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Obama's science, technology advisor to speak in Doha

Dr Chad A Mirkin, the most cited chemist in the world and inventor of many nanotechnology products used in the medical industry, will key keynote speech next week

Obama's science, technology advisor to speak in Doha

US President Barack Obama's advisor on science, technology, and innovation will visit Doha next week to deliver a keynote address at the Middle Eastern Conference on Biomedical Engineering, The Peninsula newspaper reported.

Dr Chad A Mirkin is a world-renowned American chemist and pioneer of nanotechnology, the founding director of the International Institute for Nanotechnology and a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

He came to prominence in the science industry in the mid-1990s after his research group created a nano-particle (a material 1000-2500 nanometres) made of gold to arrange DNA into a new spherical form never before seen in nature and used in medical diagnostic tools and therapies for diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative disease, psoriasis and melanoma.

His invention of the Dip-Pen Nanolithography was recognised by National Geographic as one of the top 100 scientific discoveries that changed the world.

Mirkin also is the most prolifically cited chemist in the world and one of only 15 scientists, engineers and medical doctors, and the only chemist, to be elected to all three branches of the US National Academies.