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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

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 ... Read more

 

Research highlight

Intramolecular transport of small-molecule cargo in a nanoscale device operated by light

Posted on 2016-05-16

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Jiawen Chen, Sander J. Wezenberga, Ben L. Feringa, Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 6765-6768 (DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02382G)

 

Spotlight

Molecular machines-where have they come from and where are they headed?

Posted on 2016-03-17

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http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2016/02/molecular-machines-rotaxanes-macrocycles-nano-walkers

 

Most recent publications

  • Intramolecular transport of small-molecule cargo in a nanoscale device operated by light

    Jiawen Chen, Sander J. Wezenberga, Ben L. Feringa, Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 6765-6768 (DOI: 10.1039/C6CC02382G)

  • Unraveling the Photoswitching Mechanism in Donor–Acceptor Stenhouse Adducts

    Michael M. Lerch, Sander J. Wezenberg, Wiktor Szymanski, and Ben L. Feringa, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, Article ASAP (DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b01722)

  • One-Pot, Modular Approach to Functionalized Ketones via Nucleophilic Addition of Alkyllithium Reagents to Benzamides and Pd-Catalyzed alpha-Arylation

    Wolters, Alexander T.; (Hornillos, Valentin; Heijnen, Dorus; Giannerini, Massimo; Feringa, Ben L., ACS CATALYSIS, 2016, 6, 2622-2625 (DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b00134)