Ames Laboratory's Shechtman wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

On December 10, Danny Shechtman, an Ames Laboratory and Iowa State Unversity scientist, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of quasicrystals. Shechtman, who is also a researcher at Technion in Israel, made his discovery in 1982 by identifying a material that had an "impossible" five-fold symmetry to its crystalline structure.  Although his findings were initially discounted and even ridiculed, the scientific community eventually accepted that quasicrystals exist and in some cases are even naturally occuring.

To learn more about Shechtman, his discovery and Ames Laboratory's involvement in quasicrystal research, follow the links below.


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Dan Shechtman receiving his Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 10 December 2011.

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