16 November 2017 from 16:00 to 17:00

Debye Annual Lecture

The Art of Building Small by Nobel Prize winner Prof. dr. Ben L. Feringa

The Debye Annual Lecture takes place on Thursday November 16, 2017. Prof. dr. Ben Feringa (University of Groningen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016) will give the lecture: The Art of Building Small.

Ben Feringa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016, together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Sir James Fraser Stoddart for their work on the development of molecular machines.


Abstract of the lecture

The fascinating molecular motors and machines that sustain life offer a great source of inspiration to the molecular explorer at the nanoscale. Among the major challenges ahead in the design of complex artificial molecular systems is the control over dynamic functions and responsive far-from-equilibrium behavior. Chemical systems ultimately require integration of structure, organization and function of multi-component dynamic molecular assemblies at different hierarchical levels. A major goal is to achieve and exploit translational and rotary motion.

In this presentation the focus is on the dynamics of functional molecular systems as well as triggering and assembly processes. We design switches and motors in which molecular motion is coupled to specific functions. Responsive behavior will be illustrated in self-assembly and photopharmacology. The design, synthesis and functioning of rotary molecular motors will also be presented with a prospect toward future dynamic molecular systems.


Information on http://www.benferinga.com

- Molecular Machines: Nature, September 2015

- Molecular Switches:  Chemistry World, June 2016


The Debye Lecture is a special annual event at which an internationally renowned scientist delivers a keynote lecture on one of the fields of interest of the Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science.

There will be drinks after the lecture.

Start date and time
16 November 2017 16:00
End date and time
16 November 2017 17:00
Entrance fee
The lecture is free of charge.