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The Art of Building Small with Nobel Prize winner Ben L. Feringa

The Art of Building Small

Ben L. Feringa, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Location: Desmarais Building, Room 12102 (55 Laurier Avenue East)

Imagine reaching far beyond Nature’s design to build our own molecular world. Far-fetched? Not so, as synthetic chemistry provides unlimited opportunities to engineer molecular machines, tiny motors nearly 20,000 times smaller than a human hair that work inside cells. In The Art of Building Small, Ben Feringa of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands explores the vast uncharted territory of molecular nanoscience.

Join Professor Feringa as he relates his scientific journey and role in creating the world’s first molecular rotary motor in 1999, which earned him the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, shared with chemists Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Sir J. Fraser Stoddart. Find out what challenges lie ahead for designing complex artificial molecular systems and their future potential for developing smart drugs, molecular machines and new responsive materials.

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