Chemistry Nobel Prize 2010

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010 was awarded jointly to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki “for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis”. This chemical tool has vastly improved the possibilities for chemists to create sophisticated chemicals, for example carbon-based molecules as complex as those created by nature itself. In order to create […]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007: Studies of Chemical Processes on Solid Surfaces

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2007 – “for his studies of chemical processes on solid surfaces”: Gerhard Ertl. ‘The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2007 is awarded for groundbreaking studies in surface chemistry. This science is important for the chemical industry and can help us to understand such varied processes as why iron rusts, how fuel […]

New Catalyst Helps to Reduce Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) Emissions

New catalyst helps eliminate NOx from diesel exhaust. ‘A catalyst developed by Argonne researchers could help diesel truck manufacturers eliminate harmful nitrogen-oxide emissions from diesel exhausts. The technology — which has a patent pending — appears so promising that multiple large and small companies have expressed interest in licensing it and working with Argonne researchers […]

Enantioselective Organic Catalysis

New chemistry approach promises less expensive drugs. ‘With a newly discovered method of assembling organic molecules, a team of Princeton University chemists may have found a way to sidestep many of the expensive and hazardous barriers that stand in the way of drug development. The new approach allows scientists to synthesize molecules without employing toxic […]

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Applied to Gold Catalysis

Chemists strike gold with new gold catalysts. ‘A University of California, Berkeley, chemist has found a mother lode of new and unique gold-catalyzed reactions by applying Einstein’s theory of relativity to the rare and precious metal. Catalysts are metals that speed up chemical reactions, such as when the platinum in a car’s catalytic converter instantly […]