Ben Feringa receives Nobel Prize in Chemistry
5 October 2016
University of Groningen researcher Bernard Feringa has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016. He shares the prize with the Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage and the American researcher James Fraser Stoddart. They were awarded the prize for the design of molecular machines . Ben Feringa works at the University of Groningen and is chair of the NWO Chemical Sciences Board. In 2004, he received an NWO Spinoza Prize for his contributions to this field of reasearch. NWO warmly congratulates Feringa on this outstanding achievement.
Feringa received his doctorate in 1978 from the University of Groningen. After working at Shell for several years, he returned to the University of Groningen in 1988 as professor of organic chemistry. Feringa is member of the Board (formerly vice president) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences . Besides being chair of the NWO Chemical Sciences Board he is also a project leader on various NWO projects.
The three Nobel Prize winners have designed and produced the world’s smallest machines: molecular machines. In other words: they have developed molecules that can move in a controlled manner. As a result of this, the molecules can perform a task. The Nobel Prize committee states that miniaturising technology can lead to a technical revolution. The Nobel laureates have “brought chemistry to a new dimension,” says the committee.