The Nobel Chemistry Prize was awarded for discovery of quantum dots that bring color to LED lights.

Iran PressEurope: Scientists Moungi Bawendi, Louis Brus, and Alexei Ekimov won the 2023 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of clusters of atoms known as quantum dots, now used to create color in flat screens, light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and devices that help surgeons see blood vessels in tumors.

The prize-awarding academy said the scientists had "added color to nanotechnology" - when the matter is used on an atomic or molecular level in manufacturing - and that their findings held great potential in many fields.

"Researchers believe that in the future they could contribute to flexible electronics, tiny sensors, thinner solar cells and encrypted quantum communication," the academy said in a statement.

The more than century-old prize is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and is worth 11 million Swedish crowns ($1 million).

Last year's chemistry award went to scientists Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal, and Barry Sharpless for pioneering work in "click chemistry", discovering reactions that let molecules snap together to create new compounds.


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