carbocations is to understand chemistry
When we know what
carbocations look like and how they react it is
possible to govern their reactions to form products
we require, for instance a drug for intervening in
one of life's many chemical processes. Olah's basic
research has brought organic chemistry a great step
forward. His development of novel synthesis methods
and reagents has made new compounds available.
Olah's contributions to carbocation chemistry
have also led to new industrial processes e.g. for
the production of high-octane petrol.