Thomas A. Eaton, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Faculty member since 1993

Carnival Building, Room 112
Phone: 305-628-6715
Fax: 305-628-6706

Dr. Thomas Eaton is a faculty member in the Department of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences at St. Thomas University. He earned his PhD in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Pittsburgh, under the direction of Professor K. N. Houk, who is now at UCLA. Dr. Eaton completed post-doctoral training in mechanistic organic photochemistry at West Virginia University. During his teaching career, Dr. Eaton has taught lecture and laboratory courses in Organic Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, and lecture courses in Advanced Organic Chemistry, both graduate and undergraduate level science courses.
From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Eaton worked with the United States Navy as a Summer Faculty Research Fellow with NAVAIR in Lexington Park, VA. His research included the synthesis of quinone/amine monomers and polymers as potential corrosion inhibitors for composites used in advanced jet aircraft, such as the F/A-18 Super Hornet flown by the Blue Angels. Results were presented at the 33rd International SAMPE Technical Conference in Seattle, WA in 2001. From 2002 to 2004 Professor Eaton worked as an ONR Summer Faculty Research Fellow with the NAVAIR Weapons Division in China Lake, CA. His research included peroxyacid oxidation of tetrazoles, monitored by 200 MHz NMR spectroscopy; a patent application is in progress. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Eaton received certificates for completing training programs from The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) at STU in March, 2007, and the ICUF Environmental Compliance Audit Training Program at Nova Southeastern University in May, 2007.
Research and Scholarly Activities
Quantitative structure/activity relationships (QSAR) of organic compounds.