Paul T. Jackson
Associate Professor

St. Olaf College
Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
Department of Chemistry
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057-1098

Office: Regents Hall NS 422
Phone: 507-786-3404


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Brief Biosketch


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Table of Contents

Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, General Chemistry

Course Links Lab Links Professional Development
Chemistry 255 F 04 GC-MS Online User Manual Role-Playing in Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry 111 Sp 98 - 15th BCCE Presentation 
Chemistry 119 J 05 - -
Chemistry 121 F 03 - -
Chemistry 124 J 06 - -
Chemistry 125 F 00 - -

My research focuses on problems related to separations science, the environment, and issues of environmental sustainability.  In particular I am interested in the cycling of various organic and inorganic compounds in the environment and how chemical analysis can become a more sustainable endeavor by employing green chemistry principles.  To explore and solve these problems my research group employs high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC/MS), gas chromatography (GC), gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), and solid phase microextraction (SPME).

Recent projects:
1. Green Chemistry and Chemical Analysis.
2. Anthropogenic Pollutants - Pharmaceuticals in Surface Waters.
3. Retracing the 1838 Undine Expedition of J. N. Nicollet: Changes in Landscape and Water Quality.
4. The Chemistry of Building Materials.
5. Quantitating the Lethal Dose of Diflubenzuron to Selected Invertibrates.
6. Wetland Profiling Using Solid Phase Microextraction


  1. Jackson, P.T.; Walczak, M.M.; "Incorporating Information Literacy Skills into Analytical Chemistry: An Evolutionary Step," J. Chem. Educ., 2007, 84(8), 1385-1390.
  2. Jackson, P.T.; Walczak, M.M.; "Incorporating Scientific Communication into Summer Research through a Weekly Workshop Series," CUR Quarterly, 2005, 25(3), 132-137.
  3. Jackson, P.T.; Carr, P.W.; "A Study of Polar and Nonpolar Substituted Benzenes and Aromatic Isomers on Carbon Coated Zirconia and Alkyl Bonded Phases," J. Chromatogr. A, 2002, 958, 121-129.
  4. Jackson, P.T.; Walters, J.P.; "Role-Playing in Analytical Chemistry I: The Alumni Speak," J. Chem. Ed., 2000, 77(8), 1019-1025.
  5. Jackson, P.T.; Carr, P.W.; "Stable Column Packing Materials for Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography Based on Porous Zirconia," Chemtech, 1998, 28(10), 29-37.
  6. Jackson, P.T.; Kim, T-Y.; Carr, P.W.; "Diastereomeric Selectivity of Carbon Coated Zirconia Reverse-Phase Liquid Chromatographic Media," Anal. Chem. 1997, 69, 5011-5017.**
  7. Jackson, P.T.; Carr, P.W.; Schure, M.R.; Weber, T.P.; "Intermolecular Interactions Involved in Solute Retention on Carbon Media in Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography," Anal. Chem. 1997, 69, 416-425.
  8. Weber, T.P.; Jackson, P.T.; Carr, P.W.; "Chromatographic Evaluation of Carbon-Clad Porous Zirconia Microparticles," Anal. Chem. 1995, 67, 3042-3050.
**publication with undergraduates

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