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December 1, 2008: Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology Finalists Announced

Top Nanotech Researchers to be Honored

Palo Alto, CA —December 1, 2008 – Foresight Nanotech Institute, a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on nanotechnology, announced the finalists for the 2008 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, the 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 2008 finalists for the Experimental prize are:

  • Anirban Bandyopadhyay - National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Chengde Mao - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana USA
  • Niles Pierce, Robert M. Dirks, and Peng Yin - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California USA
  • Yoshiaki Sugimoto, Masayuki Abe, and Oscar Custance - National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
  • James M Tour - Rice University, Houston, Texas USA

The 2008 Finalists for the Theory prize are:

  • Raymond Astumian - The University of Maine, Orono, Maine USA
  • Chris Ewels, Alexandre Gloter, and Alberto Zobelli - CNRS, France
  • Robert A Freitas Jr. - Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, Palo Alto, California USA
  • George Schatz - Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois USA

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