These days, I study two things: 1) How to best describe and understand scientific practices aimed at making new things, and 2) How the nano scale presents new challenges for contemporary philosophy of science. These things are coming together in a dissertation about reasoning, which argues that philosophers need new tools to describe the theory structure that supports activities nano synthesis. Hopefully, these tools will be useful outside the area of nano synthesis as well.
If this project works in the ways I dream it might, the tools I create will help philosophers to understand theory structures and reasoning processes in many productive-science settings, such as chemistry and materials science. The tools will also help productive scientists, such as chemists interested in synthesizing new substances, to better understand and articulate the relation between their activities in the lab and the theoretical structures that support inferences based on laboratory data.
This project may not work. But I really hope it does, and I welcome feedback along the way.