2018 Chemistry Nobel Prize Winners

On October 3, 2018, this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners were announced.

Photo Credit: Caltech; University of Missouri; and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

“The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold of California Institute of Technology for the directed evolution of enzymes and to George P. Smith of the University of Missouri and Gregory P. Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology for the phage display of peptides and antibodies. Arnold will receive half of the approximately $1 million prize; Smith and Winter will split the other half equally,” wrote Celia Henry Arnaud of Chemical & Engineering News. Arnold is just the second woman to win the prize in the past 50 years.

Learn more about the development and uses of directed evolution enzymes and the phage display of peptides and antibodies at Chemical & Engineering News, Nature International Journal of Science, and The Nobel Prize.

Special Seminar: Alfred Nobel and the History of the Nobel Prize

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Club welcomes Professor Lawrence J. Berliner, of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Denver to Ohio State for a special seminar on the life of Alfred Nobel and his family.

When: Thursday October 27, 6:30-7:30 PM

Where: McPherson 2015


Alfred Nobel was a genius and a keen practitioner of many fields, including chemistry, physics, physiology/medicine and literature, which comprise four of the prestigious Nobel Prizes awarded each year since 1901. There is also a rich history of the chemical elements being a key part of the prize citation, starting as early as Marie Curie.

Professor Lawrence J. Berliner of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Denver.

Prof. Lawrence J. Berliner

This talk covers the history of Alfred Nobel and how he, his father and brothers developed their famous explosive that made Nobel company and Alfred extremely wealthy and famous. However the interesting, sometimes sad part of this history, is how Alfred came about to propose and write in his will the details of these prizes.  Prof. Berliner, who teaches a course on the Nobel Prize to entering freshman undergraduate students at the University of Denver, gives both personal and sensitive insight to its mystique and fame. Time permitting, the politics and potential mistakes made by the various Nobel committees over the years will be discussed.