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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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About the Author

Hans-Gerd Janssen

Hans-Gerd Janssen is Science Leader of Analytical Chemistry at Unilever Research Vlaardingen, and Professor of Biomacromolecular Separations at the van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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