HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Japanese chemist wins U.S. award for molecular discoveries

Chemist Ryoji Noyori of Nagoya, Japan, will be honored June 12 by the world's largest scientific society for discovering fundamental ways to build mirror images of molecules. He will receive the 2001 Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society at its national organic symposium in Bozeman, Montana.

"I feel any major discoveries cannot be planned but are made only by serendipity," said Noyori, professor of chemistry at Nagoya University, Japan. His own experience supports the view.

In 1966, while still an instructor at Kyoto University, Noyori was part of a research team studying step-by-step processes of certain chemical reactions. The group made chemical history when it happened to discover what became known as asymmetric catalysis -- the means to preferentially make one mirror image of a molecule over the other.

Like hands, many molecules have counterparts that are identical, but flipped. Such mirror images can be critically different, particularly where living organisms are concerned. An infamous example is the drug thalidomide -- one mirror image a highly effective sedative, the other a cause of limb defects in developing infants.

After his 1996 discovery, Noyori said, "the chemical community worldwide started to develop a range of asymmetric reactions along this line." The organic chemist himself is an inventor of a widely applicable controller called BINAP, which can preferentially assemble one mirror image more than 99 percent of the time.

BINAP-based molecules help orchestrate the formation of flavors such as citronellol, medicines such as prostaglandins, and a variety of other compounds.

Noyori, whose father was research director at a Japanese industrial company, was born in the early years of World War II. As the country tried to rebuild after the war, he grew up hoping "to contribute to society by becoming a talented chemist," he said. "Chemistry is not only beautiful and exciting but also greatly contrib
'"/>

Contact: Rodney Pearson
r_pearson@acs.org
202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
22-Apr-2001


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Dec. 10-12 Japanese-American Frontiers of Science Meeting in Irvine, Calif.
2. UCSD and Japanese researchers identify new gene involved in development and function of central nervous system
3. Americans Skip Dialysis; Swedes And Japanese Dont, Wake Forest Study Shows
4. NJIT chemistry professor edits text outlining best laboratory practices
5. Changing chemistry helps explain estrogen threat to the heart
6. Sealing corneal incisions with a drop of chemistry, BU researchers develop gel for cataract surgery
7. Herbal supplements testing topic of discussion at chemistry meeting March 30
8. Hopkins Peter Agre receives 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry
9. Three Abbott chemists honored as Heroes for development of HIV therapy for children
10. Oregon State chemist wins national award for synthesizing molecules in nature
11. Chicago chemist wins national award for insights into how cells communicate

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Japanese chemist wins award for molecular discoveries

(Date:7/7/2015)... ... July 07, 2015 , ... A June ... rejuvenation that have emerged about Hillary Clinton. Two plastic surgeons consulted by the ... youthful than she has in some time and speculate that she might have ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Greatist today announced the acquisition of Blood, ... the most fun activities to do with friends. , The acquisition of BSC strengthens ... opportunity for events, e-commerce, and brand partnerships. , “I’ve been a huge fan of ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... July 07, 2015 , ... ... only industry group whose board is limited to permit holders. The Medical Cannabis ... how to move the industry forward and are committed to making sure patients ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... ... ... June Pacific Prime Renewals team in Hong Kong announced that they were taking the ... Cotton, aims to not only reduce but eventually eliminate the use of paper in the ... 300 and 600 pieces of paper per month. Not to mention A4 sized envelopes used ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... Maryland (PRWEB) , ... July 07, 2015 , ... ... app to further enhance the experience for its patient community using its IDF ... app allows patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases (PI) to easily track their health ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Recent Article on Hillary Clinton Plastic Surgery Speculation Illuminates the Reasons Many Professionals Explore Facial Rejuvenation, says Dr. J 2Health News:Recent Article on Hillary Clinton Plastic Surgery Speculation Illuminates the Reasons Many Professionals Explore Facial Rejuvenation, says Dr. J 3Health News:Greatist Acquires Active Lifestyle Brand Blood, Sweat & Cheers 2Health News:Cannabis Growers and Dispensaries Form Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois 2Health News:Pacific Prime Hong Kong Renewals Team Starts Push to go Green 2Health News:Get Real Health Launches New Mobile App for Immune Deficiency Foundation Patient Community 2Health News:Get Real Health Launches New Mobile App for Immune Deficiency Foundation Patient Community 3
(Date:7/7/2015)... Research and Markets( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/hmdflj/outlook_of_global ... of Global Biologic Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market" report ... discovery outsourcing market will likely grow in a CAGR ... $11.4 B by 2020. It has been ... become a new but important type of medication. They ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... -- Dedicated to promoting wellness and giving back to its ... purple pledge in support of Alzheimer,s & Brain-Awareness Month. ... time to shine a purple light for the millions ... in our community who are affected by Alzheimer,s. Raising ... helps mobilize friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers to ...
(Date:7/7/2015)... , July 7, 2015 The ... USD 1,197.7 million by 2020, growing at an estimated CAGR ... study by Grand View Research, Inc. Introduction of innovative technologies ... with growing awareness levels pertaining to the advantages of breast ... next six years. In addition, presence of untapped growth opportunities ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Outlook of Global Biologic Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market to 2020 2Outlook of Global Biologic Drug Discovery Outsourcing Market to 2020 3Purple for a Purpose: Supporting Alzheimer's & Brain-Awareness Month 2Breast Pumps Market To Reach $1,197.7 Million By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 2Breast Pumps Market To Reach $1,197.7 Million By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 3Breast Pumps Market To Reach $1,197.7 Million By 2020: Grand View Research, Inc. 4
Cached News: