Dr. John Palasota Dr. John Palasota Tenured Professor; Division Dean of Natural Science, Engineering, and Mathematics; Title V Engineering Grant Project Director and PPOHA Grant Project Director

Dr. Palasota is an active researcher in the areas of designed experiments and optimization strategies applied to the development, validation, and improvement of chemical, environmental, and biological technologies; developing analytical methods for high-performance liquid chromatography and gas chromatography; and applying statistical methods to analytical and quality assurance data. He is the author or co-author of several publications and successful grant proposals and has made numerous presentations in the fields of analytical chemistry, experimental design, and optimization. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Areas of Expertise
experimental design, optimization, chromatography, quality assurance


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Analytical Chemistry - University of Houston (1993)
  • Bachelor of Science - Chemistry and Mathematics - University of St. Thomas (1989)


  • "Silica Based 2-(N,N-Dimethylamino)-1,3-Propanediol Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography Stationary Phase for Separating Cephalosporins and Carbapenems"
    Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
    Springer (2015) Vol. 407 Page 6217-6220
  • "Click N-Benzyl Iminodiacetic Acid: Novel Silica Based Tridentate Zwitterionic Stationary Phase for Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography"
    Elsevier (2015) Vol. 132 Page 137-145
  • "Coupling of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography with Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry: Application to the Identification of Atmospheric Volatile Organic Compounds"
    Journal of Chromatography A
    Elsevier (2014) Vol. 1361 Page 229-239


  • "Salicylic Acid Determination in Face Wash by HPLC" (2016)
    University of St. Thomas Research Symposium
  • "HPLC and GCMS Analysis of Trans-Chalcone" (2015)
    University of St. Thomas Research Symposium
  • "Analysis of Commercial TETA" (2014)
    University of St. Thomas Research Symposium

Honors and Awards

  • Honor - Aquinas HonorSociety (2004)
  • Fellowship - Shell Oil company (1992)
  • Teaching - WW Wendlandt (1990)
  • Outstanding graduate - UST-Math (1989)
  • Scholarship - Jesse H. Jones Foun (1987)

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