[Feb 19] Lecture by Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman, Leiden University
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Invitation Lecture Professor Dan Shechtman, Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry

The Faculty of Science proudly announces the lecture of professor Dan Shechtman, who has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011, on Wednesday 19 February 2014. Shechtman will give a lecture on his discovery of quasi crystals: “Quasi -periodic crystals - a paradigm shift in crystallography”. The lecture will outline the discovery of quasi crystals and describe the important role of electron microscopy as an enabling discovery tool.

Shechtman is a professor at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa where he is also awarded the Muriel & David Jacknow Technion Award for Excellence in Teaching. Already in 1982, Shechtman worked on his groundbreaking research . On April 8th of that year he discovered the so-called icosahedral phase, which marked the start of research in the field of quasi crystals. Initially, his discovery was extremely controversial. In the course of defending his findings, he was even asked to leave his research group. After it became clear that the quality of his discovery was beyond any doubt , global recognition followed. In 2011, Shechtman ‘s work was honored by the award of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry .

The lecture is open to the public and starts at 16:30 hrs. Dr. Vincenzo Vitelli, associate professor of theoretical physics will be our host . You are most welcome to join on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 as from 16:15 hrs. The lecture will be held in Lecture room C1, the Gorlaeus Laboratories at the Faculty of Science. The address is Einsteinweg 55 in Leiden. Registration is not required.

Video interview

More information
- http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/2011/popular-chemistryprize2011.pdf
- http://materials.technion.ac.il/dan-shechtman-quasi-crystals-nobel/