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larsen.jpg Delmar Larsen (University of California, Davis):Delmar Larsen is a research-active associate professor in the Chemistry Department at UC Davis since 2005 and teaches primarily physical, analytical and general chemistry classes in addition to research. Larsen is co-author of over 40 scientific publications. He is the founder and director of the ChemWiki project since its inception in 2007 and is strongly committed to its success. He was co-advisor of the UCD Chemistry Club from 2006 to 2008 and is currently heading the restructuring effort of the required analytical/physical chemistry laboratory sequence required for graduating undergraduates.
rusay-2.gif Ron Rusay, (Diablo Valley College): Ronald Rusay is currently a professor at DVC and a former visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was involved with the Modular Chemistry Consortium, MC2 as an author, publishing committee member, and Web archivist/curator. He has chaired the DVC chemistry department and the Instructional Technology faculty cluster for the Colleges of Contra Costa. He has served on the California Community College Academic Senate Technology Committee and was a founding Chemistry Editorial Board member of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching). Ron has been actively involved with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Science & Technology Education Program (STEP) as a Science Education Fellow. Contributing Modules
BrentKrueger.jpg Brent Krueger (Hope College): Brent Krueger has been a research-active faculty member of the Chemistry Department at Hope College since 2001 and regularly publishes with undergraduate co-authors.  He has initiated and supervised Hope’s development of a Computational Science and Modeling Laboratory, which provides research-grade high performance computing to faculty and students and helps faculty throughout the sciences to incorporate computation into their curricula. He has developed several courses including an advanced interdisciplinary (Chem and Bio) course utilizing computation to examine complex systems, and laboratories for Physical Chemistry and for General Chemistry. Krueger has developed and implemented a highly successful one-week summer workshop for high school teachers, introducing them to computationally-based inquiry teaching methods.
web page photo.jpg Tim Soderberg is Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Morris is a small (~1800 students), rural liberal arts campus of the University of Minnesota.  His primary teaching responsibilities are in organic and bioorganic chemistry, and he is deeply interested in curriculum development for undergraduate organic chemistry. Research interests are at the interface between organic chemistry and biology, specifically the discovery and characterization of novel enzymes.  Current research efforts are focused on the use of functional metagenomics to discover enzymes that could be useful in the production of cellulosic ethanol. Contributing Modules.
jeremiah_gassensmith.jpg Jeremiah Gassensmith (Northwestern University) is a postdoctoral fellow with research focuses that span organic synthesis to materials and device applications. His role as a postdoctoral fellow encompasses undergraduate laboratory education and outreach at Northwestern.  As a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame he formed teaching modules for both graduate and undergraduate education courses, including writing a workbook for classes on X-ray spectroscopy.  He has been involved with a number of new-media outlets including freelance blogging for websites such as and the highly influential Contributing Modules
  Charles Ophardt (Elmhurst College): Professor Emeritus Charles Ophardt came to Elmhurst in 1970 after completing his Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry at Southern Illinois University. He has helped pioneer the use of the web and other technologies on campus. His highly successful on-line course Chemistry and Issues in the Environments (on-line) is a popular choice for students fulfilling their IST general education requirement. He continues to teach this course in retirement from "Elmhurst West". Contributing Modules
Stephen.Lower_Sfu.92832.jpg Stephen Lower, Professor Emeritus (Simon Frasier U.) Chem1 Virtual TextbookB.A. Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of British Columbia. Contributing Modules
aReuschphoto.jpg William Reusch, Professor Emeritus (Michigan State U.), Virtual Textbook of Organic Chemistry Since his retirement in 2001, Prof. Reusch has managed to remain moderately alert by spending time in my Department office and talking to colleagues.Among the attractions of retirement is that one can enjoy seminars and colloquia without being obliged to attend faculty meetings. Prof. Reusch also spend time revising and enlarging a Virtual Text website and its interactive problem collection. Emails from users indicate it remains a popular resource. Contributing Modules
dean0009r.jpg Laurence I. Peterson Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics & Professor of Chemistry (Kennasaw State University). One of my teaching and scholarship initiatives is a $266,000 project funded at Kennesaw State University by the NSF to develop a new curriculum for a second semester General Chemistry course using case study methodology.   Our goal is to make chemistry more interesting and relevant while enhancing student learning by using case studies of familiar chemical products such as Gatorade, Nutrasweet, Olestra, Alcohol and Silicones to teach the important principles of General Chemistry.   Our ChemCases modules show students how chemical principles and concepts relate to the decision making process in bringing these products to the market place by highlighting product performance in the context of chemical structure, toxicology concerns, environmental or social issues and patent rights.   This new curriculum was initially introduced at KSU in Spring 1999 and then has been made available electronically as web-based modules for use worldwide by other colleges and universities. Contributing Modules

Jim Clark is a Cambridge graduate with over 30 years of teaching experience at this level and was Head of Chemistry and then Head of Science at Truro School in Cornwall. He took took early retirement in 1997 and has since concentrated on writing. He is the author of Calculations in AS/A Level Chemistry published by Longman (September 2000), the author of Longman GCSE Chemistry published by Longman (May 2002), and the author of Edexcel IGCSE Chemistry published June 2009. Contributing Modules


College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University

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RCB.jpg Richard Banks (Boise State University) am not sure at what age I became interested in science but I was always interested in many things that involved science, such as airplanes, dinosaurs and geology. I remember when my parents bought me a microscope set when I was in grade school. It was wonderful to see things that were invisible to the naked eye, but what excited me even more than the microscope was the collection of awesome chemical compounds that were included with the set. When I mixed them up I had no clue as to what would happen but fortunately nothing exploded. Later, in high school, I became interested in making rockets and began mixing all sorts of dangerous chemical compounds together to make my rocket fuels. Contributing Modules
dnb.jpg David Blauch (Davidson College)The objective of this research is to examine the electrochemical properties of ruthenium(II) complexes containing primary and secondary amine ligands. Oxidation of such complexes typically leads to oxidative dehydrogenation of the amine, yielding an imine (or in some cases a nitrile). This reaction is believed to proceed via a ruthenium(IV) intermediate. Picolylamineruthenium complexes are being designed in which oxidative dehydrogenation should be difficult or impossible, thereby permitting the ruthenium(IV) intermediate to be studied in detail. Contributing Modules
FEI_HAO_HAN.JPG Stefan Franzen (North Carolina State University)
Biophysical and Biological Chemistry Professor
K.P. Chaired Professor, Zhejiang University 2009-Present
Professor, North Carolina State University 1997-Present
EMBO Fellow, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France 1992-1994
Los Alamos Director's Fellow, Los Alamos, New Mexico 1994-1997
Stanford University, Stanford, California Ph.D. 1992
Peace Corps Volunteer Teacher, Torongo, Kenya 1982-1985
University of California, Berkeley B.S. 1982

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BODNER.jpg George Bodner (Purdue University) Our research is based on the constructivist theory of knowledge, which assumes that knowledge is created in the mind of the learner. One of our long-term interests has been problem solving in chemistry. This work has focused on differences between the way experts solve routine exercises and the techniques they use to solve novel problems; a model of the steps involved in problem solving; problem solving in non-mathematical contexts such as organic synthesis; and the role that students' beliefs about chemistry and mathematics plays in the selection of strategies they use to solve problems. Contributing Modules
rl.jpg Robert J. Lancashire (University of the West Indies)
  1. As webmaster of the Chemistry Department website, a considerable amount of time is devoted to developing and maintaining the site. Of general interest are the prospects of teaching chemistry via the World Wide Web and the Internet, especially at Postgraduate level. Multimedia computer applications in chemistry. Use of JCAMP-DX file formats on the Web.
  2. Microwave Oven Reaction Enhanced (MORE) Chemistry.
  3. The coordination chemistry of transition metal ions, in particular with N-heterocycles, α-amino acids, diamines and macrocyclic ligands.
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mikeblaber7_05.gif Mike Blaber (Florida State University) Contributing Modules