New Chemistry: Solutions for the 21st Century

Tammy Hawley


As humanity evolves, so does the field of chemistry. Traditionally, chemistry's linear, profit-driven model has led to incredible innovations, but also to unintended consequences, and in many ways has contributed to the challenges we face in the 21st century. Green chemistry and engineering successfully addressed the environmental and economic cost of traditional chemistry methods, but merely implied the costs of societal impact. It is in this absence that the evolution of chemistry continues. New Chemistry embraces systems thinking and allows us to use the mass of information, understanding, and knowledge we accumulated in the 20th century to an ever increasing advantage. It builds upon green engineering and chemistry principles, utilizing cyclic logic and social obligation to create effective, efficient, and exciting new approaches to product design and development, while simultaneously instilling values needed for chemistry to be regarded as a truly socially responsible science. Twelve principles have been developed that should be integrated at the undergraduate level thus, will inspire the next generation of scientists, leaders, and innovators to be more than just chemists, and will create a profitable industry, a sustainable environment, and ethical society. New Chemistry seeks the answers to a new class of problems, such as meta-information on the cell, climate instability, and dissipative systems.


Sustainable Science, Undergraduate Curriculum, Green Chemistry

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