Nobel prize in chemistry 2016


The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines".

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11 to Teacher

Chemistry World's Neil Withers speaks to Dan Shechtman about why it needs more than just knowledge to win the most respected prize in science.


On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes, the Nobel Prizes. As described in Nobel's will one part was dedicated to “the person who shall have made the most important chemical discovery or improvement”. 

Read Chemistry World's aritcle on the prize winning research here.