• Dallas C. Tatman

“ ‘click’ – and the molecules are coupled together.”


"Click chemistry" is about “making difficult processes easier” say the 2022 Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry (see the official press release). Not only is this true in chemistry, but the winners of the 2022 Nobel Prize demonstrated why Gazelle’s CLICK approach to Virtual Exchange is so successful.


Two of the prize-winning chemists, Barry Sharpless (Scripps Institute) and Morton Meldal (University of Copenhagen) worked separately to lay the foundations of click chemistry, which derives its name from active connections between molecular building blocks. These energized connections “click” into place, creating stable relationships that lead to new substances. In fact, the “efficiency of click reactions further allowed polymer chemistry to extend across interdisciplinary opportunities” leading to “high-yield synthesis.”[1]


The third winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize was Carolyn Bertozzi (Stanford University). Bertozzi discovered new applications for Sharpless and Meldal’s work, which could lead to medicines and technologies that will enhance or even extend human life!


Starting to sound familiar?


The “secret sauce” in our CLICK approach is the active connection formed when teachers come together for Virtual Exchange. These dynamic connections lead to impactful cross-cultural relationships that define a new interdisciplinary third learning space. Teachers and students meet together in this space to synthesize information and discover new applications that will impact the rest of their lives.


Contact us to see how you can CLICK with other teachers and students. While we cannot promise a Nobel Prize, we CAN support your cross-cultural and cross-curricular efforts!


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[1] M. Zhang, S.M. June, T.E. Long. Principles of Step-Growth Polymerization (Polycondensation and Polyaddition). Polymer Science: A Comprehensive Reference, Volume 5, 2012, Pages 7-47

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