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Tokyo, Japan, 2015/06/12 - NEC Corporation announced that Sumio Iijima, one of the company's Senior Research Fellows, has been awarded a European Inventor Award - NEC.com. NEC; TSE: 6701
The award was presented at the European Inventor Award awards ceremony held in Paris, France, on June 11, 2015. The award was presented to Dr. Iijima as the inventor and developer of carbon nanotubes*.
The European Inventor Award was established in 2006, and is given every year by the EPO (the European Patent Office, headquartered in Munich, Germany) to recognize the inventors of outstanding inventions that have contributed to technological, social and economic advancement. The award consists of the five categories of Industry, Research, SMEs (Small-to-Medium-sized Enterprises), Non-European Countries and Lifetime Achievement; as well as the Popular Prize, for which the winner is determined by a public vote.
On this occasion, Dr. Iijima and his fellow researchers were awarded the prize in the Non-European Countries category.
Carbon nanotubes possess a variety of unique characteristics. They are stronger than steel; become either semi-conducting or metallic depending on their shape and the way in which they are made, such as the state and number of layers in their tubular structure; and also possess excellent thermal properties. They are said to be one of the key materials that will support nanotechnology. Active R&D and product development efforts utilizing this material are currently underway all over the world.
• Dr. Iijima discovered carbon nanotubes in 1991 as Chief Researcher at NEC's Fundamental Research Laboratories.
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