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Nobel Prize in Chemistry – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 9th, 2015.

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Prof Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute, jointly with Prof Paul Modrich of Duke University School of Medicine, and Prof Aziz Sancar of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The prize was awarded to the trio “for mechanistic studies of DNA repair”. […]

Chemicals at Tianjin explosion site – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 18th, 2015.

The exact cause of the huge explosions that rocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin remains a mystery for now, but chemical experts on the ground are assessing the situation. The series of explosions occurred around 3.30am (NZT) last Thursday at a container storage station at the city port, causing widespread damage and injury. Latest […]

Chemistry Nobel awarded for super microscopes

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2014.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a trio of scientists responsible for the breaking the limits of modern microscopes. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved […]

Nobel prize in chemistry – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 11th, 2012.

Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka have been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family receptors: G-protein-coupled receptors. The official Nobel announcement and background on the award winning research can be found here. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following reaction from […]

Nobel Prize for Chemistry – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on October 6th, 2011.

Israeli physicist Daniel Shechtman was last night awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for his discovery of “quasicrystals” in metals – crystals with strange structures scientists had thought to be impossible. The UK SMC rounded up  reaction from scientists: Dr Andrew Goodwin, Department of Chemistry at Oxford University, comments: “Daniel Shechtman’s award of the 2011 […]

Dominion Post: All hail our mighty Kiwi chemists

Peter Griffin posted in on January 17th, 2011.

Bob Brockie writes, in an opinion piece in the Dominion Post, about chemists: New Zealand’s real genuises. He points out that all three Novel Prizes won by Kiwis, were awarded to chemists, and talks of some of the other less well-known work conducted by chemists every day in New Zealand. An excerpt: (read in full […]

Sunday Star Times: Mysteries of our universe

Peter Griffin posted in on December 13th, 2010.

Adam Dudding writes in the Sunday Star Times about New Zealand scientist Peter Schwerdtfeger, who was recently awarded the prestigious Humboldt prize, in recognition of his work in theoretical physics and chemistry. Schwerdtfeger, who is currently based at the Auckland campus of Massey University, investigates chemical reactions at the level of individual atoms, and is […]

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