Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics Prize Awarded
Ado Jorio, a physicist at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, has been named the recipient of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics' 2011 ICTP Prize.
The Prize recognizes Jorio's research on single carbon nanotubes, clarifying their electronic and vibrational properties. Carbon nanotubes, which were discovered in 1991, are extremely thin, hollow cylinders whose diameter is about 100,000 times smaller than a human hair. They are extremely strong materials, very good thermal conductors, and can behave as metals or semiconductors, properties that make them an important ingredient in the manufacturing of electronic devices and light-weight materials.
The fact that Jorio's experimental work is being done in a developing country shows how far countries like Brazil have come in the development of their science capacity, according to ICTP scientist Erio Tosatti.
‘First class experimental work is more of a rarity in the South of the world than theory work —theorists can usually survive scarcity of resources and of coherent planning more than experimentalists. Jorio appears to be a remarkable researcher and a role model for many in his continent and elsewhere,’ said Tosatti.
Jorio is an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, having earned his PhD at the same university in 1999. He worked for two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA.
ICTP's Scientific Council created the Prize in 1982. It recognizes young scientists (under 40) from developing countries who have made outstanding and original contributions in physics or mathematics. To view the full citation of Jorio's award, as well as a list of past winners, are available online. An award ceremony for Jorio will take place at ICTP's Trieste campus in August 2012.
About the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP): For more than 45 years, the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) has been a driving force behind global efforts to advance scientific expertise in the developing world. Founded in 1964 by the late Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam, ICTP seeks to accomplish its mandate by providing scientists from developing countries with the continuing education and skills that they need to enjoy long and productive careers. The Centre operates under a tripartite agreement with the Government of Italy, UNESCO and the IAEA.