Matter burns, metal rusts, fired clay turns to ceramic.
These phenomena have been known and utilised for progression of society since ancient times. However, it was not until the 19th century that these were recognized as chemical changes; the bonding and cleaving of atoms forming new substances, and used on an industrial scale. This led to unprecedented strides in knowledge and technology. Minute changes on a molecular level lead to dramatic changes, and new substances. These new substances can change industry, lives, and even the fundamental structure of society.
The quest for new substances is continuing in fields as diverse as medicine, energy, materials engineering, electronics, and biotechnology.
One drop can change the world.
That unlimited potential is contained in each of our chemical reagents.