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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

Molecular engines in a nutshell

Posted on 3-8-2017

Group members Erik Pinxterhuis and Paco Visser will give a "Rotor College" for children during Noorderzon. Please follow the link to read more about this event that takes place on the 19th of August (and to order tickets). ... Read more

 

Research highlight

In situ control of polymer helicity with a non-covalently bound photoresponsive molecular motor dopant

Posted on 2017-07-12

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Thomas van Leeuwen, G. Henrieke Heideman, Depeng Zhao, Sander J. Wezenberg and Ben L. Feringa , Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 6393-6396 (DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03188B)

 

Spotlight

Microwaves reveal detailed structure of molecular motor

Posted on 2017-08-08

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http://www.epsnews.eu/2017/08/microwaves-reveal-detailed-structure-of-molecular-motor/

 

Most recent publications

  • Surface Inclusion of Unidirectional Molecular Motors in Hexagonal Tris(o-phenylene)cyclotriphosphazene

    Jiří Kaleta, Jiawen Chen , Guillaume Bastien, Martin Dračínský , Milan Mašát, Charles T. Rogers, Ben L. Feringa and Josef Michl, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139 (30), pp 10486–10498 (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b05404)

  • Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of Butenolides and Butyrolactones

    Bin Mao, Martín Fañanás-Mastral, and Ben L. Feringa, Chem. Rev. 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00151 (DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.7b00151)

  • In situ control of polymer helicity with a non-covalently bound photoresponsive molecular motor dopant

    Thomas van Leeuwen, G. Henrieke Heideman, Depeng Zhao, Sander J. Wezenberg and Ben L. Feringa , Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 6393-6396 (DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03188B)