About Me

WordChemist logoMy name is Nancy McGuire. I live just outside Washington, DC. For about ten years after I got my PhD in chemistry, I worked as  a laboratory researcher.

These days, I write about science, engineering, and computing for:

  • specialists
  • scientific and technical nonspecialists
  • readers with little formal science eduction but a great interest in all things scientific

I help scientists and engineers get their message across to their intended audiences using

  • substantive and development editing
  • cross-media content adaptation
  • graphics and images

I have covered topics from perovskites to policy to proteins to petabyte computing.
I’m really good at:

  • Materials science
  • Chemistry
  • Geosciences
  • Optics, diffraction, and spectroscopy

I have experience working with several media forms:

  • magazines (print, online)
  • websites (content, organization)
  • newsletters (print, e-mail)
  • academic and professional journals
  • conference exhibits and presentations


  • Education: PhD in Chemistry (solid state/physical specialization)
  • Experience: corporate communications, public affairs, trade publications, laboratory research

Professional affiliations:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Geophysical Union
  • DC Science Writers Association
  • National Association of Science Writers