Kroto call

August 11, 2000

Nobel prizewinner Sir Harry Kroto will discuss the implications of nanotechnology (see Enterprise, THES, August 4) in The Next Big Thing series tonight (11pm) on BBC2.

The programme, made by the Vega Science Trust (based at the university) and the Open University, will feature Sir Harry, professor of chemistry at the University of Sussex, with other top nanotechnology scientists.

Sir Harry was awarded the Nobel prize in 1996 for his joint discovery of a form of carbon called fullerene. His research involves studying the properties of fullerene - also called "buckyballs" for its football-shaped appearance - to create nano-tubes, stable atomic structures central to nanotechnology. The Next Big Thing runs until September 15.

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