My research is in the area of chemical education; currently, it focuses on active, cooperative and collaborative learning, and peer teaching as means to build a community of learners. Alongside with improving the method of delivery of instruction, it has become increasingly more important to address the affective side of the learner’s relationship with the course. Simply explained, an increased level of enjoyment motivates students and increases their self-efficacy and self-value, allowing them to appreciate chemistry despite the infamous level of difficulty of this discipline’s introductory courses. In return, an increased level of academic success and retention in the field of study (major and minor) is being observed.
“Dentifrice Based on Fluoride-Hydrotalcite Compounds: Characterization and Release Capacity Evaluation by Novel In Vitro Methods”, Pagano, C.; Perioli, L.; Marmottini, F.; Ramella, D.; Tiralti, M.C.; Ricci, M., AAPS PharmSciTech, 2019, 20(6), 1-15
“Folic acid-layered double hydroxides hybrids in skin formulations: Technological, photochemical and in vitro cytotoxicity on human keratinocytes and fibroblasts”, Pagano, C.; Latterini, L.; Nocchetti, M.; Ceccarini, M.R.; Marani, M.; Ramella, D.; Ricci, M., Applied Clay Science, 2019, 168, 382-395
“An efficient Nozaki–Hiyama Allenylation promoted by acid derived MIL-101 MOF”, Luan, Y.; Cai, Z.; Li, X.; Ramella, D.; Miao, Z.; Wang, W., RCS Advances, 2019, 9(13), 7479-7484
“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”, Ramella, D.; Brock, B.E.; Velopolcek, M.K.; Winters, K.P., ACS Symposium Series, 2019, 1322 (Active Learning in General Chemistry: Whole-Class Interventions), 1-20
“Oral Exams: a Deeply Neglected Tool for Formative Assessment in Chemistry”, Ramella, D., ACS Symposium Series¸ 2019, 1340 (Active Learning in General chemistry: Specific Interventions), 79-89
“Copper-doped sulfonic acid-functionilized MIL-101(Cr) metal-organic framework for efficient aerobic oxidation reactions”, Li, X.; Zhou, Z.; Zhao, Y.; Ramella, D.; Luan, Y., Applied Organometallic Chemistry, 2020, 34(4), e5445