IUPAC names top 10 emerging technologies in chemistry

IUPAC names top 10 emerging technologies in chemistry

12:01 PM, 20th April 2019
emerging technologies in chemistry

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, US: The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has released the results of its first search for the Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry. The special activity was initiated in honor of IUPAC’s 100th anniversary this year.

The call for nominations for the emerging technologies was released in the spring of 2018. A final decision was taken by a panel of judges. They reviewed and discussed the pool of nominations, and ultimately selected the final top ten. They are:

  • 3D-bioprinting
  • Directed evolution of selective enzymes
  • Enantio-selective organocatalysis
  • Flow chemistry
  • Metal Organic Frameworks for water harvesting
  • Nanopesticides
  • Plastics to monomers
  • Reactive extrusion
  • Reversible-deactivation of radical polymerization
  • Solid-state batteries.

The results have just been published in the 2019 April-June 2019 issue of CI and will be presented at the spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando, FL, during a symposium being held today in honor of IUPAC’s anniversary.

This initial search was led by Javier Garcia-Martinez, a member of IUPAC’s Executive Committee and the CI Board Member who suggested the initiative. For clarification, Garcia-Martinez defined the term “emerging technology” as “one that is between a new scientific discovery and a fully-commercialized technology.”

He went on to say that “it usually will involve a solid understanding of the technology, some type of prototype or even some start-up companies that are working to commercialize the technology. Most importantly, the technology needed to be exciting and have the capacity to open up new opportunities in chemistry and beyond and help to solve major global problems.” In addition, he noted that the term “chemistry” was used in its broadest sense, including materials science, nanotechnology, and biochemistry.

“Chemistry is the driving force for emerging technologies, but it is so pervasive that it is often overlooked and taken for granted. This new IUPAC initiative will help to raise chemistry’s profile and reinforce its essential role in the advancement of science and technology. I am looking forward to moving it forward, said Prof Dr. Michael Droescher, Treasurer and General Secretary of the German Association for the Advancement of Science and Medicine, who led this search.

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