​Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Frances H. Arnold

Innovation by Evolution - Bringing New Chemistry to Life

​A lecture by Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2018 Frances H. Arnold

This year, Frances H. Arnold was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry and on December 14, she is visiting Chalmers. Together with the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers invites all employees, students and members of the public to Frances H. Arnold's lecture in Runan, in Kårhuset.

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n 1993, Frances H. Arnold conducted the first directed evolution of enzymes, which are proteins that catalyse chemical reactions. Since then, she has refined the methods that are now routinely used to develop new catalysts. The uses of Frances Arnold’s enzymes include more environmentally friendly manufacturing of chemical substances, such as pharmaceuticals, and the production of renewable fuels for a greener transport sector.

By shaping enzymes, she has made major contributions in the development of pharmaceuticals, and in chemistry at large. She has developed methods for inducing mutations of the genes encoding the respective enzymes. With her method, it is possible to select the variants of enzyme that have a desired property.

In an interview with the Swedish Radio, Radio P1, she says that enzymes can learn to perform completely new chemical processes using directed evolution.

Enzymes improve all the time. I hope oil prices will rise again. I have seen the cycles several times in my career with raised and lowered oil prices. Renewable fuels can easily compete with fossil fuels and I hope it will happen.”

Since 2000, Frances Arnold has been a professor in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Caltech.

The lecture is entitled Innovation of Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life.
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Category Event; Lecture; Public lecture
Location: RunAn, conference hall,
Starts: 14 December, 2018, 14:00
Ends: 14 December, 2018, 16:00

Published: Tue 27 Nov 2018. Modified: Mon 03 Dec 2018