scott e.Van Bramer, phd, professor

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Scott E. Van Bramer PhD


  • PhD Chemistry 1992

    University of Colorado--Boulder (CO)

  • CHEM 145/147 General Chemistry I and Laboratory I

  • CHEM 366/368 Instrumental Analysis/Laboratory

  • CHEM 461/463 Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy and Laboratory

My most productive area of scholarship is in the scholarship of teaching. This research has involved several different projects where my interest in developing new teaching strategies goes beyond adopting ideas. In several different areas, my work has resulted in significant original contributions to chemistry education.

I am also very interested in NMR spectroscopy. This research interest includes solid state NMR research that is a collaboration that I have had with Cecil Dybowski at the University of Delaware. This work and my experience with NMR helped me develop the advanced spectroscopy course that was the original capstone chemistry course at Widener and has led to numerous research projects that integrate teaching and NMR.

Selected Awards

  • Distinguished University Professor, 2014–2017

  • Fitz Dixon Innovation in Teaching Award, 2014

  • Widener University Provost Grant NMR and Critical Thinking, 2012

Selected Publications

  • Van Bramer, S.E., & Goodrich, K.R. (2015). Determination of plant volatiles using solid phase microextraction GC-MS. Journal of Chemical Education.

  • Van Bramer, S.E., & Bastin, L.D. (2013). Using a progressive paper to develop students writing skills. Journal of Chemical Education, 90(6), 745–750.

  • Glatfelter, A., Bai, S., Dmitrenko, O., Perry, D.L., Van Bramer, S.E., & Dybowski, C. (2011). Solid-state 207Pb nuclear magnetic resonance studies of adducts of 1,10-phenanthroline with lead(II) halides. Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 89(7), 863–869.

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