alexa Defining Chemistry in the Twenty-First Century
ISSN: 2161-0401

Organic Chemistry: Current Research
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Defining Chemistry in the Twenty-First Century

Ryan C. Chiechi*
Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Corresponding Author : Ryan C. Chiechi
Stratingh Institute for Chemistry and Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
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Received June 12, 2012; Accepted June 15, 2012; Published June 19, 2012
Citation: Chiechi RC (2012) Defining Chemistry in the Twenty-First Century. Organic Chem Curr Res 1:e106. doi:10.4172/2161-0401.1000e106
Copyright: © 2012 Chiechi RC. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


What exactly is Chemistry? In their editorial, Let’s get practical, [1] Whitesides and Deutch address an important, related question: What is the future of Chemistry? Their assessment is that Chemistry cannot continue as a scientific discipline in its current form, and they prescribe targeted research that addresses relevant societal problems because “Chemists must remember where the money comes from”. They suggest that Chemistry must be restructured and, for example, merged with Chemical Engineering at the academic level. This article provoked discussions in hallways, blogs, and email amongst chemists and, anecdotally, most people are in agreement that something must be done for chemistry to survive in a recognizable form.

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