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24 April 2017 09:36 (South Africa)

Molecule builders win Nobel chemistry prize

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Professors Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki were awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry on Tuesday morning. The three scientists were granted the prize for "palladium-catalysed cross couplings in organic synthesis", or in layman's language, developing new ways of linking carbon atoms together. After the Nobel physics prize went to Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov on Tuesday for isolating the graphene, it seems carbon is the in element at this year's awards.  Read more: BBC News

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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