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 - Innovations Video Online (Oct. 19, 2015) Scientists in Luxembourg combine an ultra powerful microscope with a super resolution analysis instrument to create a device that can produce images 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human ... 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
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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