PALO ALTO, Calif. and ZURICH, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE : IBM) Researchers Gerhart Meyer, Leo Gross and Jascha Repp (now at Regensburg University) have won the prestigious Feynman prize given by the Foresight Group, an organization that seeks to advance the study of nanotechnology. The award was bestowed upon the group of researchers for their ground breaking work in producing detailed molecular images and deconstructing chemical bonds on individual atoms.
IBM researchers used an atomic force microscope in a high pressure, low-temperature environment to capture images of a carbon monoxide molecule smaller than a grain of sand, which allowed them to see the atomic structure for the first time. The images the researchers captured via the experiment were reminiscent of similar pictures only represented as graphics in past chemistry textbooks.
"We are honored to be recognized for our efforts at the IBM Research lab in Zurich," said Leo Gross, IBM Researcher and Physicist. "Our work in identifying the anatomy of a molecule has brought us closer to realizing Richard Feynman's vision of producing atomically precise products."
The Feynman award was presented to the team at the 2013 Foresight Technical Conference in Palo Alto, California where they were recognized for their continued experimental work using atomic microscope tools.
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About the Feynman Award
The Foresight Feynman Prizes were established by the Foresight Institute in 1993 and named in honor of Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman whose influential essay, "Plenty of Room at the Bottom" inspired the first work on nano scale science. The Institute awards Feynman prizes each year to recognize researchers - one for theoretical work and one for empirical research - whose recent work has most advanced the field toward the achievement of Feynman's vision for nanotechnology: molecular manufacturing, the construction of atomically-precise products through the use of molecular machine systems.
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