Nobel Laureate at Pittcon

The Column

The Column, The Column-08-02-2012, Volume 8, Issue 14
Pages: 8

Nobel Laureate, Sir Harold (Harry) Kroto, will present the Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture at Pittcon 2013.

Nobel Laureate, Sir Harold (Harry) Kroto, will present the Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture at Pittcon 2013. His talk will be entitled “Exameter Objects to Nanometer Ones and Back Again”. The plenary lecture will be part of the opening session for the event, which will be held in the Pennsylvania Convention Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 17–21 March 2013.

Sir Harold is currently Francis Eppes professor of chemistry at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, investigating nanoscience and cluster chemistry. He was knighted for his contributions to chemistry in 1996 and later in the same year his laboratory experiments involving the simulation of chemical reactions in the atmospheres of red giant stars uncovered the existence of C­60 — also know as Buckminsterfullerene — the third well-characterized allotrope of carbon.

Kroto, together with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley, won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this ground-breaking work. He has won numerous other awards including the Copley Medal and Faraday Lectureship of the Royal Society.