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2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Goes to Two Thieme Chemistry Authors

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Thieme congratulates Professors Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki on jointly winning the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for “palladium-catalyzed cross-couplings in organic synthesis.”

The addition of cross-coupling reactions to the chemist’s toolbox has greatly empowered the research efforts of scientists working in the field of organic synthetic chemistry, particularly drug discovery. Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling also benefits the agricultural and electronic industries in their search for new substances. Each winners' work, considered of great importance to humanity, has been extensively covered in Thieme Chemistry's reference works, journals and encyclopedias.

Negishi and Heck have an extremely close connection to Thieme Chemistry. Professor Negishi, who has a long-standing relationship with the organization and the Science of Synthesis project, has contributed to this reference resource and detailed his research on several occasions.

Professor Heck wrote an account for SYNLETT--an international journal that reports research results and trends in synthetic organic chemistry in short personalized reviews and preliminary communications. In this publication, Professor Heck notably described his initial experiments with palladium for the purpose of carbon—carbon bond formation.

"Reviews on palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling appear throughout Science of Synthesis and highlight the significant contribution of all three Nobel laureates to organic synthetic chemistry,” said Dr. M. Fiona Shortt de Hernandez, Managing Editor Science of Synthesis. “Professor Negishi is a regular and keen contributor to this comprehensive resource for chemists.”