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Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering has changed significantly in the last two decades by broadening its scope into biology, nanotechnology, materials science, computation, and advanced methods of process systems engineering and control.

beyondmolfrontier01"Beyond the Molecular Frontier: Challenges for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering" is a report published in 2003 by the National Research Council that 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 astonishing 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 report identifies the key opportunities and challenges for the chemical sciences, from basic research to societal needs and from terrorism defense to environmental protection, and it looks at the ways in which chemists and chemical engineers can work together to contribute to an improved future.