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I'm starting a PhD and my research topic involves microfabrication (photolithography, etc.) and also ionic liquids (including QSPR and possibly synthesis). The thing is, I know close to nothing about chemistry, my background is in aerospace engineering. I am ready to make a big investment in time to learn whatever I need to reach to the point where I can do research in these topics, but I also can't take all the courses of a Chemistry undergrad at this point. What topics should I learn, and what can I skip? If you could recommend me some books/online classes or courses that would be a bonus! Thank you very much :)

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    $\begingroup$ Have you gotten any input from the graduate advisors or faculty in your program? $\endgroup$ – Todd Minehardt Jul 21 at 22:10
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    $\begingroup$ The present question is probably a bit too general to receive a fitting answer. There is a (limited) survey of recommended resources which may become more useful after discussion and narrowing the addressed target(s) with your supervisor. If focused in time and topic, a search with keywords on publishers' / societies' websites (e.g., mdpi, ACS) may be an inspiration. $\endgroup$ – Buttonwood Jul 21 at 22:51
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Todd and Buttonwood. I'll ask faculty too, good idea. Buttonwood, I know the question is a bit broad. I just try to read papers or books related to those two topics and I realize I lack of a lot of background knowledge. I'm wondering what learning path should I take in order to understand these topics better. I'll probably review the basics with Oxtoby's book. But then should I look into physical chemsitry, inorganic chemistry? And thank you for the resources! $\endgroup$ – James Dohl Jul 22 at 18:32

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