JCE 96.12 December 2019 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education December 2019 Cover

Reimagining Chemistry Education: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry Special Issue

The December 2019 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available to subscribers. In response to , chemistry educators from around the world have contributed articles to the Journal collected in the December edition as special issue on systems thinking, and green and sustainable chemistry. This special issue topic was proposed by the IUPAC task force on Systems Thinking in Chemistry Education. Papers in the issue are intended to be the inaugural global reference point for literature on systems thinking in chemistry education that will lead to further understanding about the interdependence of the components of systems at work for chemistry learners, and the application of systems thinking to green and sustainable chemistry education. 

Introduction to and Future Directions for Systems Thinking

Peter Mahaffy (The King’s University), Felix Ho (Uppsala University), Julie Haack (University of Oregon), and Edward Brush (Bridgewater State University) acted as the guest editors for this special issue. In their Editorial, they ponder   Two of articles serve to bookend the issue: one introduces systems thinking and the other discusses the future directions for systems thinking:

y ~ MaryKay Orgill, Sarah York, and Jennifer MacKellar (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS program)

~ Alison B. Flynn, MaryKay Orgill, Felix M. Ho, Sarah York, Stephen A. Matlin, David J. C. Constable, and Peter G. Mahaffy

Framework and Conceptualization


~ Craig J. Donahue

~ David J. C. Constable, Concepción Jiménez-González, and Stephen A. Matlin

~ Ron Blonder and Sherman Rosenfeld


~ Peter G. Mahaffy, Stephen A. Matlin, J. Marc Whalen, and Thomas A. Holme (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS program)

~ Sarah York, Rea Lavi, Yehudit Judy Dori, and MaryKay Orgill

~ Samuel Pazicni and Alison B. Flynn

~ Felix M. Ho

~ James E. Hutchison

~ Alvise Perosa, Francesco Gonella, and Sofia Spagnolo

~ Glenn A. Hurst, J. Chris Slootweg, Alina M. Balu, Maria S. Climent-Bellido, Antonio Gomera, Paulette Gomez, Rafael Luque, Liliana Mammino, Rolando A. Spanevello, Kei Saito, and Jorge G. Ibanez

Curriculum Design


~ Pier Luigi Gentili

~ Grace A. Lasker

~ Matthew A. Fisher


~ Whitney C. Fowler, Jeffrey M. Ting, Siqi Meng, Lu Li, and Matthew V. Tirrell

~ Mei-Hung Chiu, Rachel Mamlok-Naman, and Jan Apotheker

~ Eleni Michalopoulou, Dudley E. Shallcross, Ed Atkins, Aisling Tierney, Nicholas C. Norman, Chris Preist, Simon O’Doherty, Rebecca Saunders, Alexander Birkett, Chris Willmore, and Ioannis Ninos

~ Andrew P. Dicks, Jessica C. D’eon, Barbora Morra, Cecilia Kutas Chisu, Kristine B. Quinlan, and Amy S. Cannon

~ Riley J. Petillion, Tamara K. Freeman, and W. Stephen McNeil

~ Jillian L. Blatti, John Garcia, Danyal Cave, Felix Monge, Anthony Cuccinello, Jennifer Portillo, Betsy Juarez, Ellen Chan, and Frieda Schwebel

~ Aurora L. Ginzburg, Casey E. Check, Demetri P. Hovekamp, Alyson N. Sillin, Jack Brett, Hannah Eshelman, and James E. Hutchison

~ Katherine B. Aubrecht, Marie Bourgeois, Edward J. Brush, Jennifer MacKellar, and Jane E. Wissinger

~ Liliana Mammino

Instructional Tool

~ Katherine B. Aubrecht, Yehudit Judy Dori, Thomas A. Holme, Rea Lavi, Stephen A. Matlin, MaryKay Orgill, and Heather Skaza-Acosta

~ Subhalakshmi Nagarajan and Tina Overton

~ Jeannie Kornfeld and Scott Stokoe


~ Vicente Talanquer

Applications of Systems Thinking & Green and Sustainable Chemistry


~ Sungki Kim, Hee Choi, and Seoung-Hey Paik

~ Stephanie Chapman, Julie M. Herniman, G. John Langley, Robert Raja, and Thomas A. Logothetis

~ Paul D. Cooper and Jacob Walser

~ Christian Zowada, Antje Siol, Ozcan Gulacar, and Ingo Eilks

~ Louise Summerton, James H. Clark, Glenn A. Hurst, Peter D. Ball, Elizabeth L. Rylott, Nicola Carslaw, Julia Creasey, Jane Murray, Jeffrey Whitford, Brian Dobson, Helen F. Sneddon, Joe Ross, Pete Metcalf, and C. Robert McElroy (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

~ Andrew C. Eaton, Seamus Delaney, and Madeleine Schultz

~ Vânia G. Zuin, Mateus L. Segatto, Dorai P. Zandonai, Guilherme M. Grosseli, Aylon Stahl, Karine Zanotti, and Rosivania S. Andrade

~ Megan R. Schwarzman and Heather L. Buckley

~ Kathleen C. Murphy, Meghna Dilip, Joseph G. Quattrucci, Susan M. Mitroka, and Jeremy R. Andreatta


~ Jonathan L. Miller, Michael T. Wentzel, James H. Clark, and Glenn A. Hurst (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)


~ Franklin D. R. Maharaj, Wanxin Wu, Yiwei Zhou, Logan T. Schwanz, and Michael P. Marshak

~ Dominik Diekemper, Wolfgang Schnick, and Stefan Schwarzer

Laboratory Experiments

~ Lucy S. Mackenzie, Helen Tyrrell, Robert Thomas, Avtar S. Matharu, James H. Clark, and Glenn A. Hurst

~ Evan Pfab, Layla Filiciotto, and Rafael Luque

~ R. K. Sharma, Subham Yadav, Radhika Gupta, and Gunjan Arora https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jchemed.9b00384

From the Archives: JCE Special Issues

Reimagining Chemistry Education: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry is the fourth special issue published by the Journal. Special issues featured in past issues of JCE include:

  (September 2014 issue )

(March 2016 issue )

(November 2017 )

Every Issue of JCE Is Special

Explore ideas for teaching and learning of chemistry in all 96 volumes of the —including the . Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print ( are also available. (For more information on how to access the  articles cited above, see Deanna Cullen’s post on .)

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