Michael Dayah created his periodic table website, Ptable.com, as a hobby project when he was a teenager interested in programming. "I started it when I was 14 as something fun to do," he says, "but left it untouched for about 10 years." Eventually, as more learning moved online, Michael's site started gaining traction. "I was seeing a lot more visits to the site and decided to invest more of my time in it," he recalls. Michael spent about six years optimizing the site and SEO so that it would become the first organic listing on most search engines when someone searched for a periodic table.
He has since poured his time into improving the site for students and educators, adding 3D visuals and tools to virtually mix compounds. "I want people to be able to ask deep questions about the periodic table," he explains, "and explore and experiment in ways that are otherwise impossible without pouring over pages of data. This tool really allows students to do that."