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May 5th, 2010

Many New Opportunities In Chemistry Related Fields

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The following is an interview transcript with Dr. Larry Spears, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Houston-Downtown. Dr. Spears is a longtime Professor of Chemistry at UHD and was Chair of their Department of Natural Sciences for many years. He is the Co-Director of their Scholars Academy; Director of their Urban Center for Student Success in STEM; and, Executive Director of the Science Engineering Fair of Houston, which serves most of Southeast Texas.

Jill Randolph: In the next five to ten years, do you think that any particular careers involving chemistry will become especially popular?

Dr. Larry Spears: It sounds egotistical to say, but the truth is that chemistry is pretty much the central science today. When one thinks about everything involving molecular biology with respect to genetics and drug development, it is all chemistry-based today. There is an old saying, "If you can touch it, it is chemistry," and that is still true. Therefore, chemistry is the essential science and that will be true in the future as well.

From a physical science perspective, the fields of nanoscience and nanoengineering will bring about major changes in the way we do many things. These fields will also involve novel new materials, both inorganic and organic, with unique performance characteristics and applications. I believe there will be a lot of emphasis placed upon advanced materials science and engineering, which will be much different than it is today.

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