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For many years chemists have designed chemicals and materials to have defined functions. Most scientists feel comfortable with the challenge of designing a material to have a particular color, or flexibility, conductivity, durability, and so on. Although advancements have been made to enable enhancements in many different chemical functions, it is still a struggle to design chemicals that are less toxic to humans and have minimal environmental impact.
Molecular Design Research Network (MoDRN) is a recent initiative that will help scientists expand their molecular design “toolbox” by helping anticipate the potential toxicity of commercial chemicals. MoDRN is developing as a collaboration between four universities – Baylor University, George Washington University, University of Washington and Yale University, – with the goals of advancing our understanding of chemical hazards and enabling rational design of safer chemicals in the future.