Most chemicals that we think of are what are known as organic compounds; they contain carbon and hydrogen. A smaller number of substances, however, are made up of only minerals. These are what an inorganic chemist works with. Typically, this person works in research or materials development roles in a company in a laboratory environment. Companies, such as manufacturers of tech and computer components will have inorganic chemists, as will companies that make solvents, adhesives, lubricants, and paints.
Typically, an inorganic chemist is involved in the area of research for product development, or related to improving and iterating on existing products. The chemist will typically work with mineral-based compounds specific to the project. For instance, a company may manufacture computer components and need to find improved ways to conduct or dissipate heat from semiconductors or processors. The inorganic chemist will work with metal compounds like aluminum or copper. Tech-related inorganic chemists are also involved in developing faster-conducting circuit boards, ceramics for processors, and micro-transistors.
An inorganic chemist typically will obtain a degree in that specific degree field at a university. Then he or she may work in a junior position as part of a materials research department. Some specific companies and applications may require a chemist to hold specific certifications or engage in continuing education. Inorganic chemists typically work in a lab environment during regular business hours of the week.
Inorganic Chemist Tasks
Test, evaluate, and improve current substances and products.
Coordinate with other teams and departments to meet production timelines.
Develop and produce chemical substances.