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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001
William Knowles, Ryoji Noyori, Barry Sharpless

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Barry Sharpless - Facts

K. Barry Sharpless

K. Barry Sharpless

Born: 28 April 1941, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Affiliation at the time of the award: The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA

Prize motivation: "for his work on chirally catalysed oxidation reactions"

Field: industrial chemistry, organic chemistry

Prize share: 1/2

Work

Many molecules appear in two different reversed forms that have different chemical and biological effects. Through special catalysts - substances that facilitate chemical reactions without being consumed in them - it is possible to bring about a process in which only one of the reversed forms is produced. In the 1970s Barry Sharpless began developing methods for using catalysts with such properties during oxidation reactions - reactions in which electrons are emitted. Among other things, this has enabled production of various types of medication

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