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Transcript of Molecular Engineering
What does a Molecular Engineer do?
You can think of Molecular Engineering as “Molecular Manufacturing”. A Molecular Engineer produces molecules that may not exist in nature or structures on an extremely small scale. Molecular Engineers are almost in line with what a Chemical Engineer does, except Molecular Engineers deal with things that are smaller.
Important Companies of Molecular Engineering
Three companies of major importance include Zyvex, Nanosys, and Covalent Industrial Technologies, LLC
Nanosys has over 750 patents, some areas of their patents include LED backlighting, power fuel cells, and Nano surface coatings.
Products by Nanosys
They are currently trying to market a “Quantum Film” which coats over LED lights and makes high quality tri-color white light from a standard blue LED light source.
Income of a Molecular Engineer
August 21, 2013
The average starting salary in the United States of a Molecular Engineer is $65,000.
The 2010 Median payment was $90,300, or $43.42 per hour.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Molecular Engineers can make as much as $150,000 per year.
Some jobs a Molecular Engineer could perform are similar to Chemical Engineers and Chemists. A Molecular Engineer could perform Beaker experiments, be a lab technician, work in Pharmaceuticals, Plastic/fiber research, or environmental research (biochemistry).
Three essential skills will be needed to be hired in the Molecular Engineering field. These would be Numeracy skills, Critical thinking skills, and effective problem solving skills.
If you choose to become a biochemist, you must test the quality and accuracy of the compounds you have created relating to the purpose of relieving a problem. You must also read federal papers considering the regulations for gas and liquid chemical waste. They must also read important manuals and operate complex laboratory machines.
Typical day of a Biochemist
A typical day as a Biochemist could be a wide variety of outcomes. Most likely, the Biochemist job of the Molecular Engineering degree would be preparing reports of new findings, finding new methods or concepts having to do with living things, small or large, presenting findings at scientific meetings, and working with a laboratory team.
Companies that would hire a Molecular Engineer
The three major companies of Molecular Engineering, Zyvex, Nanosys, and Covalent Industrial Technologies, LLC would all be an appropriate place to apply for a job if you were interested in Biochemistry/Nanotechnology, both of which are topics similar and covered in a Molecular Engineering degree.
Working as a Molecular Engineer would require a lab coat and closed-toe shoes. If an employee is performing an experiment with chemicals, they must wear safety goggles, gloves, and a face mask.
Working in a Molecular Engineering lab can look different from one another, but typically there will be a lot of high-tech equipment, such as a scanning tunnelling microscope. The sanitation levels would be high considering the labs would have to be cleaned every day to make sure no toxic chemicals can leak away.
To work as a Molecular Engineer, you must have at least Bachelor's Degree in Biomolecular Engineering or Chemical Engineering. An Engineering license improve your chance of employment.
No volunteer work is needed, however if you have been employed as a Molecular Engineer before than your chances of employment rise.
Every state in the United States has a funded program that will help you get your Engineering license. North Carolina's organization is the North Carolina Board of Examiners. Through being an intern for a short amount of time and being mentored by a licensed Engineer, you can obtain your license.
The higher the degree you have in this field, the better you will be paid. If you have a Ph.D, you are not limited to what your boss wants you to do but you are also given the ability to do independent research and experiments.
To perform well as a Molecular Engineer, you are going to need to communicate your ideas and findings, therefore you will need to be able to be an excellent presenter and writer, since you will need to write some documents about your findings.
Problem solving skills for the mathematics portion of the job and an advanced knowledge of Chemistry would be extremely valuable. It would be a big plus to be a quick learner when it comes to using new machines and tools, since you will be using a lot of high-tech equipment.
You will need to learn measurement math, estimations, accounting, scheduling, and budgeting math, and advanced calculations.
Entry level position: Quality Controller, Lab Technician 1
Mediocre level position: Lab Technician 2, Research Assistant
High level position: Research Scientist, Assistant Professor, Professor
Other Areas of interest include Chemistry, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Research, Genomics, and Regenerative Medicine.
One organization that has had an impact on Molecular Biology and Chemistry is the Argonne National Laboratory. They own world class ideas, like the Advanced Photon Source and the center of nanoscale materials.Other organizations include the National Nanotechnology Initiative (US), and National Institute for Nanotechnology (Canada), as well as many others. You could apply to join these organizations.
Tools and Equipment
This job uses a lot of high tech equipment, such as the Scanning Tunneling Microscope and the Atomic Force Microscope. However, the job also uses basic chemistry tools, like Erlenmeyer Flasks and test tubes. As mentioned before, you must wear safety equipment in this job.
Adsorption - When a liquid or a gas accumulates on the surface of a solid.
Genomics - The study of all the genes that make up an organism.
DNA - A code inside cells that is used to replicate proteins.
Quantum Wire - Same function as Nanosys's "Quantum Dot" except the Wire only has two dimentions (length and width).
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