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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

Chemistry class by Nobel Prize winner Feringa for twelve hundred pupils

Posted on 7-7-2017

It is not every day that you have a class from a Nobel Prize winner, but 1,200 pupils from Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe will, on Monday 10 July. Prof. Ben Feringa will teach a class on his groundbreaking research on molecular engines twice that ... 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

Molecular motor turns rotor

Posted on 2017-06-10

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Most recent publications

  • 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)

  • Third-Generation Light-Driven Symmetric Molecular Motors

    Jos C. M. Kistemaker, Peter Štacko, Diederik Roke, Alexander T. Wolters, G. Henrieke Heideman, Mu-Chieh Chang, Pieter van der Meulen, Johan Visser, Edwin Otten , and Ben L. Feringa, J. Am. Chem. Soc,2017 , DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04412 (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b04412)