Reverend Gerald J. Buonopane, Ph.D.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
McNulty Hall, Room 218
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark in 2006, Rev. Buonopane's area of specialization is food chemistry. Prior to seminary and the priesthood, Fr. Buonopane held a number of positions in academia, the federal government (USFDA), and in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Among the courses Fr. Buonopane teaches, and has taught, are a graduate level course in food chemistry, as well as Core curriculum courses, including a Core 3 course, "Science and Theology of Food." His research areas of interest are: Chemical Deterioration of Food Lipids: Oxidative Reactions; Essential Oils as Natural Antioxidants; and Cold Plasma Treatment of Botanicals and Essential Oils. In addition to this work, Fr. Buonopane was appointed Minister to the Priest Community on June 1, 2020.
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
- M.S., University of Connecticut
- B.S., Northeastern University
- Auguste, Sauvelson, Buonopane, Gerald J., Tanielyan, Setrak, Guerrero, Daniel, and Lopez, Jose L. “Effects of Cold Plasma Treatment on Growth Enhancement and on the Chemical Composition of Sweet Basil Plants (Ocimum basilicum).” Eur. Phys. J. D (2023) 77:64, https://doi.org/10.1140/epjd/s10053-023-00633-5
- Buonopane, Gerald J., Laracy, Joseph R., and Marlowe, Thomas J. “Science and Theology of Food: Learning Outcomes in the Fall of 2017.” Seminary Journal 20, no. 1 (Spring 2022).
- Buonopane, G.J., Antonacci, C., and Lopez, J.L. (2016). "Effect of cold plasma processing on botanicals and their essential oils." Plasma Medicine 6(3-4): 315-324.
- University Research Council Grant recipient for project, "Effect of Cold Plasma Processing on Sweet Basil and the Chemistry of its Essential Oils," June 2017.
- John Templeton Foundation Grant from John Carroll University for the Re-Engaging Science and Theology in Seminary Formation program, 2016.
- American Chemical Society
- The Institute of Food Technologists
- American Oil Chemists' Society
- Society of Catholic Scientists
- Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Theology