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Why limit your range? February 3, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.
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In a conversation with a professor, I heard him say something thatr struck me, “I’m too busy to read articles outside my field.” Although I understand his situation,. I cannot accept his attitude.

Chemistry research is ever-changing. What is novel today, is mundane and everyday within two or three years. In order to keep on the edge of real research – not the creaping along of risk-free filling in the blanks work, you need to be aware of trends in other areas, to look for opportunities to diversify or breakground in areas where your expertise can make a difference.

Time-of-flight MS was around for years before applied to big biomolecules. Reversed-phase HPLC was a curious type of chromatography until someone applied it to aqueous biological and pharmaceutical molecules. That list could go on and on.

Spreading out your interests opens up more fertile ground, maybe into areas with less competition for motice and funding.

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