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Ronald P. D'Amelia

Adjunct Professor of Chemistry


PHD, 1978, Adelphi Univ; MS, 1967, Adelphi Univ; BS, 1965, CUNY City Coll


Dr. Ronald P. D’Amelia graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the City College of New York (CCNY).  As a recipient of a NASA  research grant and an Adelphi teaching fellowship, he earned his masters and doctoral degrees in Chemistry at Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.  After graduate school, Dr. D’Amelia served in the Army Chemical Corps as an instructor at the Ft. McClellan Army Chemical School in Alabama. In 1971 he joined the Life Savers Company as a physical polymer chemist. After several company mergers, he was promoted to the rank of Director of Polymer Chemistry. He has received 25 patents in the areas of reduced calorie fats, chewing gum technology and breath freshening ingredients. In 2000 he received the L.I. Innovator of the Year Award for developing the breath freshening technology used in the Life Saver’s Breath Savers® product.  In 2003 he retired after 32 years of continuous service from the Kraft/Nabisco Foods Group as a Senior Principal Scientist, the second highest technical position in the Company.

From 1965 to 1996, he was an active member of the U.S. Army Reserves serving in a variety of command and leadership assignments. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He retired in 1996 as a full Colonel in the U. S. Army Chemical Corp and was awarded the Legion of Merit (LOM) medal for exceptionally meritorious service spanning thirty-one years of outstanding leadership and commitment to excellence.

Dr. D’Amelia first came to Hofstra University’s Chemistry department in spring 1994. In 2003 Dr. D’Amelia took on all the responsibilities of an active full-time faculty member. He was promoted to adjunct full professor of Chemistry in 2007.  He teaches 8 load hours each semester,  conducts a full research program year-round and serves as an active member of the department. Since 2003 he has mentored 16 students, published 8 peer review articles and has served for 7 years as faculty advisor to the student member of the American Chemical Society (SMACS)


Dr. D’Amelia has been a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1965, and is currently active in the local, regional and national activities of the ACS. He has been a Councilor for the N.Y. section of the ACS since 1990 and has been a member of its Long Range planning committee since 1992.  In 1998, he received the New York ACS section Outstanding Service Award for dedicated service and leadership to the section.  In 2011 he was selected as a Fellow of the national ACS for his outstanding contribution to the Chemistry profession and service to the ACS. He is also a retired fellow of the American Institute of Chemists (AIC). On the National level, he is currently serving as a member on the Committee of Community Activities (CCA) and its subcommittee of Product Development and Promotion (PDP) and was the leader for the National Chemistry Week (NCW) Theme team on Candy in 2014.

Teaching Interests

General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Analytical/Instrumental, Honors Courses such as "The Extraordinary Chemistry of Ordinary Things – Polymers and Plastics".

Research Interests

Using the principles of polymer Chemistry and materials science, his research focuses on the synthesis and physical characterization of polymers specifically Polyvinyl alkyl esters (PVAe). It includes the synthesis and characterization of the bulk and dilute solution properties of Poly vinyl acetate (PVAc), Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), copolymers and derivatives thereof. The overall goal is the understanding of the structure-property relationships of these polymers and to develop practical industrial applications. His research includes laboratory work using different analytical instrumentation such as Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) to characterize the polymeric properties of these polymers.

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