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On poisons and Nobel Prizes. Benjamin List and David MacMillan

Nobel Laureates in Chemistry 2021

We were delighted to learn that the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to two scientists of enormous stature: the German Benjamin List (Frankfurt, Germany, 1968) of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research and the US-based Scotsman David MacMillan (Bellshill, UK, 1968) of Princeton University (USA).

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences based its decision on the fact that the two have (independently) developed a third type of catalysis: asymmetric organocatalysis, based on small organic molecules.

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