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Ben Feringa

Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr Ben Feringa, University of Groningen (group homepage)

The Art of Building Small

Ben L. Feringa
Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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The fascinating molecular motors and machines that sustain life offer a great source of inspiration to the molecular explorer at the nanoscale   Among the major challenges ahead in the design of complex artificial molecular systems is the control over dynamic functions and responsive far-from-equilibrium behaviour. Chemical systems ultimately require integration of structure, organization and function of multi-component dynamic molecular assemblies at different hierarchical levels. A major goal is to achieve and exploit translational and rotary motion.

In this presentation the focus is on the dynamics of functional molecular systems as well as triggering and assembly processes. We design switches and motors in which molecular motion is coupled to specific functions. Responsive behaviour will be illustrated in self-assembly and photopharmacology. The design, synthesis and functioning of rotary molecular motors will also be presented with a prospect toward future dynamic molecular systems

Information on

- Molecular Machines: Nature, September 2015

- Molecular Switches:  Chemistry World, June 2016

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