Daniel Shechtman is 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, for Quasicrystals discovery (Video)

By on Oct 5, 2011 in Asia, Environment, Europe, Science Comments

Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman is the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner, who won for his discovery of Quasicrystals, a new form of matter, with a 2010 video interview available below.

Daniel Shechtman, 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Image Credit: Technion/YouTube

As announced at NobelPrize.org on Wednesday, October 05, 2011, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences picked Daniel Shechtman to be the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner.

Shechtman, 70, is a Technion distinguished professor Faculty of Materials Engineering and discovered the Icosahedral Phase which opened the new field of quasiperiodic crystals.

According to the report, Daniel Shechtman saw an image counter to the laws of nature on his electron microscope on April 8, 1982, which showed unrepeated patterns in pack of the atoms in his crystal.

In all solid matter, atoms were believed to be packed inside crystals in symmetrical patterns that were repeated periodically over and over again, and this repetition was required in order to obtain a crystal.

Following Shechtman’s discovery, scientists are now performing experiments using quasicrystals in different products such as frying pans and diesel engines.

The Nobel Prize 2010 Chemistry winners were Japanese scientists Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki; along with Richard Heck, who now lives in the Philippines. They were honored for their study in development of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling, which has allowed making medicines and better electronics.

On Tuesday, the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to three scientists, Brian Schmidt, Saul Perlmutter, and Adam G. Riess for their supernova work.

On Monday, the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine was given to three scientists, Bruce A. Beutler, Jules A. Hoffmann, and Ralph M. Steinman, who passed away three days before the announcement.

The 2011 Nobel Prize winners for Literature, as well as for Peace were also announced within the week.

Prof. Dan Shechtman: Quasicrystals,a New Form of Matter
Video Credit: Technion/YouTube

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