When scientists shrink materials down to the nanoscale, matter starts behaving in new and unexpected ways. Classical physics collides with quantum physics, and the very concepts we use to understand materials break down. That's where the fun starts.
I specialize in the philosophy of nanoscience. Nanoscience is part chemistry, part physics, and part materials science. It has grown up around the development of practical technologies aimed at solving extra-scientific problems, including medical imaging and the energy crisis. To solve these problems, nanoscientists are synthesizing new materials with never-before-seen properties, and they are using scientific models and theories in new ways to figure out how to manipulate and control these properties in new machines, devices, and medical therapies. As a philosopher of nanoscience, I examine the theories, models, reasoning strategies, and other conceptual tools that nanoscientists use to accomplish their goals, and I study how these conceptual tools can in turn reveal new information about the character of scientific knowledge.
I am an assistant professor in the department of Philosophy at The University of Kentucky, where I teach a variety of courses about the relationships between science and society, as well as philosophy of science, logic, and health care ethics.
I completed my doctoral work in the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where I worked with Dr. Robert Batterman, a philosopher, and Dr. Jill Millstone, a nanochemist.