Ben Feringa “The joy of discovery”

Prof. dr. Ben Feringa is professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. In 1999, he discovered the ‘molecular motor’; light-driven rotating molecules which can deliver drugs to locations in the body that were previously unreachable, by transporting themselves through the blood stream. For this work he received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry last October. He received numerous other prizes, including the Spinoza prize (the most prestigious prize in science in the Netherlands) and the Van ‘t Hoff medal (a Dutch prize which is only awarded every ten years for work in the field of chemistry). In 2008, he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands. Besides professor, Ben Feringa is vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Ben has received an incredible amount of (media) attention since winning the Nobel Prize, so we are incredibly honored to welcome him at our PhD Day. Visit his keynote session to learn more about his road to success!

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