15-5-2018

Not the answers, but the ever-changing questions lead to groundbreaking research

Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa is a molecular explorer at the nanoscale. Last Tuesday he visited TU/e in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of TU/e’s Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS). During his SG lecture entitled 'The Joy of Discovery', Feringa introduced the audience to the fascinating world of complex, dynamic molecules and their scope for application. Cursor was present to report. 

Photos | Bart van Overbeeke

"Long lines in the Auditorium on Tuesday afternoon, where students, employees and other interested individuals are waiting for the lecture to be given by Nobel Prize winner Ben Feringa. As part of its tenth birthday celebrations, the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) invited 'the man behind the nanocar' to treat an audience to an afternoon full of the 'Joy of Discovery'." Continue reading on Cursor

Prof. dr. Ben Feringa is professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. His 1999 discovery of the 'molecular motor' - a light-driven rotary molecular motor - is widely recognized as a spectacular scientific breakthrough. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016, along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage (University of Strasbourg, France) and Sir Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, USA), for his work into the design and synthesis of molecular machines. 

His visit to TU/e was also covered by Eindhovens Dagblad (article in Dutch).