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Nobel Prize Winner launches new nanotechnology research institute

23 July 2013

Chris Theobald

Honorary Fellow unveils Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering

Pic: Professor Sir Harry Kroto pictured at the close of the event with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Dave Phoenix and Professor Waqar Ahmed, launching UCLan’s new Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering

Professor Sir Harry Kroto, UCLan Honorary Fellow and Nobel Prize Winner, has launched UCLan’s new Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering.

The official plaque was unveiled by Sir Harry following the conclusion of a fascinating public lecture entitled 'Creativite Sans Frontieres' (Creativity Without Borders).

The Institute is conducting research into areas at the interfaces of biological, chemical and physical sciences, exploiting the unique advantages of nanoscale structures and materials.

“As a child I wanted to be Superman but that quickly changed once I began at Bolton School where I was encouraged to study science and art.”

In a lecture which incorporated some of Sir Harry’s greatest creative influences including scientists, artists, films and authors, the Nobel Prize Winner said: “As a child I wanted to be Superman but that quickly changed once I began at Bolton School where I was encouraged to study science and art.”

Giving advice to youngsters in the audience during his talk Sir Harry added: “Do something which interests you or which you enjoy and do it to the absolute best of your ability. If it interests you, however mundane it might seem on the surface, still explore it because something unexpected often turns up just when you least expect it.

“With this recipe, whatever your limitations, you will almost certainly still do better than anyone else. Having chosen something worth doing, never give up and try not to let anyone down.”

"Already we are undertaking work on some emerging nanotechnologies which have applications in medicine and engineering that will enhance people’s lives and the environment in which we live.”

UCLan’s Professor Waqar Ahmed is heading the new Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering and said: “We were truly honoured that Sir Harry agreed to officially open our new research initiative. Already we are undertaking work on some emerging nanotechnologies which have applications in medicine and engineering that will enhance people’s lives and the environment in which we live.”

Sir Harry is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University, where he is carrying out research in nanoscience and cluster chemistry as well as developing exciting new internet approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) educational outreach. In 1996 he was knighted for his contributions to chemistry and that same year, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society.

iNano, the news blog of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Bioengineering can be found here: http://inano-uclan.org