What is Chemist: Definition and 31 Discussions

A chemist (from Greek chēm(ía) alchemy; replacing chymist from Medieval Latin alchemist) is a scientist trained in the study of chemistry. Chemists study the composition of matter and its properties. Chemists carefully describe the properties they study in terms of quantities, with detail on the level of molecules and their component atoms. Chemists carefully measure substance proportions, chemical reaction rates, and other chemical properties. In Commonwealth English, pharmacists are often called chemists.
Chemists use their knowledge to learn the composition and properties of unfamiliar substances, as well as to reproduce and synthesize large quantities of useful naturally occurring substances and create new artificial substances and useful processes. Chemists may specialize in any number of subdisciplines of chemistry. Materials scientists and metallurgists share much of the same education and skills with chemists. The work of chemists is often related to the work of chemical engineers, who are primarily concerned with the proper design, construction and evaluation of the most cost-effective large-scale chemical plants and work closely with industrial chemists on the development of new processes and methods for the commercial-scale manufacture of chemicals and related products.

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    How deep does thermodynamics go? And how much would a chemist know?

    TL;DR Summary: I'm trying to understand what research fields I would have access to as a person who's majoring in chemistry. So how deep does thermodynamics go and how much of a foothold could I get into research on it as someone who's majoring in chemistry? Or is it really only accessible to...
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    Chemistry Volunteer/unpaid work to build skills

    I got a chemistry degree a few years ago bit I didn't use it to get a job since I've been doing other things. I love working in the lab and would really love to build up my skills but I don't see myself getting a paid chemistry job any time soon so looking for another way to gain lab experience...
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    Strange Nucleation Sites Inside a Diet Pepsi Bottle?

    I have found some odd Nucleation points that appear inside of the top area of a bottle of Diet Pepsi (the area right near the cap as shown in pictures below). The nucleation sites appear either as soon as you open the bottle, or after the first drink (I will test this once more and see exactly...
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    Identifying the Source of Organic Chemistry Problems: A Scientist's Perspective

    Hello ! I am preparing for chemistry olympiad,and my friend gave me this exercise in organic chemistry,but he won't tell me what book this is from can anyone help identify what book /problem collection this is ? (It has got some nice problems,at least higher than solomons organic chem) Thanks in...
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    Chemist Needs Assistance with Flowmeters for Mixers

    I work in R&D for coatings and have a bit of a plumbing problem on my pilot coater. I've formulated a very reactive mix that, once mixed, increases in viscosity by 3000cP an hour. This makes it very difficult to get a constant roll of sample material to send to customers with the equipment...
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    Uncovering the Truth: Exploring Science's Unanswered Questions

    I joined this site because I constantly have questions with answers not easily found online. My background: New found love for science in college. Graduated with honors in Chemistry (Thought I has going to be a Nurse.. change of plans) Been working as a chemist for a dietary supplement...
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    Chemistry Chemistry Professionals -- I have an Interview -- help please

    Hey everyone, I am a recent chemistry undergrad and just got an interview for a lab supervisor at a local college (undergrad) I know I will have to assume a lot of responsibility, and I am prepared for that. However, being my first professional opportunity, I have no idea what to expect. I know...
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    Schools Good Schools or Colleges to Become a Chemist

    This may seem like a dumb question, but I am interested in pursuing a career as a chemist or work in the field of chemistry. What are some of the best schools, programs, or colleges to help me pursue this goal?
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    Food Chemist vs. Chemical Engineer- Help

    First, thank you for taking the time to read this. I need some guidance as I am inventing somewhat of a new edible product. Curious as to if someone can point me in the right direction for the type of chemist I should actually be looking for. At first I was under the impression that it would be...
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    Trying To Become Either a Physicist, Chemist or Biologist.

    Hi, I'm a Year 7 student and I'm trying to become either a Physicist, Biologist or Chemist. I am currently in the top set for Science in school, my primary teacher think I'm a brilliant scientist, I'm dedicated to the subject, I mostly get Level 6s and 7s for in-class tasks and I'm expected to...
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    Chemist in pharmaceutical industry?

    Now I've managed to find pharmaceutical industry firm job, they told me first of all it will be 1 month trial. I don't know what kind of laboratory work that i will do or learn. But I have to know which things that I should pay attention to it in 1 month trial work period. What are the work...
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    How can I find a job as a chemist?

    Ive graduated from a bachelor degree in chemistry from an ordinary university in Turkey in 2012. So i live in a city which has low chemical company portfolio. But I can go another big cities which are higher chemical company profiles and job opportunities and so on. And I did some job...
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    Physics What Sort of Problems Could I Be Researching as a Quantum Chemist?

    This area sounds interesting to me to focus a PhD on. But I was wondering what problems are there in quantum chemistry that need researchers? If I became a quantum chemist, which sort of problems would I be working on, and are they problems with practical implications or mostly theoretical...
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    A Young Chemist Seeking Advice

    I am a recent graduate with my BS Chemistry degree. Because I did not want to move and some other factors I do not care to discuss here I ended up in a less than desirable position at a local analytical laboratory. I log samples and deal with customers. This saddens me because not only is my...
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    E&M textbook for a physical chemist

    Hi all, I am a graduate student in physical chemistry and I have discovered a fairly large hole in my knowledge. I am designing some experiments that will study the behavior of ions in magnetic fields. I don't have much background in E&M fields past a general physics course. Do you have any...
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    Physics Can I become a Chemist or Physicist?

    Hi I'm 16 years old. I'm currently in grade 11. I wanted to know if I could become a Physicist or Chemist with a relatively good understanding of the subjects. In physics I'm trying my best to understand it I had problems with Waves and some parts of Mechanics. I don't understand everything...
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    Schools Chemist ISO Grad school advice: Applied physics? International vs. US?

    Hello all. I am a currently working as a chemist (University of Delaware B.Sc. Chemistry 2010) in the US and have been sorting through my options for graduate school. My original plan was to work toward a M.Sc. in Applied Physics at the University of Granada (UGR) in Spain, and to follow that...
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    Is a degree necessary to become a successful chemist?

    How do I become a chemist?
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    Reference suggestions for a struggling chemist.

    Hello All, Can anyone suggest some good references or books that can help me get used to working problems with the Dirac notation and the mathematics of Hilbert Space? I'm a new Ph.D. student in chemical physics, and I did my undergrad in Chem, with a math minor. I'm now taking graduate qm from...
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    Engineering I want to work with electric vehicles. Chemist or Electrical Engineer?

    I love Electric motors and vehicles, and i want to fully understand how electricity works and how is generated, i see that batteries have a lot of chemistry and the wires also have a lot of chemistry. So if i want to fully undertand how this things work should l go electrical engineering or...
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    Can Software Engineering Contribute to Solving Environmental Chemistry Problems?

    I am a software engineer of 20 years and would love to use my skills to somehow help work on the Carbon Dioxide problem (or other problems that could help the environment). I was wondering if simulation software might be written that would allow one to model various processes that attempt to...
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    Physics Physical Chemist - Molecular Biophysics Research

    Now I'm undergrad student, majoring in Physics. But I think I prefer to be a physical chemist and want to be a university lecturer in department of chemistry. My research field is molecular biophysics and I need to have a basic knowledge of organic chemistry and biochemistry, but now I'm...
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    How can i be a clinical chemist?

    hi,.. i want to inquire about something.. am now a science student majored in chemistry.. i want to inquire about how can i work as a clinical chemist? or pathologist?..but the last i think it's only for medicine college graduates..but for me as a chemist could i be able to work as a clinical...
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    Help Needed: Chemistry Research Problem

    I met a problem during my scientific research, solving it by myself is too difficult. Anybody who can help, please come to the attachment.
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    Career advice for an entry level chemist

    I am not really hardworking or talented enough for PhD level chemistry (bad as that may sound but unless you are in the top 2% of the public in both talent and work ethic you'll have a hard time), and I know that finding a job in industry is much harder with a PhD than a MS or BS. I don't need...
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    Need help from a REALLY REALLY GOOD chemist

    Time released medicine (or called slow releasing (SR) medicine) is a beneficial product for patients. The basic design of this type of medicine is active ingridients coated with special soluble polymer. Let assume a polymer M has zero order decomposed rate at 0.05 mg/s in blood. Please design...
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    Anyone need an unemployed medicinal chemist?

    I can cook and clean, am good with the kids, and love pets. If you are looking for an unemployed medicinal chemist feel free to PM me. All that I ask is that you feed and clothe me. How pathetic has the science industry in America these days? 24 y.o. and I am already going to be...
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    Optimize Your Sports Drink with Advanced Chemist Suggestions - Lemonade Flavor

    Hello my name is Dan, I am a high school junior and had an idea i need some help with. I am currently designing a sports drink for myself and my fellow cross country runners. I am planning on making a flavor, hypothetically lemonade first, then via multivitamin supplements, powder, and soft...
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    Does pure gold oxidize(I truly need a long-time proffesional chemist)

    Some say pure gold oxidizes,but it takes thousands of years and even billions of years to completely oxidize on normal/room temperature i natural envirornments. 1.So,does pure gold in water(normal drinking and salt water) oxidize at least on molecular level i normal/room temperature? Because...
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    Top 10 reasons to date a chemist