Media Advisory: Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman to meet the media at Iowa State, Ames Laboratory

AMES, Iowa - Dan Shechtman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will meet the media during several campus events on Feb. 14:
The events:

  • A news conference will be 10-11 a.m. in Room 205 of the Technical and Administrative Services Facility (TASF) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University. (TASF is located next to Spedding Hall on the north side of campus.) A livestream of the news conference will be here.
  • Photo opportunities and brief one-on-one interviews will be 11:10-11:45 a.m. in a scanning transmission electron microscope laboratory, 209 Wilhelm Hall.
  • More photo opportunities will be available at a student reception from noon-2 p.m. in the Oak Room of the Memorial Union.

Shechtman won the 2011 Nobel Prize for his 1982 discovery of quasicrystals, crystalline materials whose atoms didn't line up periodically like every other crystal previously studied. The discovery is regarded as a revolutionary find that changed ideas about matter and its atomic arrangement.

Shechtman is expected to return to Ames late on Feb. 13 and will remain on campus for most of the month. He is an Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering, a research scientist for the Ames Laboratory and the Philip Tobias Professor of Materials Science at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

He joined Iowa State and the Ames Laboratory in 2004 and spends about four months a year on campus. He studies magnesium alloys and teaches students to use transmission electron microscopes.