Westlake is a company famous for its chemical peel programs, and it was no accident that the company was one of the first to award a $5,000 fellowship in 2018 to a student who had worked at a company that made chemical peel products.
After graduating in 2019, the young engineer moved to San Diego, where he was hired as a chemical peel specialist, a position that paid $7,000 per year.
His first job was at a paint store, and his next was as a chemist working on a research chemical peel for a medical treatment company.
In December 2020, after a few years working as a supervisor, he was offered a job at Westlane Chemical Engineering, a chemical company that makes chemical peel tools for a wide range of industrial, medical and industrial applications.
As he moved up the ranks, he started working at a chemical plant, and by January of 2021, he had a position at the Westlake plant in California.
“It was just the right fit for me,” he told National Geographic.
“We all felt that we were in awe of each other, that we shared the same goals.
The chemistry community in the Bay Area was really excited about what we were doing, and the company really loved the chemistry student.
I was very lucky to be part of that team.”
While Westlake’s chemistry students typically spend their first three years studying a particular chemical compound, students at the chemical plant are learning from someone with a background in more general chemistry, with a focus on the study of chemicals in their own chemical pathways.
“The company was really supportive of me, because they saw my chemistry background and their chemistry research, and they felt it was important to them,” said student Alex Stump, who earned his Ph.
D. in chemistry from Westlake in 2018.
“They wanted to have a more in-depth understanding of the chemical structure of the material.”
The company is also an early adopter of a new technology called the “chemically sensitive” peel, which it says can make chemical peel applications more robust.
This process uses a specially designed polymer to break down and remove the complex chemical bonds of a compound, while leaving the compound free of its chemical constituents, like carbon and nitrogen.
The company says it can produce products at rates that are 20 times faster than traditional chemical peel processes, which use similar equipment and chemicals to break apart the molecules in order to break them down into smaller pieces.
This new technology has also made it easier for the company to build its own chemical peel systems, and Westlake has also partnered with the U.S. military to test the product on U.N. troops in Iraq.
Westlake, which began working on its first chemical peel product in the late 1990s, was the first company to offer a chemical-grade chemical peel tool, but it has since added a wide variety of different chemical peel methods, including a specialized peel for chemicals that are extremely difficult to remove and a peel that can remove large amounts of material in a single application.
“Chemically sensitive peel is a new, advanced technology that we’ve developed,” said Stump.
“A lot of people have tried to use chemical peel to make a chemical product, but this new technology allows them to use this chemical peel technology to make the product even more robust, much more durable, and much easier to work with.”
Westlake recently launched a new Chemical Engineering internship program, called Chemical Engineering for a Chemical Society, that aims to train future chemical engineering interns for positions at major companies.
It is the first of its kind, and Stump said it will help students better understand the chemistry behind the properties of various compounds, as well as the complex structures that make up chemical compounds.
The program also is aiming to prepare students for careers in industry and science, with an emphasis on the ability to use a variety of chemical-based applications, including chemicals used in cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical products, among other industries.
“These students will get to know how to apply what they’ve learned in their research to the real world,” said Julie Stump-Watkins, the company’s director of communications.
“If they’re able to develop a product that can be used to make chemicals and pharmaceuticals and medical products, then they will be able to apply that product to other areas in their lives.”
The program will also help students understand how different chemicals interact and how chemicals behave when they are chemically treated.
“Our students will be exposed to the most important ingredients in the world—the chemicals we use, how they are packaged, and how they interact with other chemicals,” said Watkins.
“There’s a lot of chemistry in these products, and we need to understand how they work to make products that are safe for us.”
As the program continues, students will receive hands-on experience in their