They seem to think that the Chemistry Prize will have an organic flavour this year… Do you think they’re on to something? Will Trost, Danishefsky or Seebach be walking off with the big one any time soon – or indeed ever?
Another point of note is that Sumio Iijima is listed amongst the potential winners of the Physics Prize for his discovery of carbon nanotubes – this comes hot on the heels of being awarded the 2007 Balzan Prize for his nanoscience research.
Also, the one-million-dollar Kavli Prizes have recently been announced as well, the first batch of which will be given out in 2008. There are three of these, covering the fields of astrophysics, neuroscience and, last but not least, nanoscience – it could be quite a 12 months for Iijima.
Stuart Cantrill (Associate Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)