By the 16th century, alchemists in Europe split into two different groups. The group in the West focused on discovering new compounds, reactions, and chemical processes. These alchemists also invented distillation, percolation, extraction, andrudimentary chromatography. This groups work eventually lead to what is modern day chemistry. The second group focused on the Mystic side of chemistry, such as finding immortality, or transmuting base metals into gold. This group led into modern Alchemy.