Dr. Chad A. Mirkin is the Director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry, Prof. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Prof. of Biomedical Engineering, Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering, and Prof. of Medicine. He is a world-renowned nanoscience expert, who is known for his invention and development of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) and the many medical diagnostic, therapeutic, and materials applications that have derived from them; the invention of Dip-Pen Nanolithography (recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world) and related nanopattering methodologies; and his contributions to supramolecular chemistry. He is the author of over 650 manuscripts and over 1,000 patent applications worldwide, and the founder of multiple companies, including Nanosphere, AuraSense, and Exicure, which are commercializing nanotechnology applications in the life science and biomedicine industries. Dr. Mirkin has been recognized for his accomplishments with over 100 national and international awards.
There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" was a lecture given by physicist and Nobel laureate Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting at Caltech on December 29,1959. Feynman considered the possibility of direct manipulation of individual atoms. The talk is considered to be a groundbreaking event in the history of nanotechnology, as it inspired the conceptual beginnings of the field decades later.
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