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The modern miracle of chemical enterprise is the ability to transform the materials that occur naturally in the world into new materials with new properties and performance that would not otherwise exist. History has shown there are thoughtful and wise ways to engage in molecular transformation and there are methods that are profoundly toxic, wasteful, and depleting. The new emerging synthetic methods that have been demonstrated in the field of green chemistry come from thoughtful life-cycle design and often use Nature and biological systems as an inspiration, mentor, and guide. Through this type of thoughtful design, we move from a narrow definition of mere efficiency to one of holistic productivity.
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