On April 20, 2023, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) will be honored to welcome Prof. Morten P. Meldal – winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 – will give a public lecture about “Click Chemistry”. It is the second time in a row that USTH has had a laureate of the Nobel Prize come to visit.
Prof. Morten Peter Meldal was born in 1954 in Denmark. He received a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark in 1986. After being a postdoctoral fellow in Organic Chemistry at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge, UK, he is a professor of chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2022 honored Prof. Morten P. Meldal along with two scientists, Prof. Karl Barry Sharpless – Professor of Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California and Prof. Carolyn Ruth Bertozzi – Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, United States for their contributions that laid the foundation for “The development of Click Chemistry and Bioorthogonal Chemistry”.
In the visit and work of Prof. Morten P. Meldal in Vietnam, he will give a public lecture about “Click Chemistry” at USTH. “Click Chemistry” or “Click reaction” are chemical processes that could build a macromolecule by joining small structural molecules via their functional groups in an effective and rapid way. Click reaction represents a selective, high-yielding, reliable reaction and gives no side-products. In 2002, Prof. Morten P. Meldal and Prof. Karl B. Sharpless independently published their research results on copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC). The discovery of CuAAC reaction then becomes “the core” of Click Chemistry nowadays. The development of Click Chemistry ushered in a new era of synthetic chemistry with intentionally designed-product structures, proven effective in functionalization of biological targets, mapping DNA, pharmaceutical, electronic and functional polymer materials development… and in many other applications.
The public lecture is a promising great opportunity to access the advancements and importance of “Click Chemistry” for all lecturers, researchers, and students inside and outside the USTH.
At the same time, the public lecture is also of great significance to USTH as this is the second time in a row that USTH has had a laureate of the Nobel Prize come to visit. (In 2022, Prof. Duncan Haldane – an outstanding scientist who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics – gave a public lecture at USTH). USTH has become a prestigious destination for the world’s leading scientists in the field of science and technology. Above all, it shows USTH’s best efforts to create an ideal teaching and learning environment for lecturers and students.
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