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My name is Dirk Beetstra, I was born in Waskemeer, The Netherlands in 1971. Lived there until 1994, lived in Belgium (Leuven) for one year, and moved to Groningen (Netherlands), where I lived until 2005. From 2005 until 2009 I lived in Cardiff, Wales, UK, and from 2009 until 2011 I have been living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Since the beginning of 2012 I am living in Saudi Arabia, first in Riyad and then in Thuwal, KAUST.

General Interests:

My general interests are Chemistry (also my current workfield) and I like to walk/bike around in nature.


I specialise in organic, organometallic and coordination chemistry. I studied chemistry at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen and University of Groningen (organic chemistry with Ben Feringa). After finishing my study I did a PhD in organometallic chemistry under guidance of Bart Hessen and Jan Teuben. From 2005 to 2008 I worked as a postdoc in Cardiff, Wales at Cardiff University (working on the synthesis of new carbene ligands) under guidance of Kingsley Cavell, Nancy Dervisi and Ian Fallis and later under guidance of Mike Coogan, working on transfer hydrogenation. From August 2009 till December 2011 I have been working in the group of Vincenzo Busico at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Eindhoven University of Technology) on supported olefin polymerisation catalysts ('FLATCATS' project). Since the beginning of 2012 I am working as a Scientist for SABIC in Thuwal, KAUST.

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some things to be proud of
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You did the migration of COIBot, and as you must be beer free, please have this very expensive award and the beer will have to be taken on notice. — billinghurst sDrewth 03:40, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
some notitions (edit

Bots I am operating or actively following
Verification work
IRC channels
List of IRC channels
some interesting editfilters for me
useful links
The following is a list of searches for spam


Wikipedia is not a free web host[edit]

Please tag these with {{subst:prod|Wikipedia is not MySpace}} instead.


Useful searches
Some wikilinks for future reference
Pages to keep an eye on
one case per cell
Spam COI Long term problems
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Cross-wiki base
I use the following as a base for all other wikis where I have an account on

Hi, and welcome to my user page.

I am Dirk Beetstra, my main projects are en.wikipedia and meta.wikimedia

My main edits here will concern editors who have been performing the same (or similar) edits on more than one wikipedia.

If you want to contact me quickly, leave a message on en.wikipedia or on meta.wikimedia!

For justification of my edits, please see the header of my talkpage.

(Global) rights:

General links:


External info of interest to Wikipedia
Some links which I find useful and which I might use
Commitment to Real Life Identity


RFA questions
Questions interesting for RfA's
Additional optional questions from Beetstra
#. What are the Local spam blacklist and the Meta spam blacklist, what are they for, and which are the (core) policies and guidelines that they relate to. How should this functionality be used (also in conjunction with the Local Spam-whitelist and/or XLinkBot)? What would you look at if you were (to handle a request) to blacklist an abused site (I'm using the term 'abused site' with he aim to span more than plain spam)? And what would you look at when you were (to handle a request) to whitelist a specific link on a blacklisted domain or (to handle a request) to de-blacklist the whole domain?
some NFCC links