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Matthew Hartings

American University
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Matthew Hartings is on the faculty at American University in the department of chemistry. Matt has cultivated his online identity to share and engage with two distinct areas of scholarship: nanoparticle-polymer composite materials and communicating chemistry with non-scientists. The first research area is more traditional for a practicing chemist in academia. The second research area, though non-traditional, has been the most beneficial for building his online and professional profiles. His cultivation of this profile is built upon engagement, not self-promotion. The online world has many platforms for community development. Listening and conversing are much more important than just talking about your work. Through my own engagement in these platforms I have written several invited academic articles, have become an official ambassador for my professional society, and have just finished writing a book on kitchen chemistry for non-scientists.