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Posted: September 5, 2007

Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology finalists announced

(Nanowerk News) Foresight Nanotech Institute, a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology, announced the finalists for the 2007 Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes. These prestigious prizes, named in honor of pioneer physicist Richard Feynman, are given in two categories, one for experiment and the other for theory in nanotechnology. Established in 1993, these prizes honor researchers whose recent work has most advanced the achievement of Feynman's goal for nanotechnology: the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of productive nanosystems.
"The Foresight Institute Feynman Prizes recognize the world's highest achievements toward nanotechnology's goal of building with atomic precision," said Dr. Pearl Chin, President of Foresight Nanotech Institute. "The Productive Nanosystems Conference will honor this work and present a roadmap leading forward to this ultimate manufacturing capability, with commercial applications driving R&D at each step along the pathway."
The winners of this year's prizes will be announced at the Feynman Prize Luncheon on October 9, 2007 at the Productive Nanosystems Conference. Presentations of the winner's research are scheduled for the following day, October 10, 2007, at 11:30 a.m.
The 2007 finalists for the Experimental prize are:
Andrew Ellington, University of Texas at Austin
Matthew Francis, University of California, Berkeley
Kazushi Kinbara and Takuzo Aida, University of Tokyo, Japan
David Leigh, University of Edinburgh, UK
J. Fraser Stoddart, University of California, Los Angeles
James M. Tour, Rice University
Itamar Willner, Hebrew University, Israel
The 2007 Finalists for the Theory prize are:
Robert A. Freitas, Jr., Institute for Molecular Manufacturing
David Leigh, University of Edinburgh, UK
George Schatz, Northwestern University
Tamar Seideman, Northwestern University
For more information about the Productive Nanosystems Conference, see www.sme.org/nanosystems.
Source: SME
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