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Posted: July 22, 2009
RUSNANOPRIZE 2009 in nanotechnology shared by Russian and American physicists
(Nanowerk News) The board of the international award RUSNANOPRIZE-2009 has decided to award this year's prize to academician Leonid Keldysh (Russia) and professor Alfred Y. Cho (USA) for their research and development of “Semiconductor superlattices and technology of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE)”. In addition, the French company RIBER, one of the world leading suppliers of MBE products and services, will also receive a recognition.
Leonid Keldysh, well-known Russian physicist-theoretician who works at the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, first published theoretical works in 1962 predicting the perspectives of periodical semiconductor structures for electronics and photonics. His works showed the possibility of nanostructure fabrication technology with atomic precision.
Alfred Y. Cho is the Adjunct Vice President of Semiconductor Research at Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs. He is known as the'father of molecular beam epitaxy', a technique he developed at that facility in the late 1960s. Cho holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois. He joined Bell Labs in 1968. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Currently, molecular beam epitaxy technology is widely used in manufacturing of super-high speed elements for cell phones and compact disc devices, computers and fiber optical communication lines, radars, satellites, TV, etc.
Alfred Y. Cho
The prize will be presented at the plenary session of the Second International Nanoforum on October 6-8, 2009 in Moscow. The recipients will share a 3 million rubles award (approx. $93,000).
About the award
The international award RusnanoPrize in the field of Nanotechnology has been established by the Russian State Corporation Rusnano in 2009. The awards are given for scientific and technological achievements, inventions and their development and wide industrial applications in four categories: nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, nanobiotechnology, nanodiagnostics.
In 2009 the award is given for the achievements in the area of nanoelectronics. There are two co-chairs of the International Prize Board – Anatoly Chubais, the Rusnano Corp. CEO and Zhores Alferov, Vice-President of Russian Academy of Sciences, Nobel Prize laureate in Physics.