From Research to Learning in Chemistry through Visualization and Computation

By Eric Jakobsson

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Eric Jakobsson

Modern chemistry research and high school chemistry education are separated by institutional and geographical boundaries. As such, much of secondary chemistry education is still based on the periodic table instead of the computational methods that drive current chemistry research.

In this talk, Professor Jakobsson introduces a method of infusing chemistry education with computational and visualization tools that will make research and learning a continuum instead of separate enterprises. He also highlights how physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering are critically connected at the nanoscale. Finally, examples are given of the role of computation in demonstrating how molecular structure and interactions lead to macroscopic phenomenon.


Eric Jakobsson, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds appointments at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Beckman Institute. His research uses computational simulation and bioinformatics in the areas of computer-aided design of components for nanodevices, structure of biological membranes, structure-function relationships in biological and synthetic ion channels, computer-aided drug research, comparative genomics of microbes, use of technology to introduce advances in biology and chemistry education.

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Institute for Chemistry Literacy and Computational Science (ICLCS), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

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  • Eric Jakobsson (2007), "From Research to Learning in Chemistry through Visualization and Computation,"

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