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Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

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Jade Snow

on 11 September 2013

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Transcript of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

What do Nanotech Engineers do?
Chemical Engineers: $57,000 - $140,000
$90,000 average

90,000 Chemical Engineers employed in the US

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
The field of engineering used to be dominated by: DUH! Engineers.

But the trend toward engineering on the nanoscale, where reactions get really wacky, requires a deeper knowledge of chemistry than engineers typically have.

Cue: Chemists.
What degree do you need?
Grad schools are starting to actively recruit chemistry undergrads for materials programs.

More PhD programs in colloidal chemistry in Europe
Nanotech programs only at R1 universities

Personality Traits
Play well with others!

Be able to clearly articulate and share ideas: Collaboration is key!

Have a wide knowledge base of physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

Demonstrate technical leadership.

Job Market
Creative Chemistry

What is Chemical Engineering?
CHEMICAL ENGINEERS have a broad knowledge of engineering, physics and chemistry.

They design and operate chemical plants, processes and instruments. They can specialize in a process, like oxidation or polymerization, or in developing specific products or instruments.

Most graduate schools have Chemical Engineering programs.

Erin V. McCarn
Jade C. Snow

What is Materials Science?
MATERIALS SCIENCE is a Chemical Engineering specialization.

Materials graduate programs are kind of rare, but some engineering-centric schools even have programs for specific types or scales of materials, like polymers, ceramics, colloids or nanotructures.

What does a Colloid Chemist do?

Investigative studies!


So where can you work?
There is a lot of overlap in the field of careers for colloid chemists, chemical engineers and material scientists.

To broadly generalize: We look at how stuff interacts with other stuff, so we can work ANYWHERE!
Research, develop and improve bottom-up, molecular self-assembly production of nanoscale materials.

Superconducting carbon nanotubes!! Tiny robots!! Weeeee!!
Some Job Ideas
NASA! - nanotechnology and aerospace materials

Fake-up companies - cosmetics

Pharmaceutical companies - time-release capsule coatings
Some Other Job Ideas
Fischer Scientific - Instruments engineering and services

Dupont -Basic chemical manufacturing, resin, synthetic rubber, artificial synthetic fibers and filaments manufacturing

Colloidal Inorganic
SoftMatter Chemist : New York, NY, United States
PostDoc position in the Department of Chemistry at New York University in the group of Stefano Sacanna. The research will involve the synthesis and
study of complex colloidal systems
. The position will also involve
collaborating with and mentoring students
involved in a variety of other projects. . . . The
position can begin as soon as possible
Background in Inorganic Chemistry, Semiconductors, Colloid Chemistry and SoftMatter is strongly preferred.

Senior Development Chemist/Engineer - PhD
Company: Dow Corning Corporation
Education Required: PhD
Dow Corning’s Science and Technology organization seeks a
recent or future graduate with a PhD in Materials Science, Interfacial Engineering, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering with a focus in polymer science and surface science experience
to join our Emulsion Product Development group. The Emulsion Product Development group utilizes fundamental understanding of interfaces, polymer science and colloids to deliver innovative solutions that meet our customer’s application needs. Polymer synthesis skills are beneficial.

continued because this job is particularly exciting to Erin...
: Must be able to define experimental plan and design experiments to optimize/develop product as well as generates and implement ideas to improve / optimize experimental routes.
Knowledge Sharing and Documentation
: Is effective at sharing and presenting information to a variety of audiences and in a variety of settings.
Continuous Improvement and Change
: Is personally committed to and actively works to continuously expand technical knowledge and to understand the state of the art in the technical disciplines supporting the business need.
Integrity and Trust: Demonstrated high level of integrity, thoroughness, creativity, flexibility, and initiative.

Materials Scientists: $46,000 - $130,000
$85,000 average

8,000 Materials Scientists employed in the US
As of 2010
Research Structural Materials Engineer

This position involves molecular modeling research focused on understanding and optimizing the structure and properties of light-weight, high-strength, carbon nanomaterial-based composites for application in aerospace structures. Scope of the work will include performing simulations, forcefield parameterization, interpreting and modeling experimental data, designing structural modifications to improve material performance, and collaborating with experimental colleagues to implement and test new concepts.

Department: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency: Langley Research Center
Open Period: 8/30/2013 to 9/16/2013
Who May Apply: All qualified U.S. citizens with a BS or
PhD in a related field.
Location: Hampton, VA

Salary: $68,809.00 to $89,450.00

Example Job Postings
B.S.: lab tech/assistant
PhD: direct your own research! Limit=DNE!
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