Matthew Teusner

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I’m a Junior Chemist at Ceramisphere. We develop a range of products for the encapsulation, transport, delivery and controlled release of molecules using sub-micron or micron sized ceramic spheres. I am involved in the research and development work in the Healthcare projects.

Describe your study/employment pathway so far
Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in Chemistry at UNSW. Straight out of uni I worked for 3 months at Sydney Water as an analytical chemist, and then accepted my current job at Ceramisphere.

What achievement are you most proud of?
Achieving First Class Honours. Honours was a challenging year and I am glad my hard work paid off in the end.

What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful scientist?
Perseverance and resilience.

How have you used the skills/knowledge that you acquired, from studying chemistry, in your current role?
In general, most of my wet chemistry skills have been essential in my day-to-day lab work. However, the main skill I took away from my studies was how to do research, i.e. how to gain new knowledge in foreign fields. This was essential for moving into an entirely new field of chemistry.

What are your interests outside of work?
My main love is field hockey, but my other guilty pleasure is video games.

What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
For the most part good planning and high efficiency - being able to plan my work ahead of time and carry it out efficiently is essential for ensuring that I'm able to maintain my work-life balance (Don't start an experiment at 5pm!).

What advice would you give to students starting their science careers?
Make sure you know that you love science if you want to commit to a career in science. While it can be one of the most rewarding experiences, it can at times be difficult if none of your experiments are working.

Return to 100 Faces of Chemistry