2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

CAS congratulates the 2017 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry!

On October 4, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences jointly awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to:

  • Jacques Dubochet - University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Joachim Frank - Columbia University, New York, USA
  • Richard Henderson - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

"for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution"

The cryo-electron microscopy techniques developed by these researchers provide high-resolution imaging of biological molecules without altering their natural shape.  The resulting images give scientists the opportunity to “see” the detailed structures of biomolecules, such as proteins and viruses, that were previously unknown and study their interactions.  Though the research potential of this technology is just beginning to be realized, cryo-electron microscopy has already been used to elucidate the structure of the Zika virus and better understand binding of drugs and inhibitors to protein targets.

For more information, see some of the most highly cited publications from these authors that can be found within the CAS content collection:

Jacques Dubochet 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Joachim Frank 2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Richard Henderson 2017 Chemistry Nobel Prize