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iupac top ten emerging technologies in chemistry 2020IUPAC TOP TEN EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN CHEMISTRY 2020 AND CALL
FOR 2021

The next search for the 2021 Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry has already begun – make a nomination here by 31 March 2021.

With the aim of showcasing the value of chemistry and informing the general public as to how the chemical sciences contribute to the well-being of society and the sustainability of Planet Earth, IUPAC selected Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry 2020.
An international jury of experts in several disciplines selected emerging technologies on the basis of those in between a new scientific discovery and a fully-commercialized technology, and those with the greatest capacity to open new opportunities in chemistry and beyond.

The 2020 finalists are (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

See release; details are featured in the Oct 2020 issue of Chemistry International.

The next search for the 2021 Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry has already begun – make a nomination here by 31 March 2021.

IUPAC Vice President, Professor Javier García Martínez commented that “The Top Ten Emerging Technologies in Chemistry is an effort by IUPAC to showcase how chemistry is providing solutions to our most pressing challenges. These are not just exciting discoveries but real technologies that are making a difference while solving real problems. With this initiative we hope to both inform and inspire in a time when technology is so important for our health, our environment, and our economy.”
The selected technologies will change our world for the better, making a more thoughtful use of our resources, favoring more efficient transformations, and providing more sustainable solutions in applications ranging from new materials and more efficient batteries to extremely precise sensors and personalized medicine” wrote Fernando Gomollón-Bel in a feature published in the October 2020 issue of Chemistry International outlining details of each of these technologies. (

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