Secret agent James Bond (aka 007) has saved the world so many times, he makes it look easy. What the extraordinary young scientists profiled here will tell you is, in reality, it's anything but.
Welcome to the second annual Talented 12 feature, in which we're blowing the covers of a group of top-notch chemistry "operatives" whose mission it is to solve some of the world's most diabolical scientific problems. This group is monitoring our food supply for contaminants, tackling unyielding diseases such as Alzheimer's, and finding better ways to convert sunlight into electricity.
You'll want to keep an eye on these agents that, with the help of our advisers, we've selected. We expect them to help safeguard the planet for future generations. And unlike James Bond, they won't need Q to outfit them with exotic gadgets for saving the world. They can build their own. Meet the Talented 12 ...