The discoveries of the Americans Carolyn Bertozzi and Barry Sharpless and Dane Morten Meldal gave rise to “click” and “bio-orthogonal” chemistry, two areas of modern chemistry.
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The 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded on Wednesday 5 October to the Americans Carolyn Bertozzi and Barry Sharpless and to the Danish Morten Meldal for their work on “click” and “bio-orthogonal” chemistry.announced the Nobel Committee of Stockholm (Sweden).
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.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2022 prize #Nobel prize in Chemistry to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless “for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry”. pic.twitter.com/5tu6aOedy4
– The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 5, 2022
The 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.
55-year-old American Carolyn Bertozzi is sacred for the invention of bio-orthogonal chemistry, a chemical reaction described as being able to trigger in a living organism, but without disturbing or modifying its chemical nature.
Germany’s Benjamin List and Britain’s David Macmillan were honored in 2021 for inventing a new type of catalyst to produce new molecules, at a lower cost and in a cleaner way. In 2020 the French Emmanuelle Charpentier and the American Jennifer Doudna were awarded for “molecular scissors”.