The American Chemical Society makes it simple to give and get help. Using artificial intelligence, we connect ACS members who are looking for answers with those willing to share their insights and expertise.
Need help with an idea or challenge? Wondering about career options?
Our technology (powered by Protopia) uses AI to find the best, available experts to answer you.
We “hunt” until you have one or more responses. Delivered right to your email inbox.
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“Hi – I’m Sarah, and I’ve focused on lab work since graduating from Johns Hopkins four years ago.
I am very interested in physical chemistry and it seems that obtaining a graduate degree would help me make this transition. Would anyone who has made this transition previously be willing to share their journey and tips? It would also be great to get some insights into grad school programs and how to get the most out the experience.
Thank you so much for your help!”
“My name is Lucas, and I am an analytic bench chemist.
I have a great idea for a new product useful in many areas, but I’m thinking industrial uses first. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to turn this idea into business. I would love to get some advice and find out more about starting my own company or other potential options to turn this idea into a product.
I greatly appreciate your time and guidance.”
“Hi fellow Chemists!
I’m Sam and I’ve been a member of ACS for over a decade. I’d like to re-focus my career in a way that supports economically disadvantaged areas of the US and leverages my background as an experienced process analytical chemist. I would love to connect with others who have made this type of transition; I can use help to determine what is and is not feasible, as well as what to consider as I look for these types of opportunities.
Thank you in advance for your insight and wisdom.”
Good questions are ones to help with your academic, professional or career development interests and challenges. And once you ask your questions, there are thousands of members waiting to help.
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We send your request to the members best able to answer your specific question.
No. We use artificial intelligence to match your request to fellow members based on a number of factors, including education, experience, proximity, skills, and availability.
Yes, of course! Once we make a match you’ll have direct, one-to-one communication and can ask additional questions.
Our goal is to get you answers within several business days. But it depends on what you’re asking and how many fellow members have the right experience and expertise. It can go as quickly as an hour or take 10 days or longer.
The number of answers depends on the nature of your question and how many ACS members have the relevant experience and expertise. The goal is to generate at least two responses when possible.
Your question will not be made public. It will be seen only by matched experts and a handful of administrators.
No. You are welcome to ask a variety of different questions. In fact, we encourage it as this is the simplest way for you to build your professional network.