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Molecular Mystery Yields a Trio of Novel Matchmakers

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Science  14 Oct 2005:
Vol. 310, Issue 5746, pp. 212-213
DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5746.212a

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Yves Chauvin won one-third of the Nobel Prize in chemistry for working out the details of the "metathesis" reaction, in which a metal catalyst causes carbon-containing molecules to break bonds and change partners. Richard Schrock and Robert Grubbs each won another third for developing novel metathesis catalysts that were more efficient, stable, and environmentally friendly.