Dear bapak & ibu penggiat nanoteknologi Indonesia,
Saya baru saja ikut masuk ke milis ini. Begitu saya masuk ke arsip milis ini, saya kaget betul....Baru kali ini saya ikut milis yg begitu sedikit posting yang masuk!!! Atau memang ini sama dengan realitas penelitian nanoteknologi di Indonesia, yg memang masih sangat sedikit sekali.
salam perkenalan dari saya:
1. Nama: Dr.Eng. Agus Haryono
2. Institusi: Polymer Chemistry Group, Pusat Penelitian Kimia, LIPI
3. Pendidikan: S1-S3 di Waseda Univ. Tokyo-Japan (Polymer Chemistry)
4. Research saat ini yg berkenaan dengan nanoteknologi: Stabilization of nanoemulsion with polymer surfactant, Control location of nanoparticle on the block-copolymer matrix.
5. Research sebelumnya: Polymeric Self-Assembeld Monolayer, Polymer Additive, Oxidative Polymerization, Polymer Recycling etc
Beritaduka untuk dunia nanoteknologi, peraih
hadiah Nobel Kimia tahun 1996, Richard Smalley telah meninggal dunia di usia 62 tahun, karena penyakit leukimia yg dideritanya.
Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley Dead At 62
Codiscoverer of C60, a new form of carbon, did much to advance nanotechnology
| RICE UNIVERSITY PHOTO |
Richard E. Smalley
Smalley spent most of his career at Rice University, where he was a professor of chemistry and of physics and founding director of the Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology.
He shared the Nobel Prize with fellow Rice chemist Robert F. Curl Jr.
and British chemist Sir Harold W. Kroto
for their 1985 discovery of buckminsterfullerene (buckyball), a new form of carbon. The finding of this 60-carbon cage molecule opened a new field of research that led to the discovery, elsewhere, of carbon nanotubes-tubular fullerenes that soon became the focus of Smalley's research. Over the years, he and his coworkers developed improved methods for making
high-quality single-walled nanotubes, which are highly desired for many applications.
Smalley considered nanotubes to be a wondrous material that could help humanity achieve some of its most challenging goals, such as the quest for clean, inexpensive energy. In 2000, he helped found Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc.
to produce buckytubes for the benefit of society.
Smalley also became a peripatetic spokesman for nanotechnology, crisscrossing the country to give speeches, testify before Congress, and meet with government, academic, and industrial leaders. In 1999, he supported the National Nanotechnology Initiative
and is credited with playing a crucial role in getting it approved by Congress. Federal spending for this sweeping R&D program is topping $1 billion this year.
Even before his work with fullerenes, Smalley had made important
contributions. He pioneered the use of supersonic jet cooling in conjunction with laser spectroscopy to simplify complex spectra and observe van der Waals molecules and free radicals. He also combined laser vaporization, jet cooling, and laser spectroscopy to study metal clusters and their chemistry. This work led to his study of carbon clusters and the discovery of fullerenes.
Any one of these accomplishments would make for a rather good career for most scientists, Curl tells C&EN. Taken together, they are simply breathtaking.
Smalley's scientific colleagues remember him for his intensity, focus, and passion for science. His mind was like a searchlight bringing whatever it looked at into clarity, Curl says. He was such a fighter that, until the last few days, I believed he would beat the cancer, just as he succeeded in beating all technical problems.
He was always an iconoclast, always looking for the unexpected, the
signal he didn't understand, remembers Naomi J. Halas
, another Rice colleague. Projects that went as expected tended to bore him, she says.
One of Smalley's most ambitious programs was launched in April with $11 million in funding from NASA
. The program is aimed at the construction of a quantum wire-a continuous cable of carbon nanotubes that, Smalley said, will conduct electricity 10 times better than copper yet have only one-sixth the weight
and a tensile strength greater than steel. If we succeed, we'll be able to rewire the world, replacing aluminum and copper in virtually every application and permitting a vast increase in the capacity of the nation's electrical grid.
Rice chemistry professor James M. Tour
, a close friend and collaborator, marvels at the intricately detailed drawings of equipment that Smalley
included in his research notebook. It reminded me of the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci-the musings of a genius, Tour says. Indeed, a Leonardo da Vinci has passed.
- Chemical & Engineering News
- ISSN 0009-2347
- Copyright © 2005 American Chemical Society
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