Marcus Lay

Associate Professor of Chemistry

What do Chemists Do?

This is an exciting time to be a Materials Chemist due to their central role in novel inventions and discoveries made possible by Nanotechnology.  Materials Chemistry is also one of the most applied of the basic sciences, meaning you will be involved in discovering new things with applications to real-world problems.


The following links have information about career opportunities available to Ph.D. chemists:

Follow this link to find information on careers available in materials science

What do analytical chemists do?

This link has information about salaries earned by chemists a function of degree

Chemistry in everyday life


The following links have basic and advanced information about nanoscience and nanotechnology:

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network

"Nanoscience and Technology", by N.A. Burnham

"Nanotechnology: Shaping the World Atom by Atom", National Nanotechnology Initiative

Transistorized! The History of the Invention of the Transistor

Scanning tunneling microscopy for kids