Chemistry World goes behind closed doors to find out how the Nobel committee make their selection.

Our guide on this voyage of discovery is Bengt Norden, chair professor of physical chemistry of Chalmers University of Technology. Norden was a member of the Nobel committee for chemistry – the body responsible for recommending potential laureates – from 1995 to 2004, and counts a great number of Nobel laureates amongst his personal friends. 


‘It never, ever happens that one who gets nominated for the first time gets the prize.’

Who nominates people for the Nobel prize? In the second in our series of videos, Bengt explains the nomination process.