Organic chemist Prof. Ben Feringa was awarded two important Japanese prizes this month for his research on the synthesis of optically active chemical compounds. They are the Yamada-Koga Prize from the Japanese Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Nagoya Gold Medal prize.
Optically active compounds are important building blocks for drugs because they can reduce the number of undesirable side effects. The invention of the molecular motor in 1999 which made Feringa world famous, is also a result of research on these chemical compounds.
Further information: Dr Maria Cristina d’Arrigo, Scientific Coordinator of the Stratingh Institute
The grant of EUR 750,000 is for his project ‘The role of heterogeneity in controlling the geomechanical behaviour of sandstone reservoirs’.
The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded Prof. Lude Franke a Vici grant worth € 1.5 million. The Vici grant will enable him to develop innovative lines of research for the next five years. Vici is one of the largest personal academic grants...
The Lodewijk Woltjer Lecture Award is awarded to academics who have made exceptional contributions to their field.
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