Daniel Mediavilla (El Pais)
On the day of the enantiomer class, David MacMillan (Bellshill, UK, 55 years old) was not in class. He was watching the Scotland-Cyprus football match. His professor at the University of Glasgow was quick to remind him how important enantiomers are. "I didn't know that," says David MacMillan, who admits to being an avid football fan. In 2021, he is now a professor at Princeton University (USA), and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis, an ingenious and selective way of constructing this type of molecule, identical, but symmetrical, as if they were reflected in a mirror.
Until a little over 20 years ago, in the production of drugs or chemical products for industry, to speed up chemical reactions, metals or enzymes, proteins such as those that ensure our digestion, were used as catalysts.
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