Research chemists are responsible for conducting experiments and tests to develop new products or processes. They work in a variety of fields such as pharmaceuticals, food science, materials science, forensics, environmental chemistry and biochemistry. Their job involves setting up lab equipment and designing experiments based on scientific principles to determine the best approach to solve problems. They analyze data collected from their research activities and use it to create reports or presentations that summarize their findings. Additionally they may also be involved in patenting new discoveries made through their research efforts.