The Chronicle Flask
My name is Dr Kat Day. I’m a writer with a PhD in chemistry and the best part of 15 years chemistry teaching experience. (I write fiction too; if that’s your thing, check out the Fiction Phial).
I started this blog back in 2013 because I felt that chemistry was sadly often overlooked by the media in favour of its sidekicks, physics and biology. Things have improved a tiny bit since then, but if you ask me stars and critters are still over-represented. Chemicals are brilliant. Let’s have more chemicals.
Over the years this blog has taken a bit of a sceptical turn. I’ve taken on several areas of dodgy science, including apricot kernels, so-called ‘alkaline’ diets and CD/MMS. If you’ve seen something you think I’d be interested in, have a look at the Contact page.
The Chronicle Flask was named in honour of all the students who have, in the past, misspelled ‘conical flask‘ in their chemistry coursework. There were many.
Awards and things
I’ve also written for Sense About Science as part of their Ask for Evidence campaign, been a guest contributor for Things We Don’t Know, written articles for WhatCulture Science, had several pieces published in Private Eye, wrote a chapter for the book The Secret Science of Superheroes, and written and contributed to several articles for Nature Chemistry.
“Go on, prove me wrong. Destroy the fabric of the universe. See if I care.” — Terry Pratchett
A comment about comments
All comments on this site are moderated and have to be approved, by me, before they appear. Full details of Things That Ain’t Going To Make It Onto My Blog can be found on the Contact page.
I’m not paid by ‘Big Pharma‘ to write what I write. Firstly, there’s no such thing. Really. Get over it. Secondly, no one pays me to write this blog.
However, in the interest of full disclosure, I did once work for a pharmaceutical company. I worked for Eli Lilly as a quality control chemist from 1991-1993. My annual starting salary was, from memory, about £5000.