Group activities and news

Bio subgroup in Spain

Posted on 1-11-2018

The Bio subgroup attended the 2nd International Symposium on Photopharmacology in Vic (Barcelona), Spain. The conference was amazing and the group also enjoyed the great hospitality.


A photo made by Dusan Kolarski is published in C&EN.

Posted on 17-10-2018

One of our group members, Dusan Kolarski is not only a good researcher he is also an excellent photographer. A foto made by Dusan got published in Chemical and Engineering News.

Please follow this link to see the photo.

Chemistry in Pictures: Let there be light.

Grant for dr. Beatrice Collins

Posted on 8-10-2018

The Royal Society has announced the appointment of 42 new University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2018. The researchers will take up their new posts at institutions across the UK and Ireland at the start of October.

The University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding early career scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. The scheme is extremely competitive and URFs are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships. Many have gone on to enjoy significant national or international recognition for their work.

Please follow the link to see the list of names including our former group colleague dr. Beatrice Collins

ERC Grants awarded to four UG scientists

Posted on 27-7-2018

Four University of Groningen researchers have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant: Julia Even, Louise Meijering, Andrea Sangiacomo and Sander Wezenberg. The European Research Council (ERC) awards these personal grants of EUR 1.5 million to excellent researchers in order to stimulate groundbreaking research in Europe.
Congratulations to our group member dr.Sander Wezenberg!


Cum Laude

Posted on 1-6-2018

Our congratulations to our group member Michael Lerch for obtaining his doctorate degree cum laude!


Award for Postdoc Ruth Dorel

Posted on 10-5-2018

Ruth was awarded the Josep Castells Award to the best PhD Thesis in 2017, awarded by the Catalan Section of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry
The title of her thesis was "Making the narrowest graphene nanoribbons"


Mini College Koningsdag

Feringa Group presents research to Royal Family on Kingsday 2018

Posted on 28-4-2017

Please follow the link to see how the Feringa Group tried to show the Dutch Royal Family what they do in the labs.

Nature Reviews Chemistry

Posted on 2017-12-01

Dynamic control of function by light-driven molecular motors

Thomas van Leeuwen, Anouk S. Lubbe, Peter Štacko, Sander J. Wezenberg & Ben L. Feringa,

The field of dynamic functional molecular systems has progressed enormously over the past few decades. By coupling the mechanical properties of molecular switches and motors to chemical and biological processes, exceptional control of function has been attained. Overcrowded alkene-based light-driven molecular motors are very attractive in this respect owing to their unique multistate photochemically and thermally induced switching processes and their helical chirality inversion in each switching step. However, extending our control over properties from the molecular scale to larger length scales is still a fundamental challenge. In this Perspective, we discuss recent developments that address this challenge, ranging from the application of these motors in catalysis and synthetic materials to the control of biological properties. We may now be positioned at the dawn of a new era in which artificial molecular motors are able to perform programmed tasks and dynamic functions akin to the biological machines that are found in daily life.

Please find the full article


starting young

Posted on 4-4-17

We all know the importance of education. It is also a good idea to get people interested in science at a young age. That is why Adam Szymanski had his first subgroup meeting today!

Other participants: Ben Feringa, Philip Elsinga and Wiktor Szymanski.


workweek 2016

Posted on 3-3-2016

The website of this year's workweek is ready!
Here you can find more information about the program, activities etc. Please note that the program is still being developed.

Kind regards,
Tilde, Tao and Diederik

New group member

Posted on 8-6-15

Born on the 6th of June: Natalia, daughter of Krzysz Krawczyk and Matea Vlatkovic. She is happy and healthy (3530 gr/55 cm) and according to her parents of course the most wonderful baby in the world. Best wishes to this family!


VIDI grant for Dr. Wiktor Szymanski

Posted on 08-06-2015

Medicinal drugs are often active outside the disease spot, causing side effects and toxicity in the environment. The research of Wiktor Szymanski "Controlling drugs with light" aims to finds methods to use light to focus the drug action only in the required space and time.

Famelab competition: vote online

Posted on 13-4-2015

On the following website you can see the semifinals Famelab presentation
of our group member Matea.
You can vote until the end of next week 16.
(on TV there will be a reportage on NTR on 22nd of April)

Matea Vlatkovic finalist in the Famelab competition

Posted on 19-3-2015

To quote Matea:
Famelab is the competition that is organised by British Council in more than 25 countries. During 3 minutes of oral presentation without use of power point, just using your body or some small probes you need to be able to explain your research to the general audience. There are several stages of the competition: The first one is regional - so in my case first I had to pass the Groningen heat, after which are semi-finals that were in Amsterdam during which we had a masterclass how to improve our presentation skills and practicing giving interviews.
There we had to present our presentation in front of the jury committee who have chosen 10 of us to go to the finals which will be held in Leiden 21/4. The winner goes to UK to the world competition during the science festival.

Mickel Hansen runner-up for the KNCV Golden Master Award

Posted on 05-04-2015

Have a look at the KNCV website:

EMBO and Rubicon fellowship awarded to Willem Velema

Posted on 13-1-2015

An EMBO Long-term fellowship and a NWO Rubicon fellowship have been awarded to Dr. Willem Velema to support his postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Prof. Eric Kool at Stanford University. His research will focus on the development of a sensor for a DNA-repair enzyme, which eventually might be used as a diagnostic tool to personalize cancer treatment.

New group member

Posted on 8th of December

We received good news! Robin, the son of group member Jiawen Chen and his wife Beibei Zhang has been born. Congratulations!



Posted on 2014-12-2

On 17 and 18 November, Feringa group joined the CHAINS 2014 conference at Veldhoven.


Dance your PhD

Posted on 31-10-2014

Read more background information about the Dance your PhD contest in a RuG Science Linx article

Here is the link

Poster CHAINS 2014

Poster CHAINS 2014

Posted on 2014-10-24

Dr. Valentín Hornillos Gómez-Recuero prepared his poster for CHAINS 2014.


Visit to Tokyo Science University

Posted on 2013

In 2013 Prof. Feringa visited Tokyo Science University.


Visit to Kingo Uchida group

Posted on 2013

In 2013 Prof. Feringa visited Prof. Kingo Uchida and his group at Ryukoku University in Japan.


Workweek Ghent 2013

Posted on June 2013

Motor art: