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I'm a chemist with a research interest in nanotechnology. I've been editing Wikipedia since Fall 2006, and was reading it for about two years before that. Most of my work is related to articles on nanotechnology, biomolecular structure, and related science topics, as well as science policy and budgetary policy, and local landmarks, especially bridges. As of January 2017, I am a Wikipedian-in-Residence for the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and my edits for that position are made under a separate account.

My time is split between creating and expanding new articles, copyediting existing articles for flow and clarity of organization, and performing splits of long articles and merges of articles that have overlapping subject matter. I'm a big fan of navboxes as a tool to improve readers' understanding of how articles relate to each other within a broader context.


I have created or overhauled a good number of articles; the above links contain a list of the articles I have worked extensively on, as well as a gallery of the images I have uploaded. I have also made a number of navboxes, mainly for the various subfields of nanotechnology, to improve article flow and attract more edits to these articles.

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K. Eric Drexler (left) and Richard E. Smalley (right)
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The Drexler–Smalley debate on molecular nanotechnology was a public dispute between K. Eric Drexler, the originator of the conceptual basis of molecular nanotechnology, and Richard Smalley, a recipient of the 1996 Nobel prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the nanomaterial buckminsterfullerene. The dispute was about the feasibility of constructing molecular assemblers that could robotically assemble molecular materials and devices by manipulating individual molecules. The two also traded accusations that the other's conception of nanotechnology was harmful to public perception of the field and threatened continued public support for nanotechnology research. The debate was carried out from 2001 to 2003 through a series of published articles and open letters. It is often cited in the history of nanotechnology due to the fame of its participants and its commentary on both the technical and social aspects of nanotechnology. It has also been widely criticized for its adversarial tone, causing commentators to go so far as to characterize the tone of the debate as similar to "a pissing match" and "reminiscent of [a] Saturday Night Live sketch". (more...)

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Caltech's Fleming Cannon after having been returned to the Caltech campus
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