Three scientists have been honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their pioneering contributions to the development of quantum dots. These minuscule crystals, commonly found in television displays, generate vibrant colors using nanoparticles. Quantum dots also find applications in medical imaging, assisting surgeons, enhancing cancer drug precision, and improving solar panels.
Moungi G. Bawendi, Louis E. Brus, and Alexei I. Ekimov will jointly receive the Nobel Prize, with a prize sum of 11 million Swedish kronor (£824,000) to be shared among them.
It seems that their names were inadvertently disclosed hours prior to the formal declaration by Sweden’s Royal Academy of Sciences.