Announcement of Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry 2022!!! Who’s Next?It has already started to be talked about who might win this year’s Nobel Prize in Science in chemistry labs and magazine newsrooms. As in prior years, C&EN collaborated with ACS Webinars to host a Nobel predictions webinar in advance of next week’s announcement, adding to the anticipation and excitement (ACS publishes C&EN).
On September 29, senior editor Laura Howes of C&EN was joined by Stephen Davey, chief editor of Nature Reviews Chemistry, Helen Tran from the University of Toronto, and Guillermo Restrepo from the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences for the hour-long webinar. The panel examined Restrepo’s analysis of how, recently, more biological chemistry has been recognised by the chemistry prize. The group also predicted potential future changes to the reward.
Hearing the panel lists’ predictions for who could receive a call from Sweden this year was, as usual, the major attraction. Many panel lists predicted that the COVID-19 epidemic would have an impact on the selection of the chemistry laureate in 2021, but that did not happen. Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó, who enable mRNA vaccines, received a resounding majority of the audience’s votes, making them the expected winners for the second consecutive year.
More names have been added to the list since the #ChemNobel webinar by other people. The readers of ChemistryViews magazine, which is a publication of Chemistry Europe, have been asked who they believe will win. According to the poll’s findings, an American biochemist is the most likely winner. Names suggested by readers include protein structure predictor John Jumper, scientist Chi-Huey Wong, and MOF-master Omar M. Yaghi.
Longtime #ChemNobel predictor Stuart Cantrill conducted his yearly Twitter survey of his followers. Like last year, the majority of respondents chose bioorthogonal/click chemistry. Paul Bracher’s ChemBark account, which is also on Twitter, updated his odds list of winners. The experts in free-radical polymerization, such as Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Ezio Rizzardo, emerged as the front-runners.
Zhenan Bao, a pioneer in wearable electronics, Daniel Nocera, an expert in electron transport, and Bonnie Bassler and Peter Greenberg for their research into quorum sensing, a type of chemical communication between bacteria, are three potential winners, according to Clarivate’s Web of Science analysis based on citation data.
But until the following week, nobody will be certain. On October 5, the Nobel Prize Committee will reveal the recipients of the Chemistry Prize. When that time comes, check back with C&EN to see whether any of the predictions from the webinar come true and to read our coverage of all the scientific prize winners.
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