Bernard L. Feringa

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016: Prize motivation: “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”

Born: 18 May 1951, Barger-Compascuum, the Netherlands

We can imagine that the components of the smallest machines could be molecules. For a machine to function, its parts must be able to move relative to each other. Bernard Feringa has contributed to the development of molecular machines. For example, in 1999 he constructed a molecular motor by making a molecular rotor blade continuously spin in the same direction. In the future, molecular machines could be used for new materials, sensors, and energy storage systems.

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