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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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October 9, 2007

Nobel Chemistry Odds

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Posted by Derek

Paul Bracher over at Chembark has posted an extensive list of Nobel odds, just in time for tomorrow's announcement. For the record, I think that if it's a more biologically-oriented award - and hey, in recent years that's just what it's been - then Roger Tsien et al., for green fluorescent protein, is my guess. If it's straight organic chemistry, then my guess is Suzuki/Heck/ and whoever else they can decide on for transition-metal coupling reactions. In physical chemistry, I'd have to go with Richard Zare, for laser studies and various instrumental techniques.

Keep in mind, though, that my track record is pretty ugly. Of course, so is everyone else's.

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1. Anonymous on October 9, 2007 10:10 PM writes...

Some say Roger Tsien is not original enough.
Others guess this year would be related to energy, photochemistry

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2. TNC on October 9, 2007 10:33 PM writes...

I heard a potential Nobelist speak this evening; this person speculated that nanotechnology may be in line.

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3. Jose on October 9, 2007 10:39 PM writes...

If James Tour gets a Nobel, the nanoworld will crack open and overtake us and send humanity into the abyss. Nanocars? Nanoputians? Seriously?
Same goes if KCN gets one over Kishi. FWIW.

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4. Jose on October 9, 2007 10:42 PM writes...

If James Tour gets a Nobel, the nanoworld will crack open and overtake us and send humanity into the abyss. Nanocars? Nanoputians? Seriously?
Same goes if KCN gets one over Kishi. FWIW.

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5. Neil Halelamien on October 9, 2007 11:15 PM writes...

The interesting thing is, there's actually real-money betting markets over on Intrade for the Nobel Prizes for Peace and Economics, but none for Chemistry (or Medicine). Also, I don't think you can bet in the U.S.:

According to those, Al Gore is the highest for the Peace Prize (37.0), while Robert Barro and Eugene Fama are pretty close for the Economics prize, each with ~35.

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6. A-non-y-mous on October 10, 2007 6:55 AM writes...

Gerhard Ertl? I'm sure most people picked him. Right?

The funny thing is I was going to make a joke yesterday about it's time for another ozone guy to win it (because I was thinking about Roland and how he always intimidated me in the elevator).

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7. MTK on October 10, 2007 7:46 AM writes...

Chembark had surface chemistry with Ertl listed as one of the favorites at 15-1.

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