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Three Nano Scientists win Nobel Prize for Chemistry

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has gone to Jean-Pierre Sauvage of France, J Fraser Stoddart of Britain and Bernard Feringa of the Netherlands.

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They developed molecules with controllable movements which can perform a task when energy is added.

The trio were named at a conference in Sweden this morning and will share the eight million Swedish kronor (around $933,000 or 832,000 euros) prize equally.

The Nobel Prize winners are famous nano scientists

Sauvage, 71 took the first step towards a molecular machine in 1983 when he succeeded in linking two ring-shaped molecules to form a chain. He is currently the director of research emeritus at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Stoddart threaded a molecular ring onto a thin molecular axle in 1991 and made the ring move along the axle. He is a professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University in the US.

65-year-old Feringa is the first person to develop a molecular motor. In 1999, he made a molecular rotor blade to spin continually in the same direction and also designed a nanocar.

The work of the three laureates has created a molecular toolbox to build increasingly advanced creations.

Source: AFP

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