Milton Jackson

Ph.D. Graduate Student
Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon
Supervisor: Prof. Darren Johnson
Milton Jackson, Jr. has his hands in a lot of different pots; but adversity and hard work is nothing new for him. After graduating from Prairie View A&M with a B.S. in Biomedical Chemistry in 2009, the Vicksburg, MS native worked tirelessly to survive after not receiving a chemistry-related job post-graduation. For a time he held several part-time jobs, including landscaping, in-home tutoring, and a freelance masseuse, all at once. As circumstances became more difficult, a desperate Milton made the decision to make a call that would change the trajectory of his life. He contacted Prof. Dave Johnson whom he had met on only two previous occasions  - once at the University of Oregon in 2007 where Milton was a part of the summer program now known as Rock Camp and again when he returned to give his final presentation. With Dave’s support Milton entered the Master’s Internship Program and eventually became one of the first Transitional Fellows Ph.D. candidates. A testament to not only the bonds formed within the CSMC community, but also his own tenacity, Milton is now a member of the Darren Johnson lab and making the most his opportunities.
Currently Milton works on several projects that focus on using Raman spectroscopy and Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) to elucidate the solution and solid state characteristics of clusters precursors that have been developed in the CSMC. These precursors include the Group 13 clusters as well as the HfSOx precursor that is currently used for nanopatterning. In addition to his work in lab, Milton is also making an impact in the classroom. In his free time Milton serves as the Graduate Student Director for the Pipeline to Higher Learning Program. This pilot program at UO aims to close the achievement gap, increase diversity in academia, and elevate our nation's global academic ranking through the mentorship of high school and undergraduate students. “I want to make my impact in the classroom”, he states. While he hopes to one day become a professor, he would first like to return to industry. This way he can have the experience of both academia and industry to share with his students. As a mentor in and out of the lab, Milton embodies the traits of the consummate academic mentor. 


M.S. in Polymer Chemistry, University of Oregon, 2011
B.S. in Biomedical Chemistry, Prairie View A&M University, 2009

Honors and Awards

OMSI informal science communication fellowship award, 2014
CSMC informal science education fellowship – University of Oregon, 2013-2014
CSMC Hermiston fellowship – University of Oregon, 2013-2014
CMSC chemistry fellowship – University of Oregon, 2010-2013
Ebony man of the year – Black Women of Achievement, 2013
Light Scattering University Certification – Wyatt Technology, 2012
Black Student Union’s “Most Accomplished” Award, 2012
Welch’s Foundation Scholarship – Prairie View A&M University, 2007-2009
Distinguished Student Scholarship – Prairie View A&M University, 2006-2009
Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) scholarship, 2007-2009
Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA) Fellowship, 2007

Recent Publications

  1. Jackson Jr., M.N.; Devonish, M.K.; Wills, L.A.; Ma, Z.; Cheong, P.H.; Nyman, M.; Hayes, S.; Casey, W,B.; Johnson, D.W., A prospective of characterization techniques used in polyoxometalate cluster chemistry. Dalton Transactions Dec. 2014
    (Invited from publisher).
  2. Carnes, M.E.; Knutson, C.C.; Jackson Jr., M.N.;  Nadarajah, A.; Oliveri, A,F.; Norelli, K.M.; Crockett, B.M.; Bauers, S.R.; Moreno-Luna, H.A.; Taber, B.N Pacheco, D.J.; Olson, J.Z.; Brevick, K.R.; Sheehan, C.E.; Johnson, D.W.; Boettcher, S.W., Chem. Mater.  2014, 2, 8492.
  3. Jackson Jr., M.N.; Kamunde-Devonish, M.K.; Mensinger, Z.L.; Zakharov, L.N.; Johnson, D. W., Inorganic Chemistry 2014.  53 (14), pp 7101. ACS editor’s choice
  4. Knutson, C.C.; Jackson Jr., M.N.; Beekman, M.; Carnes, M.E.; Johnson, D.W.; Johnson, D.C.; Keszler, D.A., J. Chem. Ed 2014, 91, 200.
  5. Jackson Jr., M.N.; Wills, L.A.; Chang, I.Y.; Carnes, M.E.; Scatena, L.F.; Cheong, P.H.; Johnson, D.W., Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 6187.

Recent News

Congratulations to Milton Jackson! His team's recent paper is featured on the Inorganic Chemistry's homepage
Identifying Nanoscale M13 Clusters in the Solid State and Aqueous Solution: Vibrational Spectroscopy and Theoretical Studies. Milton N. Jackson , Jr., Lindsay A. Wills, I-Ya Chang, Matthew E. Carnes, Lawrence F. Scatena, Paul Ha-Yeon Cheong, and Darren W. Johnson; Inorg. Chem., 2013, 52 (10), pp 6187–6192
In an email from the editors:
Congratulations on your recently published manuscript in Inorganic Chemistry. Based on examination of the manuscript and associated reviews, and upon recommendation of the handling editor, we have placed your TOC graphic on the highlight module located on the IChomepage ( Your work will be featured there until June 3.

Leadership Experience

Pipeline to Higher Learning Program Director, 2012-current
Graduate student mentor, 2012-current
NSF REU mentor – University of Oregon, 2012-current
Chemistry club president - Prairie View A&M University, 2007-2009
Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) student president, 2007-2009
ACS Project “SEED” mentor, 2007-2009
Undergraduate research assistant - Prairie View A&M University, 2007-2009
Lead personal math and chemistry tutor, 2006-2009

CV (download)


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