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G. Whitesides Receives Kyoto Prize
The Kyoto Prizes are being awarded this
year for the 19th time to people active in
the arts and in the sciences who have
made an outstanding contribution to the
further development
of their discipline.
The Prizes are funded
by a Foundation established by Kazuo
Inamori, founder of
the Japanese technology corporate group
Kyocera. George M.
Whitesides (Harvard
University) is the recipient of the Kyoto
G. Whitesides
Prize in the category
Advanced Technology. The other laureates are the astrophysicist Eugene N. Parker from Chicago (Basic Sciences) and Tamao Yoshida,
a traditional Japanese puppeteer (Arts
and Philosophy).
Whitesides is being awarded the
Kyoto Prize in recognition of his services
to materials science. His work links bioand nanotechnology, as is nicely illustrated by his recent Communication in
Angewandte Chemie entitled “SelfHealing Systems Having a Design
Stimulated by the Vertebrate Spine”.[1]
His Review on “Soft Lithography”[2] is
among the ten Angewandte articles most
often downloaded since 2000. A second
Review from the same year entitled
“Polyvalent Interactions in Biological
Systems: Implications for Design and
Use of Multivalent Ligands and Inhibitors” shows the breadth of his research
George M. Whitesides did his first
degree at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA) and completed his
Ph.D. in 1964 at the California Institute
of Technology (Pasadena, CA, USA)
under the guidance of J. D. Roberts. He
was a professor at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (Boston, MA,
USA) from 1963 until 1982. He then
moved to the Department of Chemistry
at Harvard University, where he was
Head of Department from 1986 to 1989.
Whitesides is currently Mallinckrodt
Professor of Chemistry. Biochemistry,
chemistry at interfaces, materials science, molecular virology, optics, molecular self-assembly, bioanalytical chemistry, microelectromechanical systems,
microfluidic systems, and nonequilibrium systems all count among his current
research interests. He is a member of the
International Advisory Board of Angewandte Chemie.
J.-L. Brédas: A Bridge over the
One foot in Europe, the other in North
America: This is nothing new to JeanLuc Brédas. He remains a professor at
the University of Mons-Hainaut (Belgium) and Director of the Center
Photonics there.
“foot” in the USA
is moving: Brédas
is leaving the University of Arizona
in Tucson and will
take up a position
J.-L. Brédas
as Professor of
Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of
Technology in Atlanta in August. His
“bridging” function makes an intensive
exchange program for graduate students
2003 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Brédas began his career as an independent researcher in 1977 at the University of Namur (Belgium). In 1988 he
took up an appointment at the University of Mons, and in 1999 he took up
another in Arizona, while keeping his
position in Belgium. At “Georgia Tech”,
together with colleagues from chemistry
and optics, he will set up the Center on
Organic Electronics and Photonics,
which will bring together researchers
from different disciplines and is intended to foster international collaborations
in the medium term. A new building
should be ready to move into in three
The work of BrédasEs research group
is focused on the structural, optical, and
electronic properties of new materials
for electronics, photonics, and information technology. They apply methods in
quantum chemisty and in the physics of
condensed matter in this research. The
object of their studies often involves
oligomers and polymers with p-conjugated main chains.[4] A recent publication is entitled “Resonant Tunneling
Processes along Conjugated Molecular
Wires: A Quantum-Chemical Description”.[5]
Brédas is the recipient of numerous
awards and was President of the Société
Royale de Chimie, the chemical society
of the French-speaking part of Belgium,
from 1997 to 1999. He is a member of
the Advisory Boards of the European
Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and
Advanced Functional Materials.
[1] M. Boncheva, G. M. Whitesides, Angew.
Chem. 2003, 115, 2748; Angew. Chem.
Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 2644.
[2] Y. Xia, G. M. Whitesides, Angew. Chem.
1998, 110, 568; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
1998, 37, 550.
[3] M, Mammen, S.-K. Choi, G. M. Whitesides, Angew. Chem. 1998, 110, 2908;
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1998, 37, 2754.
[4] J. Cornil, D. Beljonne, J.-P. Calbert, J.-L.
Brédas, Adv. Mater. 2001, 13, 1053.
[5] Y. Karzazi, J. Cornil, J.-L. Brédas, Adv.
Func. Mater. 2002, 12, 787.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2003, 42, 3200
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