NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY FOR BENJAMIN LIST AND DAVID MACMILLAN

The 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry were announced on Wednesday to two scientists, Benjamin List and David MacMillan. Similar to last years win, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer S Doudna, this year too, the prize for chemistry was shared among two. The winners were announced by the Secretary General of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Goran Hansson.

The Nobel goes for their work in developing a new way of building molecules known as “asymmetric organocatalysis”. David Macmillan is a professor at Princeton University and Benjamin List is the Director of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.

The award comes with 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.14 million) which will be shared among the two, and a gold medal.

“Organocatalysis has developed at an astounding speed since 2000. Benjamin List and David MacMillan remain leaders in the field, and have shown that organic catalysts can be used to drive multitudes of chemical reactions. Using these reactions, researchers can now more efficiently construct anything from new pharmaceuticals to molecules that can capture light in solar cells. In this way, organocatalysts are bringing the greatest benefit to humankind”, stated the press release of the Nobel Committee.

In the coming days, the committee will announce the prestigious prize for outstanding contributions in Literature, Economics and Peace.

 

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