Summary:

  • The study of modern chemistry can be split into two types of research:┬ápure and applied.
  • Pure research focuses on understanding basic properties and processes.
  • Applied research is directed toward a specific practical goal or application.
  • Chemical companies use applied research to find better ways to power vehicles, better lubricants to cut down on engine wear, and to lower air pollution.
  • The line between pure and applied research is not always distinct and may start out as simply asking a question that may result in useful information.
  • The video below further describes applied research.
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