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This webclass deals with the study for which Ben Feringa won the Nobel Prize. We will discuss the research Nobel prize winners Stoddart, Sauvage and Feringa did. You will also learn how the molecular motor works and what its applications are.



How can you make a flexible solar cell that can be fixed to anything? How can you build a molecular-scale motor? These are some of the fascinating questions that you will try to answer as a chemist. Chemistry is the study of molecules and how they interact. As a chemist equipped with this knowledge, you can produce new substances and materials or devise solutions for all sorts of problems. Chemists are often involved in the development of new medicines or they are searching for new synthetic materials with special properties. Another path chemists might take is creating a more sustainable world by finding new ways to generate energy, for example by using sunlight or motion.

Web class

During this web class you will deal with different ways to make motors and little machines on the scale of single molecules. We will also look at molecular machines in nature and at the generation and control of molecular machines as well as the different ways in which chemistry approaches these machines. Finally, we will have a chance to hear the current Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Prof. Ben L. Feringa talk about what it is that excites him about molecular motors, why he thinks they are important and what he thinks the future might bring.


The web class registration is closed. We can no longer enroll anyone for this round. Then enrollment for the next round of web classses opens on January 25, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this web class, you can reach us at webklassen or have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Last modified:16 January 2021 10.18 a.m.