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Strano named one of the world's top young innovators by Technology Review

James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor


Michael Strano and colleague working in a lab
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Michael Strano, right, has been named one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Michael S. Strano, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been chosen as one of the world’s 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, the world’s oldest technology magazine.

Selected by the magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the TR100 comprises people under age 35 whose innovative work in technology has a profound impact on today’s world. Nominees are recognized for their contribution in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing and nanotechnology.

Strano’s work has revolutionized carbon nanotube chemistry. He developed a technique to chemically select and separate carbon nanotubes based on their electronic structure. The reaction pathways he discovered for nanotube surface chemistry are enabling applications such as faster computers, smaller electronic circuits and the development of new types of biological sensors in his own laboratory.

He will be honored at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference, to be held at MIT on Sept. 29-30.