Nobel Week Dialogue

Fraser Stoddart

Ben Feringa’s research interests include organic chemistry, nanotechnology and asymmetric catalysis. He received the Nobel Prize for his work on molecular machines.

Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands under the guidance of Professor Hans Wynberg. After working as a research scientist at Shell in the Netherlands and the UK, he was appointed lecturer and in 1988 full professor at the University of Groningen, and named the Jacobus H. van ‘t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences in 2004. He was elected foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

In 2008 he was appointed academy professor and he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands. Feringa’s research has been recognised with numerous awards including the Körber European Science Award (2003), the Spinoza Award (2004), the Prelog Medal (2005), the Norrish Award of the ACS (2007), the Paracelsus Medal (2008), the Chirality Medal (2009), the RSC Organic Stereochemistry Award (2011), the Humboldt Award (2012), the Nagoya Medal (2013), the ACS Cope Scholar Award (2015), the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize (2015), the August-Wilhelm-von-Hoffman Medal (2016), the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Tetrahedron Prize (2017) and the European Chemistry Gold Medal (2018). In 2019 he was elected as a member of the European Research Council.

Feringa’s research interests include stereochemistry, organic synthesis, asymmetric catalysis, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly, molecular nanosystems and photopharmacology.

More about Ben Feringa and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.