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Oct 6, 2010 9:21 AM by Bea Karnes

2 Japanese, American share Nobel Prize for Chemistry

American Richard Heck and Japanese researchers Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki have won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis. According to Chemistry World, this allows "a way to forge new carbon-carbon bonds with precision and under mild reaction conditions."

Richard Heck of the University of Delaware, Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University, and Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University in Japan, worked independently to advance the science.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says the their work has helped give mankind new medicines and revolutionary materials such as plastics.

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