Two Nobel Prizes for Chemistry This Year

By Michael Edmonds 20/10/2013

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry this year was awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their work on “the development of multiscale models for chemical systems”. Their work makes use of today’s powerful computers to apply quantum and classical physics to a variety of chemical challenges, for example modelling how drug molecules might interact with a protein target molecule.

However, chemists also play an important role in the organisation awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize – the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) employs many chemists in a range of roles including assisting with the detection and safe destruction of chemical weapons, as well as assisting with the development of organisational policy. An interview with Dr Jonathan Forman, the OPCW’s science policy advisor can be found here for those interested in reading more about the OPCW.

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