Maintaining sustainable practices will require a concert of
efforts including industry-wide cooperation, governmental
openness, and education reform.
transformations, humans have been systematically dabbling
at the atomic and molecular level for only a few hundred years.
During that time we have created stronger, more durable,
flexible, and functional molecules whose applications such as
water treatment, pharmaceuticals, and primary materials have
vastly improved the quality of life. However, we have often
neglected aspects of toxicity, environmental persistence and
impact, or limitations of the earth’s resources, and the
unintended ecological and health consequences have become
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