Richard Schrock, Robert Grubbs, and
Metathesis Method in Organic Synthesis

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Richard R. Schrock of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Robert H. Grubbs of the California Institute of Technology were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis".

Richard R. Schrock
Richard R. Schrock
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Robert H. Grubbs
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‘"[T]heir discoveries ... enable industry to produce plastics and drugs more efficiently and with less hazardous waste ... . For decades, the Department of Energy has been the leading federal supporter of catalytic chemistry, so we are especially pleased to highlight Dr. Schrock's affiliation with the DOE Office of Science, dating back to 1979 and continuing to this day," Secretary [of Energy Samuel W.] Bodman said.

"In addition, Dr. Grubbs' initial work in homogeneous catalysis was supported from 1979 through 1988 by the DOE Office of Science."

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly to [Yves] Chauvin, Grubbs and Schrock "for the development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis," a way to rearrange groups of atoms within molecules that the Academy's news release likened "to a dance in which the couples change partners."1




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Additional information about Richard R. Schrock, Robert H. Grubbs, and their research is available in full-text and on the Web.

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Videos

Interview with Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock, Nobelprize.org (video)

Nobel Lecture by Robert H. Grubbs, Nobelprize.org (video)

Nobel Lecture by Richard R. Schrock, Nobelprize.org (video)

Telephone Interview with Robert H. Grubbs following the announcement of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobelprize.org (video)

Telephone Interview with Richard R. Schrock following the announcement of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Nobelprize.org (video)

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Robert Grubbs and Richard Schrock (about becoming involved in science)

Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Robert Grubbs and Richard Schrock, (about faith in science)

Development of High Oxidation State Metathesis Catalysts, Richard Schrock

Applications of High Oxidation State Metathesis Catalysts, Richard Schrock

Catalytic Reduction of Dinitrogen, Richard Schrock

Interview with Robert H. Grubbs, Nobelprize.org (video)

Richard R. Schrock -- family history, research, and importance of science (video)

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