Phyllis Gilbert

Editor in chief

Phyllis has more than 20 years experience writing and editing in a wide variety of contexts: marketing research reports, grant request narratives and oral history reports. She has worked for non-profit organizations, government agencies, consulting firms and as an independent contractor. She believes that words matter because ideas matter.

Good writing creates a connection between the reader and the writer by telling a story that is relevant to both, in a voice that stays true to the writer and engages the reader.

Michael Scott Long, Ph.D


Ph.D. Chemistry from Penn State University. Specialization in analytical chemistry, polymer science and nanoscience.

Scientists, long ago, demonstrated that O2 permeates a wide range of rubbers approximately 3 times faster than does N2.

Stacy Chin, Ph.D


Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Boston University. Special emphasis in biochemistry, biomaterials, polymer synthesis, and translational research. She has many articles published in high impact peer review journals.

If possible, please avoid the use of compressed air in your tires and make sure to take the appropriate actions to maintain them for their optimal and long-term use.

Colleen Koza, B.S.


B.S. in Chemistry, project research and analytical laboratory experience.

Filling a car’s tires with compressed air can cause the car to emit more carbon emissions than if the tires were inerted.

Rey Rosales, Ph.D


Dr. Rey Rosales holds a Ph.D. in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He obtained a Master of Science in Radio-TV from Arkansas State University. He has trained at both The MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

When it comes to talking about using compressed air vs. inerting tires, hands down experts would declare the latter as the clear winner.

Genevieve Carlton, Ph.D

Research Historian

Research Historian from Northwestern University. A writer and researcher, she has published pieces for Ranker, Stacker and Atlas Obscura, in addition to a nonfiction history book with the University of Chicago Press and a number of scholarly articles with top journals.

In another thirty years, filling tires with oxygen and water vapor will be like using regular air in potato chip bags: an outdated technology replaced by something better.

Chris Kado, M.S.


M.S. in History from Harvard University. Chris teaches courses in business and history. Chris enjoys traveling, cooking and cycling.

Compressed air is problematic, and a high contributor to popped tires – even at the worst times.

Leah McEwen


Leah has experience in writing and editing academic articles. She has had several short stories published in various literary magazines. Also, a member of the English honor’s society, Sigma Tau Delta, and earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing while graduating with high honors.

You should really think about inerting your tires with nitrogen instead of compressed air…