ACS Careers Blog
The ACS Careers Blog was established as a way to share information about the chemical profession and its practitioners. Each week articles are added relating experiences and advice about working in the chemical enterprise.

Primary Author
David Harwell is the Assistant Director for Career Management & Development at the American Chemical Society. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry focusing on main group compounds of silicon, boron and phosphorus. In his former lives, he has been a salesman, a student, a postdoc and a professor.

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The ACS Department of Career Management & Development is dedicated to providing ACS Members and Affiliates with the best tools and resources available to manage the many stages of their careers.

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the largest scientific professional association in the world with more than 160,000 members. ACS members are predominately chemists, chemical engineers, and other professionals who work in chemistry or chemistry-related fields. Although the majority of ACS members live in the United States, the Society has a substantial and growing international presence.

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8 Responses to About

  1. Kenneth Slotnick says:


    I’d appreciate if I could talk to someone in the Career Services Office. I taught H.S. chem and gen’l sci in NYC Board of Ed for 8 years then got Ph.D. in chem and worked in pharma for 25 years. At this point am retiring from pharma and would like to go back to teaching. I live in Norther N.J. and could use some couseling about best way(s) to do this.

    Thank you for your help


  2. Reed Diede says:

    1. You have no competitor. If you acknowledge them as a competitor than your product becomes a commodity. Commodity wars are won on lowest price.2. What does your product do that no other product does? Why is this important to a buyer? Position around this.3. Become the expert. You must be the recognized leader in your industry. People will pay more for the items the expert/leader sells.4. Market, market, market!Good luck!

  3. StephanieDavis MS says:

    Hello. I started a biotech company here in NYC Neocell Biotechnologies Inc..It is a challenge to raise funds. I have a biotech and biochemistry background.
    I still work as an adjunct professor . I did not finish PHD . My startup company is exciting but we may relocate to Conneticut eventually.

    I could some advice on funding. I also would like advice on how to get get credit toward a PHD using R & D and teaching experience

    • lhgould says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      I would suggest you connect with your local small business association for assistance in sourcing funding. There is a number of avenues to explore in your area.

      Liane Gould
      Manager of Career Services

  4. mangesh says:

    i want to start my business which is related on chemical bases.
    but i dont have any ideas about that and not proper traning for that will you please give some ideas and traning for that which means i have to able to start my own business.eagarly waiting for your reply and tell me where is your centers in maharastra if possible please give me your pune branch career centers address because pune is suitable location for me thank you very much

  5. Hi,

    I was wondering if there was a direct email address I could get hold of? I would like to get in contact with someone regarding guest posts.

    Many thanks,


  6. ACS is such an outstanding blog. I’ve been reading the articles for years and it’s still gets better and better. I am looking forward for more updates here.

  7. Jon Stidd says:

    I have a question about how to develop a product idea. The idea/product would be used by the consumer products industry but I have no clue on where to begin. It would need to be developed by a chemical engineer.

    I appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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