Reactions: Julius Rebek

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Julius Rebek is in the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, and works on molecular behavior in small spaces.

1. What made you want to be a chemist?

It was either that or painting houses in Kansas in the summer of 1964.

2. If you weren’t a chemist and could do any other job, what would it be – and why?

An architect; you get to make up stuff that others build and – wait, I’m already doing that!

3. What are you working on now, and where do you hope it will lead?

A molecular device that intercepts and destroys chemical warfare agents. I hope it would be a deterrent to terrorists.

4. Which historical figure would you most like to have dinner with – and why?

The Ayatollah Khomeini – a nice old man and a snappy dresser…

5. When was the last time you did an experiment in the lab – and what was it?

At least 30 years ago; I used a CO2 extinguisher to put out a lab fire of a coworker.

6. If exiled on a desert island, what one book and one music album would you take with you?

“Infinite Jest” and “Akhnaten”

7. Which chemist would you like to see interviewed on Reactions – and why?

What is “Reactions”?


Anne Pichon

Senior Editor, Nature Chemistry, Springer Nature

Anne received a broad training in chemistry at the National Graduate School of Chemistry in Montpellier, France. She then focused on inorganic and supramolecular chemistry and obtained her MPhil and PhD degrees from the Queen's University Belfast, UK, investigating porous coordination polymers for host–guest applications. After an internship with Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Anne moved to John Wiley and Sons in 2007 as an assistant editor of the Society of Chemical Industry journals. She joined Nature Chemistry in October 2008, and was initially based in Tokyo where she also worked on other publishing projects with Nature Asia-Pacific. In April 2013, Anne relocated to the London office and now works full time on the journal.

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