Group activities and news

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: