an award-winning American-Danish trio, including an extremely rare double Nobel Prize

Barry Sharpless, 81, is only the fifth person to win a Nobel Prize twice. He had already won the chemistry prize in 2001 for his discoveries on the asymmetric catalysis technique.

Two new fields of modern chemistry have opened: the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry crowned Dane Morten Meldal, American Carolyn Bertozzi and her compatriot Barry Sharpless on Wednesday, who achieved the very rare feat of winning a second Nobel. The trio is awardedfor the development of ‘click chemistry’ and bioorthogonal chemistry“, Announced the jury in its decision.

Barry Sharpless, 81, is only the fifth person to win a Nobel Prize twice. He had already won the chemistry prize in 2001 for his discoveries on the asymmetric catalysis technique.

California-based American researcher and 58-year-old Dane Morten Meldal of the University of Copenhagen are crowned for their pioneering work in “click chemistry», A new form of combining molecules. This is used in particular to develop pharmaceutical treatments, map DNA or create new materials.

Bioorthogonal chemistry

55-year-old American Carolyn Bertozzi is sacred for the invention of bioorthogonal chemistry, a chemical reaction described as being able to trigger in a living organism, but without disturbing or modifying its chemical nature. Cited as a favorite this year, her findings have greatly opened avenues for improving the effectiveness of cancer treatments.

In science, the Nobel committees had opened the ball with the award on Monday of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology to Swedish Svante Pääbo, father of Denisova’s man and discoverer of Neanderthal’s DNA. On Tuesday, the Franco-Austro-American trio composed of Alain Aspect, Anton Zeilinger and John Clauser, pioneers of the revolutionary mechanism of “quantum entanglementhe had received the Nobel Prize in Physics.

The prize is endowed with 10 million Swedish kronor (approximately € 920,000) in each discipline, possibly to be divided in the case of co-winners. The week continues on Thursday with the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in Oslo. The delivery of the Nobel Prize ends next Monday with the Nobel Prize for Economics.


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