I am highly interested in research in the synthetic chemistry area, and I would like to know what should I know before getting into my first undergraduate research experience.
Obviously, the first experience in the lab is extremely crucial as I will build my own reputation within the group as well as with my professor especially considering the fact that I plan to pursue an academic career.
I am highly motivated, but I know that this is not enough. Therefore, I want to ask current researchers in the area of organic chemistry, what advices you can give for me.
Most likely, I will be working with a PhD or Postdoc students in their projects, so my question: Regardless of mechanisms and reactions toolbox, what should I know, in terms of theory, before going to the lab? is reading an organic textbook enough?
Thanks in advance!