Chemical & Engineering News Publishes "Millennium Musings"
Optimism and excitement are front and center in the minds of leaders from all segments of the international chemical enterprise - academia, industry and government - when reflecting on the role they expect chemistry to have in the progress of society during the coming millennium. Their thoughts are captured in a special issue of the weekly newsmagazine Chemical & Engineering News, published Dec. 6.
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Sprinkled throughout the magazine's "Millennium Special Report: Chemistry In The Service Of Humanity," are "Millennial Musings" of 73 leaders in the world of chemistry: Nobel laureates, scions of industry, professors, researchers and technical experts. Their thoughts are as wide-ranging as the role of chemistry in our lives.
Many expect advances in medicinal chemistry to make once impossible dreams reality. Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, looks forward to development of "supramolecular systems that can carry drugs to the precise points in the body where they are needed." Ronald Breslow, professor of chemistry at Columbia University and a past president of the American Chemical Society, says that "living to age 120 will not be unusual."
Daryle Busch, professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas and president-elect of the Society, anticipates that "the manipulation of molecular interactions will begin to look like an engineering field." The fruits of this technological leap could include chemical computers that "operate a billion times faster than a silicon-based computer," says Jim Leng, chief executive officer of LaPorte.