North by Northwestern

Although it could be argued that the most controversial summer signing is that of a certain Argentine footballer – who moved north from a smallish team in east London to the greatest football club on the planet – it may not be the most significant.

Northwestern University, recently dubbed ‘Nano U’, has also been dabbling in the transfer market this summer (not for footballers, however) and has recruited Fraser Stoddart, currently a professor of chemistry at UCLA and the director of the California NanoSystems Institute.

Obviously, Chicago is his kind of town…


Stuart Cantrill (Associate Editor, Nature Nanotechnology)