Norbert Pienta Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman of the MicroLab Board

Dr. Pienta has the unique advantage of a multifaceted career, starting in research and leading into chemical education.  As Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Chemical Education, and an active researcher in chemical education, Dr. Pienta is aware of the many challenges professors face in educating students of knowledge-diverse backgrounds in the beauty of chemistry. He began his career studying physical organic chemistry, receiving a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Rochester, a Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and investigated calorimetry of superacid systems and carbocation formation in his postdoctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh and Duke University.  After holding Assistant and Associate professorships for close to 10 years, Dr. Pienta’s career transitioned to chemical education in the early 1990’s.  He became Director of Undergraduate Curriculum Development and Director of Laboratories at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later, an Associate Professor in Chemical Education and Director of both General Chemistry and the Center for Teaching at the University of Iowa.  He currently is Professor and Director of General Chemistry Instruction at the University of Georgia-Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He has 48 published articles and editorials, given talks at over 35 meetings, and authored and edited several books including Instructors’ Resource Manual for General ChemistryChemist’ Guide to Effective LearningOrganic Chemistry Toolboxand Chemistry in Context: Applying Chemistry to Society.  His most recent works investigate the cognitive engagement of students with respect to problem difficulty.  Dr. Pienta is a founder and currently Chairman of the Microlab Board.


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