2012 Bower Prize group seeks nominees who have advanced nanochemistry

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2012 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant scientific contributions to the advancement of the field of nanochemistry. Notice of intent to nominate is encouraged by March 31. Complete nominations are due May 31.

Specific research areas suggested for the 2012 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science include, but are not limited to:

  • quantum dots
  • semiconductor nanomaterials
  • nanosized metal particles and catalysts
  • nanochemistry in medicine
  • nanoscale assemblies
  • nanochemistry in biological imaging
  • nanochemistry in energy research


  • This is an international competition for individuals whose work has had a significant impact on our understanding of nanochemistry and/or its applications.
  • The award and prize is presented to an individual. If group work is selected, an individual must be selected as the group’s leading scientist and the award and prize will be presented to him or her.
  • Candidates for the award must be living, and the winner must participate in the Awards Ceremony, to be held on April 26, 2012 in Philadelphia.
  • In cases of candidates with equal technical merit, the factor of current economic value of the discovery or application will weigh favorably on behalf of the candidate (as specified in the Bower Will, 1988).

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