Our Synthesis

The Calculated Chemist was founded in 2021 by Tanner Gerschick, an organic polymer chemist with a penchant for creative problem-solving. The idea to start the brand came after assembling the first prototype for his Erlenmeyer Flask Soap Dispenser, which was made when the original plastic container broke. Satisfied with the simplicity of the design, he decided to launch an improved version of the product on Etsy, only offering one variation at the time.


Inpired by laboratory glassware and luxury brands, Tanner continued to craft a science-inspired product line honoring the shapes, colors, and concepts he encountered throughout his scientific career.
In 2022 The Calculated Chemist achieved modest success, providing science-inspired drinkware for respected companies such St. Jude Children's Hospital, Stanford Medicine, and the Mayo Clinic. The shop has received a positive response on Etsy - over 5,000 sales, 5-star reviews, and several products stamped as Etsy bestsellers. In addition, the Calculated Chemist was featured in recognizable publications such as Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) Southern Living magazine.


Today, Tanner operates The Calculated Chemist with the help of his wife, Esmeralda, along with the company of their newborn son, Leonardo. He hopes to continue to provide high-quality, science-inspired products that science lovers may enjoy as memorable gifts.