From: Axel Kohlmeyer (
Date: Wed Oct 07 2020 - 16:08:35 CDT

On Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 4:53 PM Smith, Harper E. <> wrote:

> Hi Josh,
 Is there a more standard way to proceed for someone with weak chemical
> intuition?

In my personal opinion, the best approach to this is to find an experienced
collaborator. It used to be the common way back in the times when tools
were less easy to use and information on how to use them was not as readily
accessible to anyone as now.

While it is much easier to get started now and do good work on
straightforward projects, anything more complex has become more risky,
since people don't go through an "apprenticeship" period anymore where they
learn the "tricks of the trade" and about the non-obvious sources of errors
that are known to experienced practitioners, but rarely put in writing
(mostly because they are not really of the "do this, not that" category and
thus not simple to write about).


> Best,
> Harper Smith

Dr. Axel Kohlmeyer
College of Science & Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA
International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste. Italy.