Anne-Sophie Duwez, winner of the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology
Professor Anne-Sophie Duwez, director of the Nanochem Laboratory (MolSys Research Unit / Faculty of Science) of the ULiège University has just been awarded the prestigious Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology in the experimental category. This prize rewards her research work in the field of nanotechnology and more particularly on the construction of atomic precision products.
reated in 1993 in honor of physicist Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 and whose famous 1959 speech "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" is considered to have inspired the beginning of the field of nanotechnology), the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology is awarded annually by the Foresight Institute (USA) to scientists whose work has contributed to significant advances in nanotechnology in all fields combined (physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, etc.). Two prizes are awarded each year, one for experimental work, the other for theoretical work. These prestigious prizes honor researchers whose recent excellent work has most advanced the realization of Feynman's goal in nanotechnology: the construction of atomic precision products.
This year, the committee selected Anne-Sophie Duwez, professor of Chemistry at the University of Liege, as the winner of the prize in the experimental category. Professor Anne-Sophie Duwez is developing tools and technologies to interface functional synthetic molecules with AFM in order to study their function. She was the first to succeed in applying AFM-based single-molecule force spectroscopy to a small molecule just a few nanometers long. Over the past decade, she pioneered single-molecule mechanics on synthetic molecular machines in a series of influential and high-impact studies. Her achievements have highlighted the importance of molecular design in the synthesis of efficient molecular machines and have provided unprecedented insights into their operation.