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Press Release: Professor Ben Feringa – The Art of Building Small

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 18 June 2018

  • Prof Feringa shared the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on molecular machines
  • Molecular machines perform a specific mechanical function in response to stimuli such as light, heat, or a chemical reaction, at a molecular scale
  • They have a huge range of potential applications, including sensors, smart medicines, functional materials, and use in energy storage systems

Exploring beyond the current frontiers in the chemical sciences, molecular nanoscience is a fast-evolving field that provides unlimited opportunities to understand the molecular world we experience every day.
On Wednesday 26 September 2018 at his SCI Public Evening Lecture, Prof Feringa will discuss his journey in the world of molecular switches and motors, and the opportunities in innovation for smart drugs, adaptive catalysts, and responsive materials.

About the speaker

Prof Feringa is a Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and a Nobel Laureate. He shared the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Sir Fraser Stoddart and Prof Jean-Pierre Sauvage ‘for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. Prof Feringa’s research specialises in stereochemistry, organic synthesis, molecular switches and motors – among others.

Prof Feringa has won several prestigious awards including the Körber European Science Award in 2003, the Paracelsus Prize from the Swiss Chemical Society in 2008, and the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize in 2015. Sciences. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences as well as a Council member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Date for your diary:     Wednesday 26 September 2018
Venue:                          SCI HQ, 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS

Reception opens at 18.00 and the lecture starts at 18.30. This is a free event.



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