My research is in the area of chemical education and in particular I have explored the development and assessment of teaching tools. One of the teaching tools I have helped develop is the textbook Organic Chemistry, 5th Edition, M. Jones and S. A. Fleming, WWNorton Publishing. A second teaching tool which I have helped develop is Organic Reaction Animations (ORA). This software is available online and it uses calculated reaction pathways to illustrate the reaction pathways for more than 50 organic reactions. A third teaching tool I have developed is the NSF supported program named Bio-Organic Reaction Animations (BioORA). BioORA is available online https://www.cst.temple.edu/chem/bioora/ and it covers topics that includes enzyme chemistry, lipids, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates. The animations that are included in the program are based on crystal structures from the Protein Data Bank and subsequent calculations of the chemical path for substrate to metabolite conversion.
Kulyk, S.; Dougherty, W. G.; Kassel, S.; Fleming, S. A.; Sieburth, S. M., “Enyne [4+4] Photocycloaddition: Bridged 1,2,5-Cyclooctatrienes” Org. Lett. 2010, 12, 3296-3299.
Fleming, S. A.; Savage, P. B.; Hart, G. R., “Organic Reaction Animations. v3.0” (online version) W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2012.
Fleming, S. A. “Teaching Tools for Organic and Bio-organic Chemistry”, In Pedagogic Roles of Animations and Simulations in Chemistry Courses, Suits, J. P.; Sanger, M. J.; Eds.; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2013, 389-409.
Gunersel, A. B.; Fleming, S. A. “Faculty and Student Perceptions of Student Learning and Experiences with a 3D Simulation Program” J. Chem. Ed., 2013, 90, 988-994.
Gunersel, A. B.; Fleming, S. A. “Bio-Organic Reaction Animations (BioORA): Student Performance, Student Perceptions, and Instructor Feedback” ; Biochem. Mol. Biol. Ed., 2014, 42, 190-202.