Source: Knoxville Daily Sun | Jeaneane Payne, Publisher | July 1, 2018

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Sergei V. Kalinin, PhD – Photo courtesy NY Academy of Sciences

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences have chosen the 2018 Laureates of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, who will each receive $250,000. It is the largest unrestricted scientific prize offered to America’s most promising faculty-level scientific researchers 42 years of age and younger. Nominated by 146 research institutions across 42 states, the 286 nominees were narrowed to a pool of 31 Blavatnik National Finalists. From this pool of Finalists, a distinguished scientific jury chose three outstanding Laureates, one in each of the Awards’ scientific disciplinary categories—Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry.

Sergei V. Kalinin, PhD, director of the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was named the National Laureate in Physical Sciences & Engineering of the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Dr. Kalinin created novel techniques to study, measure, and control the functionality of nanomaterials at the atomic and nanoscale. His work manipulating individual atoms has the potential to enable scientists to create new classes of materials by assembling matter atom-by-atom.

Since 2007, the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists have been recognizing researchers under the age of 42 in the New York area, across the United States, and now internationally in Israel and the United Kingdom. By the close of 2018, the Blavatnik Awards will have conferred prizes totaling more than $6.7 million, honoring 249 outstanding young scientists and engineers.

The 2018 Blavatnik National Laureates, along with the 2018 Blavatnik National Finalists, will be honored at the Blavatnik National Awards ceremony on Monday, September 24, 2018, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

At $250,000, this is the largest unrestricted science prize given anywhere in the world to researchers age 42 and under. Dr. Kalinin has done amazing work early in his career, and the award will help him take his work to the next level.

A nanoscientist, Dr. Kalinin is being recognized for fundamentally changing the way scientists are able to measure, image and manipulate matter at the atomic and nanoscale (please see attached press release for more detail on Dr. Kalinin’s breakthrough research).

Dr. Kalinin teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in addition to his work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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