Thomas Ebbesen has been granted the grand prix de la fondation Maison de la Chimie 2018, for his recent research on polaritonic chemistry, or how to modify matter properties (conductivity, chemical reactivity for example) by playing on strong light-matter interactions. This prize is attributed every two years and he is the third to obtain it in Strasbourg, after Guy Ourisson and Jean-Pierre Sauvage. He will receive it, together with Susumu Kitagawa also awarded this year, the 13th of February 2019 in Paris, at la Maison de la Chimie. Here is a short article about it on the website of Strasbourg University and a longer one on the website of Maison de la chimie. Congratulations !
Source image : Maison de la Chimie
“The E-MRS Anniversary Award recognizes the career contribution of a scientist to fundamental understanding of the science of materials through experimental and/or theoretical research.” It is attributed every five years and after Sir Richard Friend, Prof. Dan Schechtman and Sir John Pendry, the award has been attributed this year to … Prof. Thomas Ebbesen !
He will receive it during the E-MRS conference plenary session on Wednesday 20th June in Strasbourg, where he will deliver a presentation on
Light-Matter Interactions in a Material Science Perspective.
Our colleague Dr Anoop Thomas won the poster prize offered by Nature Nanotechnology in SCOM 2018 conference in Eindhoven. Congratulations to him, but also to his corecipient Dr Ankit Bisht from Chalmers University !
From left to right: Anoop, Alberto Moscatelli, editor in Nature Nanotechnology , and Ankit.
On the occasion of Patron Saint’s Day, February 2nd, Thomas Ebbesen received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University (Katholieke Universiteit) of Leuven. He was nominated by Professors Johan Hofkens and Maarten Roeffaers, during an impressive and beautiful ceremony.
A nice article, with a short video interview, have been published on the KU Leuven news website, and you can read it here in english.
To finish the week, a little picture of our group taken last Friday at ISIS. Our intruder is of course Jean-Pierre Sauvage, our Chemistry Nobel Prize new laureate. Once again, we congratulate him for this !
You are probably already aware but we are glad to write one more time that our colleague Jean-Pierre Sauvage was awarded today the Nobel prize in chemistry for the development of molecular machines. He is sharing it with Prof. Fraser Stoddart, from Northewestern University, USA, and Prof. Ben Feringa, from University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Congratulations to all of them !