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Sitting Down With... Hans-Gerd Janssen, Science Leader Analytical Chemistry, Unilever Research Vlaardingen, and Professor of Biomacromolecular Separations, van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Hans-Gerd Janssen | | Interview
How did you get into analytical chemistry?
I’ve always been practically minded – I wanted to build things, even as a child. I initially wanted to study mechanical engineering at university but a few trial lectures left me uninspired so I switched to chemical engineering. I pictured myself in a hard hat, building huge chemical plants, but I found that the engineering side of things was frustratingly inexact, full of estimates and guesswork – chemistry was more satisfying. And with analytical chemistry I could fulfill my childhood desire to build things and solve practical problems.
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