Two scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for a discovery that has been used for pharmaceuticals and making chemistry greener.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday that it had decided to award the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly to Benjamin List and David MacMillan for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis.
List and MacMillan were honored for developing a precise tool to construct molecules.
The committee chair called their work so ingenious that many wonder why no one thought of it before.
They discovered a new sort of organic catalyst that has greatly impacted research.
The prize committee says it allows scientists to "construct anything from new pharmaceuticals to molecules that can capture light in solar cells."