistry

      Literary and cultural aspects of science




Elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009

Special Achievement Award, Occidental Research Corporation, 1983; Elected to Technical Career Program, Atlantic Richfield Company, 1985

Associate Editor, Chemical Reviews, 1979-81; Subject Editor, Dictionary of Organometallic Compounds, 1982-84; Managing Editor, CHEMTRACTS (Inorganic Edition), 1989-92; Volume Editor, Comprehensive Organometallic Chemistry, 1992-95; US Regional Editor, Journal of Molecular Catalysis, 1994-98; Co-Editor, Special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2006-7; International Scientific Advisory Board, Natural Gas Conversion Symposium, 2004-

Invited Speaker at over 100 academic and industrial laboratories; and at over 40 national and international meetings, including:

Natural Gas Conversion Symposia, Sydney, Australia, 1993, Anchorage, 2001, Dalian, China, 2004 (Plenary Speaker); International Symposium on C1 Reactions, Villeurbanne, France, 1991 and Sydney, Australia, 1993; Gas Research Institute Workshop on Methane Conversion, Paris, France, 1991; Methane Conversion Symposium, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 2005

NATO Workshops on Homogeneous Catalytic Oxidations, Galzignano, Italy, 1984; Selective Activation of C‑H and C‑C Bonds in Saturated Hydrocarbons, Bonas, France, 1987; Advances And Challenges In The Catalytic Activation And Functionalization Of Light Alkanes, Vilamoura, Portugal, 1997

Symposia at 15 ACS National Meetings, including Methane Upgrading, Atlanta, 1991 and San Francisco, 1992; Selective Oxidation of Alkanes, Orlando, 2002; Activation and Functionalization of C-H Bonds, Orlando, 2002; Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Oxidation Catalysis, Philadelphia, 2004

NSF Organometallic Workshop, Rochester, NY, 1977 and La Jolla, CA, 1989; NSF Joint US-Brazil Workshop on Catalysis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1990

Gordon Research Conferences on Organometallic Chemistry, Newport, RI, 1990, 2000, 2009; Inorganic Chemistry, Henniker, NH, 1996

Annual Congress of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Warwick, England, 1986 and Hull, England, 1989; Sociedade Portuguesa de Química Annual Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, 1992; Canadian Chemistry Conference, Saskatoon, 2005

National Academy of Sciences Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable, Washington, D.C., 1989; Science Peace Workshop, Southampton, England, 1997; History of Science Society (Plenary Panelist), Kansas City, 1998; Society for the Social Studies of Science, San Diego, 1999; Modern Languages Association, New York, 2003

Science Officer, Grants Advisory Council of the Beckman Foundation, 1990-2002; Member, 2000-2002

Professional Organizations: American Chemical Society (Southern California Local Section Chair-elect/Chair, 1999-2000); Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (Vice-President/President, 1999-2004); American Association for the Advancement of Science