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Gerd Binnig Chemistry Under the Microscope

July 7, 2013
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He opened up a new world, paving the way for nanotechnology. Gerd Binnig shared the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physics for the invention of the scanning tunneling microscope. For the first time, the invention made it possible to see individual atoms and manipulate them. Chemistry had become engineering. Ever since, information scientists, chemists and materials scientists have been using Binnigs inventions to create materials with made-to-measure properties, in particular for microelectronics. Binnig himself started up a company that develops software to automatically analyze microscope images - for example, to recognize tumor cells. Tomorrow Today presents a portrait of the Nobel laureate.

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Deutsche Welle (July 16, 2013) — Lukas Rbenach is studying chemistry at RWTH Aachen University, a research university of technology. The chemistry department is small and has an excellent reputation. Training is pragmatic and students are prepared well for jobs in the industry, and get exclusive glimpses into current research.
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Deutsche Welle (July 7, 2013) — Scientists in Berlin are trying to harness a readily available resource for the chemical industry. A by-product of petroleum extraction, methane gas is usually burnt off unused. The researchers want to use it to synthesize ethylene, a precursor material for many kinds of plastics. For that, they need to find the appropriate catalyst, a substance that will make the transformation of methane into ethylene quicker and more energy-efficient. The work is being overseen by Chemistry Laureate Gerhard Ertl. He worked for nearly two decades at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, and is considered one of the pioneers of modern surface catalysis research. Tomorrow Today paid a visit to Prof. Ertl and his collaborators in the lab to ask if the right catalyst is indeed the key to clean chemistry.
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