Polymer Chemistry


Harvard University

Experimentation performed by scientists and researchers is at the core of research in most fields of science, and many rely on the function and reliability of the instruments and equipment they work with to gather data. These invaluable data are what drives research forward, and they come at a great cost and time spent by scientists and researchers in academic institutions and pharmaceutical industry. However, inefficient workflows commonly revolve around lab instruments, and often enough, unexpected instrument failures during experimentation will delay research for days and weeks, sometimes months. Hence, tools that bolster research workflows and save time on data acquisition and management are needed to improve efficiency, and in turn productivity, in the lab.




In 2015, Mathieu Gonidec Ph.D. was a chemist in the Whiteside's Lab at the Harvard Department of Chemistry. Mathieu had been looking for innovative ways to improve the efficiency of his lab through monitoring simple experimental parameters, like temperature.


Mat discovered TetraScience and, with a simple installation of TetraScience Link to fume hoods in the labs, noticed an immediate improvement in his research workflows.


"Like most researchers, when running experiments, especially those stretching over long periods of time, an error can derail your timeline. Even worse, you are often unsure of what exactly went awry."


In one instance, Mat was running a series of experiments where something seemed to not be right. “I was recently performing a simple polymerization experiment and something went wrong. I didn’t know why at first, but thankfully, I had TetraScience which by simply looking at my dashboard, I immediately identified the issue.” What he discovered from looking at the historical temperature log was that the temperature was fluctuating in swings of 20-30 degrees from the set temperature, causing the experiment to fail.


TetraScience allowed Mat to identify the issue, resolve the problem immediately, and move onto the next step of his research.


In August 2015, Mat left Harvard to join CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) at the Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux and is working again with TetraScience to implement their technology in his new lab.










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