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Dr. Harold Kroto

Dr. Harold Kroto

Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry


Contact Information
2007 CSL 850.644.8274
2101 CSL
Programs of Research
Research Website
Research Specialities
Nanoscience, Supramolecular Chemistry
2 Postdoc; 2 Visiting

Research Interest

As the boundaries between Chemistry, Physics and Biology evaporate, so the fascinating multidisciplinary field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (N&N) has been born. N&N involves the creation, study and application of accurately-constructed, complex molecules with hundreds to thousands of atoms and overall nanoscale dimensions (ca. 10-9 m) . It is the defining Science of the 21st Century, and strategic applications of new advances in this area offer the exciting promise of major socio-economic as well as humanitarian benefits.

Chemists are now developing a vast range of novel synthetic strategies to create large molecules with not only intricate structures but also valuable functions. Nanoscale devices may soon replace silicon and metal in chips to make pocket supercomputers possible and the tensile strengths of these new materials promise exciting possibilities in engineering. This field is providing challenging problems with exciting objectives which will affect all our lives in the future.

Our research ranges from Fullerene chemistry and the creation of novel nanoscale structures, in particular nanotubes, to interstellar chemistry of carbon chain molecules. Recent research has led to the first insulated low-loss conducting nanowires as well as nanoscale molecular shock absorbers. The basic drive has been to understand the fundamental factors governing the creation of nanostructures and how these factors might be controlled.

Professor Kroto is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and served as president of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 2002 to 2004. He has received numerous awards such as the Hewlett Packard Europhysics Prize (shared 1994), the Copley Medal (2004) and the Faraday Award (2001). He holds honorary degrees from academic institutions around the world. He is the co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the discovery of C60, Buckminsterfullerene. Professor Kroto joined FSU’s faculty in 2004. (Photo: Anne-Katrin Purkis)

Our general Science education initiatives are organized under the auspices of The Vega Science Trust set up in 1994 to produce TV and Internet Science programs to improve knowledge and raise awareness of scientific achievement. To date Vega has made more than 85 programs, 55 of which have been broadcast on the BBC TV. Vega has produced several series, such as the critically acclaimed discussion programs 'The Next Big Thing‘ and, most recently, the “Snapshots’ careers programs. The Vega website was the first completely free independent Internet Science Channel broadcasting science programs on the Web. Vega also produces and broadcasts Science lectures, interviews with eminent scientists including Nobel Laureates and science workshops for school children from the ages of 6 to 18. It is presently creating an Internet resource aimed at making educational science material freely available to aid teachers of science.


Stroppa Alessandro; Jain Prashant; Barone Paolo; et al. Electric Control of Magnetization and Interplay between Orbital Ordering and Ferroelectricity in a Multiferroic Metal-Organic Framework. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION 2011, Volume: 50 Issue: 26, 5847-5850
Besara Tiglet; Jain Prashant; Dalal Naresh S.; et al. Mechanism of the order-disorder phase transition, and glassy behavior in the metal-organic framework [(CH(3))(2)NH(2)]Zn(HCOO)(3). PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 2011, Volume: 108 Issue: 17, 6828-6832
Kroto Harry. Carbyne and other myths about carbon. CHEMISTRY WORLD 2010, Volume: 7 Issue: 11, 37-37
Kroto Harold W. Working at the coal face. NATURE 2010, Volume: 467 Issue: 7317, S13-S13
Sir Kroto Harold. Mechanisms of self assembly at nanoscale dimensions. Journal of nanoscience and nanotechnology 2010, Volume: 10 Issue: 9, 5911