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Top 10 modern inventions named

Feb 07 2014 12:08
Johannesburg - Drinking water, petrol (including diesel) and antibiotics were voted as among the top 10 chemically engineered solutions of the modern era, reported Energy Global.

This is according to a new survey by IChemE. Chemical engineers were asked to vote on what they regarded as the top chemically engineered inventions of the modern era.

The engineers chose from a list of 40 solutions. They had to choose the inventions that they regarded as the most important ones discovered over the last century.

"Chemical engineering is a remarkable profession. It can take the smallest of discoveries in laboratories and replicate them on a mass scale and economically," said IChemE CEO David Brown in a statement.

Apart from drinking water, petrol and antibiotics, they listed the following chemically engineered solutions as among those which have made the biggest impact on society, namely electricity generation (both from fossil fuels and non-fossil fuels), vaccines, plastics, fertiliser, sanitation and tablets and capsules, which enabled dosed medication.

Other inventions, which did not make the top 10 list, but were still regarded as very notable, include biofuels, contraceptives, batteries, the catalytic converter, adhesives, pneumatic tyres and photographic film.

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