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Pratibha Gai

"I thought that if I patented it, no one else would be able to do work with it. I might earn some money, but I was not interested in that. I was interested in applications for many researchers, creating more fundamental science. So I decided not to patent it."

Gai created an atomic resolution environmental microscope by drilling holes in its imaging lense. The microscope images chemical reactions at the atomic scale.

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Interview - Pratibha Gai's award-winning focus

Pratibha Gai, the 2013 L'Oreal-Unesco Women In Science European Laureate discusses the importance of encouraging women in science and her breakthrough in modifying a transmission electron microscope so thatgas-solid reactions could be observed at the atom level.

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