Collaboration Between Chemists

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Identify the need for collaboration between chemists as they collect and analyse data

  • Chemistry is a very broad discipline, and within it, chemists specialise in particular areas.
  • This specialisation generally begins during university training and develops throughout a chemist’s career.
  • Chemists, like scientists in general, tend to work in co-operative teams, as broad-ranging and complex chemical problems require input from many chemists with different specialties.
  • Team members have different roles based on their different expertise, and are usually under the direction of a head chemist.
  • Chemists cannot perform their role in a problem in isolation, as their aspect of the problem may have implications for other aspects being handled by other chemists.
  • It is essential that chemists work collaboratively, communicating regularly with each other and exchanging different viewpoints about problems.
  • The need for collaboration requires chemists to have good communication skills.
  • When a chemists talks to other chemists who are not experts in his or her field, it is important that the specialised chemical jargon of that field not be used in excess.