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Jan-Hendrik Schön: 10 million nano-transistors on the tip of a needle?

Dr. Thorsten S. Beck

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Jan Hendrik Schön claimed in 2000 to have used nanotechnology to show superconductivity in organic materials. Researchers failed to replicate Schön’s results, which raised doubts. In 2002, physicists noticed similarities between figures in Schön’s works.


Bell Laboratories, Schön’s employer, started an investigation, which ultimately concluded that he committed misconduct in 16 out of the 24 cases that staff evaluated. Bell Laboratories fired him after the committee reported that Schön misrepresented and manipulated data. Reich (2009) wrote “…in 2002, Schön revealed to his investigators how he had actually done it. He was doing science backwards. He started with the conclusion he wanted and then assembled data to show it.” (Reich, 2009)




EDN Staff. “Bell Labs Claims First Nanotransistor.” EDN Network, November 09, 2001.


Levi, Barbara Goss. “Investigation Finds That One Lucent Physicist Engaged in Scientific Misconduct.” Physics Today 55, no. 11 (November 2002): 15.


Reich, Eugenie Samuel. “The Rise and Fall of a Physics Fraudster.” Physics World 22, no. 05 (2009).


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