Nobel Prize 2022 in Chemistry: 3 scientists win award for development of 'click chemistry'

Barry Sharpless has just become the fifth individual to be awarded two Nobel Prizes. The other two scientists are Carolyn R Bertozzi, Morten Meldal.

Nobel Prize 2022 in Chemistry: 3 scientists win award for development of 'click chemistry' Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal, Barry Sharpless awarded for 'click chemistry' (Image: Twitter/@NobelPrize)
Anu Parthiban | Oct 5, 2022 - 3:40 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: This year's Nobel Prize 2022 in chemistry has been awarded in equal parts to Carolyn R Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K Barry Sharpless for developing of "click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry". Their work is used to make cancer drugs, map DNA and create materials that are tailored to a specific purpose.

Barry Sharpless has just become the fifth individual to be awarded two Nobel Prizes. He follows in the footsteps of double Nobel Prize laureates John Bardeen, Marie Skłodowska Curie, Linus Pauling and Frederick Sanger. Sharpless was awarded the chemistry prize in 2001 and 2022, the official Twitter handle said.

Barry Sharpless and Morten Meldal have laid the foundation for a functional form of chemistry – click chemistry – in which molecular building blocks snap together quickly and efficiently. Carolyn Bertozzi has taken click chemistry to a new dimension and started utilising it in living organisms, the official website said.

Hans Ellegren, secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, announced the winners Wednesday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. A week of Nobel Prize announcements kicked off Monday with the award in medicine honoring a scientist who unlocked the secrets of Neanderthal DNA.

Three scientists jointly won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for showing that tiny particles can retain a connection with each other even when separated. They continue with chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the economics award on October 10.


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