Professor Shechtman, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2011 for the discovery of quasicrystals in 1982, is emeritus professor in Materials Science at the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. He will give his conference - Quasi-Periodic Crystals – A Paradigm Shift in Crystallography - before presenting graduates of the Master's Degree in Chemistry with their certificates.
Discovery of quasicrystals
Physicists long believed that the structures of all crystals consisted of patterns that repeated over and over again. In 1982, Dan Shechtman discovered quasicrystals, crystal structures that are mathematically regular but do not repeat themselves. His work shook up the world of chemistry. Although his discovery was first shunned by certain scientists, including his team leader at NBS (National Bureau of Standards, which later became NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology) and Linus Pauling, it started a new era of crystallography.
Biography of Professor Dan Shechtman
Professor Dan Shechtman was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1941. After receiving his PhD in Materials Engineering from the the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa in 1972, he spent 3 years in the United States in the Aerospace Research Laboratories of Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. In 1975, he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at Technion. He is also a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Ames Laboratory associate scientist at the Iowa State University.
The conference and graduation ceremony will take place in lecture hall A, René Dabard, building 2A on the Beaulieu campus on Monday 3rd July 2017.
The conference begins at 10 am, followed by the graduation ceremony at 11.15 am.