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Thomas Ebbesen Kavli Prize Awarded In 2014

Thomas Ebbesen

Thomas Ebbesen

Award Name : Kavli Prize

Year of Award : 2014

Award for : Science and Engineering

Location : Strasbourg, Alsace, France


Thomas Ebbesen (born 1954 in Oslo) is a physical chemist and professor at the University of Strasbourg in France, known for his pioneering work in nanoscience and received the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience “for transformative contributions to the field of nano-optics that have broken long-held beliefs about the limitations of the resolution limits of optical microscopy and imaging”, together with Stefan Hell, and Sir John Pendry in 2014.

Thomas Ebbesen received his bachelors from Oberlin College, and a PhD from Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris in the field of photo-physical chemistry. He then worked at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory before joining the NEC Fundamental Research Laboratories in Japan in 1988 where his research shifted first to novel carbon materials such as fullerenes (C60), graphene and carbon nanotubes. After discovering how to mass produce carbon nanotubes,he and his colleagues measured many of their unique features such as their mechanical and wetting properties.For his pioneering and extensive contribution to the field of carbon nanotubes, he shared the 2001 Agilent Europhysics Prize with Sumio Iijima, Cees Dekker and Paul McEuen.