• How small can machinery be?


How small can machinery be?

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced this year’s Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry: Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Bernard L. Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage. They were awarded for their development of the design and synthesis of molecular machines. Congratulations!

2016’s Nobel Prize awardees have developed machines that are not only a thousand times thinner than a hair strand but also perform controllable movements and therefore are able to fulfill tasks, when energy is added. These molecular machines will most likely be used in the development of sensors, storage systems as well as new materials.
The prize money of 8 million Swedish krona is shared equally between the Laureates.

We are celebrating the winners with free access to a collection of their articles published in SYNTHESIS, SYNLETT and SYNFACTS.



Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (USA)

Read his SYNTHESIS Article Template-Directed Syntheses of Configurable and Reconfigurable Molecular Switches
Read his SYNTHESIS Article Synthesis and Characterization of Annulene-Fused Pseudorotaxanes


Bernard L. Feringa, University of Groningen (the Netherlands)

Read his SYNLETT Article Regioselective Synthesis of Indanones
Read his SYNTHESIS Article Synthetic Approaches to Highly Functional β-Carboline Building Blocks via Allylic Amidation


Jean-Pierre Sauvage, University of Strasbourg (France)

Read his SYNFACTS Article A Cyclic [4]Rotaxane (highlighted by Timothy M. Swager)


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