The 2011 ICTP Prize in honour of Praveen Chaudhari is awarded to Ado Jorio, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Ado Jorio de Vasconcelos is recognized for his Raman spectroscopy work on single carbon nanotubes that has clarified their electronic and vibrational properties.
Jorio's main research interest is in the physics of nanomaterials. He has developed experimental techniques to probe the geometrical and electronic properties of single carbon nanotubes. This work had a major impact in the field of photophysics and nanostructures, Raman spectroscopy of low dimensional systems and nanometrology. He is an associate professor in the Department of Physics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, having earned his PhD at the same university in 1999. He worked for two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA.
Praveen Chaudhari (1937 - 2010) made fundamental contributions to condensed matter physics and materials science. He worked on the structure and properties of amorphous solids, mechanical properties of thin films, defects in solids, quantum transport in disordered systems and superconductivity. One of his main achievements is the discovery and development of amorphous magnetic materials, that are the basis of erasable, read-write, optical storage technology. Professor Chaudhari had strong ties with ICTP. He served as chair of the ICTP Scientific Council from 1998 to 2002.