Being the catalyst

Chemical scientists are game-changers in the game of life

Thinking ahead, making a difference, being the spark that triggers change and inspires others – all are part of the world of chemistry. And this is as true in education, as it is in policy making and business development.

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    Analytical technician, plastics


    Celine modifies the molecular structure of plastics so they can biodegrade in the natural environment

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    Science communicator


    Fernando uses his scientific knowledge to explain complex science to the public so they can understand and appreciate the value of these discoveries that are important to their everyday lives

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    Patent attorney


    Charley explains how he makes an impact by helping inventors get legal protection for their new inventions and medicines

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    Head of chemistry and teacher


    Kay teaches and oversees the work that goes on in a secondary school chemistry department

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    Policy adviser, UK government


    Tom works for the UK government and briefs ministers and politicians about the latest scientific research to inform their policies

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    Flavourist and innovation director


    Claire creates new flavour combinations to improve the taste of everyday food products

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    Sports scientist, British Olympic Association


    Brian talks about his exciting role working with Team GB athletes and his part in the 2012 London Olympics

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    Senior committee specialist, UK government


    Xameerah talks about her important role in providing specialist advice on science and science policy to inform the work and policies of the UK government

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    Research fellow


    Lynne shares how her PhD led to a university research career working with large pieces of equipment and computer programs to understand how chemical structures work

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    Consumer products technician


    Robert develops materials to improve the properties of consumer products from cosmetics to chewing gum

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    Senior analytical systems technician


    Christopher describes how his love of science and understanding how things work led him to his role as a systems technician

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    Policy researcher, cancer research UK


    Harriet works at the world’s largest independent funder of cancer research where she helps researchers get support from the UK government and other research bodies

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    Project leader in enhanced experimentation, oil & gas


    Stuart brings good ideas to business faster by finding better tools and methods for researchers.

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    Project manager, world gold council


    Trevor discusses his unique role of promoting the uses of gold to companies across different industries

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    Fine fragrance evaluator


    Sophie helps improve and perfect fragrances created by perfumers. She also gets to travel regularly to Paris, Cologne and Grasse

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    Finance and planning manager


    Lorna’s role in finance gives her an overview of the household, healthcare and personal care products developed at her company

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    Assistant manager, publishing


    Sophia explains how she combines chemistry and editorial skills to publish scientific discoveries from people around the world

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    Medical research council board secretary


    Hazel discusses her vital part in funding groundbreaking scientific research through the medical research council by assessing and discussing funding proposals with the council

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