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Chad Mirkin Named A "Nobel-Class" Citation Laureate

Nanoscience pioneer recognized for his contributions to DNA nanotechnology

Northwestern University nanoscientist Chad A. Mirkin today was named a 2013 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate in the annual pre-Nobel Prize “Thomson Reuters Predicts Nobel Laureates” study.

Chad A. MirkinHaving accurately forecast 27 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics.

Mirkin, a world-renowned leader in nanotechnology research and its application, is being recognized for his contributions to DNA nanotechnology.

One significant example of his work is the invention of spherical nucleic acids (SNAs), new globular forms of DNA and RNA often surrounding a nanoparticle core. These structures have enabled major advances in chemistry, materials science, biology and medicine, and they form the basis for more than 700 products commercialized by licensees of the technology. Mirkin has created the fundamental design rules for using such structures as artificial atoms and DNA as bonds to program the formation of new forms of matter comprised of nanoparticles.

Mirkin is the George B. Rathmann Professor of Chemistry in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and professor of medicine, chemical and biological engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering. He is director of Northwestern’s International Institute for Nanotechnology.

This year’s complete list of Nobel predictions includes 28 researchers representing 22 distinct academic and research organizations, and six different countries. Based on a thorough review of citations to each person’s research, Thomson Reuters names these high-impact researchers as Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates and predicts they will be Nobel Prize winners, either this year or in the future.