The U.S. chemicals industry is maturing and optimizing its business portfolio for more competitive global markets. Over the past decade, the industry has reduced its energy use, shifting its status from the largest to the second-largest energy user among U.S. industries.

The chemicals industry has worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a range of resources for improving energy efficiency.

Some current R&D projects and Energy Management resources will benefit chemicals manufacturers.

Analytical Studies & Other Publications

Documents for Historical Reference

Combinatorial Chemistry (2001)

New Biocatalysts: Essential Tools for a Sustainable 21st Century Chemical IndustryPDF (2000)

Energy and Environmental Profile of the Chemicals Industry (2000)

Chemicals Industry Biocatalysis Roadmap Summary (2000)

Computational Chemistry (1999)

Computational Fluid Dynamics (1999)

Technology Vision 2020 - The U.S. Chemical Industry (1996)

Chemicals Manufacturing

Chemicals are the building blocks of many products that meet our fundamental needs for food, shelter, and health. Chemical products are vital to computing, telecommunications, biotechnology, and other advanced technologies.

The chemistry industry is one of the largest industries in the United States. The business of chemistry is energy-intensive; it relies upon energy inputs for raw materials as well as for fuel and power. See our chemicals profile for more information.