Ryoji Noyori (2009) - Chemistry: the Key to Our Future

Ryoji Noyori (2009)

Chemistry: the Key to Our Future

Ryoji Noyori (2009)

Chemistry: the Key to Our Future

Abstract

Chemistry is not merely a science of making observations in order to better understand Nature. Our science is creative and productive, generating substances of very high value from almost nothing. Chemists already have made enormous contribution to the progress of science and technology at large. One clear direction, both now and in the future, of this core science is to merge with other fields to produce ore interdisciplinary science. In view of its significance, chemistry demands the highest level of scientific creativity and insight to explore its limitless possibilities.
Furthering our understanding of precise biological mechanisms will lead to the discovery of rational, more effective pharmaceuticals in the post-genome era. Chemical synthesis provides a logical basis for rapidly growing biosciences and material sciences. Catalysis has been, and will remain, one of the most important research subjects, because this is the only rational means of producing useful compounds in an economical and environmentally benign way. Ideally, we should aim at synthesizing target compounds with a 100% yield and 100% selectivity and avoid the production of waste. Such Green Chemistry is creative and brings about prosperity, and at the same time takes responsibility for society at large.
In fact, state-of-the art of our science, coupled with industrial endeavors, determines the quality of life. Close involvement with society is the destiny of science. Our efforts will be directed toward solving a range of existing, or even unforeseen, social and global issues associated with health, food, materials, energy, and environments. I am very much certain that our successors worldwide will create new values in the 21st century through chemistry.

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