The Aminoff Prize 2013

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The Aminoff Prize 2013 PR Newswire STOCKHOLM, September 13, 2012 STOCKHOLM, September 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) has awarded the Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography 2013 to: Carlo Gatti Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technology,

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The Aminoff Prize 2013
PR Newswire STOCKHOLM, September 13, 2012
STOCKHOLM,September 13, 2012/PRNewswire/ --The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (RSAS) has awarded the Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography 2013 to: Carlo Gatti Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technology, Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISTM) Milan, Italy and MarkSpackman University ofWestern Australia Crawley,Australia "for developingexperimental and theoreticalmethods to study electron density in crystals, and using them to determinemolecular and crystalline properties".
Nature of crystals measured by X-rays and interpreted inItalyandAustralia
Crystallography is the science of the arrangement of atoms in solid materials. To reveal the atomic structure of a crystal, an 'X-ray diffraction method' may be used. In this method an X-ray beam strikes a crystal, showing a diffraction pattern that, in turn, can be transformed into a 3D model of the crystal. This technique is now widely used in geology, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and materials engineering. Purposes include determining mineral properties, proteins and DNA structures, and developing strong new materials. BothCarlo GattiandMark Spackmanhave independently developed concepts for interpreting electron density distributions related to quantum chemistry theory, using multipole analysis of high-quality X-ray diffraction data. This approach has, in particular, significantly demonstrated and quantified the role of hydrogen bonding in molecular systems. 'Charge density topology' is important for classification of the type and strength of chemical bonding in solid compounds and molecules. Read more about the Laureates'researchathttp://kva.se
The Prize will be awarded at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Annual Meeting on5 April 2013.
Prize amount:SEK 100,000, to be shared equally between the Laureates.
THE LAUREATES
Carlo Gatti,Italian citizen. Born in 1954. PhD in Chemistry (1978) at University ofMilan. Senior Research Scientist at Institute of Molecular Sciences and Technology, Italian National Research Council (CNR-ISTM),Italy. http://www.istm.cnr.it/~gatti
Mark Spackman,Australian citizen. Born in 1954. PhD in Theoretical Chemistry (1989) at University ofWestern Australia. Wintrop Professor and Head of school at the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Western Australia,Australia. http://www.uwa.edu.au/people/mark.spackman Press contact Annika Moberg, Communications officer, RSAS, +46-8-6739522, +46-70-6739690, annika.moberg@kva.se Experts from the Prize committee Sven Lidin, Professor of Inorganic chemistry,LundUniversity, +46-46-2224769, +46-72-7291030, sven.lidin@polymat.lth.se Hans Annersten, Professor em. of Mineral chemistry and petrology, Uppsala University, +46-18-4712550, +46-70-3304939,hans.annersten@geo.uu.se