Celebrating Nobel Laureate Frances H. Arnold

The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers calls upon the chemical engineering community to join together in congratulating chemical engineer Frances H. Arnold, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at The California Institute of Technology — who formally receives the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on this date, Monday, December 10, 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Academy is awarding Dr. Arnold the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for harnessing the power of evolution through her development of the directed evolution of enzymes. This method mimics the processes of natural selection to steer proteins toward user-defined goals. The new catalysts created by Arnold’s methods have permitted more-environmentally-friendly manufacturing of chemical substances, including pharmaceuticals and renewable fuels.

Dr. Arnold’s co-recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry are George P. Smith of the University of Missouri, Columbia, and Sir Gregory P. Winter of the University of Cambridge, UK, who are being recognized for developing the phage display of peptides and antibodies.

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The chemical engineering profession and AIChE are proud of the brilliant and singular work of our colleague, Frances Arnold — an exemplary chemical engineer and role model for all scientists and engineers. Her work exemplifies the promise of the chemical engineering profession as an engine of innovation, improving the quality of life for society and future generations. 

Christine Seymour, President, AIChE

June Wispelwey, Executive Director and CEO, AIChE


Jack Matthews's picture

Very happy to hear Dr. Arnold has won this esteemed prize. Those of us in industry look forward to a new world of directed solutions based on her work. Maybe we make a new rule that all phone calls to the society be made on a landline ;-) Thank you to the academy for noted this achievement.