The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011 is linked to Sandvik's research
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2011 to Daniel Shechtman, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, "for the discovery of quasicrystals" in 1982.
Daniel Shechtmans discovery is also linked to Sandvik's research and development. In the mid-1990s, Sandvik research engineers were the first in the world to discover quasicrystals in steel. Today, Sandvik is probably the only company in the world with quasicrystals in their commercial materials.
- The discovery was scientifically very interesting; it opened up opportunities to produce quasicrystals by conventional metallurgy. It is something that can mean a lot to Sandvik's future product development, says Jan-Olof Nilsson, research engineer at Sandvik.
Sandvik Nanoflex™, in which the quasicrystals were found, was developed by Anna Hultin Stigenberg, with the assistance of Liu Ping and Jan-Olof Nilsson, all three working at Sandvik Materials Technology's Research and Development function at the time.
- Sandvik Nanoflex™ has a unique combination of strength and formability, says Anna Hultin Stigenberg. The material is used for example in suture needles for eye surgery and blades for electric shavers.
In connection with the awarding of theNobel Prize in Stockholm in December, Daniel Shechtman is invited to participate in a seminar at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology). At this time, Jan-Olof Nilsson is also invited to give a presentation on Sandvik Nanoflex™.