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Formulation Chemistry

The field of chemical engineering concerned with the development, formulation and production of chemicals without interacting with each other is known as formulation chemistry. Aspirin tablets, for example, contain aspirin, colorants, fragrances, binders, and so on. These don't interact with one another but contribute to the finished product in various ways.

It's an art as well as a science to create formulations, and it takes years of study to learn. It appeals to scientists in the field to search for just the right combination of elements while maintaining product quality, shelf life, price, and other concerns.

Typical job duties of a formulation chemist include:

  • Designing and conducting studies
  • Developing prototypes for use by focus groups or in clinical trials
  • Helping to manage clinical trials, pilot studies, and panel tests
  • Analyzing study results and writing reports for corporate records and/or regulatory bodies
  • Assisting with scale-up from development to production quantities

Patience is a formulation chemist's greatest virtue because it might take years to find the ideal combination of chemicals for a particular application...and it may be difficult. However, seeing your work on store shelves and knowing that you helped develop it provides an immense feeling of accomplishment.

Chemical engineering concerned with the development, formulation and production of chemicals without interacting with each other is known as formulation chemistry.

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