Ben Feringa, J
acobus H. van 't Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences
, has been awarded the Netherlands Catalysis and Chemistry Award 2015. The jury called Feringa ‘one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of chemical research’.
The award, and € 10,000 prize money, is conferred every five years on a researcher in the Netherlands or Belgium for significant achievements in catalysis over the last decade. From the nine nominees, the jury chose Feringa for his groundbreaking research, in particular on stereochemistry, homogenous catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.
Feringa’s many accolades, including the Spinoza Prize, are proof of the high regard for his work. With over 700 scientific papers, 30,000 citations, 30 awards, 16 patents and major innovations to his name, Feringa, who is also an active member of the scientific community, is a worthy winner of the award.
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