Colour Synthesis Solutions’ Women in Science — Grace Motson

Meet Grace Motson, a Kilo Chemist at Colour Synthesis Solutions (CSS) for nearly four years!

Colour Synthesis Solutions is excited to spotlight Grace in the third installment of our series CSS Women in Science.

Colour Synthesis Solutions appreciates the efforts of our dedicated team as we utilize an unparalleled expertise in chemistry and colour to solve problems via creative solutions for our clients.

Our Women in Science feature will peer beyond the traditional job description and provide extra insight about these valuable members of the CSS team.

We asked Grace to answer these questions:

  1. Where did you go to school?

Poynton high school and 6th form, UK. Then onto the University of Liverpool for my degree.

  1. What made you choose chemistry?

I initially wanted to be a doctor and study medicine at university. For that I had to do two sciences at A-Level. However, during my A-levels I decided being a doctor wasn’t for me. At the end of my first year, I took most interest in chemistry over the other three subjects; Biology, Maths and Spanish, as I found it easier to understand and more enjoyable to study. My chemistry teacher inspired me to pursue a career in science as she loved chemistry at university and hinted we need more women in science!

  1. Favourite type of project you have worked on.

The thing I most enjoy in a project is discovering the applications of the dye. It can be from a simple dye for hair colour up to being used in electronics. Anything to get my brain ticking.

A project I am currently working on is a series of trial reactions to determine the best conditions to produce the purest and most time-efficient route that will convert well to large scale. It’s fun having to think in a different perspective than the normal R&D mind.

  1. How has CSS helped achieve some of your goals

I started at CSS fresh out of university so my industrial experience was limited. However, my colleagues at CSS were kind and taught me new research methods and wet chemistry skills. By training and trusting me to run a kilo lab, interact with customers, present project findings and completing both a Team Leadership course and a Scale up problems course, I have become a more confident, accountable and resilient professional working woman prepared for most things the working world will throw at my way.

  1. What is your favourite colour and why?

Turquoise/teal green. It is a mix between adoring the appearance of the colour and being able to wear it in styles of clothing as it complements my skin tone by making me feel and appear radiant. It is truly satisfying when I synthesise a dye the same or similar colour. I am not sure what my favourite colour’s actual wavelength is but it would be interesting to see what range it can be.