Bob Hanson

Gliding in the French Alps, 2011
story about the biggest glider ever
(metric lesson)
Member, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists, American Chemical Society, Association of Managers of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories, Minnesota Soaring Club (Private Pilot: Glider (10/21/97), Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO)/(NAG)
Current Principal Developer, Jmol

Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
St. Olaf College (map)
Northfield, MN 55057

office: Regents Hall 318, phone/fax: 507-786-3107
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I'm very interested in the process by which beginning students learn chemistry. One of my innovations is "Data-Driven Chemistry," which I use when teaching our interim course, Chemistry 123, Atomic and Molecular Structure. The data-driven method is based on the idea that science is fundamentally data-oriented. As applied to introductory chemistry, the idea is to present students with sets of information ("data") and get them, working in groups, to build clear, concise models of atomic and molecular structure strictlyfrom the data presented.

Students in Chemistry 123

  • discussed sets of data in small groups,
  • worked to integrate those data into their developing model, and
  • produced tightly focused essay-style reports interpreting the data.

The goal of data-driven chemistry, then, is to encourage students to build their own personal model of chemical structure based on real data. An application of data-driven chemistry is my book, Molecular Origami: Precision Scale Models from Paper ( University Science Books)

Also available on the Web is an evaluation including student comments relating to Molecular Origami and Data-Driven Chemistry from Chemistry 123, 1995.



Chemical Informatics, Visualization and Simulation, Green Chemistry



S. V. Gallego, J. M. Perez-Mato, L. Elcoro, E. S. Tasci, R. M. Hanson, K. Momma, M. I. Aroyo and G. Madariaga, "MAGNDATA: towards a database of magnetic structures. I. The commensurate case" J. Appl. Cryst. 2016, 49, pp 1750-1776, view

Samuel V. Gallego, J. Manuel Perez-Mato, Luis Elcoro, Emre Tasci, Robert M. Hanson, Mois I. Aroyo and Gotzon Madariaga , "MAGNDATA: Towards a database of magnetic structures. II. The incommensurate case" J. Appl. Cryst. (accepted for publication)

Robert M. Hanson, "Jmol SMILES and Jmol SMARTS: specifications and applications" Journal of Cheminformatics 2016 8:50 view

Simone Sturniolo, Timothy F.G. Green, Robert M. Hanson, Miri Zilka, Keith Refson, Paul Hodgkinson, Steven P. Brown, Jonathan R. Yates, "Visualization and processing of computed solid-state NMR parameters: MagresView and MagresPython," Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, 2016, 78, pp 64-70, view

Bob Hanson, "Molecular Visualization for the Masses - PDB Goes to Disneyland" PDB Newsletter, Fall 2014, No. 63. view

Antony N. Davies, Mohan Cashyap, Robert Lancashire, Robert M. Hanson, "A head in the clouds? - Part two: exploring distributed, multi-server 1H NMR prediction" Spectroscopy Europe 2014, view

S.P. Tully, T.M. Stitt, R.D. Caldwell, B.J. Hardock, R.M. Hanson, P. Maslak, "Interactive Web-Based Pointillist Visualization of Hydrogenic Orbitals Using Jmol", J. Chem. Educ. 2013, 90, 129-131.

R.M. Hanson, "A Unified Graphical Representation of Chemical Thermodynamics and Equilibrium" J. Chem. Educ., 2012, 89, 1526-1529.

Noel M O'Boyle, Rajarshi Guha, Egon L Willighagen, Samuel E Adams, Jonathan Alvarsson, Jean-Claude Bradley, Igor V Filippov, Robert M Hanson, Marcus D Hanwel, Geoffrey R Hutchison, Craig A James, Nina Jeliazkova, Andrew SID Lang, Karol M Langner, David C Lonie, Daniel M Lowe, Jerome Pansanel, Dmitry Pavlov, Ola Spjuth, Christoph Steinbeck, Adam L Tenderholt, Kevin J Theisen, and Peter Murray-Rust "Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards in chemistry: The Blue Obelisk five years on" Journal of Cheminformatics 2011, 3:37 10.1186/1758-2946-3-37.

Robert M. Hanson, Daniel Kohler, Steven G. Braun, "Quaternion-based definition of protein secondary structure straightness and its relationship to Ramachandran angles" PROTEINS 2011, 79, 2172-2180.

P. Canepa, R.M. Hanson, P. Ugliengo, M. Alfredsson, "J-ICE: a new Jmol interface for handling and visualizing Crystallographic and Electronics properties" J. Appl. Cryst. 2011, 44, 225-229

S. Unni, Y. Huang, R.M. Hanson, M. Tobias, S. Krishnan; W. Li; J.E. Nielsen, N.A. Baker, "Web servers and services for electrostatics calculations with APBS and PDB2PQR", J. Comp. Chem. 2011, 32, 1488-1491.

Robert M. Hanson, "Web-Based Molecular Visualization for Chemistry Education in the 21st Century" in Enhancing Learning with Online Resources, Social Networking, and Digital Libraries, R. Belford, Ed., ACS Symposium Series Vol. 1060, 2010, 65-77. (American Chemical Society, 2010)

Robert M. Hanson, "Jmol -- A Paradigm Shift in Crystallographic Visualization" J. Appl. Cryst. 2010 43, 1250-1260.

A. Herraez, R.M. Hanson, L. Glasser, "Interactive 3D Phase Diagrams Using Jmol" J. Chem. Educ. 2009 86, 566.

R. M. Hanson, P. Riley, J. Schwinefus, P. J. Fischer, "Using Graphs of Gibbs Energy versus Temperature in General Chemistry Discussions of Phase Changes and Colligative Properties" J. Chem. Educ. 2008 85, 1142.

M. A. Klingshirn, A. F. Wyatt, R. M. Hanson, G. O. Spessard, "Determination of the Formula of a Hydrate: A Greener Alternative" J. Chem. Educ. 2008 85, 819.

B. McMahon and R. M. Hanson, "A toolkit for publishing enhanced figures" J. Appl. Cryst. 2008 41, 811-814 [ doi:10.1107/S0021889808015616 ]

Robert M. Hanson and Susan Green, Introduction to Molecular Thermodynamics University Science Books, 2008) check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "24/7 dynamic NMR spectroscopy: A new paradigm for undergraduate NMR use" in Modern Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Undergraduate Education, D. Rovnyak, Ed., ACS Symposium Series No. 969, 2007, 62-76.

Robert M. Hanson and B. Michalek, "Give Them Money: The Boltzmann Game, a Classroom or Laboratory Activity Modeling Entropy Changes and the Distribution of Energy in Chemical Systems" J. Chem. Educ. 2006 83, 581 abstract

Robert M. Hanson and I. M. Hanson, "Elementary Bingo" J. Chem. Educ. WebWare 2004

Robert M. Hanson, "Playing-Card Equilibrium" J. Chem. Educ. 2003 80, 1271 abstract

Robert M. Hanson, "Orbital" in "General Chemistry Collection, 7th Edition, a CD-ROM for Students," Jon L. Holmes and Nancy S. Gettys, Eds., J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 709 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "Orbital" J. Chem. Educ. 2003, 80, 109 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "The Organic ChemIST: Interactive Student Tutorial" (Prentice Hall, 2003, 511 pp.)

Robert M. Hanson, "Principal Species and pH in Acid/Base Solution" J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1486 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "Chemical Name Game" J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1380 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "What's in a Name?" J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1380 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "Mechanism-Based Kinetics Simulator" J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1379 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, "Huckel Determinant Solver" J. Chem. Educ. 2002, 79, 1379 check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, Epoxide Migration (Payne Rearrangement) and Related Reactions, in Organic Reactions, Vol. 60, Larry E. Overman, et al., Ed., pp 1-156 (Wiley, 2002) check it out!

Barry Cipra, Robert M. Hanson, Amy Kolan, "Periodic Trajectories in Right-Triangle Billiards" Physical Review E 1995, 52, 2066

Robert M. Hanson, Molecular Origami: Precision Scale Models from Paper (University Science Books, 1995, 224 pp.) check it out!

Robert M. Hanson, S. A. Bergman, "Data-Driven Chemistry: Making Molecular Models (Literally) from Electron Diffraction Data, J. Chem. Educ. 1994, 150

G. L. Hardgrove, J. S. Clark, A. Q. Thieu, R. M. Hanson, "Structure of (S,S)-(E)-3-(2-butenoyl)-2,4-bis(phenylmethyl)oxazolidine" Acta Cryst. C49 1993, 336.

Robert M. Hanson, "The Synthetic Methodology of Nonracemic Glycidol and Related 2,3-Epoxy Alcohols" Chemical Reviews 1991, 437-475.

Robert M. Hanson, S.Y. Ko, and K. Barry. Sharpless, "Catalytic Asymmetric Epoxidation" U.S. Patent 4,900,847, 1990

Yun Gao, Robert M. Hanson, Janice M. Klunder, Soo Y.Ko, Hiroko Masamune, and K. Barry Sharpless, "Catalytic Asymmetric Epoxidation and Kinetic Resolution: Modified Procedures Including in Situ Derivatization" J.Amer. Chem. Soc. 1987, 109, 5765.

Robert M. Hanson, "FLATLAND and the Threefold Challenge of Text and Chemical Graphics Integration" in Graphics for Chemical Structures, W. Warr, Ed.; ACS Symposium Series #341; American ChemicalSociety: Washington, D.C., 1987.

Robert M. Hanson and K.Barry. Sharpless, "Catalytic Asymmetric Epoxidation" J. Org. Chem. 1986, 51, 1922.

Robert M. Hanson, "Absolute Stereochemistry of the Triol Moiety of Gymnoprenols: A Reinvestigation" Tetrahedron Lett. 1984, 23, 3783-6.

Robert M. Hanson, "Studies Directed Toward the Total Synthesis of the Steroidal Alkaloid Germine" Ph.D. Thesis,Columbia Univ., 1983.