Chemical & Engineering Entrepreneurs

What Researchers Who Want To Be Entrepreneurs Need To Know

Scientists who are driven to start their own business and take the risks a start-up entails must think carefully about their technology, personal goals.

Basic research used to be pretty straightforward. A scientist had an idea, performed the research, and disseminated the results broadly through publications.

That paradigm has shifted. Today, scientists can take their work beyond a publication by patenting and commercializing resulting technologies. The government and universities alike are encouraging researchers to take their work out of the lab and into the commercial sector. Read full story >>


Chemical entrepreneurs get started in many ways. C&EN profiles chemists who are at various stages of commercializing their innovations.

Surprising findings and coworkers' enthusiasm led to materials start-up.
Kickstarter campaign gives grad student a taste of entrepreneurship.
Entrepreneur turns daydream into successful start-up.
Even at a young age, chemical engineer had a knack for translating creative ideas into commercial products
Researcher-turned-businessman puts to work his understanding of chemists as consumers
Plants provide start-up technology, graduate student Lucas Arzola helps with the entrepreneurial drive
Her custom synthesis firm just moved to a new state, with an eye toward vaccines, therapeutics
After reluctantly venturing into the world of start-ups, synthetic chemist has seven successes under his belt
Hands-on approach drives chemistry professor’s entrepreneurial efforts
Nearly two decades of dedication to developing high-tech imaging technology pays off as company continues to grow
Materials chemist says his economical battery technology could solve the grid-scale energy storage problem
Green chemistry guru’s firm invents sustainable technologies
Competition is the kick that gets these entrepreneurs going