Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Nobel Laureates 'Harnessed the Power of Evolution'

2 Americans and a Brit take home the Nobel in chemistry

(Newser) - Three researchers who "harnessed the power of evolution" to produce enzymes and antibodies that have led to new drugs and biofuels have been named winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, reports the AP . Half of the $1.01 million prize goes to Frances Arnold of the California Institute... More »

Chemists' Ability to 'Freeze Biomolecules' Wins Nobel

3 scientists from the US, Britain, and Switzerland will share it

(Newser) - Three researchers based in the US, UK, and Switzerland have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developments in electron microscopy. The $1.1 million prize is shared by Jacques Dubochet of the University of Lausanne, Joachim Frank at New York's Columbia University, and Richard Henderson of MRC Laboratory... More »

3 Makers of 'Molecular Machine' Share Chemistry Nobel

Controllable molecules could create new materials

(Newser) - Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born Fraser Stoddart, and Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing molecular machines, the AP reports. The laureates will share the $930,000 prize for the "design and synthesis" of molecules with controllable movements, which can perform a task when... More »

American Shares Chemistry Nobel for DNA Repair

Scientists' work on how cells repair DNA could bring new cancer treatments

(Newser) - An American is among the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Nobel committee awarded Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Turkey's Aziz Sancar, and American Paul Modrich for their work on DNA repair on Wednesday, reports the CBC . The scientists "mapped and explained how the cell repairs... More »

3 Win Chemistry Nobel for Revolutionizing Microscopes

2 Americans, German made breakthroughs in optical microscopy

(Newser) - Americans Eric Betzig and William Moerner and German scientist Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize in chemistry today for developing new methods that let microscopes see finer details than they could before. The three scientists were cited for "the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy," which the Royal Swedish... More »

Chemistry Nobel Goes to 3 for Computer Modeling

Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, Arieh Warshel share prize

(Newser) - Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt, and Arieh Warshel won this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry today for laying the foundation for the computer models used to understand and predict chemical processes. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said their research in the 1970s has helped scientists develop programs that unveil... More »

Israeli Wins Chemistry Nobel

Daniel Shechtman discovered quasicrystals

(Newser) - Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize in chemistry today for his discovery of quasicrystals, a chemical structure that researchers previously thought was impossible. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Shechtman's discovery in 1982 fundamentally changed the way chemists look at solid matter. "It feels... More »

American, 2 Japanese Share Nobel for Chemistry

They developed process for testing drugs, creating LED screens

(Newser) - American Richard Heck and Japanese researchers Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry today for developing a chemical method that has allowed scientists to test cancer drugs and make thinner computer screens. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences called the process, known as palladium-catalyzed cross... More »

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