FEI extends a most sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Prof. Daniel Shechtman of the Technion Institute of Technology and Iowa State University for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Announcement of the award was presented by Professor Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, on Wednesday, October 5. See the recorded video here from NobelPrize.org.
Professor Shechtman, a professor of materials science at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, a professor at Iowa State University, and a researcher at the United States Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was awarded the prize for discovering quasicrystals, a material in which atoms are packed together in a well-defined pattern that never repeats. Contrary to the previous belief that atoms were packed inside crystals in symmetrical patterns, Shechtman showed that the atoms in a crystal could be packed in a pattern that could not be repeated,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.