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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Pitt professor wins prize for 'molecular lego set'

A University of Pittsburgh researcher has been awarded the Foresight Institute’s Feynman Prize for experimental work for his work in developing a "molecular Lego set" that will enable, for the first time, the quick manufacture of sturdy, predictable nanostructures. Christian Schafmeister, assistant professor of chemistry and a researcher in the University's Institute of NanoScience and Engineering, is using his blocks to craft hinged, molecular traps that attract specific molecules, snap shut, and light up. "We're developing a new programming language for matter," he says. more @