Adrian Dingle

Freelance Writer

Adrian Dingle is a chemistry educator and author with more than 30 years of experience teaching in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the creator of the award-winning chemistry website Adrian Dingle’s Chemistry Pages. The focus of his teaching career has been on preparing students for standardized tests. An Englishman, he lives in Indiana, where he most recently taught at the Culver Academies. Previously he taught in Atlanta, Ga., at The Westminster Schools. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and a postgraduate certificate in education, both from the University of Exeter in England. In addition to writing REA’s AP Chemistry Crash Course, he has written several other chemistry titles, including The Periodic Table: Elements with Style, How to Make A Universe with 92 Ingredients and REA’s SAT Subject Test: Chemistry Crash Course. He is the 2011 winner of the U.K. School Library Association’s Information Book Award, and in 2012 he was honored with the prestigious literary prize Wissenschaftsbuch des Jahres, sponsored by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. He also adapted Sam Kean’s New York Times bestseller, The Disappearing Spoon, for young readers. In 2015 he was elected as the inaugural High School Ambassador on the Governing Board of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. He’s a lifelong fan of Leeds United football club in England and a former season ticket holder. 

All Stories by Adrian Dingle

  1. Chemistry

    Explainer: What is an electrode?

    An electrode’s name depends on the circumstances. Confused? It may help to consider which electrochemical reaction is natural — and which is not.

  2. Chemistry

    Explainer: Ions and radicals in our world

    When atoms get an electric charge, they act very differently. Now called ions, these are behind many aspects of chemistry, including acids and batteries.

  3. Chemistry

    Explainer: What are chemical bonds?

    When various particles, atoms, ions or molecules come together to form a substance, they are held together with chemical bonds.