2013 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

for the college undergraduate or graduate student
whose work in nanotechnology is deemed most notable

Submissions/nominations were due October 31, 2013

The student should not have received their PhD before February 2014.

Submissions/nominations instructions for 2013

Winner of 2012 Award Announced

Jonathan C. Barnes(L), Ravi Pandya
2013 Award winner Jonathan C. Barnes of Northwestern University and Foresight Prize coordinator and Student award cosponsor Ravi Pandya
The 2013 Student Award was awarded February 8, 2014 at the Feynman Awards Luncheon of the Foresight Technical Conference “Integration“.

Northwestern Lands Back-to-Back Foresight Distinguished Student Award Winners

The Foresight Institute has announced that the winner of the 2013 Distinguished Student Award is Jonathan C. Barnes, a PhD student with Professor Fraser Stoddart in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. This selection marks the second time a Northwestern graduate student has been chosen for the Foresight Distinguished Student Award in Nanotechnology in as many years.

Jonathan’s research capitalizes on expanding the radical-radical and donor-acceptor molecular recognition processes of viologens in order to develop artificial molecular machines, organic-based magnetic materials and devices, and hosts for environmental pollutants on the nanometer scale. His work has been published in leading scientific journals such as Science, Nature Chemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and ACS Nano and has been highlighted in scientific reporting outlets such as Chemical & Engineering News and RSC’s Chemistry World. Jonathan’s current research efforts are focused on the self-assembly of host-guest complexes consisting of fullerene for potential use in photovoltaics, as well as radical-based integrated materials that may function as building blocks for the construction of molecular electronic devices.

The Foresight Distinguished Student Award was established in 1997, and is given to a college student or graduate student whose work is notable in the field of nanotechnology. The award includes a $1,000 prize, and an expenses-paid trip to the 2014 Foresight Conference, to be held February 7-9, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, CA USA.

Foresight Institute is a leading think tank and public interest organization focused on transformative future technologies. Founded in 1986, its mission is to discover and promote the benefits, and help avoid the dangers, of nanotechnology, AI, biotech, and similar life-changing developments.

Foresight is devoted to stimulating the development of atomically precise nanotechnology that will truly transform our future, from medicine to the environment to space settlement. We bring that vision and goal to new audiences, including inspiring young researchers. More information about the Foresight Institute, the technical conference, and the Distinguished Student Award, may be found at http://www.foresight.org, or by contacting [email protected].

Relevant Research Areas

Research areas considered relevant to molecular nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing include but are not limited to:

  • artificial molecular machines
  • atomically-precise construction
  • biomolecular machinery
  • computational chemistry and molecular modeling
  • mechanosynthesis
  • nanomechanical engineering
  • nanomanipulation
  • natural molecular machines
  • scanning probes and nanometrology
  • self-assembly
  • self-replicating machines
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • ultra-precision machining

Special consideration will be given to submissions clearly leading toward the construction of a general-purpose molecular assembler. Applicants wishing further information on the field of the prize are referred to the book Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation (Wiley Interscience, 1992).

Distinguished Student Award Established in 1997

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award was established in 1997 and institutionalizes the first grant made in 1996 by Foresight to John M. Michelsen, a University of California at Irvine chemistry student.

Either submit your own work or nominate a colleague who deserves this prize.

Previously awarded Distinguished Student Awards