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Volume 40, Issue 4


Chemistry: The Driving Force for Emerging Technologies

Michael Droescher
Published Online: 2018-10-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0405


In June 2017, the World Economic Forum published their choice of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2017 [1]. As a chemist who has spent his life in basic and applied research and also many years in innovation and foresight activities, I wanted to know how much chemistry is needed in the future. My first reading of the paper surprised me and made me wonder. Why is chemistry only mentioned once, and then only as an application? So I looked deeper for chemical contributions in the various technologies, and will report in detail here what I found. Direct quotes from the original article [1] are indicated by quotation marks. Illustrations from the original article are used with permission from the World Economic Forum.


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Michael Droescher

Michael Droescher < > is member of the Executive board of the German Association for the Advancement of Science and Medicine, the oldest German scientific association that retains since 1822 a “tradition of dialogue between the sciences as well as between science and the public in the fields of natural sciences, medicine and technology." In IUPAC, Dr. Droescher was chair of the Committee on Chemistry and Industry from 2010 to 2013. ORCID.org/0000-0003-2094-444X

Published Online: 2018-10-29

Published in Print: 2018-10-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 40, Issue 4, Pages 14–17, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2018-0405.

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