Professor Ron B. Davis Jr., Ph.D.

Professor Ron B. Davis Jr.
  • Georgetown University
  • Pennsylvania State University
I hope this will be a lifelong journey exploring and appreciating the rich and beautiful chemistry which breathes life into our planet, the chemistry of molecules based on carbon.

Dr. Ron B. Davis, Jr. is an Associate Teaching Professor of Chemistry at Georgetown University, where he has been teaching introductory organic chemistry laboratories since 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to teaching chemistry at the undergraduate level, Professor Davis spent several years as a pharmaceutical research and development chemist.

Professor Davis’s research focuses on the fundamental forces governing the interactions of proteins with small organic molecules. His research has been published in such scholarly journals as Proteins and Biochemistry and has been presented at the Annual Symposium of The Protein Society. He also maintains an educational YouTube channel and provides interviews and content to various media outlets, including The Discovery Channel.

At The Pennsylvania State University, Professor Davis received a Dalalian Fellowship and the Dan Waugh Teaching Award. He is also a member of the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society.

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  1. Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Ron B. Davis Jr.
    4.6 out of 5
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    Every living thing on Earth uses carbon as a basic building block. Yet organic chemistry—the study of carbon-containing matter—is feared by many interested learners. Making this field relevant and graspable is the forte of Professor Davis. Combining years of classroom and lab experience, he’s crafted vibrantly illustrated lectures designed for everyone seeking to understand this challenging, fascinating...
  2. Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works Sale

    Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Ron B. Davis Jr.
    4.6 out of 5
    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Save up to $575.00 Starting at $99.95 $724.95 $99.95$724.95
    Chemistry is the study of matter and energy at the scale of atoms and molecules. Covering a year’s worth of introductory general chemistry at the college level, plus intriguing topics that are rarely discussed in the classroom, this visually engaging and comprehensive course requires nothing more advanced than high-school math and is suitable for any science background.
  3. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Biology Set

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Biology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.90 Starting at $1,099.90 $1,534.90 $1,099.90$1,534.90
    Biology and Chemistry are the cornerstones of a traditional science curriculum and you can take a deep dive into both with this two-course set. Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works will open your eyes to the chemical actions and reactions all around you, while Biology: The Science of Life provides the background and guidance to explore in depth the fundamental principles of how living things work.
  4. (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Understanding Genetics Set

    (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Understanding Genetics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    How do chemistry and genetics work together to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future? This set of science-based courses will open your eyes to the impact that modern experimentation in organic chemistry and genetics might have on the future of humanity. Explore decades of scientific discovery and the weighty implications for us, as individuals and as a society.
  5. What Darwin Didn't Know & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    What Darwin Didn't Know & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Ron B. Davis Jr.
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Get an in-depth look at two fascinating topics in science with this set. Learn everything Darwin missed out on in the field he invented with What Darwin Didn't Know: The Modern Science of Evolution. Then, take a tour of the development and application of the discipline of organic chemistry with Foundations of Organic Chemistry.
  6. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Physics and Our Universe Set on sale

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,182.00 Starting at $178.90 $1,449.90 $178.90$1,449.90
    If you've ever wondered what things are made of, and how they work, this two-course set is for you. Take a deep dive into the science of how everything interacts with Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, learn how the universe behaves at every scale, from the subatomic to the extragalactic with Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works.
  7. (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Biology Set

    (Set) Foundations of Organic Chemistry & Biology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $949.90 Starting at $949.90 $1,239.90 $949.90$1,239.90
    Get a clear, accessible, and visually rich introduction to the wonders of the essential materials of our world with Foundations of Organic Chemistry. With Professor Davis, this complex subject is demystified. Then, continue your investigation into the intricate machinery of life and discover the incredible variety of living things created from these basic molecules in Biology: The Science of Life.
  8. (Set) Plant Science & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) Plant Science & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Learn to see and appreciate the amazing planet all around you with this two-course set that focuses on nature. Start by exploring the ever-surprising world of plants with Plant Science: An Introduction to Botany. Then dig into natural systems of life with Foundations of Organic Chemistry.
  9. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Forge a link between matter and organic chemistry in this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then, explore one of sciences most complex fields—organic chemistry—delving into the power of life’s fundamental molecules.
  10. (SET) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set on sale

    (SET) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $668.00 Starting at $137.90 $859.90 $137.90$859.90
    Make sense of intimidating scientific fields with this highly accessible two-course set from The Great Courses. First, enjoy a sweeping survey of biochemistry and molecular biology that will reveal thought-provoking connections between the microworld and your own life in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: How Life Works. Then, investigate the role of carbon in organic molecules and make sense of the development and...
  11. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & The Nature of Matter Set

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & The Nature of Matter

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    Examine the raw material of the universe and how it works together to make everything you know in this two course set. Take a deep dive into the science of how everything interacts with Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, decipher the mystery of matter in The Nature of Matter: Understanding the Physical World.
  12. (Set) Organic Chemistry & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) Organic Chemistry & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.90 Starting at $849.90 $1,154.90 $849.90$1,154.90
    Get a solid grasp on the fundamentals of organic chemistry with the 36 richly illustrated lectures of Foundations of Organic Chemistry. Professor Davis shows you the many wondrous properties of carbon-based molecules, the building blocks of every living thing on Earth. Extend your study of the fundamentals of our world with Physics and Our Universe and explore the laws that govern the behavior of matter and energy.
  13. (Set) Zoology & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) Zoology & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Learn about the living Earth around you with this set of eye-opening courses. Discover the scientific marvels of animal life on our planet in Zoology: Understanding the Animal World. Then, take a tour of the development and application of the discipline of organic chemistry in Foundations of Organic Chemistry.
  14. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    What is heat, temperature, energy, and time? How do they work together to create the world as we know it? This two course set provides an in-depth look at the answers, starting with Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, understand how the thermodynamic principles work to transform the world in Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe.
  15. (Set) Organic Chemistry & Introduction to Nanotechnology Set

    (Set) Organic Chemistry & Introduction to Nanotechnology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    There are millions of different carbon-based molecules in existence, and all of them belong to the realm of organic chemistry—one of the most exciting branches of contemporary science. Discover this field’s myriad vital applications with Foundations of Organic Chemistry. Shift your attention to another area of cutting-edge research with Introduction to Nanotechnology, and reveal how science fiction becomes...
  16. (Set) Nuclear Physics Explained & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) Nuclear Physics Explained & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $729.90 $599.90$729.90
    Examine two of the most fundamental sciences with this enlightening two-course set. Discover how Einstein’s equation unlocks the energy of the atomic nucleus—for bombs, reactors, medical treatments, and scores of other uses in Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, investigate the role of carbon in organic molecules as you embark on a tour of the development and application of the discipline of...
  17. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Foundations of Organic Chemistry Set

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Foundations of Organic Chemistry

    Ron B. Davis Jr.
    Starting at $849.90 Starting at $849.90 $1,154.90 $849.90$1,154.90
    Chemistry is defined as the study of matter and its properties, but there is so much more to explore! This two-set course including Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works and Foundations of Organic Chemistry lifts the curtain on the inner scientific workings of the world like no other. The perfect set for anyone who is curious about the underlying unity of the material world.