Highlights in Chemistry 2017

Looking back at the past year to inspire the future

Chemistry in 2017

2017 was a year filled with groundbreaking research and technological advances.

As we start 2018, we would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the most popular research from 2017, sourced from our Book and Journal portfolio to inspire us for 2018. 

Read on to find the most downloaded research of 2017

Editorial Director, Dr. Steffen Pauly on 2017

Looking back at what’s been happening in chemistry in the last year, we invite you to have a look at the most highly used journal articles and books of 2017 from Springer Chemistry. In general a major theme in 2017 has been the developments in computer technology such as artificial intelligence, big data and the like. This has also been reflected in chemistry in various ways – the application of quantum computing to calculate ground-state energies of lithium and beryllium hydrides being just one example (Nature 549, 242–246). From a Springer Chemistry perspective, the publication of the second edition of the “Handbook of Computational Chemistry” was very timely. A significant milestone related to this theme was the deposition of more than 600,000 chemical compounds on PubChem, the world’s largest freely accessible chemical database, by SpringerNature in October 2017.

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Numerous commentaries have described 2017 as a year of unrest, a whirlwind. While some of this can likely be traced back to the rapid developments in information technology, there can be little doubt that it is also due to the grand challenges that humankind is facing. Consequently, Springer Nature launched its Grand Challenges program last year. Chemistry has contributed, and will continue to contribute, to meeting the challenges associated with e.g. sustainable cities, global health, climate change and the food-water-energy nexus. This is well reflected in the selection of highly used journal articles and books that we present here. Take, for example, the review on “Progress on lead-free metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications”, perovskites being a highly trending material in photovoltaic research for clean energy. Mitigation of the rising carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere might be achieved by "Methanol Synthesis from Industrial CO2 Sources: A Contribution to Chemical Energy Conversion". Ensuring the long-term and sustainable supply of food will continue to rely on appropriate methods of food analysis.

However, chemistry is not just about providing solutions for such problems. More often than not it’s a fun experience. Think of all the fantastic fireworks on New Year’s Eve all around the world. Or follow your nose and enjoy the beautiful scents and odors that are based on chemistry!

We hope you will also enjoy our selection of books and journal articles, and wish you a great 2018!


Dr. Steffen Pauly, Editorial Director, Chemistry 

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