Call for Nominations: Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry

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  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 03 February 2021
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In 2019, to mark its 100th anniversary, IUPAC has launched its first-ever search for the top ten emerging technologies. According to IUPAC, the goal of this initiative is to showcase the value of chemistry and chemists and to educate the public about how the chemical sciences contribute to the well-being of society and the sustainability of the planet. The results of the first and second searches of 2019 and 2020 are listed below.

The search for the Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry for 2021 runs until March 31, 2021. As in previous years, a jury will select from all submissions the emerging technologies that lie between a new scientific discovery and a fully commercialized technology and that have the greatest capacity to open up new opportunities in chemistry and beyond. The results will be announced in the October 2021 issue of Chemistry International (CI), the magazine of IUPAC.

2020 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

  • Aggregation-induced emission
  • Artificial intelligence applied to chemistry
  • Dual-ion batteries
  • High-pressure inorganic chemistry
  • Liquid gating technology
  • Macromonomers for better plastic recycling
  • Microbiome and bioactive compounds
  • Nanosensors
  • Rapid diagnostics for testing
  • RNA vaccines

2019 Finalists (in alphabetical order)

  • Directed Evolution of Selective Enzymes
  • Enantio-Selective Organocatalysis
  • Flow Chemistry
  • Metal Organic Frameworks (MFOs)
  • Nanopesticides
  • Reactive Extrusion
  • Reversible Deactivation of Radical Polymerization
  • Solid-State Batteries
  • Turning Plastics to Monomers
  • 3D-Bioprinting




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