The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) has awarded the Academic Society Award to Nobel Prize laureate Ben Feringa, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. He receives the award in appreciation of the great importance of his research and the appealing manner in which he links science with society. The award ceremony is on 19 April, during Engineers’ Day.
‘Ben Feringa has managed to achieve breakthroughs in several areas that are fundamental to engineers, such as organic synthesis, catalysis, supra-molecular chemistry and nanotechnology. The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers has decided to decorate him for his extraordinary research achievements and his excellent clarification of these achievements to the public at large. It is remarkable how he makes time in the media, at schools and in public lectures to make his work accessible to a wide audience’, says Micaela dos Ramos, Director of KIVI.
Feringa himself said: ‘I consider myself a molecular engineer: I construct at the smallest possible scale.’ His discovery of the ‘molecular engine’, a rotating molecule propelled by light, is considered a world-class breakthrough. The potential applications of this concept are both manifold and spectacular. In 2016 Feringa received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, sharing it with the Jean-Pierre Sauvage, from France, and Sir James Fraser Stoddart, from Scotland, for the development of molecular machines.
The KIVI Academic Society Award goes to professors who have distinguished themselves through excellence in research and their ability to link science and society in an appealing manner. The award is presented annually during Engineers’ Day.
KIVI is the professional association of engineers in the Netherlands. It was established in 1847. KIVI is committed to supporting engineers in their professional practice and to connecting engineers and society. To this end KIVI cooperates with technological industries, knowledge institutions, higher education and other professional associations for engineers worldwide.
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