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Thursday, 7th October 2010
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Japanese scientists win Nobel Prize

Eiichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki have won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

The two researchers were rewarded for their work on reactions to create complex organic compounds and have been praised by Japan's prime minister.

"I am very delighted that the two received the Nobel Chemistry Prize," explained Naoto Kan.

He added that he spoke to Mr Suzuki and praised him for his achievement.

"Mr Suzuki then requested that the government make better use of Japan's science and technology capabilities, which are at the top of the global standard," added the prime minister.

The prize was also shared with Richard Heck of the US for research conducted into linking carbon atoms.

All three of the scientists worked to develop palladium-catalysed cross coupling, which could play an important role in allowing the creation of complex chemicals such as carbon-based molecules.

Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff was the first Nobel Prize for Chemistry winner in 1901.

Written by Susan Ballion

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