They were cited for their work in developing a new way for building molecules known as 'asymmetric organocatalysis'
Members of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry at a press conference to announce the winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Pic/ AFP
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to German scientist Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute and Scotland-born scientist David W.C. MacMillan of Princeton University.
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The 2021 #NobelPrize in Chemistry has been awarded to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.” pic.twitter.com/SzTJ2Chtge
They were cited for their work in developing a new way for building molecules known as “asymmetric organocatalysis”. The winners were announced Wednesday by Goran Hansson, secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The Nobel panel said List and MacMillan in 2000 independently developed a new way of catalysis.
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“It's already benefiting humankind greatly,” Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, a member of the Nobel panel, said.
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