The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2023 was given to three clever scientists: Moungi Bawendi, Louis Brus, and Alexei Ekimov. They got this prize because they found and made tiny things called “quantum dots.”
Moungi Bawendi was born in Paris, France, in 1961, and he’s a chemist who works at MIT.
Louis Brus was born in 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, and he teaches chemistry at Columbia University.
Alexei Ekimov, who was born in the Soviet Union in 1945, now works at the Vavilov State Optical Institute.
Even though they didn’t work together, both Ekimov and Brus figured out how to create quantum dots. Bawendi also made big improvements in how we make these tiny dots.
So, what are quantum dots? Well, they’re super tiny things that can make computer screens and TVs look really colorful using something called QLED technology. They can also make some LED lights look better, and scientists and doctors use them to see inside our bodies better.
These scientists won the Nobel Prize for making and using tiny things called quantum dots that make our screens look great and help doctors see our insides more clearly.