Dominick Casadonte is Minnie Stevens Piper Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University and Director of the STEM Center for Outreach, Research, and Education (STEM CORE). He was Interim Dean of the Graduate School from 2012-2014 and is 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 chemical research focuses on the use of high-intensity ultrasound for nanomaterials fabrication and environmental remediation, supramolecular photochemistry and the design of photoactive metallopolymers, and the synthesis and photochemistry of Cu(I) complexes containing phenanthroline. His research in chemical education includes work in service learning, chemical safety, course flipping, and work force development, especially among underrepresented groups in STEM. He has more than 225 research publications and presentations, and has been Principal Investigator or co- Principal Investigator on research and outreach grants worth more than 9.2 million dollars. He was the North American Journal Editor for Ultrasonics: Sonochemistry (Elsevier) from 2001 - 2015, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the “Top 40 Flipped Learning Experts in Higher Education in the World” by the Flipped Learning Global Initiative. He is a member of the Divisions of Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Education, and Chemical Health and Safety in the American Chemical Society.