Dickson Prize - Carnegie Mellon University

The Dickson Prize in Science

Honoring Professor Chad A. Mirkin

George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry and Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology,
Northwestern University

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Lecture Topic: Nanotechnology: Small Things Matter

Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field focused on studying and manipulating ultraminiaturized structures, ones with at least one dimension 10,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. This field has the potential to transform almost every aspect of our lives for the better – from enabling our cell phones and computers to run faster to generating our power more efficiently to making our tennis racquets and golf clubs lighter and more durable to making our medicines and drugs more efficacious. How can such small materials lead to such big advances in fields spanning chemistry, biology, engineering, and medicine? Come and discover all of the amazing size, shape, and composition-dependent properties of nanomaterials that are changing the way we see the world on a length scale that can’t even be observed with the naked eye.


The Dickson Prize in Science is awarded annually to the person who has been judged by Carnegie Mellon University to have made the most progress in the scientific field in the United States for the year in question. More information

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