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Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry for Prof. Sir Fraser Stoddart

The Netherlands award for Supramolecular Chemistry 2017 will be awarded to Professor Fraser Stoddart, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. The award ceremony will take place at the Eindhoven University of Technology at Tuesday November 14 in de Blauwe Zaal at 1.45 pm.

Professor Stoddart will visit several universities in the Netherlands from 13 to 18 November before making his way to the Molecular Machines Nobel Prize Conference in Groningen, 19-22 November 2017.

Professor J. Fraser Stoddart
Sir Fraser Stoddart was born May 24 1942 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He received his PhD in Chemistry in 1966 from the University of Edinburgh, UK. Afterwards, he went to Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada) as an NRC Postdoctoral fellow from 1967-1970. In 1970 he moved to University of Sheffield (UK) as an ICI research fellow and became lecturer of Chemistry. He spent a sabbatical (1978-1981) at the ICI Corporate Laboratory in Runcorn (UK) and then returned to the University of Sheffield in 1982. In 1990 he became Professor of Organic Chemistry and later head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham (UK). He moved to the United States in 1997 where he became the Saul Winstein Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). From 2002-2007 he was the director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). From 2008 he is member of the board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University and he is currently also director of the Center of Integrated Systems (CIS) at Northwestern University.

His research contributes to the Self-Assembly Processes and Molecular Nanotechnology. Professor Stoddart contributed to the creation of a new field in organic chemistry, where the mechanical bond is an important feature of molecular compounds. His major contributions are made in the development of mechanically-interlocked molecular architectures such as rotaxanes and catenes as well as the creation of nanomechanical systems. The procedures that were developed to synthesize molecular architectures have been applied to construct molecular switches that operate as a result of movement of the various components. Professor Stoddart was awarded many prizes awards and honors of which the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Professor Ben Feringa and Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage is the most prestigious one.

About the Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry
During the last two decades the Netherlands have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the field of Supramolecular Chemistry. With this in mind the Research Center for Functional Molecular Systems has initiated the Netherlands Award for Supramolecular Chemistry with the intention to recognize and reward outstanding scientists in the Supramolecular Chemistry field, and provide researchers in The Netherlands the opportunity to meet leading scientists in this field. The award will be presented every year to an internationally renowned senior or junior scientist working in the field of Supramolecular Chemistry.  The awardee will be invited to undertake a lecture tour of The Netherlands and present his/her work at several universities.

Prof. Stoddart’s lectureship through the Netherlands

Prof. Stoddart will visit several locations during his lecture tour in the Netherlands, and he will discuss ‘My Journey to Stockholm’ at a public lecture during Studium Generale at the TU/e, where he will also receive his the Netherlands Supramolecular Chemistry award 2017.  Please find below the program and venue information at every location.

Monday 13.11 • Eindhoven University of Technology • Chemistry Lecture (ST Colloquium) at the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems

16:00h – 17:00h in lecture room STC 0.01
Helix building
Het Kraneveld 14, 5612 AP Eindhoven
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Tuesday 14.11 • Eindhoven University of Technology • Lecture and award ceremony in De Blauwe Zaal of the Eindhoven University of Technology (organized by the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems and The Studium Generale)

13.45 – 15.00h in ‘De Blauwe Zaal’ Auditorium
Den Dolech 2, 5612 AZ Eindhoven
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Wednesday 15.11 • Radboud University Nijmegen • Lecture at the Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University

16:00h – 17:00h in LIN1
Heyendaalseweg 137, 6525 AJ Nijmegen
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Thursday 16.11 • Twente University (Enschede) • Lecture in Amphitheatre, Vrijhof Building, Twente University 

15:30h – 16:30h Amphitheatre, Vrijhof building 47
De Veltmaat 5, 7522 NM, Enschede
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Friday 17.11 • Wageningen University • Lecture in Orion Building 103 room 1005, Wageningen University 

13:30h – 15:00h Orion, Building 103 room 1005
Bronland 1, 6708 WH, Wageningen
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