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Chemists forge green path to alkylated amines

Posted on 2017-12-12

C & En Highlights
see
https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/web/2017/12/Chemists-forge-green-path-alkylated.html

https://cen.acs.org/articles/95/web/2017/12/Chemists-forge-green-path-alkylated.html
 

Artikel over "Playground" Ben Feringa vanavond gepubliceerd door WIRED

Posted on 2017-12-11

Artikel over "Playground" Ben Feringa vanavond gepubliceerd door WIRED

https://www.wired.com/story/nobel-prize-winner-lab-photos/?mbid=social_twitter_onsiteshare

 

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
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41570-017-0096

 

Video of Prof. Feringa in roundtable discussion at the University of Wisconsin

Posted on 12-10-2017

Please follow the link and see Prof. Feringa speak about the importance of inspiring students and science education.

https://youtu.be/5DY83n3rssQ
 

Chiral crabs -- Under the Covers

Posted on 2017-09-23

Under the covers
Sander Wezenberg, and PhD students Thomas van Leeuwen and Kaja Sitkowska, from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, spoke to us about their work in chirality and molecular motors, and the seaside scene on the cover of ChemComm that it inspired.

Chirality is a very important property in science and nature. It is a form of asymmetry, whereby you can have two objects that are identical in every way, except that they are mirror images of each other. Your hands are an example of a chiral object.

When chirality is applied to molecules, the two mirror-image forms of the molecule are referred to as isomers, and are often called the 'left-handed' and 'right-handed' isomer. It is very common for one isomer of a molecule to exist in nature, whilst the other isomer can only be obtained by synthesising it in a lab. "No-one knows where this preference for one chiral form in nature comes from", says Thomas. "It’s still a bit of a mystery in chemistry."

This can be a problem for chemists, as sometimes it is the non-naturally-occurring molecule that is the most useful in reactions, and for applications such as drug molecules. It is therefore very useful to be able to convert a molecule from one chiral form to the other.

"We are working on a way to control the chirality of polymers using a small molecular motor as a trigger," says Thomas.

Sander explains: "We have a very unique molecule – a molecular motor – in which you can control the chirality using a sequence of light and thermally-activated steps. We have now found a way to transfer the chiral information from that molecule onto another molecule – the polymer – meaning that you can control the handedness of the polymer in a dynamic way."

Molecular motors are a hot topic in the group, which is led by Ben Feringa who won the Nobel Prize in 2016 for his work in this area, alongside fellow recipients Fraser Stoddart and Jean-Pierre Sauvage.

The molecular motor attaches itself to the polymer via non-covalent interactions and light is used as a stimulus to switch its chirality. Because of the way it is attached to the polymer, the polymer also switches.

From the art desk
Kaja is one of the PhD students in the group. She wasn’t involved in writing the paper but art is a hobby and she does most of the artwork for the group.

"I was thinking of summer when I designed the image", she says. "We have the sea, which represents the sea of other people’s work, then we have the stone which is our own little field, and on this stone we’re showing the others what we can do."

"The two crabs are displaying the molecular motors on their shells. The one on the left is being irradiated with sunlight, and it has different chirality to the one on the left. The seaweed represents the polymer."

The final image was drawn on a tablet, and below you can see some of Kaja’s preliminary sketches.

Read the article: Thomas van Leeuwen et al, Chem. Commun., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC03188B

This image appears on the front cover of Chemical Communications, 2017, Issue 48.

 

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).

https://www.noorderzon.nl/en/programme/programma-items/rotor-college-feringa-researchgroup
 

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 day. In the morning 600 primary school pupils will arrive at Zernike Campus, and 600 high school pupils will attend in the afternoon. The classes are being organized by the Pre University Academy of the University of Groningen.

http://myuniversity.rug.nl/infonet/medewerkers/actueel/news/twaalfhonderd-leerlingen-krijgen-scheikundeles-van-nobelprijswinnaar-feringa
 

Ben speaks at the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Posted on 26-6-2-17

The 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (25-30 June) has started and is dedicated to chemistry. 28 Nobel Laureates will meet 420 international young scientists.

Ben will present a lecture titled "the Joy of Discovery".
Also attending the meeting: our PhD's Michael Lerch and Mickel Hansen.

Have a look at the Lindau website for pictures and videos.

http://www.lindau-nobel.org/
 

Ben Feringa wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry prize

Posted on 10-5-2017

Ben Feringa is the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize winner for 2017. The Centenary Prize is awarded to outstanding chemists from outside the United Kingdom – those who are also exceptional
communicators – to give lectures in the British Isles.
Professor Feringa receives £5,000, a medal and a certificate.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. With over 50,000 members and 175 years of history, it is the UK’s professional non-profit body for chemical scientists over the world.

Professor Feringa: “I am greatly honoured by this prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry award and it is fantastic to be on this list of distinguished chemists that were winners of the Centenary Prizes in the past decades. I am looking forward to visit several UK universities and discuss the frontiers of our field with colleagues and students.”

Centenary prize winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research, as well as the quality of the results, which can be shown in publications, patents, or even software. An illustrious list of 50 previous winners of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s awards have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for their pioneering work, including Ben Feringa himself, who shared the 2016 Nobel Prize with fellow Centenary Prize winners Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart.

 

Ben Feringa wins Academic Society Award

Posted on 20-4-2017

On Wednesday 19 April, on the Day of the Engineer, Nobel Prizewinner Ben Feringa was presented with the Academic Society Award by The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI). He received the award in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel of Orange. Feringa was awarded the prize in acknowledgement of the great importance of his research and the captivating way he links science to society.
Please follow the link for more information and some pictures.

http://www.rug.nl/news/2017/04/ben-feringa-wins-academic-society-award
 

Ben Feringa wins Academic Society Award

Posted on 20-4-2017

On Wednesday 19 April, on the Day of the Engineer, Nobel Prizewinner Ben Feringa was presented with the Academic Society Award by The Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI). He received the award in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel of Orange. Feringa was awarded the prize in acknowledgement of the great importance of his research and the captivating way he links science to society.
Please follow the link for more information and some nice pictures:

http://www.rug.nl/news/2017/04/ben-feringa-wins-academic-society-award
 

Ben Feringa in TV show College Tour

Posted on 13-3-17

Nobel laureate Ben Feringa will be one of the guests in the upcoming season of the popular TV show NTR College Tour. The show will be recorded in Groningen on Thursday 20 April and broadcast a week later, on Friday the 28th. Please sign up via the College Tour website if you would like to attend the recording.

http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/news/archief2017/nieuwsberichten/ben-feringa-guest-in-college-tour
 

Mickel Hansen and Michael Lerch selected to participate to the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Posted on 13-3-17

Please follow the link to the Stratingh website for more information about this great opportunity for our 2 group members

http://www.rug.nl/research/stratingh/news/mickel-hansen-and-michael-lerch-selected-to-participate-to-the-67th-lindau-nobel-laureate-meeting
 

Promotion Suresh

Posted on 8-3-17

"Exploring asymmetric catalytic transformations"

PhD ceremony: Mr S. Guduguntla
When: March 10, 2017
Start: 16:15
Promotor: prof. dr. B.L. (Ben L.) Feringa
Where: Academy building RUG

 

special visitors

Posted on 24-1-2017

Prof. Feringa was visited by 2 very nice guests: Boas and Roosmarijn (age 9!). They came well prepared and asked very good questions for a school project. Probably future scientists! We hope to hear which grade they got...

 

Ben Feringa meets King Willem-Alexander

Posted on 19-12-16

Please follow the link to see a nice report and short clip about the meeting between Ben Feringa and King Willem-Alexander.
From all us of here the very best wishes for the holidays!

http://www.rug.nl/news/2016/12/koning-willem-alexander-ontvangt-ben-feringa
 

Ben receives the Nobel Prize

Posted on 10-12-2016

On Saturday the 10th of December Ben received the Nobel Prize.
A wonderful and emotional moment for those present and everyone watching the ceremony.

For a full report - including beautiful pictures - please follow this link to our University website:

http://www.rug.nl/research/our-top-research/top-researchers/nobel-prize/nobelprize/nobel-prize-in-pictures
 

Ben Feringa appointed Commander

Posted on 24-11-2016

Yesterday Ben was appointed Commander in the order of the Dutch Lion.
Please follow the link to read more.

http://www.rug.nl/news/2016/11/ben-feringa-has-been-appointed-commander-in-the-order-of-the-netherlands-lion
 

Nobel Prize for Ben Feringa

Posted on 05-10-2016

The greatest honor today! Read about it on the RUG website by following this link:


http://www.rug.nl/news/2016/10/nobelprijs-scheikunde-voor-ben-feringa
 

Prof. Ben Feringa wins the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize

Posted on 2016-09-13

The Board of Executive Editors of Elsevier ’s Tetrahedron journal series have announced that the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Ben L. Feringa of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, University of Groningen. He receives the award for his outstanding contributions to organic chemistry. Former winners of the prestigious prize are from Cambridge University, Stanford University and the Max-Planck-Institut.

Professor Stephen Martin, Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Tetrahedron journals, said on announcing this year’s winner: “ Professor Feringa has performed truly ground-breaking research in the diverse fields of dynamic molecular systems, catalysis, and stereochemistry. His contributions to molecular nanotechnology, including molecular switches and rotors, have played a major role in shaping the field of nanomachines. Similarly, his discoveries in catalysis, particularly of enantioselective transformations, have had a profound influence in synthetic organic chemistry and its applications to natural product chemistry."

“Winning the Tetrahedron Prize is not only a great honor for me personally, but also for my team of excellent young students and coworkers whom I have worked alongside over the years and are responsible for many discoveries in our labs,” Professor Feringa commented “This is a very prestigious prize and I am extremely grateful to the giants in our field who have acted as a source of inspiration throughout my career and whose shoulders I stand on to continue the tradition of excellence in organic chemistry.”

In a recent interview, Professor Feringa speaks about winning the award and provides some personal and scientific insights about some of his contributions to organic chemistry .

The Tetrahedron Prize was established in 1980 and is intended to honor the memory of the founding co-Chairmen of the Tetrahedron publications, Professor Sir Robert Robinson and Professor Robert Burns Woodward. It is awarded annually and consists of a gold medal, a certificate, and a monetary amount of $10,000, which will be presented during the 2017 Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, DC, USA (August 20-24, 2017).

 

Update regarding EuCheMS 2016

Posted on 08-08-2016

The German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) has awarded Prof. Ben Feringa with the August-Wilhlem-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze in recognition of his ground-breaking research on dynamic molecular systems, catalysis and stereochemistry.
Feringa will receive the award at the 6th European Chemistry Congress in Sevilla, Spain. The award ceremony will be on the 15th of September, at 15.15h.

 

Workweek 2016

Posted on 2-6-2016

From 8th-10th of June the research groups Feringa, Harutyunyan and Barta will be on workweek.

Workweek is a traditional event which is organized yearly, normally at the beginning of June. It's a group activity including a scientific program and teambuilding activity.

The program includes a visit to an industrial company, a joint conference with TU Delft, a "bonte avond" and an adventurous activity.

We thank Prof. Dr. Jorge Gascon for hosting us in TU Delft!

Have a look at the site for more information.

http://fhbworkweek2016.wix.com/groningen-delft
 

KNCV Backer Prize for Massimo Giannerini

Posted on 11-4-16

Dr. Massimo Giannerini, former group member in the Feringa Group, has been awarded the KNCV Backer prize for best thesis Organic Chemistry 2015.

After careful reflection and consideration of 45 dissertations the thesis of Dr. Massimo Giannerini was considered the best to receive the KNCV Backer price. The study was conducted in the Netherlands under the guidance of Prof Ben Feringa.
The committee was very impressed by the neat way in which the experiments are described and some innovative steps in the synthesis but also the substantive discussions in the various chapters. In short, the overall quality of the thesis was considered excellent.

Congratulations to Massimo!
NB: he will give a lecture at Chains in December.

 

ERC Advanced Grant for Prof. Feringa

Posted on 24-3-2016

The European Research Council as awarded Ben Feringa an Advanced Grant.

Here is more information on the topic of research:
Molecular Motors, powering dynamic functional molecular systems

In this program the unique properties of unidirectional light driven molecular rotary motors will be built upon to achieve dynamic control of function and develop responsive systems with a particular focus on systems in water. Light-driven molecular rotary motors are distinct from the majority of molecular switches, as they allow sequential access to multiple functional states in a responsive system through non-invasive stimulation. Importantly, continuous irradiation induces continuous rotary motion which provides a unique opportunity to design dynamic systems and responsive materials that can be driven out-of-equilibrium.
The proposed research program is highly challenging but provides the comprehensive effort required to achieve control of complex nanomechanical systems and will opening a bright future for applications ranging from stimuli responsive materials to spatio-temporal control of biomolecular systems.





http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/news/archief2016/nieuwsberichten/twee-erc-advanced-grants
 

Interview in magazine Juist

Posted on 10-03-2016

Interview with Ben in the monthly magazine Juist.
(Elsevier Juist, issue March, no 26). The article is in Dutch.

http://www.benferinga.com/media/1457608513doc.pdf
 

Upcoming PhD Defence

Posted on 03-02-2016

Friday, February 5th
@ 14:30 Claudia Poloni will defend her PhD thesis.
Title: “Peptides in Motion”.
Promotor: Prof. dr. B.L. Feringa
Co-promotor: Dr. W.C.Szymanski

 

Prof. Ben Feringa awarded August Wilhelm von Hofmann Denkmünze

Posted on 2016-02-02

The German Chemical Society (Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker) has awarded Prof. Ben Feringa with the August-Wilhlem-von-Hofmann-Denkmünze in recognition of his ground-breaking research on dynamic molecular systems, catalysis and stereochemistry. Feringa will receive the award at the 6th European Chemistry Congress in Sevilla, Spain in September 2016.

 

ScienceCafeEnschede - Ben Feringa

Posted on 2015-01-15

ScienceCafeEnschede - Ben Feringa

 

National research centre for chemical building blocks

Posted on 08-12-2015

AkzoNobel, BASF, Shell, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Top Sector Chemistry, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Utrecht University, the Eindhoven University of Technology and Groningen University today presented their plans for setting up the new Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC). This national research centre will tackle important energy and chemistry issues associated with the growing depletion of the finite supply of raw materials. The partners have made a commitment for several years and are aiming to jointly invest EUR 11 million a year, or 80 - 100 jobs in the knowledge industry. “This will also reinforce our competitive position,” Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp points out. “It will promote economic growth and generate new jobs.”

Please follow the link to read more:

http://www.rug.nl/news/2015/12/national-research-centre-for-chemical-building-blocks
 

Prof. Feringa receives Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize

Posted on 2015-11-18

Prof. Feringa will today (18 November) be presented with the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize by Queen Mathilde of Belgium. He will be awarded the prize, which includes prize money of € 300,000, for his pioneering research into molecular motors.

‘I am absolutely delighted’, said Feringa. ‘This prize is awarded to people who have made a fundamental contribution to chemistry. It is obviously a huge honour to be considered one of them. But it also serves as recognition for my team and the scores of young researchers who have worked in my laboratories over the past years.’

Nobel Prizewinners in the jury

The prize is awarded by a jury of eminent scientists, including two winners of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The head judge is Håkan Wennerström, former chair of the Swedish Nobel committee for chemistry. The jury elects a winner from nominations made by top scientists and academic societies. This year’s prize has been awarded to Feringa for his pioneering research into molecular motors.

In 1999, Feringa published the first, light-propelled molecular motor that could accomplish full rotation. Fifty to sixty new motors followed, and 2011 his ‘molecular car’, comprising four motor molecules, featured on the cover of the scientific journal Nature.

Various applications

Feringa is also working on various other applications. ‘There is still a lot of work to do, but we are making good progress.’ For example, a molecular switch based on the motor molecule has been built into an antibiotic in order to switch it on or off as required. In addition, Feringa’s group also produced ‘molecular turbines’, which can be attached to a surface: a park of nano turbines that rotate when touched by light.

Regular breakthroughs

‘Countless groups are currently working on molecular switches and motors’, explains Feringa. But he still manages to make regular breakthroughs. In October of this year, he published an article in Nature Chemistry about the first non-symmetric molecular motor, which works in the same way as an axle with two wheels.

As well as his work on molecular motors, Feringa is also researching catalysts that induce chemical reactions in an environmentally sound manner, and developing ‘smart drugs’, such as the switchable antibiotic.

Second edition of the Solvay Prize

This is the second edition of the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize. In 2013, the prize went to Peter G. Schultz, professor at the Scripps Research Institute in California and Director of the California Institute for Biomedical Research, for his research conducted on the cutting edge of biology and chemistry. Schultz pioneered an artificial genetic code that allows new amino acids to be built into proteins.

Long tradition

The Solvay concern and the Solvay family have a long tradition of sponsoring fundamental research. Biennial Solvay Conferences in the field of physics and chemistry have been held for more than a century. Top scientists are invited to the conference to speak on specific topics. In 2007, Feringa attended a Solvay Conference about supramolecular chemistry and molecular motors, and he will attend the next edition in 2016, when catalysis will be on the programme.

More information
More information about the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize is available on the website: http://www.solvay.com/en/innovation/solvay-prize/index.html

http://www.rug.nl/news/2015/11/ben-feringa-receives-chemistry-for-the-future-solvay-prize
 

Interview with Ben L. Feringa by Chemical Communication journal

Posted on 21-10-2015

Prof. Feringa had an interview with Chemical Communication journal recently. During the interview, he talked about how has his research evolved from his first to his most recent article, what aspect of his research is he most
excited about at the moment, etc. Besides scientific questions, he also described what he does in his spare time and gave some advice to young chemists.

For more details about the interview, please see the following link:

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2015/CC/C4CC90068E#!divAbstract
 

New facility for start-ups in the chemical sector will boost innovation on Zernike Campus

Posted on 28-9-15

Innolab Chemie, a new testing ground for start-up businesses in the chemical sector, was opened on the Zernike Campus Groningen on Saturday 26 September 2015.
Patrick Brouns, member of the Provincial Executive, Ben Feringa, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen, and Gerard van Harten, the figurehead of the Top Sector Chemistry, performed the opening ceremony.
Innolab Chemie provides start - up businesses in the chemical sector with general lab facilities such as fume cupboards, lab workbenches and office space.

Read more:

http://www.rug.nl/news-and-events/news/archief2015/nieuwsberichten/innolab-nieuwe-faciliteit-voor-startups-in-de-chemie
 

KNAW-symposium Magisch Licht

Posted on 02-10-15

Het verschijnsel licht belicht vanuit wetenschap en kunst

Dit jaar is het 200 jaar geleden dat Fresnel zijn theorie van licht als golf introduceerde. Het is 100 jaar na Einsteins relativiteitstheorie en 50 jaar na de ontdekking van de kosmische achtergrondstraling. Maar op welke manier houdt de wetenschap zich anno 2015 met licht bezig? Wat kunnen we bijvoorbeeld verwachten van ledverlichting, zonne-energie, onderzoek naar de beïnvloeding van gedrag door licht? En hoe verbeeld(d)en kunstenaars licht? Daarover gaat het symposium Magisch licht.
Naast lezingen vanuit verschillende vakgebieden zal Wim Brands tijdens dit symposium Roland Schimmel interviewen, kunstenaar en winnaar van de eerste Akademieprijs Astronomie en Kunst.
Datum & tijd: 5 oktober 2015, 14.00-17.15 uur
Plaats: Het Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
Meer informatie: Website KNAW



http://knaw.nl/nl/actueel/agenda#b_start=0
 

Visit of Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn in September

Posted on 07-08-15

Prof. Lehn’s The Netherlands lectureship

Prof. Lehn will visit several locations during his lecture tour of The Netherlands and he will present his work and his views on the future of chemistry during a lecture entitled: “Perspectives in Chemistry: Towards Complex Matter”.

Friday 25th of September he will give a Stratingh Lecture at the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Time: 15:00h – 16:30h
Lecture room 5161.0151
Bernoulliborg

See this link for more information




http://fmsresearch.nl/netherlands-award-for-supramolecular-chemistry/awardlehn/
 

Stratingh Award for Mickel Hansen

Posted on 22-6-2015

The prestigious Stratingh Award for the best colloquium for the year 2014 was awarded to group member Mickel Hansen.
Follow the link for a report:

http://www.rug.nl/research/stratingh/news/stratingh-award-2015
 

Magazine Vrij Nederland

Posted on 15-6-15

Ben Feringa mentioned as "interesting person" in the issue of Vrij Nederland with topic Nerds 101 (text in Dutch)

 

‘In-the-box’ idea awarded €2M in NWO-TOP programme

Posted on 08-06-2015

Chemists from the University of Amsterdam and the University of Groningen are starting a large-scale collaboration on ‘Catalysis in Confined Spaces’, a TOP-PUNT project which was awarded EUR 2 million this week by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The aim is to learn how catalysts work in nano-structured spaces, which should result in more efficient and cleaner chemical processes and catalysis-driven nano-machines

This five-year project will research a simple yet baffling question: How does a catalyst work when it is constrained in a small ‘box’ of nanometer dimensions? This may seem trivial, but being ‘close to the wall’ is very different than being ‘in the middle of the crowd’, as any student who has been to a large music festival will tell you.

The groups of Profs. Gadi Rothenberg, Joost Reek ( Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, Amsterdam) and Ben Feringa (Stratingh Institute for Chemistry, Groningen) have joined forces to tackle this challenge. The grant will be used to fund eight PhD projects.

Please follow this link to the RuG website to read more:

http://www.rug.nl/news/2015/06/_in-the-box_-idea-awarded-_2m-in-nwo-top-programme
 

Siegfried Hünig Vorlesung 2015

Posted on 08-06-2015

On the 21st of May Prof. Feringa presented his lecture "Dynamic Molecular Systems - from molecular switches to motors" at the Institute for Organic Chemistry of the University of Würzburg.
On this picture, from left to right:
Prof. Ben Feringa, Prof. Siegfried Hünig and Prof. Frank Würthner

 

Award for Jiawen Chen

Posted on 19-5-2015

Group member dr. Jiawen Chen has received the 2014 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.
The ceremony was held on May 8th at the Chinese Embassy in The Hague. This award is founded by the Chinese government with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of Chinese students studying abroad.
Congratulations to Jiawen!

 

Upcoming promotion

Posted on 1-5-2015

Monday, May 11th
At 16:15 Thomas Pijper will defend his PhD thesis.
Title:
“Optically responsive switches. Under-standing and improving photochromic properties”.
Promotores:
Prof. dr. B.L. Feringa, Prof. dr. B.J. van Wees, Prof. Dr. W.R. Browne

 

"H20, the magic solvent"

Posted on 13-4-2015

On Friday the 10th of April a special symposium took place at RuG.
The symposium was organized in honor of em.Prof.dr. Jan Engberts.
Please follow below link to have a look at the impression (in Dutch) written by one of the attendees, Drs. Gerard Stout.

http://www.gerardstout.nl/noordenveld-e-o/h2o-the-magic-solvent/
 

Upcoming promotion

Posted on 8-4-2015

Group member Massimo Giannerini will defend his thesis.

Date: Friday the 17th of April
Time: 11.00h

Title of his thesis:
ADVANCING SELECTIVITY CONTROL WITH HIGHLY REACTIVE ORGANOMETALLIC REAGENTS

 

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award goes to Prof. Feringa

Posted on 2015-03-30

The Arthur C. Cope Scholar will be honored at the fall ACS national meeting in Boston, Aug. 16–20. At that meeting, the Cope Scholar will present an award address before the Division of Organic Chemistry.

Growing up on a farm in the Netherlands, Ben L. Feringa spent a lot of time thinking about the intersection of science and nature. “When I would go out into the fields with my father, we would talk about how plants grow from seeds and how nature evolves,” he recalls. But the thing that really hooked him on science, he says, was the thrill of discovery.

Now the Jacobus H. van’t Hoff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Sciences at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, Feringa says he still remembers the first time he made a molecule that never existed before. “I was really excited,” he says. “The beauty of chemistry is that I can design my own molecular world.”

Feringa’s molecular designs include the world’s first unidirectional molecular rotary motor—a molecule that spins in one direction only and is fueled by light. “This work has laid the groundwork for a crucial part of future molecular nanotechnology, specifically nanomachines and nanorobots powered by molecular motors,” comments organic chemistry expert and University of Texas, San Antonio, professor Michael P. Doyle.
Harvard University nanotechnology expert George M. Whitesides notes that Feringa demonstrated “extraordinary insight” when he doped a liquid-crystal film with his molecular motors. As the motors rotated, they perturbed the liquid crystal, causing it to change color. In doing so, Feringa demonstrated a visible macroscopic change spurred on by the motor molecules. “It was an experiment I wished that I had thought of,” Whitesides says.

Feringa has also made “groundbreaking contributions to asymmetric catalysis, including the first catalytic enantioselective conjugate addition of organometallic reagents, such as organozinc reagents, Grignard reagents, and organolithium reagents, with absolute levels of stereocontrol,” notes supramolecular chemistry expert E. W. (Bert) Meijer, of Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands. One of the ligands developed in Feringa’s lab, Meijer notes, is now used in an industrial hydrogenation process to produce a drug intermediate.

Feringa did his doctoral work with Hans Wynberg at Groningen. Instead of doing a postdoc, he took a job with Royal Dutch Shell, working in the company’s catalysis group. After six years in industry, he decided to enter academia because he was more eager to read the latest research paper than business proposals. “Working with students keeps you young,” Feringa says. “It’s a great privilege to work with bright young minds.”

Feringa has won numerous awards, including the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific honor in the Netherlands. Feringa grows his own vegetables, chops wood on Saturdays, and bikes about 18 miles each day. Although it’s tough to lure him away from the lab, one winter sport is a powerful draw. “As soon as there is ice on the lakes and canals in the north of Holland, I am not in the lab,” Feringa says. “I am out ice-skating.”—Bethany Halford
see:

http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i10/Arthur-C-Cope-Scholar-Awards.html
 

Upcoming promotions

Posted on 24-3-2015

PhD ceremony: Ms Maria Bastian
When: March 30, 2015
Start: 16:15
Where: Academy building RUG

Thesis:
Synthesis and Aggregation Behavior of Nature-Inspired Amphiphiles

Promotors: prof. dr. B.L Feringa and prof. dr. ir. A.J. Minnaard

 

Netherlands Catalysis and Chemistry Award 2015 for Ben Feringa

Posted on 11-3-2015

Ben Feringa has been awarded the Netherlands Catalysis and Chemistry Award 2015. The jury called Feringa ‘one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of chemical research’.

The award is conferred every five years on a researcher in the Netherlands or Belgium for significant achievements in catalysis over the last decade. From the nine nominees, the jury chose Feringa for his groundbreaking research, in particular on stereochemistry, homogenous catalysis, supramolecular chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.

http://www.rug.nl/fwn/news/catalysisaward
 

2 new press releases on the University website

Posted on 29-1-2015

Have a look at 2 new press releases on the University of Groningen website regarding the thesis of Jiawen Chen.

Molecular machines move to a new level
New molecular machines are textbook stuff
 

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.

http://www.rug.nl/news/2015/01/drie-jonge-onderzoekers-naar-buitenlandse-topinstituten-met-rubicon-beurs
 

Upcoming promotions

Posted on 12-1-2015

2 Group members will soon defend their thesis.

On Friday the 30th of January at 11.00h:
Jiawen Chen
Title of thesis: Advanced Molecular Devices Based on Light-driven Molecular Motors
(please note: location is Martini church,
not the Academy Building as usual)

On Friday the 13th of February at 16.15h:
Jort Robertus
Title of thesis: Multifunctional photochromic molecular switches based on azaobenzenes, dithienylethenes and hemithioindigos - synthesis and applications
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CHAINS 2014

Posted on 2014-11-19

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

 

Upcoming promotions

Posted on 13-11-2014

3 Group members will defend their thesis.

On the 21st of November:
Derk Jan van Dijken (11.00h)
Title: Responsive Supramolecular Systems
Also on the 21st of November:
Wim Velema (16.15h)
Title: Photopharmacology

On the 28th of November:
Kuang-Yen Chen (16.15h)
Title: Multivalent Molecular Motors For Surface Attachments

 

Highly Cited Researcher

Posted on 2014-10-24

THOMSON REUTERS Highly cited reseacher presented to Prof. Ben Feringa in recognition of ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents, in their specific field.

 

Theodor Forster Memorial Lecture 2014, Prof. Ben Feringa

Posted on 2014-10-21

The Division of Photochemistry of the German Chemical Society and the Bunsen Society for Physical Chemistry honour on the occassion of the Lecture Conference in Cologue Prof. Ben Feringa with the Theodor Forster Memorial Lecture 2014.

 

Dance of chemistry

Posted on 2014-09-30

Dance your PhD 2014 - Photoswitchable zinc-finger

 

A video interview of Dr. Sander Wezenberg

Posted on 2014-09-10

Dr. Sander Wezenberg was recently awarded a Veni grant. The University of Groningen had an interview with him two weeks ago. During the interview, he talked about his upcoming project "supramolecular detection and photodynamic control of substrate chirality".




 

Arthur C. Cope scholar award for Prof. Ben L. Feringa

Posted on Aug. 11, 2014

The American Chemical Society has selected Ben Feringa as a recipient of a 2015 Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund. The award is in recognition for ground breaking research on dynamic molecular systems and stereochemistry, specifically the design of light-driven rotary molecular motors and phosphoramidites for asymmetric catalysis.

 

Floris Wolff (SIB Groningen chairman), Prof. Ben Feringa , Prof. Carl Djerassi en Rector Prof. Elmer Sterken

Prof.Carl Djerassi father of oral contraception visit University of Groningen

Posted on May 12, 2014

Prof. Carl Djerassi, retired Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, is today visiting the University of Groningen and the UMCG. Djerassi gained global notoriety as the man who invented oral contraception. Djerassi and his research team were the first to characterize and synthesize the active ingredient in what would later become known as ‘the pill’.

 

Veni grants awarded to Sander Wezenberg

Posted on 2014-07-30

A Veni grant as part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme run by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the universities awarded to Dr. S.J. (Sander) Wezenberg for his project "Controlling molecular handedness". The personal Veni grants are worth up to a maximum of € 250,000 and enable talented researchers who have just completed a PhD to conduct research of their own choice.

 

Workweek 2014 in Strasbourg

Posted on 02-06-2014

From June 2nd to June 5th, the Feringa-Harutyunyan-Otten-Barta research groups joined the Workweek 2014 which was held in Strasbourg, France. The joint symposium with ISIS (Institut de Science et d'Ingenierie Supramolecularies), including lectures and poster sessions, was a great success. The symposium was followed by several social activities. Together with the ISIS students we played some soccer- and basketball matches and closed the day with a very nice BBQ. The traditional "bonte avond" was held on the third night of the workweek. After the last social activity (tree climbing) at Kletterwald Spayer, the whole group returned to Groningen with lots of great memories.
http://fhobworkweek2014.wix.com/home

 

A milestone of Prof. Feringa

Posted on 16-05-2014

On the 23th of December 2013 Prof. Feringa reached a milestone - he was promotor a 100 times.
To celebrate this event a special symposium for the promovendi and research groups was held on the 16th of May.

 

Professor Feringa visited Boston College

Posted on April 02-04, 2014

Professor Ben Feringa was invited to Boston College USA for the University Lecture Series in Chemistry.
On the 2nd of April he presented a lecture titled “Exploring Chiral Space in Asymmetric Synthesis”.
On the 3rd of April he gave a talk about “Catalytic Asymmetric C-C bond Formation”.
And finally, on the 4th of April, he discussed “Dynamic Molecular Systems; from switches to motors” which concluded his 3-day visit to Boston College.

 

Ben Feringa winner of Nagoya Gold Medal 2013

Posted on 7 November 2013

Prof. Ben L. Feringa has been awarded the prestigious Nagoya Gold Medal 2013.
The Nagoya Gold Medal prize, which was established in 1995, is awarded every year to an Organic Chemist, who has made significant original contributions to the field in the broadest sense. It is presented at the Nagoya medal symposium in Nagoya, Japan.
The award lectures took place at the Symposium in Nagoya, November 7th.

Angew. Int. Ed. 52, 45, 11693-11694 (2013) (DOI: 10.1002/anie.201307536)
 

Yamada-Koga prize 2013 awarded to Ben Feringa at Symposium in Tokyo

Posted on 1 November 2013

The Yamada - Koga Prize medal is awarded each year to a scientist whose research had a major impact world-wide in the field of synthesis of optically active compounds. It was established in 1995 and is presented in Tokyo at the Japanese Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The award address and the symposium took place in Tokyo, November 1st.

 

Antibiotics: Light-sensitive drugs to tackle hardy bugs

Posted on 7 October 2013

The prevalent use of antibiotics in medicine and livestock rearing is leading to more and more bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotic treatments. When dangerous strains of bacteria develop resistance against our last resort antibiotics, a gloomy future beckons. Limiting the activity of antibiotic agents to where it is needed could go a long way to contain this problem.
Within the research group of Ben Feringa novel methods of controlling the activity of antibiotic agents are being developed. Using light, this activity can be regulated both temporally and locally.
In October 2013 a paper was published in Nature Chemistry regarding these results, and on the BBC website this work was highlighted.

BBC future
Nature Chemistry, 5, 924-928 (2013)
 

Feringa recipient of Maria-Sklodowska Curie Medal

Posted on 16 September 2013

The Polish Chemical Society has awarded Prof. Ben Feringa the Maria-Sklodowska Curie medal, its highest distinction for foreign scientists. The medal is awarded to a chemist who works abroad for outstanding scientific achievements in chemistry of world-wide significance and for contributions to Polish chemists. Prof. Feringa received the medal during the opening ceremony of the 56th Polish Chemical Society Congress on 16 September, 2013, in Siedlce, Poland.

Polish Chemical Society Awards :: ChemistryViews
 
Excursion to Geghard Monastery

Michael Doyle, Bert Meijer, Helma Wennemers, Ben Feringa, and Stephen Hanessian (from left to right) during the cultural excursion to the Geghard Monastery.

ArmChemFront 2013

Posted on 1 September 2013

The ArmChemFront 2013 international chemistry conference, co-chaired by Prof. Ben Feringa, was a highly successful. Held from 25-29 August in Yerevan, Armenia, the conference hosted participants from over 20 countries all over the world, including many from the Caucasus region. The high level of the scientific program, together with a varied cultural program, made for a memorable event.

ArmChemFront 2013 official website
 

Ben Feringa new Vice President of KNAW

Posted on September 27th, 2011

On June 1st, Prof. Ben Feringa was appointed Vice President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The new Vice President, together with the new Board of KNAW, was installed on Monday September 26th.

 
Prof. dr. Hans Wijnberg

In Memoriam Prof. Dr. Hans Wijnberg (1922-2011)

Posted on 2 June 2011

On May 25th, 2011 Prof. Dr. Hans Wijnberg passed away in his house in Midlaren. In 1960, Prof. Wijnberg became director of the Organic Chemistry Laboratory (now part of the Stratingh Institute) at that time located in the Bloemsingel. Under his leadership the Groningen Department of Organic Chemistry grew over the years into the world fame laboratory that it is now. Prof. Wijnberg was a highly respected scientist, especially in the field of stereochemistry, and a pioneer in asymmetric organocatalysis.

In Memoriam - Professor Hans Wijnberg
Obituary at Chemical & Engineering News
Obituary by Ben Feringa and Ben Meijer (Angew. Int. Ed.)
Chemistry Tree - Hans Wijnberg