This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded for work dating back to 1983, on the design of the smallest machines in the world. British-born Sir Fraser Stoddart, Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, and Dutch scientist Bernard'Ben' Feringa have split the prize three ways for their invention and development of molecular machines. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said molecular machines'will most likely be used in the development of things such as new materials, sensors and energy storage systems.' The winning paper was entitled'for the design and synthesis of molecular machines'. Molecular machines are tiny molecules, a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair, with controllable movements, which can perform a task when energy is added.
The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for the development of the world's smallest machines. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa will share the 8m kronor ( 727,000) prize for the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular scale. The machines conceived by today's laureates are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair. They could slip inside the human body to deliver drugs from within - for instance, applying pharmaceuticals directly to cancer cells. This field of nanotechnology could also yield applications in the design of smart materials.
Miniature robots that doctors could guide through a patient's body to kill cancer cells are closer to reality thanks to winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Three winners share the 727,000 prize for developing nanoscale machines--1000th the width of a human hair--that pave the way for applications in medicine, computing and engineering. The winners were Jean-Pierre Sauvage of the University of Strasbourg in France, Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University in Illinois, USA, and Bernard Feringa of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Each devised different groups of molecules with moving parts that they could control remotely, despite their tiny size. "It's early days, but once you can control movement, you have many possibilities," said Feringa, interviewed after receiving notification of the prize.
Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world's smallest machines, work that could revolutionize computer technology and lead to a new type of battery. Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born Fraser Stoddart and Dutch scientist Bernard "Ben" Feringa share the 8 million kronor ( 930,000) prize for the "design and synthesis of molecular machines," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said. Machines at the molecular level are 1,000th the width of a human hair and have taken chemistry to a new dimension, the academy said. Molecular machines "will most likely be used in the development of things such as new materials, sensors and energy storage systems." Stoddart has already developed a molecule-based computer chip with 20 kB memory.
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa were awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry at a conference in Stockholm, Sweden for creating the world's smallest machines. The trio of European laureates, who each worked on a different component of the project, will split the 8 million Swedish kronor prize equally. The tiny machines are built on a molecular scale and are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair, reports the BBC. According to the Nobel Committee, the scientists "have mastered motion control at the molecular scale." "The laureates have opened this entire field of molecular machinery," said Göran Hansson, secretary general of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, reports The Guardian.