Combine chemicals to generate energy.

What does an Electrochemist do?

When substances are combined in order to produce energy or electricity, chemical reactions take place. An Electrochemist studies the electric character of those reactions.

As a Chemist who specializes in electrons, voltage, chemicals, matter, and energy, you work for universities, government agencies, and private research labs within industries as diverse as energy, medicine, and manufacturing. Although your job will vary according to the sector in which you work, you’re typically paid to perform scientific experiments that explain how and why energy is generated within chemical solutions-water, for instance, acid or even molten salt. Additionally, you find out how that energy behaves once it’s created, encompassing processes such as oxidation and corrosion.

The practical applications of your work are many. For example, electrochemistry is used in developing new energy sources, creating new pharmaceuticals, and improving your favorite consumer electronics (for instance, if you wish your iPhone’s battery held its charge longer, you’ll need an Electrochemist to make it happen).

Like most Scientists, your daily duties include creating hypotheses, then designing and conducting experiments. You also write research reports and scholarly articles, then deliver lectures on your scientific findings. You might even teach classes at colleges and universities. Ultimately, though, your number one priority isn’t teaching classes or writing papers. It’s mining solids, liquids, and gases for their inner electricity so that the world can keep its lights on and its motors running.