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What's a Splotch?



The Splotch mobile app is available for free on the Google Play store

About Us

Splotch was first conceived as a tool for researchers in chemistry research laboratories to catalog, share, and eventually publish their experimental thin-layer chromatography (TLC) data. While much of this data often remains unpublished or underexploited, Splotch provides scientists with the capability to quickly capture, organize, and annotate photographic TLC data. While this first application was built with chemistry researchers in mind, we fully intend to expand the feature-set to provide useful tools to a variety of disciplines.

The creators of Splotch are committed to providing quality software tools to researchers in order to enhance the reproducibility of their science. With that in mind, we have decided that our first offering will be completely free to download, use with no advertisements or in-app purchases, and we will NEVER do anything nefarious with your personal or professional data. We promise to maintain the application by providing support for bug fixes, feature enhancements, and other feedback going forward. Our goal is to provide you with a secure tool to streamline your research.

Furthermore, because of our extensive use of open-source development technologies, we are committed to giving back to the open-source community by publishing as many of our components as possible for other developers to use- feel free to check us out on GitHub, we’re always looking for collaborators!

Our Team

Joshua Horwitz

CEO, Co-Founder

Joshua is relentless in his pursuit of innovation. As a full-stack software engineer with world-class experience, he leverages his background to build innovative technical solutions to problems in the laboratory sciences industry. Joshua is committed to providing quality software products aimed at increasing productivity and accountability in laboratory sciences while keeping a high standard of user experience satisfaction. Josh earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Computer Science at North Carolina State University.

Matt Horwitz, PhD

Field Consultant, Co-Founder

Matt earned his B.A. in biochemistry from Columbia University and completed his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry in the laboratory of Jeffrey Johnson at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Matt subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Paolo Melchiorre at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona, Spain, before joining the group of Véronique Gouverneur at the University of Oxford as a postdoctoral research associate. Currently, he is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral researcher and a Junior Research Fellow of Kellogg College.

Rachel Horwitz

Technical Project Manager

Rachel is a Jill-of-all-trades; coming from humble beginnings, she has developed extensive experience in laboratory research settings, large-scale fundraising events, high-stakes project management teams, as well as software development and testing. Rachel earned her B.A in Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently working on her Master's degree in Information Science at North Carolina Central University. She is also a Certified Scrum Master and is passionate about learning, continuous improvement, and personal growth.

Zijun Chen

Music Contributor

Zijun Chen, aka “Hermitian Zzz”, completed her MChem degree at the University of Oxford and is now a PhD student in Organic Chemistry. She enjoys music and composed her first piece in 2019. Inspired by life, people, nature, and books, she is experimenting with different genres. Check Hermitian Zzz on spotify.