Eugene Douglass, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Ph.D. North Carolina State University, Fiber / Polymer Science, Raleigh
M.Div. Bethel Theological Seminary, Theology/Marriage & Family Counseling, San Diego, CA
M.S. University of Connecticut, Polymer Science, Storrs
B.A. The King’s College, Formerly Briarcliff Manor, NY, now NYC

Office: D-G-09

Dr. Eugene F Douglass, MS, MDiv, PhD grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Mathematics from The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York in 1979. Eugene began his graduate work with an interest in Paint and Coatings Chemistry at North Dakota State University, Polymers and Coatings Department, transferring to the University of Connecticut, Institute of Materials Science, where he earned a Master of Science in Polymer Science in 1982. He married his wife Carol in Decatur, Illinois, in August 1984, while working at A.E. Staley Mfg. Co. He then left industry to go to theological seminary when his venture group dissolved. He received a Master Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary (San Diego, CA campus) in 1989. He started graduate school again at North Carolina State University in 2006, graduating with his Ph.D. in Fiber/Polymer Science in August 2010.

While in college, Eugene worked for the DuPont Company, Marshall Laboratory in Philadelphia, PA and then Mobay Chemical Corp (now part of Bayer), between college and graduate school. He spent a few years in Industry working for A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company (now part of Tate & Lyle of England) in Decatur, Illinois, as a Polymer Applications Chemist receiving a patent for his work #4,663,388 in 1987. He developed an Acid Stain System for Concrete Application for Increte Systems of Odessa, Florida, in 1995.

Dr. Douglass began teaching chemistry at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida in 1991, and at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida starting in 1992. He has continued to teach Introductory, College and Organic Chemistry, General Science and Mathematics classes since then at other institutions of higher education.  His most recent posting was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Nazarbayev University, in Astana, Kazakhstan, where he was part of the startup faculty for the brand-new freshman class in 2011, where he taught for four years until the summer of 2015.  He then took a year off, in semiretirement.  He then started teaching again at the American University in Iraq, Sulaimani, where he is now an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, part of the Math/Science department.  He hopes to finish his career here.


“Cellulose - polysaccharide membranes cast from a novel green solvent system”, Eugene F Douglass, Richard Kotek, Richard Venditti, Joel Pawlak; 03/2010; In proceeding of: 239th ACS National Meeting, At San Francisco, CA, Volume: Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials, CELL Poster Session - PM Session, 109

“Cellulose - Polysaccharide Membranes Cast from a Novel Green Solvent System”, Eugene F. Douglass, Richard Kotek, Richard Venditti, Joel Pawlak, 8th National Graduate Research Polymer Conference June 6-10, 2010, Chapel Hill, NC

“Cellulose and Soy Proteins Based Membrane Networks”, Yidan Zhu, Eugene Douglass, Tom Theyson, Robina Hogan, Richard Kotek; Macromolecular Symposia 01/2013; 329:70-86. DOI:10.1002/masy.201300032

“Development and characterization of compatible cellulose blend membranes using cellulose and other natural biopolymers using a novel solvent system”, Eugene F Douglass, Richard Kotek; 09/2013; In proceeding of: 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting, At Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, Volume: Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry

“Development and characterization of compatible cellulose and cellulose blended with soy protein membranes using a novel solvent system”, Eugene F Douglass, Richard Kotek; 03/2015; In proceeding of: 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, At Denver, Colorado, USA, Volume: Division of Cellulose Chemistry


            A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company, Decatur, IL; Applications Chemist, One Patent #4,663,388.  1987