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2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 11, 2012

This year the Nobel prize in chemistry has been awarded to Robert Lefkowitz of Duke University in North Carolina and Brian Kobilka of Standford University, California for their discovery of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR’s). This awards follows decades of work by Lefkowitz and Kobilka and their colleagues. In 1968, Lefkowitz used hormones tagged with radioactive iodine to track them to … Read More

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 – Quasi Crystals - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Oct 13, 2011

The story behind Dan Shechtman’s 2011 Nobel prize in Chemistry is absolutely fascinating. It highlights many of the great things about science, as well as highlighting some of the less than complimentary behaviours of some scientists. Professor Shechtman’s discovery of quasicrystals challenged the existing understanding of crystal periodicity. This resulted in hostility from some prominent scientists including Linus Pauling who … Read More