Th’ Gaussling is a late 50-ish PhD organic chemist who likes to write about a variety of sciency topics including chemistry, the chemical industry, process development, process safety, history, geology, community theatre, and politics.

After a 2 year post-doc and 5 years of teaching at several private colleges I succumbed to the pull of the dark side- the business sector. A hapless employee laid-off from a failed start-up, I worked for a time in commercial construction as an electrician to support my family. As fate would have it, a chronically ill sales rep at a nearby chemical company fell over dead and I managed to get his slot in chemical sales and technical service in 1998. I thought it would be temporary. After seven years in the specialty fine chemical arena as a business development manager followed by ten years in the application of reactive hazards research in chemical process safety. I’m still here. What this has left me with is a view of the chemical industry I could have never anticipated. Oh yeah, I spend a LOT of time evaluating patents.

My essays are my own mistakes and do not represent the opinions or policies of anyone else, let alone past or current employers. They can get their own damned blog.