Member Russian Academy Sciences

LECTURE by Claudio Nicolini during the presentation of a Gold Badge and Diploma of RUSSIAN ACCADEMY OF SCIENCES (RAS) Member by the RAS President in front to the RAS PRESIDIUM on Moscow 19 May 2009 The Future Challenges of Nanobiotechnology and Nanobiosciences Nanobiotechnology and Nanobiosciences have appeared only in recent times but prove already capable of yielding a scientific and industrial revolution along the routes correctly foreseen by the numerous programs on Nanotechnology launched over the last decade by numerous Councils and Governments worldwide, beginning time ago by the Science and Technology Council in Italy (my country of birth) and by the President Clinton in USA and ending few years ago with President Putin in Russian Federation. It is difficult to introduce and to define in a coherent and comprehensive fashion the major contributions of Nanobiotechnology and Nanobiosciences with respect to the most recent developments, but the basic principles and main applications of Nanobiotechnology represent themselves emerging fields at the frontiers of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, namely:

  • new nanomaterials manufactured either by organic synthesis, recombinant DNA and/or nanolythography, with emphasis on the supramolecular layer engineering, represent the core of industrial nanotechnology;
  • new nanoprobes employed to characterize films and crystals, as well as single polymer or biopolymer, ranging from SPR and Atomic Force Microscopy to nGISAXS, Langmuir technology and highly focussed Synchrotron Radiation;
  • nanoscale applications to Science and Health, namely of those capable so far to yield a scientific and technological revolution in protein crystallography, medicine , genomics, proteomics and cell science in general, and to mechanics, optics and magnetism;
  • nanoscale applications to Industry and Energy, namely of those capable so far to yield a significant quantum jump in catalysis, electronics, environment and renewable energy, capable to bypass the enormous problems created world-wide by the irrational consumption in the last few hundred years of the planet resources accumulated over several million years.

Nanobiotechnology and Nanobiosciences represent an unique example of a mutually profitable cooperation between Russia and Europe, and the entire world for that matter, with strong positive impact at the level of the all our society and economy. I am grateful to all member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and to this Presidium for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the success of these future challenges. Bolscioie spassibo. Professor Claudio Nicolini Foreign Member Russian Academy of Sciences since May 29 2008

Election of Professor Nicolini as Foreign Member of the Russian Avademy of Science at Moscow on 05 June 2008