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.
Chemistry on rotation?
‘Our artificial division into the five parts of chemistry, for instance, is irrelevant’
Should the chemistry prize only be given to chemists? And should we rotate between different chemistry disciplines? This time, Bengt tackles the perception that different fields ‘take it in turns’.