Got an email from a lovely person passing on the Thomson Reuters pick(s). They seem to agree that Grätzel has one coming and I’ve been feeling that way myself.  They also have picked Benjamin List for his work using asymmetric catalysts and Barton/Giese/Schuster for electron transfer in DNA.

  • Contributions of single molecule spectroscopy: Zare/Bard/Moerner 10-1
  • Work in solar cells: Grätzel 11-1
  • Computational chemistry: Karp/Goddard 12-1
  • Enamine catalysis: List/Lerner 20-1
  • Discovery and development of transition metal cross coupling: Suzuki/Heck/Sonogashira Buchwald 30-1
  • Development of advanced materials: Matyjaszewski /Gray/Inokuchi 50-1
  • Work on molecular Chaperones: Hartl/Horwich: 60-1
  • Electron transfer in DNA: Barton/Giese/Schuster 100-1
  • Electron transfer process in proteins: Gray 145-1
  • Contributions to bioinorganic chemistry: Solomon/Gray/Holm 200-1
  • Epigenetics: Cedar/Razin: 350-1
  • Molecular Machines: Stoddart/Feringa/Leigh: 400-1
  • Enzyme mimics, Breslow: 1000-1

UPDATED: 09.13.09

UPDATED: 09.15.09 — Replaced Whitesides with Matyjaszewski and lowered odds, added Hartl and Horwich for work on Chaperones (on account of this article [though I still don't think bio will win it this year]) and removed Westheimer, on account of him being dead. Enzyme mimics are now a long shot of long shots.

UPDATED: 09.24.09 – Seriously reconsidered Grätzel and read Thompson’s report.  Changed the topic of what Zare is going to win his Nobel for, such that it makes sense.  Moved Gratzel to number 1 pick.

UPDATED: 09.25.09 – Interesting link sent to me via the Gmail: 10.1007/s11192-009-0035-9. It discusses, in depth, why it is becoming harder to predict who will win the Nobel.  Added Lerner w/ List and changed it to the more apt “Enamine catalysis.”

UPDATED: 10.06.09 – Removed Sonogashira (’cause he’s dead) and replaced him with Buchwald (why not?)