Feringa, Prof. Ben
Nanotechnology, synthetic organic chemistry
Ben Feringa (1951) has been professor of Organic Chemistry since 1988. He is one of the best scientists of our time, both within the Netherlands and worldwide. His research performance is so exceptional that he is generally regarded as one of the world’s most creative and productive chemists. He has achieved breakthroughs in various fields of chemistry, including organic synthesis, catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology.
His discovery in 1999 of the ‘molecular motor’, a light-driven rotating molecule, is widely recognized as a world-class breakthrough. The potential applications of this concept are as numerous as they are spectacular. The idea that molecular motors can transport themselves through the bloodstream in order to deliver drugs to previously unreachable locations in the human body with a high degree of accuracy is particularly inspiring. It is partly thanks to Feringa that the University of Groningen is undisputedly Europe’s number one in the field of chemistry.
Feringa has been awarded numerous prizes, including the 2004 Spinoza Prize, the highest Dutch prize in science, awarded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2008 the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) appointed Feringa Academy Professor, giving him the opportunity to concentrate on whatever he wanted in the field of innovative teaching and research for five years. Feringa is the Vice President of the KNAW also. In 2011 he received the Van 't Hoff medal. This is awarded once every ten years by the University of Amsterdam for work in the field of chemistry. In May 2013 he was awarded a TOP grant of EUR 780,000 by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grant is for his research on molecular motors.
In July 2013 Feringa was awarded the Lilly European Distinguished Science Award, followed in September by the Marie Curie Medal, the highest honor awarded annually by the Polish Chemical Society for chemist working outside Poland. In november 2013 he was awarded two important Japanese prizes.
- An electrically powered nanovehicle (Feringa in Unifocus)
- Feringa in tv-programme Labyrint on the molecular motor (in Dutch; from 2.04)
- Ben Feringa, een briljant onderzoeker [Ben Feringa, a brilliant researcher]
- Hoe groot wordt nanotechnologie? [How big can nanotechnology get?]
Previously in the news
- Prof. Ben Feringa supervises his 100th PhD student
- Prof. Ben Feringa awarded Yamada-Koga Prize and Nagoya Gold Medal
- TOP-grant for Feringa
- CNN on Feringa's nano vehicle
- Nature, november 2011: Groningen chemists construct an electrically powered nanovehicle
- Control of complex nanosystems a step closer
- Chemicus Ben Feringa ontvangt Spinozapremie [Chemist Ben Feringa awarded Spinoza Prize]
- Chirality Medal for Ben Feringa
- Organic chemist Feringa appointed Academy Professor
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