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Industrialization of Biology

This report provides a roadmap of necessary advances in basic science and engineering capabilities in order to realize the full benefit of research investments intended to enable the advanced manufacturing of chemicals using biological systems.

Workshop Summary

Global Movement & Tracking of Chemical Manufacturing Equipment

Concerns about the dual-use of chemical manufacturing equipment for the production of chemical warfare agents have led to the development of export-control regulations worldwide. But in recent years, the globalization of the chemical industry has made it more difficult to monitor the movement and use of chemical manufacturing equipment, and has made existing regulations and treaties less effective.

Study in Progress

Effects of Diluted Bitumen on the Environment

In this current study, a committee will analyze whether the relevant properties of diluted bitumen differ sufficiently from those of other crude oils commonly transported in US transmission pipelines to warrant modifications of the regulations governing spill response plans, spill preparedness, and/or cleanup.


Antibiotic Discovery and Development

As antiobiotic resistance emerges as a serious threat to public heath, needs grow for new antibiotics that can overcome or bypass resistance. A recent Chemical Sciences Roundtable workshop discussed the technological challenges associated with developing such drugs.



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