Not all elements are equally available. Some are scarce all over the world, some are are only abundant in certain places, some are hard to recycle, and others are just in high demand because of how useful they are. Whatever the reason, there are definitely elements that modern society relies on too heavily. Looking forward, chemists are working to find substitutes or workarounds to reduce global dependence on these scare elements.
Watch ACS Editors share their picks for the element that society most needs to reduce dependence on:
The ACS Publications Editors featured in the video are (in order of appearance): Professor William B. Tolman, Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry, Professor J. Justin Gooding, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Sensors, Professor Shana Sturla, Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Research in Toxicology, Professor Prashant V. Kamat, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters, Professor Jonathan V. Sweedler, Editor-in-Chief of Analytical Chemistry, and Professor Erick M. Carreira, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Letters.
The American Chemical Society is joining with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT). All year long, ACS Publications is sharing stories about the periodic table and leading a discussion about the elements and their role in our lives, including videos like these.