The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac) has announced its annual list of the top ten emerging technologies in chemistry. Several tackle environmental and sustainability challenges, while others address the ongoing pandemic, focusing on new solutions to prevent the spread of pathogens, and were picked by a panel of independent experts.

‘The panel tries to identify those with the greatest potential impact, but we also want to provide a diverse and inspirational list,’ explains Javier García Martínez, Iupac’s president-elect. ‘Every single technology we include is both exciting and has the potential to contribute to solving major global challenges. For example, green ammonia has the potential to significantly reduce the CO2 emissions involved in fertiliser production, whereas single cell metabolomics provide us with new tools to study cell…

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