Leonidas Jones III, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Leonidas Jones III, Ph.D.

Dr. Leonidas Jones can often be seen striding through McDonough Hall in the early morning hours. His enthusiasm for teaching and the University are legendary, and students often comment that his thirst for learning is infectious. Dr. Jones breaks down topics into component parts so that students understand the subject matter. Once that is done, he encourages deeper comprehension with directives such as: “Read all your assignments and go through your notes slowly and meticulously.” “And take your time to do things right.”

Dr. Jones feels that a liberal arts education is crucial because it prepares a student for just about anything. “It’s wonderful that University of Saint Joseph understands that, too,” he says. “A liberal arts education helps students think broadly and come up with creative solutions throughout their life.” In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Jones belongs to several committees and is the chair of the Promotion and Tenure Committee. He says, “Making sure that prospective professors are dedicated to teaching is part of the vetting process. They must be eager to teach and dedicated to the students.”

Recent Research/Publications/Presentations

  • Nicola A. Poplin and Leonidas J. Jones III, “Method for Rapid Gelation of Tetraethoxy Silane Sols: Preparation of Glass at Room Temperature,” Integrations, vol. 7, 2000.
  • “Development and Implementation of a Chemical Hygiene Plan for Small Colleges,” Leonidas J. Jones III, presented at the 29th Northeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, June 2000.
  • “Identification of Natural Varnishes by FTIR and Fluorescence Spectroscopy,” Elizabeth Florczak, Dhita K. Ngy and Leonidas J. Jones III, presented at the 221st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA, April 2001. Also presented at the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society Research Symposium, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, April 2001.
  • Leonidas J. Jones III and Peter G. Markow, “Determining the Alcohol Content of Beers and Wines,” Chemical Education Resources, Dr. Joe Jeffers, ed., accepted September 2001, ISBN applied for September 2001.
  • The rapid, quantitative analysis of fatty acids in natural food products using gas chromatography.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D., Duke University
B.S., Southampton College

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5212