Bird & Beckett is honored to host a talk by Nobel laureate W. E. Moerner, and hope he’ll feel among family here. All invited. $4-10 sliding scale donation requested. An American Chemical Society talk. Click here to reserve a seat.
Stanford Professor William E. Moerner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for his work in super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. The three winners of the 2014 prize – Moerner, Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Stefan Hell of the Max Planck Institute – pioneered techniques that capture optical images on the nanometer scale.
Moerner established himself early in the field of super-resolution spectroscopy at the start of his career in another research institution in the Santa Clara Valley ACS area – the IBM Almaden Research Center. In 1989, he and his IBM group reported measuring the light absorption of a single molecule.
His group at Stanford has extended the 2D and 3D super-resolution imaging into cells, capturing the motion of cellular components in three dimensions in real time. They also study the photodynamics of single trapped biomolecules in solution.
Professor Moerner will speak about the road to the Nobel Prize, how it arose out of spectroscopy at an industrial lab, and the impact of where it is leading.