John P. Ranck
Professor of Chemistry
Structure of and interactions
between small molecules. Two recent student research theses on ab initio
calculation of the interaction of oxygen and carbon dioxide with perfluorocarbons as blood
Computer Visualization in
Chemical Education. As director of the MoleCVUE
Project, almost all my current professional activity is directed toward developing new
molecular visualizations and creating instructional materials for their use in
Quantum Philosophy. This
is more an extra-curricular interest than a professional area of inquiry, but after
teaching quantum theory for thirty-five years, I'm still trying to understand it. I've
often lamented that I was not alive during the heroic days of the '20's, but things are
becoming exciting again.
Recent Publications and
Ranck, J. P. "The MoleCVUE
Project: Discovery Learning in the Molecular Laboratory," presented at the Gordon
Research Conference New Developments in Visualization in Chemistry and Science
Education, Oxford University, September 1998.
Ranck, J. P. "Visualizing
Molecules and Chemical Reactions," in Using Computers in Chemistry
and Chemical Education, Zielinski, T. J.; Swift, M. L., Eds.; American Chemical
Ranck, J. P. "A Molecular
Laboratory for Undergraduates: The MoleCVUE Project," 210th National Meeting of
the American Chemical Society, Chicago, IL, August 1995.
Ranck, J. P. "Chemical Bonding
without Quantum Mysteries," 13th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Division
of Chemical Education of the ACS, Bucknell University, 1994.
Ranck, J. P., "The MoleCVUE
Project," Symposium on Molecular Visualization at the 13th Biennial Conference on
Chemical Education, Division of Chemical Education of the ACS, Bucknell University, 1994.
Ranck, J. P. "Visualization
and Representation in Chemical Education" in Data
Visualization in Molecular Science; Bowie, Jack E., Ed.; Addison-Wesley, 1994.
Ranck, J. P. "Visualizing
Chemical Reacitons," CHEMCONF '93: Applications of
Technology in Teaching Chemistry, Summer, 1993, Paper #3
Student Theses Supervised:
Ghiorzi, Christopher M., "An ab
initio Exploration of Regioselectivity of Substituted Aromatic Rings using Electron
Density Models, " 1999.
Bock, Cindy L., "A New Outlook
on Electron Density," 1998.
Eikenberry, David J., "A
Theoretical Study of Perfluorocarbon-Oxygen Complexes using ab initio Calculations and
Electrostatic Potential Surfaces," 1996.
Frost, Brian J., "ab
initio Calculations of Symmetric Hydrogen Bonds in a Crystal," 1995.
Belsky, Alec, "Visualization
of Chemical Reactions," 1994.
Steuber, Sarah J., "A
Theoretical Investigation of Perfluorocarbon - Oxygen Complexes," 1992.
Bender, William J. H.,
"MOLCAD: Molecular Computer-Aided Design with Heats of Formation using Benson's
Additivity Rules," 1987.
Foresman, James B., "A
Theoretical Investigation of Perfluoromethane and Perfluoroethane Oxygen Complexes, 1986.
American Chemical Society (CHED and
American Association of Physics
American Association for the
Advancement of Science
Mid-Atlantic Association of Liberal
Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT)