In The Field

IUPAC ’09: Thinking big to save the world

The plenary lecture this morning was by Peter Bruce, from the University of St Andrews, over on the east coast of Scotland. His message was an appeal to chemists to open their minds in order to save the world from climate change. Free yourselves from thinking of the immediate applications, he said, and this challenge can be faced. “The chemistry to tackle this is still going to be fundamental chemistry,” he says. Chemists should forget the immediate technical challenges. 


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