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Carbon-Linking Catalysts Get Nobel Nod

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Science  15 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6002, pp. 308-309
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6002.308-b

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This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry went to three chemists—Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University, Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University, and Richard Heck of the University of Delaware—for discovering catalysts used to tie the knot between carbon atoms on separate molecules. The ability to tailor such molecular unions has spawned whole sectors of advanced technology, making possible the synthesis of everything from anticancer drugs and agricultural pesticides to advanced displays and electronic chips in computers.

* With reporting by Dennis Normile in Tokyo.