Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Chemistry Nobel prize 2009

Another year and another guess..
Gaussling's LoC already has a trio in mind: Harry Gray, George Whitesides and Robert Bergman.

I don't think this is the year of organix though. See my trend post from last year.
It's definitely materials chemistry this time.

So, here're my 2009 predictions:
1. Self assembly: George Whitesides, Jacob Israelachvili, Gero Decher
2. Graphene and nanotubes: Andre Geim, Sumio Iijima
3. Q-dots: Louis Brus, Moungi Bawendi, Paul Alivisatos
4. Nanowires: Charlie Lieber, Peidong Yang, Zhong Lin Wang
5. Mesoporous: Jeffrey Beck, Galen Stucky, Ryong Ryoo

UPDATE: Ribosomes got it: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 was awarded jointly to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome".