Nobel Prize Chemistry winners 2023
October 4, 2023 - Moungi Bawendi (FRA/USA), Louis Brus (USA) and Alexei Ekimov (RUS), share the prize for the discovery and development of minute quantum dots, used in LED lights and TV screens.
Bawendi is an American chemist of French and Tunisian descent, based at MIT, Brus is based at Columbia University and Ekimov is chief scientist at Nanocrystals Technology, a New York-based company.
Nanoparticles and quantum dots are used in LED-lights and TV-screens and can also be used to guide surgeons while removing cancer tissue, among other things, according to the statement.
The official announcement came after the three names were leaked in an email to a Swedish newspaper earlier on Wednesday morning, in an embarrassing incident for Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences.