University of Pennsylvania's Alan G. MacDiarmid and Former Penn Physicist Alan J. Heeger are Among Three Winners of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
October 19, 2000
PHILADELPHIA Alan G. MacDiarmid, Ph.D., Blanchard Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of three recipients of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Sharing the honor are former Penn faculty member Alan J. Heeger, Ph.D., now at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Hideki Shirakawa, Ph.D., of the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
The work underlying the award which showed that plastics can be made to conduct electricity was carried out at Penn in the late 1970s, when Drs. MacDiarmid and Heeger were both on the Penn faculty.