Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1912
Victor Grignard, Paul Sabatier

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Paul Sabatier - Facts

Paul Sabatier

Paul Sabatier

Born: 5 November 1854, Carcassonne, France

Died: 14 August 1941, Toulouse, France

Affiliation at the time of the award: Toulouse University, Toulouse, France

Prize motivation: "for his method of hydrogenating organic compounds in the presence of finely disintegrated metals whereby the progress of organic chemistry has been greatly advanced in recent years"

Field: organic chemistry

Prize share: 1/2


Nature is full of organic substances - a large and varied quantity of chemical compounds that contain the element carbon. Combining - synthesizing - organic substances by chemical means is important in both scientific and industrial contexts. Around 1897 Paul Sabatier developed a method for causing unsaturated organic substances to absorb hydrogen and form new organic compounds. The method primarily uses nickel, but also other metals, as catalysts - substances that facilitate the process without being integrated into the final product.

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