Featured Interviews> June 2010

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In these interviews, scientists talk to ScienceWatch.com and offer behind-the-scenes insights into their research: reflections on what led them to their chosen field, the motivation driving their work in a given direction, and the challenges encountered along on the way. These authors also offer their views on why their work has wielded particular influence in the scientific community, as indicated by Clarivate Analytics citation data, and on how research in their respective fields has progressed over time and will likely unfold in the future.

Featured Interviews for June 2010


Hagen Klauk on the Quest for Organic Transistors; Featured Scientist Interview

Hagen Klauk

From the interview: "...organic gate dielectrics had been used before, but had always resulted in much lower transistor performance, because these organic dielectrics usually don't allow the organic semiconductors to perform at full potential. But when we combined the organic semiconductor with our newly designed organic insulator, the result was a transistor that was not just as good as one with an inorganic..."
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Gerard Milburn on Quantum Computers and Other Engineered Systems; Special Topic of Quantum Computing

Gerard Milburn

From the interview: "I obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Waikato in 1982 for work on squeezed states of light and quantum nondemolition measurements. I was appointed to a postdoctoral research assistantship in the Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London in 1983. In 1984 I was awarded a Royal Society Fellowship to work in the Quantum Optics group of Professor P. Knight..."
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J. Alfredo Martinez Discusses His Obesity Research; Special Topic of Obesity

J. Alfredo Martinez

From the interview: "I began my research career with a Ph.D. dissertation about the metabolic effects of legume consumption on protein turnover at the University of Navarra about 30 years ago, which was followed by a postdoctoral stay at Nottingham University (UK), where I investigated the hormonal control of growth. Both research experiences opened the doors to the future work in obesity research following..."
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Giuliano Panza on Earthquake Prediction and Risk; Special Topic of Earthquakes

Giuliano F. Panza

From the interview: "I received my Laurea in physics at the age of 22 from Bologna University. My early research experience culminated in the formulation of a gross model of the density distribution within the Moon using data on perturbations of the orbits of the Moon artificial satellites Luna 10 and Lunar Orbiter I, III, IV. The impact they have on mankind and the possibility they offer to study the interior of our planet..."
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Gregor Reid Talks About the Benefits of Probiotics; Special Topic of Probiotics

Gregor Reid

From the interview: "I earned my B.Sc. (Honours) degree in microbiology from the University of Glasgow in 1978, and my Ph.D. from Massey University, New Zealand, in 1982. I earned an Executive MBA degree from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 1998. I came to Canada in 1982 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Calgary in Alberta, but shortly thereafter was based at..."
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