My research is in the area of chemical education and in particular, it currently focuses in the fields of active learning and peer teaching. Specifically, I am developing a learner-centered section of General Chemistry where the classroom will be flipped to allow more active time during lectures for projects, collaborative problem solving and creative work. I also collaborate with developers and publishers in the development of new technological tools such as web pages, blogs, smart-phone apps, homework and in-class feedback systems. I am a strong believer in peer-to-peer education in general chemistry courses and am experimenting different ways of integrating peer-teachers in the classroom. Overall, I am interested in experimenting new ways to enhance student engagement through active and supportive classrooms. In fact, promoting motivation and increasing self-efficacy allows students to appreciate the value of chemistry. In the past, I have also focused my efforts in helping international students achieve a basic technical vocabulary to overcome the language barrier obstacle to learning science. International education is another field, to which I hope to soon return.
Using flipped classroom settings to shift the focus of a general chemistry course from topic knowledge to learning and problem-solving skills. A tale of students enjoying the class they were expecting to hate
Invited oral at ACS-BCCE, Proceedings of Biannual Conference on Chemical Education, South Bend, IN, 29th July 2018
Effects of different milling techniques on the layered double hydroxides final properties
Pagano, C.; Marmottini, F.; Nocchetti, M.; Ramella, D.; Perioli, L.,
Applied Clay Sciences, 2018, 151, 124-133
Direct synthesis of Fe(III) immobilized Zr-based metal-organic framework for aerobic oxidation reaction
Shu, X.; Yu, Y.; Jiang, Y.; Luan, Y.; Ramella, D.
Appl. Organometal. Chem., 2017, 31, E3862
The synthesis of a bifunctional copper metal organic framework and its application in a base-free aerobic oxidation/Knoevenagel condensation sequential reaction
Miao, Z.; Luan, Y.; Qi, C; Ramella, D.
Dalton Transactions 2016, 45(35), 13917-13924
A novel metal-organic framework Brønsted Acid Catalyst: synthesis, characterization, and application to the generation of quinone methides for [4+2] cycloadditions
Qi, C; Ramella, D.; Wensley, A.; Luan Y.
Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 2016, 358(16), 2604-2611
Enantioselective Multicomponent Condensation Reactions of Phenols, Aldehydes, and Boronates Catalyzed by Chiral Biphenols
Barbato, K.; Luan, Y.; Ramella, D.; Panek, J. K.; Schaus, S. E. Organic Letters, 2015, 17 (23), 5812–5815
Development of Technical Chemistry Language Skills for Non-native Speakers
Ramella, D. Proceedings of ACS National Meeting Boston, MA, 2015