Cash prize for Feringa

RUG professor Ben Feringa has won the 2016 Tetrahedron prize. His ‘extraordinary contributions’ to the field of organic chemistry netted him a gold medal, a certificate, and a cash prize of 10,000 dollars.
By Tim Bakker / Translation by Sarah van Steenderen


RUG professor in organic chemistry Ben Feringa (65) ‘is honoured’ to win the Tetrahedron prize.

Its full name is the 2016 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry, and it has been awarded every year since 1980 by the editors of Tetrahedron, a scientific magazine published by Elsevier. In winning this prize, Feringa, who is famed for his discovery of the molecular motor, joins a select group of scientists at prestigious universities such as Cambridge and Stanford.

Tetrahedron editor-in-chief professor Stephen Martin praises Feringa for his groundbreaking research in the various fields of dynamic molecular systems, catalyses and stereochemistry, and their influence on the field of synthetic organic chemistry and the development of nanomachines.

Feringa feels honoured – ‘not just personally, but also for my team of excellent young students and employees that I’ve worked with over the years and who are responsible for many of the discoveries made in our laboratories.’

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