The announcement of the winner(s) of the Nobel prize in chemistry always causes a stir. Whether you’re celebrating the success of scientists you’ve been supporting or protesting that your personal prize pick was – once again – passed over, it can be the greatest chemistry controversy of the year.

This year’s prize was shared between Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and Barry Sharpless ‘for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.’

Join Chemistry World for this free webinar as we discuss this year’s prize-winning science and see how the chemistry world reacted. We invited special guests from across the chemical sciences to join us for this special event – see below for the list of guests who made it on the day.

Phillip Broadwith

Speaker:  Phillip Broadwith, Business editor, Chemistry World

Phillip will kick things off today, giving us a brief summary of why the prize is so significant.


Portrait photo of the RSC's May Copsey

Speaker: May Copsey, Executive editor, RSC Publishing  

May has seen how this work has become more commonplace, and will give her thoughts from an RSC journals perspective.



Portrait photo of M. G. Finn

Speaker: M. G. Finn, Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology

There at the beginning, M.G. Finn can elaborate on how this work has changed the game over time.



Nicholas Riley from the Bertozzi Group – portrait photo

Speaker: Nicholas Riley, Postdoctoral fellow, Bertozzi Group

With first-hand experience of working with one of this year’s award winner’s, Nick is here to talk about the excitement of the prize and what it means for chemistry.


Portrait photo of professor Alison Hulme

Speaker: Alison Hulme, Professor of synthesis and chemical biology, University of Edinburgh

As someone with experience of using this chemistry in her day-to-day work, Alison can reveal her insights and thoughts from a lab perspective.