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The art of building small

The research program of the Feringa group is focussed on synthetic and physical organic chemistry. Inspired by Nature's principles of molecular assembly, recognition, transport, motion and catalysis, the goal is to exploit the full potential of synthetic chemistry to create new structures and functions. A major part of the research is directed towards dynamic molecular systems. The focus is on molecular nanoscience, novel responsive materials and photo-pharma exploring biohybrid systems, self-assembly, molecular switches and motors. A second part of the program deals with the development (and application in chemical biology) of novel stereoselective synthesis methods and asymmetric catalysis. Chirality is a leading theme and over the years a unique and broad expertise in fundamental aspects of stereochemistry has been acquired including chiroptical phenomena, chiral amplification and origin of chirality.

Research program

Molecular Switches and Motors Asymmetric Catalysis Chirality Photopharma and Biohybrid Systems Self-assembly, Gels and Responsive Materials

Cooperative Frontier & Excellence programs

  • Centre for Systems Chemistry weblink
  • Gravity Program on Complex Molecular Systems (with RUN/Tue) weblink
  • Zernike plus program for Advanced Materials weblink
  • Netherlands top Research program on Catalysis NRSC-C weblink
  • NanoNext on Molecular Nanosciences weblink

Ben L. Feringa

Ben Feringa

Prof. Ben L. Feringa obtained his PhD. at the University of Groningen, where he was appointed full professor in 1988, after working as research scientist for Shell. Under his guidance the Feringa group has developed extensive expertise in the fields of organic chemistry, nanotechnology, asymmetric catalysis. His discovery of the molecular motor ranks highly among the many discoveries made over the years. (Read more.)

Latest news

Prof. Feringa receives an honorary doctorate degree from University of Santiago de Compostela

Posted on 13-5-2019

Personal report from Prof. Diego Peña

On May 7th and 8th Prof Feringa visited the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC). Ben has a long-standing relation with this University where he was visiting professor back in 2001. During this ... Read more

 

Research highlight

Easily Accessible, Highly Potent, Photocontrolled Modulators of Bacterial Communication

Posted on 16-04-2019

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Mickel J. Hansen, Jacques I. C. Hille, Wiktor Szymanski, Arnold J.M. Driessen and Ben L. Feringa, Chem 2019 (DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2019.03.005)

 

Spotlight

Towards molecular motors in unison

Posted on 1-5-2019

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