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Dr. Peter Mahaffy
Dr. Mahaffy is Professor of Chemistry at the King’s University College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His interests are in chemical education, visualization in science, organic chemistry, and environmental chemistry. His recent focus has been on the use of case-based and guided-inquiry approaches to facilitate the learning of chemistry. CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE.
  • Chair, IUPAC Committee on Chemical Education
  • Recipient, 2003, Chemical Institute of Canada Award for Chemical Education
  • Recipient, 2008, 3M National Teaching Fellowship
  • Recipient, 2011, James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Teaching of Chemistry
  • Co-author, text, Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity (Nelson Canada), 2011


Dr. Tina Overton
Dr. Overton is Professor of Chemistry Education at the University of Hull, Yorkshire, England. Her interests are in chemical education and inorganic chemistry. Her specific focus has been in critical thinking, context and problem-based learning, and their role in developing conceptual understanding and cognitive skills together with. CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE
  • Director, National Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre
  • Recipient, 1998, Royal Society for Chemistry, Higher Education Teaching Award
  • Recipient, 2005, Royal Society for Chemistry, Tertiary Education Award
  • Recipient, 2009, Royal Society for Chemistry, Nyholm Prize for Education
  • Co-author, Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences (Oxford U.P.), 2011


Dr. Eric Scerri
Dr. Scerri is Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. His interests are in the application of fundamental theories in physics, such as quantum mechanics, to the context of chemical concepts, especially the Periodic Table. He has focussed on the implications of this work for chemistry education and for the manner in which chemistry is presented in textbooks and general chemistry courses. CLICK HERE FOR WEBSITE
  • Author, The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance (Oxford U.P.), 2007
  • Editor-in-Chief, Foundations of Chemistry: Philosophical, Historical, Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies of Chemistry (Springer)
  • Author, Collected Papers on Philosophy of Chemistry (Imperial College Press), 2008
  • Author, Collected Papers on the Periodic Table (Imperial College Press), 2009
  • Author, A Very Short Introduction to the Periodic Table (Oxford U.P.), 2011

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