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World leading nanoscientists open laboratory

9 April 2007

A photo of Professor Gabor Somorjai and Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Wolfson Laboratory.

Professor Gabor Somorjai (pictured right) and Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas FRS (pictured left), both of whom are Honorary Fellows of the University, have jointly carried out the official opening of the Wolfson Laboratory for Nanoscience in the School of Chemistry.

Professor Somorjai, who is Professor of Chemistry at the University of California Berkeley and Principal Investigator in the Materials Science Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, won the Wolf Prize in Chemistry in 1998 for his contributions to the fields of nanoscience and surface science, and was awarded a National Medal of Science in 2002.

Professor Thomas, of the University of Cambridge and also an Honorary Distinguished Research Professor at Cardiff University, has won many honours for his research in solid state chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis, including the Davy Medal of the Royal Society and the Willard Gibbs Gold Medal of the American Chemical Society.

Professors Thomas and Somorjai have both held the prestigious Baker Lectureship at Cornell University, and were the first two recipients (in 1999 and 2000 respectively) of the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Research in Homogeneous or Heterogeneous Catalysis.

The laboratory was constructed in 2005 with funding provided by the Royal Society Wolfson Foundation Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme. Royal Society Wolfson Foundation Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme.