2022 Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal Winner
Professor K. Barry Sharpless, Scripps Research
Awarded for the development of the concept of ‘click’ chemistry, the invention of chemical reactions underpinning this field and the impact this continues to make in chemical biology, drug development and materials science.
Click chemistry is a method of synthesising larger molecules by combining smaller “modular” chemicals together – similar to how Lego bricks might “click” together. Click reactions occur quickly and irreversibly, with minimal by-products created. Click chemistry was first fully described in 2001, and today it is used across all the sciences that use chemistry – chemical biology, drug discovery, materials science, polymer chemistry and more.
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