2006 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award
for the college undergraduate or graduate student
whose work in nanotechnology is deemed most notable
Submissions/nominations were due June 30, 2006
2006 Winner Announced
Berhane Temelso, a graduate student in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, was awarded the Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award for his work on "High-Level ab Initio Studies of Hydrogen Abstraction in Prototype Mechanosynthesis Systems." Temelso conducted all of the research and a majority of the writing of an article which systematically examines hydrogen abstraction reactions of interest to mechanosynthesis using very accurate, state-of-the-art quantum mechanical models. This is an important theoretical contribution to proposals for the mechanosynthesis of diamond using scanning probe microscopy, which could provide a path to productive nanosystems. This prize is generously supported by Dr. James Ellenbogen, Ravi Pandya, and James Von Ehr, III.
The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award was established in 1997 and institutionalizes the first grant made in 1996 by Foresight to John M. Michelsen, a University of California at Irvine chemistry student.