Interview with the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Gerhard Ertl, 6 December 2007. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
Gerhard Ertl talks about the challenges of studying something so structurally complex as the chemistry of solid surfaces, his knack for revisiting old problems with new technology (5:12), his varied background in both physics and chemistry (6:58), the motivation he seeks in students and the returned mentorship they look for in him (10:33), the adventure in finding surprising answers (14:14), and his experience as a Nobel Laureate (19:44).
The 2007 Nobel Laureates met at the Bernadotte Library in Stockholm on 9 December 2007 for the traditional round-table discussion and TV show ‘Nobel Minds’. The show was hosted by BBC presenter Sarah Montague. The Laureates discussed topical issues of global concern, and also answered questions submitted by visitors to BBC.co.uk and Nobelprize.org.
Your Questions to Gerhard Ertl
Here, Gerhard Ertl answers additional questions submitted by visitors to Nobelprize.org.
Telephone interview with Gerhard Ertl immediately following the announcement of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 10 October 2007. The interviewer is Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org.
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