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Visualizing Chemistry: The Progress and Promise of Advanced Chemical Imaging A Statement of Task The National Research Council, through its Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, will review the current state of molecular imaging technology, point to promising future developments and their applications, and suggest a research agenda to enable breakthrough improvements in our capacity to image molecular processes simultaneously in multiple physical dimensions as well as time. This review will: Review the current state-of-the-art in chemical imaging, and identify likely short-term advances. Identify gaps in our knowledge of the basic science that enables chemical imaging. Discuss the advances that would be opened if these gaps were addressed. Utilizing this projection of future advances, develop a vision for the future of chemical imaging. Discuss the convergence of factors that make this vision timely. Identify major goals that could provide direction for prioritizing research aimed at advancing the field in the next 5 to 20 years. Identify research required to meet this vision. Include research required in probing molecular systems, detecting the resulting signals, and in manipulating and interpreting the resulting datasets, and discuss the instrumentation required to carry out this research. Consider both experimental and theoretical advances required. Focus particularly on areas where differential investment would have its greatest impact. Discuss educational and institutional innovations that could help catalyze advances in this field.