The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience
Nanoscience and nanotechnology have captured the public imagination, but they are desperately hard to pin down. They seem to embrace everything from biomedicine to rocket science and computer technology. Some futurologists forecast that nanotechnology could bring doom to humankind, while others that it could be our savior. According to some accounts its impact won’t really be felt for decades; others point out that it has reached the marketplace already. In movies and novels such as Spiderman II and Prey, nanotechnology serves as a deus ex machina for whatever technological plot device is required, in contrast to which the commonly known consumer applications that today boast of their use of nanotech seem almost bathetic: sun creams and stain-resistant trousers.
The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is awarded for outstanding achievement in the science and application of the unique physical, chemical and biological properties of atomic, molecular, macromo-lecular and cellular structures and systems that are manifest in the nanometre scale, including molecular selfassembly, nanomaterials, nanoscale instrumenta-tion, nanobiotechnology, macromolecular synthesis, molecular mechanics and related topics.
Donald M. Eigler of IBM's Almaden Research Centre and Nadrian C. Seeman of New York University receive the Kavli Prize in nanoscience from H.M. King Harald.Photo:Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix
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