Research in chemistry is multifaceted!
The art of the chemist is the synthesis of new substances such as polymers, biomimetic substances, natural product analogues, catalysts - used in everyday life, in technology and in medicine.
In addition, the chemist must change these substances through functionalization to obtain the required properties.
Another research area is characterization, where the chemist non only uses existing methods, but explores new measuring principles and their applicability.
The chemist is also looking for potential application of the results obtained through fundamental research.
Chemistry is not just "stench and fumes"; a plethora of achievements of our civilization are the result of research in chemistry - much more than we might think at first!