Who are the Organic Chemists?

Who are the organic chemists? It’s a question we examine deeper to answer. I see them as passionate and curious human beings who have turned their attention toward the molecular world, a world that is complicated to understand; it requires many skills to increase the potential for designing, preparing, and studying the behavior of molecules. Of course, they do experiments; but how do they present the results?

The problem they face is how to present their work to both chemists and non-chemists. Let’s go back to the early years before one can become a chemist. Many students who have experienced traumas in school feel low self-esteem and confidence. They think they are not worthy of seeing that beautiful molecular world because someone told them they cannot, or mocked their ability to do so. It’s challenging to communicate with people with psychological traumas about chemistry in general; the same applies to physics and math.


What about the bright side? Simplicity is the key. It would help if you focused on being simple when communicating with your audience—whether in science writing, science illustration, or both. I believe these skills are the most required in science communication.


Why is writing the most powerful skill? I’m working on my writing because it’s crucial to organize and present my ideas well. My aim in writing is to tell people stories, including science stories. Learning to write will help you express your ideas efficiently to your audience. How are you going to tell them what you saw? How will you communicate your passion so that your listeners can see and feel the same about your work? Just write using an active voice and express your actions.


Also, we are merging with the digital world, a world that depends on visuals. If you love art, combine it with science; communicate through art to unleash your creativity. As Mae Jemison said, “Art and science are avatars of human creativity.” Science illustration is a skill required to present outstanding work to your audience professionally in the digital world.


Finally, if you love playing with thoughts, go with this in writing. Otherwise, if you love playing with colors, express your ideas like Leonardo da Vinci.