You are here

Thomas Junk, Ph.D.


Montgomery Hall, Room 203

P.O. Box 43700
Lafayette LA 70504


Ph.D. Chemistry,Texas A&M University, 1988
B.S., Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria, 1983

Professional Career:

  • 2012–pres. Professor and Head, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • 2001–2012 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • 1998–2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Louisiana at Monroe.
  • 1994–1997 Research Associate, Hazardous Waste Research Center, Louisiana State University
  • 1990–1993 Research Associate, Institute for Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University

Research Interests:

Synthesis and characterization of organic compounds containing heavy chalcogenides (Se, Te). Organic reactions under near-critical and supercritical aqueous conditions. Synthesis and application of stable isotope labeled standards as environmental tracers

Representative Publications:

  • P. R. Mallikarachy, F. R. Fronczek, H. O. Brotherton and T. Junk, “Facile Access to Novel Organotellurium Heterocycles by Nitration of Bis-(3,5-Dimethylphenyl) Ditelluride”, J. Heterocycl. Chem. 2005, 42, 243-247.
  • P. R. Mallikarachy, R. E. Norman, F. R. Fronczek and T. Junk, “(µ-Diazenediyldiphenyl- ?2C2,N2: ?2C2’,N1)bis[(3,5-dimethylphenyl)tellurium(II)]”, Acta Cryst. 2005, E61, 1370-2.
  • W. J. Catallo and T. Junk, “Transformation of Benzothiazole in Estuarine Sediments”, J. Env. Quality 2005, 34, 1746-1754.
  • W. J. Catallo, J. L. Comeaux, and T. Junk, book chapter “Effects of Static vs. Tidal Hydraulic Conditions on Biogeochemical Processes in Mesocosms: Degradation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons (AHs)”, in The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, 2009, ISBN 978-3-540-88013-4.
  • W. James Catallo, Todd. F Shupe, Jay L. Comeaux and T. Junk, Transformation of Glucose to Volatile and Semi-Volatile Products in Hydrothermal (HT) Systems, Biomass and Bioenergy, 2009, 34, 1-13.
  • A. M. Alhazmi, P. R. Alburquerque and T. Junk, “Halogen Exchange in Near-Critical Water”, Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 1, 128-131, 2011. (Open access: