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.
Reuters - US Online Video (Oct. 8, 2014) Dr. Eric Betzig is one of three recipients of this years Nobel Prize for Chemistry. In 2011, he showed Reuters what his team at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute calls the "Bessel beam plane ... watch video
AFP (Oct. 8, 2014) Two Americans and a German win the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry on Wednesday for laying the foundations of an ultra-powerful microscope that has exposed life at the molecular level. Duration: ... watch video
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 ... watch video
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 ... watch video
AFP (Feb. 25, 2015) Forensic science, which has fascinated generations with its unravelling of gruesome crime mysteries, is being put under the microscope in an exhibition of real criminal investigations in London. ... watch video
Reuters (Oct. 9, 2013) Three US scientists won the Nobel chemistry prize on Wednesday for pioneering work on computer programs that simulate complex chemical processes and have revolutionized research in areas from drugs ... watch video
Deutsche Welle (Jan. 16, 2012) What will happen to the plastics industry when the world's supply of petroleum grows scarce? Bernhard Riger, professor of chemistry at Munich's Technical University, believes carbon dioxide is the ... watch video
Aug. 28, 2015 Scientists have developed a light-sensitive switch that regulates a protein implicated in the neurobiology of synaptic plasticity. The agent promises to shed new light on the phenomenology of ... read more
Aug. 27, 2015 Collisions with wind turbines kill about 100 golden eagles a year in some locations, but a new study that maps both potential wind-power sites and nesting patterns of the birds reveals sweet spots, ... read more
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Feb. 20, 2015 A new super powerful electron microscope that can pinpoint the position of single atoms, and will help scientists push boundaries even further, in fields such as advanced materials, healthcare and ... read more
Oct. 8, 2014 The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Eric Betzig of Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Stefan W. Hell of Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry ... read more
Oct. 1, 2014 Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give ... read more
Oct. 20, 2010 The UK's National Physical Laboratory is working to provide more reliable measurement of the electrical properties of materials used in nanotechnology, which could lead to much more accurate ... read more