Dominick J. Casadonte, Jr., PhD
Office: Chemistry 226-A
Dr. Casadonte is Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University. He was recently Interim Dean of the Graduate School (2012-2014) and is a past Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2005-2010). After receiving an undergraduate degree in Chemistry with Honors from Case Institute of Technology of Case Western Reserve University in 1977, Dr. Casadonte earned an M.S. degree (Physical Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) from Purdue University in 1985. He then did postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois in the laboratories of Ken Suslick and Ted Brown. In 1988, Dr. Casadonte was awarded one of the first ten Scholar/Fellow Fellowships given by the Dreyfus Foundation. He began his academic career at Texas Tech University in the fall of 1989.Dr. Casadonte's research focuses on the use and development of high-intensity ultrasound and ultrasonic instrumentation for nanomaterials fabrication and environmental remediation, as well as supramolecular photochemistry, the design of photoactive metallopolymers, and chemical education. He has more than 200 research publications and presentations from his time at Texas Tech, and has been Principal Investigator or co- Principal Investigator on research and outreach grants worth 9.2 million dollars.
In 2000, Dr. Casadonte was named a Fulbright Scholar to France, where he worked on environmental remediation using high-intensity ultrasound and in the development of power-modulated sonochemistry. That same year he was named the Alpha Phi Foundation International Professor of the Year. In 2001 he was designated a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor and received the first Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching Award for the entire Texas Tech System. Dr. Casadonte has received every major teaching award offered at Texas Tech University. In 2002 he received his third American Chemical Society CHEMLUMINARY award for his outreach efforts in chemistry. In 2003 he was named National Advisor of the Year by Mortar Board, Inc., and was the Chair of the Executive Council for the Texas Tech Teaching Academy for two terms. Dr. Casadonte was named one of the first three Discovery Corps Fellows by the National Science Foundation in 2004 for a project entitled Project SERVE (Science Enrichment Using Retired Volunteer Educators). He was the North American Journal Editor for Ultrasonics: Sonochemistry (Elsevier) from 2001 - 2015, and has been on the Board of Advisors for McGraw-Hill Co. for Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change (Silberberg). He is a member of the American Chemical Society (Divisions of Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Education), the Inter-American Photochemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry Sonochemical Subject Group, the European Sonochemical Society, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Mortar Board, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi.