Ben Feringa Ph.D.

Feringa, Ben
Position Department / Business Unit
Department of Organic and Molecular Inorganic Chemistry
Institution Disciplines
University of Groningen Chemistry
City State / Provence
Groningen
Country Website
The Netherlands link
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Professor Feringa is cofounder of the contract research company SelAct and the scientific Editor of the RSC journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

Education

Ph.D. the University of Groningen, in 1978;

Career Highlights

Ben L. Feringa received his PhD degree from the University of Groningen in 1978 with Professor Hans Wynberg on the topic of asymmetric phenol oxidation. He was a research scientist with Royal Dutch Shell, both at the Shell Research Center in Amsterdam and at the Shell Biosciences Laboratories in Sittingbourne, UK, from 1978 to 1984. He joined the department of chemistry at the University of Groningen in 1984 as a lecturer and was appointed full Professor at the same University in 1988. In 2003 he was appointed the distinquished Jacobus H van ´t Hoff Professor of Molecular Sciences. He was visiting professor at the Universities of Leuven, Santiago de Compostella and Potenza, awarded a JSPS fellowship and the Novartis lectureship at the University of Colorado.  Achievements in fundamental research on synthesis, asymmetric catalysis and nanotechnology have been awarded with the 1997 Pino gold medal of the Italian Chemical Society, Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award 2000-2001, the joined 2003 Koerber European Science Award, the 2003 Guthikonda Award (Columbia University), the 2004 Dauben Lectureship (Berkeley), the Marvel Lectureship (University Illinois), the Gassmann lectureship (Minnesota) and the Solvias Ligand contest award (Switserland, 2005). In 2004 he was elected foreign honory member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently received the Spinoza award, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research. His research has a focus on stereochemistry and his present research interest include organic synthesis, homogeneous (asymmetric) catalysis, molecular switches and motors, self-assembly, nanosystems and new organic materials. Professor Feringa is cofounder of the contract research company SelAct and the scientific Editor of the RSC journal Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.

Awards

Awarded a JSPS fellowship and the Novartis lectureship at the University of Colorado.
1997 Pino gold medal of the Italian Chemical Society
Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award 2000-2001
2003 Koerber European Science Award
2003 Guthikonda Award (Columbia University)
2004 Dauben Lectureship (Berkeley)
Marvel Lectureship (University Illinois)
Gassmann lectureship (Minnesota)
Solvias Ligand contest award (Switserland, 2005)
Elected foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Spinoza award

Books

Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Important Articles

Molecular Switches and Unidirectional Molecular Motors: Light-Induced Switching and Motion

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