This initiative began in 2018 in recognition of IUPAC’s Centenary in 2019, and while it was created to kick-off IUPAC’s anniversary year in a very visible way, the end goal was to showcase the value of Chemistry (and chemists!) and to inform the general public as to how the chemical sciences contribute to the well-being of Society and the sustainability of Planet Earth. A feature article presenting details on each of the selected 2023 technologies was published in the October 2023 issue of IUPAC magazine Chemistry International as well as in the De Gruyter Conversations, Science & Technology blog post (posted 18 Dec 2023).
The call for the 2024 proposals is now open. Anyone can submit one or more proposals – this call for proposals is open to the global science community as well as to the general public.
Call for nomination – deadline 31 March 2024
What is an “Emerging Technology?”
An “Emerging Technology” is one that is between a new scientific discovery and a fully-commercialized technology. It should involve a solid understanding of the technology, some type of prototype, or even better some start-ups working to commercialize the technology. But most importantly, the technology needs to be exciting, have the capacity to open up new opportunities in chemistry and beyond, and most importantly, help to solve major global problems – the focus of IUPAC’s vision and mission. The term “chemistry” is used in its broadest sense, including material science, nanotechnology, and biochemistry. Bottom line, an emerging technology is a discovery that hovers between an embryonic “Eureka” moment in the lab and an industrial application.
This initiative is to help to raise chemistry’s profile and reinforce its essential role in the advancement of science and technology.
David Spichiger, SCS