Professor B. Feringa of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry has been 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. Feringa was the first to built a first molecular car in 1999; in 2011 he presented the molecular 'four wheel drive' car.
The research program is focussed on the design and function of molecular switches and motors and dynamic nanosystems. The control of molecular motion is considered one of the most important fundamental developments in the field of chemistry. This rapidly emerging area, moving molecular design to non-equilibrium systems and from molecules to functional molecular systems, provides the basis for future smart and dynamic materials that respond to external signals, molecular motors, nanomachines and biohybrid molecular devices among others. The research program will push the frontiers of dynamic molecular systems specifically molecular motors including demonstrating directional rotary motion at thesingle molecule level, controlling directional translational motion and molecular transport at interfaces under ambient conditions, exploit the cooperative action of assemblies of motors and control of biological function by molecular switches and rotary motors.
Amina Helmi, a professor of Astronomy specializing in Milky Way dynamics, structure and formation, will receive the Spinoza Prize in October.
The size and shape of dunes varies greatly around the world: in Europe they're tall and narrow, while in the US they're low and wide. A new study has found that this is partly because dunes are constructed by plants with different ‘movement strategies’...
More than 200 researchers and their teams can begin to work on social and scientific issues in close collaboration with public and private parties. This close collaboration will take place in 17 research projects.