You may not realize it, but the products of chemistry play a big role in our daily lives. Chemists and materials scientists create the building blocks for medicines like Prozac or products such as plastic bags. Even the chocolate, marshmallow, and banana flavors of the processed food you eat were created in a lab by food chemists.
Chemists and materials scientists working in applied research come up with new products for industrial, commercial, and medical use.
Chemists research chemicals -- the building blocks of all materials. Materials scientists conduct research on the structures and compositions of materials.
“I like being able to work with my hands in the lab, making compounds and isolating cells.”Jake, Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Chemistry
Detail-oriented so that you don’t miss anything when making observations. You’ll also need to be creative, so you can come up with your own ideas about what you want to work on.
Chemists and materials scientists work in specific fields, such as biochemistry, which deals with the chemical reactions in living organisms.