Chemistry: Fuels, Metals or Pharmaceuticals

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Welcome to the research guide for Chemistry: Fuels, Metals and Pharmaceuticals. This guide has been created to assist Year 10 students researching the benefits and limitations of the applications of science and technology within the Fuel, Metal or Pharmaceutical industries.

"For the first two-thirds of the 20th century, chemistry was seen by many as the science of the future. The potential of chemical products for enriching society appeared to be unlimited. Increasingly, however, and especially in the public mind, the negative aspects of chemistry have come to the fore. Disposal of chemical by-products at waste-disposal sites of limited capacity has resulted in environmental and health problems of enormous concern. The legitimate use of drugs for the medically supervised treatment of diseases has been tainted by the growing misuse of mood-altering drugs. The very word chemicals has come to be used all too frequently in a negative sense. There is, as a result, a danger that the pursuit and application of chemical knowledge may be seen as bearing risks that outweigh the benefits." (Britannica, 2016)

Science Bank Industrial Chemistry

Lammas Science. (2012, December 13). Science Bank Industrial Chemistry [Video File]


Innovations in Chemistry

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