In disciplines where ongoing activities and policies rely on developing data, the introduction of manufactured data or the convenient omission of recorded data serves no one except those with vested interests in validating their theories. Whether an advocate or a skeptic of global warming, there is one philosophy that we can all agree upon - it is a good idea to take care of our environment. This philosophy, applied to both established and developing industries, automatically gives rise to tremendous opportunities in the sciences. For example:
- the finite supply of accessible natural resources gives rise to the development of alternative fuels and more efficient means of utilizing currently accessible fuels,
- the current reliance upon combustion of fossil fuels gives rise to the development of emission containment technology, and
- the constant accumulation of waste materials gives rise to the development of technologies for the recycling and/or reprocessing of discarded products.
Organic Chemistry and Clean Technology
Since the industrial revolution, our economy has become increasingly more dependent upon the combustion of fossil fuels. After all, the energy provided by oil, coal and natural gas is already contained within the natural materials mined for human use. All we have to do is recover the fuel. Furthermore, these natural resources also provide components useful as, for example,
- raw materials for the manufacture of chemicals,
- monomeric units for polymer synthesis, and
- paving materials for roads.
Expanding on the above, the study of organic chemistry opens doors to careers in the development of environmentally friendly technologies including:
- synthetic/semi-synthetic fuels,
- motor oil from polymer waste,
- catalysts for more efficient fuel combustion, and
- biodegradable polymers.