During that three month summer period he personally initiated a program of study designed to synthesize and characterize novel organic compounds having the property of being very effective inhibitors of metal corrosion under highly acidic conditions. This study led to a patent (S. J. Norton, 1st author) for the use of these novel compounds in acid fracturing processes in high-temperature (deep well) oil production zones.
Dr. Norton received the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (major field, Biochemistry), from the University of Texas (Austin). He was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pre-doctoral Fellowship for the duration of his graduate education. Upon completing his doctoral studies in 1962, he accepted an offer for an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Chemistry, University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, TX.
He was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 1965, and was promoted to Professor in 1969. From 1974 to 1992, Dr. Norton was appointed as Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, at the UNT Health Science Center, Ft. Worth, TX, and jointly, as Professor of Biochemistry in the UNT Department of Chemistry, Denton, TX. From 1992 to 2003 he served as Director of the Division of Biochemistry, Department of Biological Sciences at UNT, Denton, TX. He retired (Professor Emeritus) from UNT in 2003, but maintained an office in the Science Research Building on the UNT campus, Denton, until 2007.
Dr. Norton’s research activities have resulted in over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of organic chemistry and biochemistry; in chapters of biochemistry methodology treatises; and in numerous presentations of his research activities, at national and international meetings and symposia. He has also authored several patents in a variety of scientific disciplines. In more recent years some of these patents have been associated with the enzymic enhancement of skin cell renewal processes. The use of specific types of proteolytic enzymes as active ingredients in personal skin care products was found to be very effective in countering the effects of aging and harsh environment on human skin by promoting a balance between exfoliation and epidermal cell renewal.