Nobel Prize for chemistry rewards work on a new way for building molecules

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded to German scientist Benjamin List of the Max Planck Institute and Scottish-born scientist David W.C. MacMillan of Princeton University.

The pair were cited for their work in developing a new way for building molecules known as “asymmetric organocatalysis.”

The winners were announced Wednesday by Goran Hansson, secretary-general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Nobel panel said List and MacMillan in 2000 independently developed a new way of catalysis. Speaking after the announcement, List said the award was a “huge surprise.” It is common for several scientists who work in related fields to share the prize.

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