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October 6, 2010, 9:06 pm

Nobel Prize for "great art in a test tube"

Designing molecules takes creative imagination, but to actually build them too takes scientific ingenuity of the highest kind... and such an achievement is indeed beautiful in itself, and its applications!

What was discovered?

New ways to build molecules! 

It may sound simple, but persuading carbon atoms to join up in chains precisely the ways you want them to required years of dedicated research by this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki.

How?

Carbon atoms are stable and so they do not react with one another very easily... but using palladium to catalyse the reactions enabled chains of carbons to be built without many unwanted by-products.

Why is it important?

Creating carbon skeletons for new drugs, chemicals for agriculture and electronic coatings.  We might not be able to see these molecules, but using them can change our lives for the better!

Argentum, MEMBER
Adult, United States
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Carbon bonding is definitely one of the big horizons of science from molecular sized computer chip’s to living organisms, armor, rope it's so cool the possibilities are endless.

 
   
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