The Chemistry Enterprise in 2015:
Have a Future, or What?
William F. Carroll, Jr.
ACS Immediate Past President
The Chemistry Enterprise—for
industry, education and government--in the US is changing. For
industry, energy and raw material supply is becoming a key factor for the
commodity manufacturers. Chemical
markets in developing countries are growing; specialties are becoming
commoditized with expanding capacity. Global
companies serve global markets; services are available globally even to small
companies. In education, there are
questions about the global mobility of students for both undergraduate and
graduate education. The ability to hire
and retain professors is changing, as is the approach
to tenure and full-time positions. Governments
are reconsidering taxation and other incentives to maintain and attract
chemical businesses. Intellectual
property protection is spotty.
Looking forward to the next
ten years, the chemistry enterprise the world over is poised for
rebalancing. This presentation provides
a short summary of issues impacting the US and its position in global chemistry, and a review
of our program wherein American Chemical Society committees, divisions, leaders
and members have built a vision for the next ten years. There’ll be plenty of opportunity for
prediction and dialogue.