Prof. Morten Meldal, the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, gave a lecture to students and scientists of the University of Science under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City on Monday morning.
Meldal, who was recognized for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry with scientists Carolyn Bertozzi and Barry Sharpless, delivered a speech on the topic during his visit to the University of Science.
The Danish winner described click chemistry as a way to build complex structures and link them as if they were pieces of Lego, the plastic construction toy.
The field of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry has been harnessed to improve the targeting of cancer pharmaceuticals now being tested in clinical trials, along with a host of health, agricultural, and industrial applications, according to Reuters.
Meldal also highlighted the importance of encouraging curiosity and creating conditions for the young generation to have early access to chemistry in order to have breakthrough discoveries in the future.
The scientist, who is a professor of chemistry at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, is slated to attend the opening ceremony of the National Chemistry Olympiad for students, which is set to be hosted by the University of Science from Tuesday to Sunday.
He will also give a lecture to students and scientists of the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City at the competition.
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