Dr. Christian U. Oertli

Dr. Christian U. Oertli

Assistant Professor


  • M.S. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich/Switzerland, Chemistry (1970)
  • Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich/Switzerland, Instrumental Analysis Chemistry (1974)

Teaching Philosophy and Motivation

The development of problem-solving skills by application of critical thinking is a vital and essential component of the chemistry curriculum. Well prepared students generally perform better and earn superior achievable benefits from laboratory courses, however pre-laboratory preparation accomplished under threat of consequences can be strenuous. A student’s motivation can be boosted through an activity with inherent satisfaction rather than for some separable consequence. As one such activity, the gradual introduction of media-based pre-laboratory preparation since 2016 has generally been recognized as beneficial to student’s intrinsic motivation.


  • The value of report writing
  • The value of critical thinking