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
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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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.
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.
interview with the Swedish Radio, Radio P1, she says that enzymes can learn to
perform completely new chemical processes using directed evolution.
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.”
Frances Arnold has been a professor in Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and
Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, Caltech.
is entitled Innovation of Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life. Registration is required.
Event; Lecture; Public lecture
RunAn, conference hall,
14 December, 2018, 14:00
14 December, 2018, 16:00