FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | October 05, 2016

American Chemical Society’s president comments on award of 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2016 — On behalf of the American Chemical Society (ACS), President Donna J. Nelson, Ph.D., congratulates today’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Ph.D., of the University of Strasbourg (France); Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Ph.D., of Northwestern University; and Bernard L. Feringa, Ph.D., of the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.”

“ACS would like to congratulate this year’s laureates on their eloquent use of chemistry to design and develop molecular machines that can, in a controlled manner, perform a multitude of critical functions,” Nelson says. “While this work is in its early stages, one can envision how the fields of medicine, energy storage and materials science could be revolutionized by this discovery.”

Stoddart has been a member of ACS for 44 years. He won the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 1999, and then in 2008, he received the Arthur C. Cope Award. Both awards are sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund.

Feringa has been a member of ACS for 36 years. He won the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry in 2007, which is sponsored by the ACS Northeastern Section, and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 2015.

All of the winners have published articles in some of ACS’ 50 peer-reviewed journals. In addition, news articles on the laureates’ work have appeared in Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine. Articles are available from the contacts above.

News media can arrange telephone interviews with Nelson or other experts in the field through the ACS Office of Public Affairs at the contacts shown above. In addition, a Speaking of Chemistry video on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry will be released this afternoon via a second press release. The video will be available at                                                      

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