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
Prof. Marthe Walvoort has received the Athena Award, one of the five science awards of the Dutch Research Council (NWO).
Professor of chemistry Sibrand Stratingh, from Groningen, built the first electric vehicle – the precursor to the electric car – around 1830. He also drove a steam-powered carriage through the streets of Groningen. But his innovative scientific...
The prizes are for the advancement of higher scientific education in the fields of science and engineering.
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