Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award goes to Japanese nanotechnology scientist
Merck KGaA, based in Darmstadt, Germany is the sponsor of the Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for the promotion of analytical chemistry research. The award is named after the company founder and conferred as a mark of distinction on chemists who have contributed to developing groundbreaking new analytical chemistry methods.
This year's Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for Analytical Chemistry goes to Professor Yoshinobu Baba, 45, a professor of physical chemistry at the University of Tokushima, Japan. His main area of research is new technologies for decoding DNA, protein and sugar chains. Professor Baba received the award for the paper entitled "Nanospheres for DNA separation chips" published in Nature Biotechnology, 2004, 22 (3). The paper describes a novel nanobiotechnology-based method of analysis that enables the high-speed, high-resolution separation of a broad range of DNA fragments. In experimental use, the nanosphere solution separated DNA fragments in up to 15 000 base pairs at high speed and with high resolution using microchip electrophoresis. In addition, the extremely low-viscosity nanosphere solution is easy to handle and can be used for on-the-spot DNA analysis with no need for a special laboratory.
Professor Baba's report demonstrates that nanomaterial from molecular nanotechnology has applications for chip-based DNA separation. Baba's insights open up the prospect of a new area of scientific research combining the strengths of nanotechnology and biotechnology.
The Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award will be presented at a ceremony to be held on September 5, 2004 at the Euroanalysis XIII conference in Salamanca, Spain.
Merck announced that it is acquiring the remaining stake in Qlight Nanotech Ltd., Jerusalem, Israel, and will hold 100% of the company. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“The acquisition of Qlight Nanotech perfectly fits into our innovation strategy. We have set the b ... more
Merck laid the cornerstone for a new OLED materials production plant in Darmstadt. Production of high-purity OLED materials for use in state-of-the-art displays and lighting systems is scheduled to start in the approximately 2,000 square meter building in July 2016. With the investment, whi ... more
Merck announced that the European Commission has approved its planned acquisition of U.S.-based life science company Sigma-Aldrich.
The EU clearance, which is subject to certain conditions, follows the recent antitrust approvals in Japan (JFTC) and by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCO ... more
The Lab Solutions business unit of Merck Millipore supplies products for research, analytical and clinical laboratories in a wide variety of industries. We are one of the leading suppliers of laboratory chemicals, lab water equipment and consumables.
For inorganic chemistry, we offer reagen ... more
Merck Schuchardt OHG, a 100% subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Germany, has, for the last 135 years, been one of the leading German producers and suppliers of organic intermediates, fine chemicals, reagents and solvents for laboratories, medium-sized and bulk production. more
Millipore is a life science leader providing cutting edge technologies, tools, and services for bioscience research and biopharmaceutical manufacturing. As a strategic partner, we collaborate with customers to confront the worlds challenging human health issues. From research to development ... more