Congratulations to Louis E. Brus, PhD, who was awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry! Dr. Brus won the prize for the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots and shares this year’s prize with Moungi G. Bawendi of MIT and Alexei I. Ekimov, of Nanocrystals Technology, Inc. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2023 rewards the discovery and development of quantum dots, nanoparticles so tiny that their size determines their properties. These smallest components of nanotechnology now spread their light from televisions and LED lamps, and can also guide surgeons when they remove tumor tissue, among many other things.
In 2009, the W. M. Keck Foundation awarded a $750,000 grant to Columbia University Principal Investigator Brus to study an energy conversion process in nanoparticles to demonstrate its applicability for improved solar energy devices. The W. M. Keck Foundation is proud to have provided early funding for awardees of ten Nobel prizes.