About Me

That's me!

That's me!

Full Name: Jonathan Klar

Hometown: Long Beach, NY

Education: SUNY Binghamton, BA in Biology and Chemistry

I have recently graduated from Binghamton University and am currently working in industry as a research and development chemist for a nutraceutical manufacturer.  Although I do enjoy the applied version of science, I plan to return to research in academia.  While at school I worked with chemistry professor C. J. Zhong on creating new platinum alloy catalysts for feul cell reactions using nano-sized particles.   I’ve come to realize that science is my true passion in life and I can’t wait to get back to it.  Outside of that I am a golf instructor (I teach adult education classes for people who have never played), a gamer, an ex-runner (RIP my abs), and  love to talk about anything remotely academic so please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me outside of this blog!

The Blog:

The purpose of this blog, The Enlightenment 2.0, is to attempt to find the underlying causes for the divide between the scientific community and the rest of the world.  For some reason, much of the information gathered by researchers never makes it to the public view and this is a huge road-block for interest and funding, and therefore progress in the scientific community.  Hopefully I will be able to provoke solution oriented discussion on these topics and together we can make a dent.

Personal Note:

I don’t believe any argument should be considered without the opposing side being respresented, however I don’t want to debate myself; my image of being sane is already fragile as it is.  That being said, please be encouraged to disagree with me!  The most productive form on conversation has always been debate, I think you’ll find me very open-minded, once you get past my abrasive combativeness that is…

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  1. November 2, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Hey Jon, you are in platinum catalysts for fuel cells! I know platinum is the best but PGMs are rare (Bushveld, Norlisk, Stillwater). What do you think about substitution materials, say, molybdenum?

    • November 2, 2009 at 5:26 PM

      I studied them as an undergrad, so my knowledge is hardly encompassing, but we did some research with vanadium and iron based alloys that showed promise. Molybdenum would certainly be useful with its high heat and corrosion resistance, assuming it produced acceptable catalytic activity.

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