This is not a list of the top 100 chemists on Twitter. For a start, I’m not really comfortable defining ‘top’. Most followers? Most tweets? Shiniest avatar? Funniest bio? Most well-known in the real world? (Define ‘well-known’ and ‘real world’, go on, I dare you). Secondly, not everyone on this list is necessarily a card-carrying chemist, but they are all people who, more often than not, have something to say on Twitter about chemistry in all its many guises.
This is essentially a starter pack for those interested in hearing about some chemistry on Twitter (and was, perhaps obviously, inspired by the list that Science put out last week that didn’t have any chemists on it, amongst other problems…). I started writing down names and kept going until I got to 100. As with any list, its content is biased by the person who created it (me, so in this case you’ll find lots of journalists, editors and others that I regularly interact with on Twitter) and is woefully incomplete. I have no doubt that there are significant omissions; but 100 is a nice round number and so I stopped there (I also have a day job). Feel free to leave comments, including the names of your favourite chemtweeps that I have inevitably missed, and to criticize, analyze and deconstruct this list to your heart’s content. Also let me know if any links are wrong/broken.
There were some parameters though. I haven’t chosen any organizations, publications or research groups – I’ve tried to limit it to individuals. However, if you want to get lots of chemistry on Twitter, I do highly recommend @cenmag, @ChemistryWorld, @RealTimeChem, @periodicvideos and @NatureChemistry (FYI, I’m the editor of that last one, so might be a teeny bit biased). I also haven’t included any of the chemists who currently work on the journal, so apologies to @stephengdavey, @HansellThe, @RussJKJohnson, @NChemGav and @anneintokyo.
Alex Goldberg (@AlexFGoldberg)
Process Chemist in Pharma. Will talk science enthusiastically, music loudly, and politics politely. Speaks 3 languages decently, and curse words in the rest [Bio update here on 26 Jan 2016]
Anna Mapp (@AnnaMapp)
Stephen H. Ashworth (@AshworthSH)
Works at a university. Teaches some chemistry.
Alasdair Taylor (@AWTaylor83)
Green chemist caring about the planet. Writes on chemistry, sustainability, policy & Higher Ed on my own blog, @medium & elsewhere
Every reaction needs a bit of TLC.
Earned my PhD from the UNC-Chapel Hill in synthetic organic chemistry. I am currently teaching organic chemistry at a midwestern Liberal Arts university.
Barney Grubbs (@barneygrubbs)
Polymer Chemist at Stony Brook & Brookhaven National Lab.
Dr Bella (@bellatronic)
Organic chemist, expat, cat friend and reformed chocoholic. Patent attorney in training. President of Women in Chemistry. Views mine very own.
Bethany Halford (@beth_halford)
Science writer. Expert pie maker.
Magazines Publisher and Editor of @ChemistryWorld at the Royal Society of Chemistry
Brent Stockwell (@bstockwell)
Professor of biology/chemistry at Columbia University, and author of The Quest for the Cure: The Science and Stories Behind the Next Generation of Medicines
Carmen Drahl (@carmendrahl)
Science reporter @cenmag. Chemistry PhD. Co-host of #speakingofchem chemistry show. Follow me for the latest in chemistry. Views my own.
Kat Badiola (@CaverKat)
Another chemistry doer in @mattoddchem’s lab @Sydney_Uni
News, Analysis, and Commentary for the World of Chemistry and Chemical Research. The site is maintained by Paul Bracher.
ACS Chemical Biology (@ChemicalBiology)
ACS Chemical Biology Editor and UW-Madison Prof Chem Biochem
Jason Hoshikawa (@chemistinjapan)
Organometallic/Polymer Chemist – 1st year PhD student at Kyoto University. Tweets are my own. 有機金属・ポリマー化学、京都大学でのD1です。 ACS, CSJ, AXΣ (BH)
1. A blog to help chemists find jobs in a tough market. 2. Towards a quantitative understanding of the quality of the chemistry job market
UMN Prof of Chemistry & Assoc Dean. Army vet. MOOC vet. Dad of 3. Downtown Minneapolitan. Singer/Whistler. Armed with a keyboard and eerily immune to shame.
Brandon Findlay (@Chemtips)
I blog chemistry tips and career advice. Because chemistry is hard enough.
Kat Day (@chronicleflask)
Chemist(ry teacher), writer and blogger (advancing), potter (dabbler), balloon modeller (this week) bookworm (total) and mum (just out of apprentice stage).
Claire Eyers (@ClaireEEyers)
Wondering about the world.
Jennifer Novotney (@CommonChemist)
Chemistry communicator interfacing science and society
Curious Wavefunction (@curiouswavefn)
Ashutosh (Ash) Jogalekar: Chemist and drug discovery scientist interested in the history and philosophy of science. RTs not endorsements.
David J Kroll (@davidkroll)
Pharmacologist, science & medicine freelance writer, speaker, educator. Drugs from nature, drug safety, interactions. Science & journalism diversity advocate.
Deborah Blum (@deborahblum)
Book author (The Poisoner’s Handbook). Blogger (Wired Science). Journalist. Professor (The University of Wisconsin). Chemistry Geek (Total).
Declan Fleming (@declanfleming)
RSC School Teacher Fellow (Bath Uni), Chemistry Teacher, Science Communicator, Photographer, Paraglider
Derek Lowe (@Dereklowe)
Drug discovery chemist and blogger
Sylvain Deville (@DevilleSy)
Bioinspired #CNRS researcher. Serial-freezer. Coffee drinker.
Will Dichtel (@Dichtel)
Associate Professor of Chemistry at Cornell University.
Janet D. Stemwedel (@docfreeride)
Philosopher, lapsed chemist. I also blog @ http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/doing-good-science/
Grant Hill (@Dr_GHill)
Chemistry Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. My research is in the field of theoretical/computational chemistry.
Raychelle Burks (@DrRubidium)
Analytical chemist. Left Coaster in the No Coast Zone. Sarcastic & silly, abides social morays. Near meaningless disclaimer: tweets = personal ≠ professional.
Dr. Allison Stelling (@DrStelling)
BA Chemistry (Reed College, OR) PhD Physical/Analytical Chemistry (Stony Brook University, NY) Research in brain tumor diagnostics (Germany)
Emily James (@emilyreacts)
‘Fun, lovable chemistry nerd.’ Formerly @chemistryworld, @RSC_Diversity. Tweets her PhD one day at a time via #TweetmyPhD. Plays roller derby. Eats vegan food.
Emma Stoye (@emmastoye)
Science correspondent at @ChemistryWorld. Journal-ising chem research & science policy. Views mine etc…
Organic chemist and editor. Enjoys pedantry, punctuation, and complex polycycles. European Chemical Sciences Correspondent for @CEN_Onion. Blogs intermittently.
Free Radical (@Free_radical1)
Godless Commie Fur-ner Scientist
Dr Suze Kundu (@FunSizeSuze)
Nanochemist, literally and professionally. Teaching Fellow @IC_Materials. Science presenter. Love dancing / gigs / Muse / shoes. #BBCExpertWomen Tweets mine.
FX Coudert (@fxcoudert)
Physical chemist, experimentalist in silico & all-around hacker @ CNRS / Chimie ParisTech
Zoë Waller (@InnocentWal)
Lecturing. Chemistry. Pharmacy. DNA. Research. Cycling. Commuting. Molecule of the day. Legs. Shoes. Dresses. Cats. Dermatographia… Preferably all at once.
Jake Yeston (@JakeYeston)
Deputy editor at @sciencemagazine, shepherding chemistry papers (views here all my own)
John Spevacek (@jaspevacek)
Polymer Chemistry, Physics and Rheology.
Jillian Buriak (@JBuriak)
Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology, Editor-in-Chief of Chemistry of Materials (ACS), running addict
Jen Dougan (@JenDtweeting)
Human being, PhD, Chemist. Formerly of @unistrathclyde, @nanometchem, @RSC_Roadmap & @imperialcollege. Not a fan of mornings.
Ex-chemistry post doc. Doting auntie. Board gamer. Identical twin. Squash player. All opinions my own etc.
Jessica Wynn (@jesswynn93)
Fourth year chemistry student at York Uni. Aspiring science communicator. Radio person. Geek. Feminist. Bisexual. Activist. Lefty.
Jyllian Kemsley (@jkemsley)
Science reporter @cenmag. Views my own.
Kara Bren (@Kara_L_Bren)
Chemistry Professor @ U of Rochester. Loves transition metals, dogs, and travel
Karl D Collins (@karlDcollins)
Chemist/teacher/blogger-opinions my own
Katey Birtcher (@KateyBirtcher)
Sr Books Editor for #Chemistry at Elsevier & Academic Press. Wannabe foodie, successful wine enthusiast, intermittent runner. Opinions mine.
Philip Skinner (@KayakPhilip)
Recovering chemist, now promoting scientific software (@ChemDraw, #Spotfire, E-Notebook…) @PKI_Informatics. All opinions my own. WW kayak and MTB for kicks.
Katherine Haxton (@kjhaxton)
Chemist Herder, Keele Slime Lady, and Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Wrangler. All views are my own and RTs are not endorsements.
Laura Howes (@L_Howes)
Editor of Science in School. Previously science correspondent for @ChemistryWorld. Musician and OU student in spare time.
Linda Wang_C&EN (@l_wang_cen)
Multimedia journalist at C&EN who likes to help Chemists and Chem E’s find jobs & grow in their careers. Oh, I also like taking pictures; those are my views.
Lauren Wolf (@laurenkwolf)
Science writer for @cenmag. Cohost of #speakingofchem web series. Lover of science quirk. Ocean pee-er. Follow me for #chemistry #neurosci news. Views my own.
Prof. Lee Cronin (@leecronin)
Professor of Chemistry / Nanoscience / Chemical Complexity. Applied work in energy and life science… …aiming for IMPACT beyond the normal reach.
Writer of sciency things. Chem PhD. Mommy. Science editor of The Sweethome. Wisher. Hoper. Magic bean buyer.
Lisa Jarvis (@lisamjarvis)
#biotech & #pharma reporter for @cenmag. bit ‘o #science, bit ‘o business. interests: drug discovery, evolving R&D models, pharma-academe collabos, #raredisease
Marcel Swart (Eng.) (@Marcel_Swart)
ICREA Research Professor (English version, see @marcelswart for my version en català)
Matthew Todd (@MatToddChem)
I teach and research organic chemistry at the University of Sydney. Open science, catalysis, chirality, tropical diseases. See also @O_S_M
John Dexter (@MrJDexter)
Chemistry teacher; SLT member; 11 18 secondary deputy; believer. Views here maybe my own, borrowed or belong to no one.
Tien Nguyen (@MustLoveScience)
Science writer. Communications specialist @Princetonchem. 2014 @Open_Notebook Fellow sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Chemistry PhD.
Neil Withers (@NeilWithers)
Features Editor for @ChemistryWorld, so expect chemistry during working hours (views my own tho). Formerly assoc ed on @NatureChemistry.
I am a scientist, and I study chemistry. It might involve metals. Tweets might involve chemistry, quite possibly not, though.
John Arnold (@pbn2au)
Dad, United supporter, chemist
Paul Chirik (@pchirik)
Edward Sanford Professor of Chemistry Princeton University
Per-Ola Norrby (@PeONor)
Organic chemist; Modeller; Husband; Dad; Apple addict; Singer; Haven’t been in the lab myself since the 80’s… At @AstraZeneca, but opinions my own
Perdita Barran (@PerditaB)
Prof. Mass Spectrometry, Director of the Michael Barber Centre for Collaborative MS, this is personal – or as much as allowed.
Peter Scott (@peterscott1965)
Chemistry prof @warwickuni: chirality, catalysis, bioinorganic. @SyntheticPages, cycling, guitar, golf
Polly L Arnold (@ProfArno)
Liberty, Equality, Chemistry. and beer.
David K Smith (@professor_dave)
Academic in York, YouTube chemist, fabulous gay husband of @t_witteringsam & dad-in-waiting. Science, education, politics & general nonsense. Views personal!
Rachel Pepling (@rachelpep)
Online Editor (aka, overseer of all things digital) for Chemical & Engineering News magazine (@cenmag), but views are my own. For example, Go Gators!
Ray Schaak (@RaySchaak)
Chemistry Professor at Penn State, Associate Editor of ACS Nano. All views expressed are my own.
Renée Webster (@reneewebs)
doing it periodically on the table | header photo ©Kristof Hegedus
Rob Jackson (@robajackson)
Chemistry/Forensics Academic (Reader), researcher in Computational Solid State Chemistry; blogs on science, politics, music & real ale. Trombone player.
Kathryn Harkup (@RotwangsRobot)
Science communicator, chemist and vampirologist. Currently writing A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie for @sigmascience
Simon Lancaster (@S_J_Lancaster)
Professor of Chemical Education, National Teaching Fellow, MOOC facilitator and cyclist. My tweets are my personal views not those of my institution.
Sarah Everts (@saraheverts)
I’m a journalist who writes about research on art and artifacts, chemistry, sweat science & history. I love photography. My views are mostly landscape.
See Arr Oh (@SeeArrOh)
Chemist interested in reaching out to the wider world about everything science!
Andrea Sella (@SellaTheChemist)
Often grumpy chemist at UCL with interests in new materials, showing people chemistry live, and life on a bicycle. Views all my own. Büchner filter is off.
Scientist, chemistry PhD, knitter, geek. Currently working in academic-industry relations as Impact Co-ordinator. Hilarity still ensues.
Serin Dabb (@SerinDabb)
Editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry – interested in all things related to scientific data and publishing. And some generic life stuff too. Views my own.
Simon Higgins (@SimonHiggins_60)
Synthetic chemist, electrochemist, teacher and researcher at Liverpool Uni. All tweets made are personal opinion and have nothing to do with my employer.
Samantha Cheung (@spscheung)
PhD chemist working in R&D Communications for @Syngenta. Tweeting about #science, #photography, #space, #design, and my life. Views are my own.
IIIIIIII’m back, crazy lady. …Let’s get this show on the rhodium!
Susan Vickers (@susanmvickers)
Inorganic materials chemist with a passion for science communication, cooking, buttons & cheese.
Just another tweeting, soon to be totally synthesising organic chemist. Views my own, the fluffy face isn’t. Apologies for the diversions from Chemistry.
Tehshik Yoon (@TehshikYoon)
Professor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chad Jones (@TheCollapsedPsi)
Physical Chemist. Podcaster for @Brachiolope. I brag about my kids, deal with it. Tweets are my own (I’m supposed to say that, right?)
William Tolman (@Tolma001)
Professor and Chair of Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota; Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry; Dad; bicyclist; fan of Mpls
Unstable Isotope (@UnstableIsotope)
Easily distracted by shiny objects. Eater of food. Chemist. Cat lap on demand.
Bruce Turnbull (@wbturnbull)
Synthetic Chemist – Synthetic Biologist – Scottish Borderer – Delighted to be United – Lots of Cake – Tweeting for myself
Shawn Burdette (@WPIBurdette)
CWRU B.S. ’97 – MIT Ph.D. ’03 – UC Berkeley postdoc 2003-05 – UConn Prof. 2005-11 – NSF CAREER award 2010 – WPI Prof. 2011- Bioinorganic chemist & photochemist