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Thomas Nicholas Jones

Associate Professor of ChemistryNicholas Jones, 2012

Chemistry Summer Research Program Coordinator

Ph.D. Chemistry, Montana State University, 2003

B.S. - Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University, 1996
Office: Ardolf Science Center 250
Phone:  (320) 363-5094
Email:  [email protected]

Courses Taught:  

  • CHEM 125:    Introduction to Chemical Structure and Properties
  • CHEM 201:    Purification and Separation Lab I
  • CHEM 203:    Techniques in Synthesis Lab
  • CHEM 250:    Reactivity I
  • CHEM 251:    Reactivity II
  • CHEM 325:    Topics in Organic Chemistry - Synthesis
  • CHEM 348A: Molecular Design - Organic
  • CHEM 349:    Chemistry in Experience and Practice


Research/Professional Interests:

My research is focused on the synthesis of small molecules.  Current projects include the preparation and use of dendrimers functionalized with catalytic sites, synthesis of N-propargyl amino acids, the total synthesis of Janolusimide A & B, and development of new hypervalent iodine reagents.



  • Schaller, C. P.*; Graham, K. J.; Johnson, B. J.; Jakubowski, H. V.; McIntee, E. J.; Peterson, A. A.; Jones, T. N.; McKenna, A. G. "Chemical Structure and Properties: A Modified Atoms-First, One Semester Course in Introductory Chemistry" J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92, 237-246.
  • Graham, K. J.*; Schaller, C. P.; Jones, T. N. "An Exercise to Coach Students on Literature Searching"
    J. Chem. Educ. 2015, 92, 124-126.
  • Schaller, C. P.*; Graham, K. J.; Jones, T. N. "Synthesis Roadmap Problems in Organic Chemistry"
    J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 2142-2145.
  •  Graham, K. J.*; Jones, T. N.; Schaller, C. P.; McIntee, E. J. "Implementing a Student-Designed Green Chemistry Laboratory Project in Organic Chemistry" J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 1895-1900.
  • Yoshimura, A.*; Jones, T. N.; Yusubov, M. S.; Zhdankin V. V.* "Hypoiodite-Mediated Catalytic Cyclopropanation of Alkenes with Malononitrile" Adv. Synth. Catal. 2014, 356, 3336-3340.
  • Yoshimura, A.*; Koski, S. R.; Kastern, B. J.; Fuchs, J. M.; Jones, T. N.; Yusubova, R. Y.; Nemykin, V. N.; Zhdankin V. V.* "Hypoiodite-Mediated Cyclopropanation of Alkenes" Chem. Eur. J. 2014, 20, 5895-5898.
  • Schaller, C. P.*; Graham, K. J.; Johnson, B. J.; Fazal, M. A.; Jones, T. N.; McIntee, E. J.; Jakubowski, H. V. "Developing and Implementing a Reorganized Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum Based on the Foundational Chemistry Topics of Structure, Reactivity, and Quantitation" J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 321-328.
  • Jones, T. N.*; Graham, K. J.; Schaller, C. P. "A Jigsaw Classroom Activity for Learning IR Analysis in Organic Chemistry" J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 1293-1294.
  •  Hylden, A. T.; Uzelac, E. J.; Ostojic, Z.; Wu, T-T; Sacry, K. L.; Sacry, K. L.; Xi, L.; Jones, T. N.* "Cyclization of 5-hexynoic acid to 3-alkoxy-2-cyclohexenones" Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 2011, 7, 1323-1326.
  • Wang, G-Q.;  Guan, Z.; Tang, R-C.; Ostojic, Z.; Jones, T. N.; Wu, T-T.; He, Y-H.* "A simple preparation of ethyl 2,5-dimethylfuran-3-carboxylate and 2,5-dimethylfuran-3,4-dicarboxylic acid from diethyl 2,3-diacetylsuccinate" J Heterocycl. Chem. 2009, 46, 540-543.
  • Jones, T. N.*; McClure, C. K.* "Synthesis of 4-Ethoxy-2,3-dihydropyridinium Tetrafluoroborate Salts and 4-Ethoxy-2,3-dihydropyridines" Synlett 2009, 8, 1289-1290.
  • Graham, K. J.*; Johnson, B. J.; Jones, T. N.; McIntee, E. J.; Schaller, C. P. "An Organic Chemistry Laboratory Practical: Designing and Conducting a Purification Scheme" J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 1644-1645.