Dresselhaus was nicknamed “the queen of carbon” for her research, and for the discoveries that she made into the electronic structure of semi-metals. She worked with carbon as graphite and as liquid, and invented techniques for studying single layers of carbon atoms.
She devised carbon fibres that were stronger yet lighter than steel, and was known for her work on nanomaterials, investigating their behaviour at atomic level. In essence, she helped to usher in the age of nanotechnology with her research into the fundamental properties of carbon.
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