Reasons for Research in Industry

In an academic research setting, projects are run to increase and develop understanding of specific areas of interest. In an industrial research setting, while some areas are looked into for understanding and interest, it is still a profit driven environment, dictated by the market and the laws which govern it. In some of my earlier […]

Feeling Homesick

I am officially 7 months into my placement and this past month has been an absolute whirlwind for me, but brilliantly so. Firstly, I entered the race for School President of Chemistry and had to juggle campaigning around my work at DuPont Teijin Films (DTF), distance learning for the university and helping a friend out […]

Reality Check

One thing I’ve learned on my year on placement is that, sometimes, not everything works. It could be perfect on paper and in theory but in reality, sometimes it just can’t be done. This isn’t a total shock when you think about it, but previous experiences in the undergraduate teaching labs lead you into almost […]

Up In Flames

As I am on a chemistry placement for my chemistry degree, I feel I should dedicate this blog entry to the chemistry I’m doing this year! DuPont Teijin Films (DTF, the company I’m working for this year) is a company which, unsurprisingly, designs and manufactures film; mainly based on polyethylene terephthalate, for use in all […]

Upholding the Student Life

Despite the fact I’m on my industrial placement year and, therefore, should be just going about a standard 9-to-5 (or close to that as I’m on flexi time, which is excellent by the way) at DuPont Teijin Films (DTF). I’m still juggling my placement with an undergraduate student lifestyle, as there are so many students (around […]

Changing Perceptions

Here goes, my first ever blog entry! I’m a fourth year undergraduate chemistry student at the University of St Andrews, and this year I’m on my industrial placement year working for a company called DuPont Teijin Films (DTF: DTF has its main Research and Development (R&D) centre at a site by Wilton, in North-East […]

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