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Beyond the Molecular Frontier : Challenges for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering - Committee on Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century

Paperback Published: 19th March 2003
ISBN: 9780309084772
Number Of Pages: 240

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Chemistry and chemical engineering have changed significantly since the 1990s. They have broadened their scope - into biology, nanotechnology, materials science, computation and advanced methods of process systems engineering and control - so much that the programmes in most chemistry and chemical engineering departments now barely resemble the classical notion of chemistry. "Beyond the Molecular Frontier" brings together research, discovery and invention across the entire spectrum of the chemical sciences - from fundamental, molecular-level chemistry to large-scale chemical processing technology. This reflects the way the field has evolved, the synergy at universities between research and education in chemistry and chemical engineering, and the way chemists and chemical engineers work together in industry. The developments in science and engineering during the 20th century have made it possible to dream of new goals that might previously have been considered unthinkable. This book identifies the key opportunities and challenges for the chemical sciences, from basic research to societal needs and from terrorism defence to environmental protection, and it looks at the ways in which chemists and chemical engineers can work together to contribute to an improved future.

Executive Summaryp. 1
Grand Challengesp. 1
Introductionp. 11
The Structures and Cultures of the Disciplines: The Common Chemical Bondp. 16
Synthesis and Manufacturing: Creating and Exploiting New Substances and New Transformationsp. 22
Goalsp. 23
Progress to Datep. 25
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 29
Why All This Is Importantp. 40
Chemical and Physical Transformations of Matterp. 41
Goalsp. 41
Progress to Datep. 42
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 52
Why All This Is Importantp. 54
Isolating, Identifying, Imaging, and Measuring Substances and Structuresp. 55
Goalsp. 55
Progress to Datep. 57
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 68
Why All This Is Importantp. 70
Chemical Theory and Computer Modeling: from Computational Chemistry to Process Systems Engineeringp. 71
Goalsp. 75
Progress to Datep. 81
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 89
Why All This Is Importantp. 94
The Interface with Biology and Medicinep. 95
Goalsp. 96
Progress to Datep. 105
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 111
Why All This Is Importantp. 121
Materials by Designp. 123
Goalsp. 124
Progress to Datep. 126
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 138
Why All This Is Importantp. 146
Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistryp. 148
Goalsp. 149
Progress to Datep. 149
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 155
Why All This Is Importantp. 159
Energy: Providing for the Futurep. 160
Goalsp. 161
Progress to Datep. 162
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 169
Why All This Is Importantp. 170
National and Personal Securityp. 171
Goalsp. 172
Progress to Datep. 172
Challenges and Opportunities for the Futurep. 174
Why All This Is Importantp. 178
How to Achieve These Goalsp. 180
Chemists and Chemical Engineersp. 181
Educatorsp. 184
The Mediap. 184
The General Publicp. 185
Government and Private Foundationsp. 186
Industryp. 189
Grand Challengesp. 190
Appendixes
Biographical Sketches of Steering Committee Membersp. 197
Statement of Taskp. 202
Contributorsp. 203
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780309084772
ISBN-10: 0309084776
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 19th March 2003
Publisher: National Academies Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39

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