Structural Chemistry author wins Nobel Prize
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The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry highlighted another spectacular achievement in structural chemistry and supramolecular chemistry. The three awardees built molecular machines based on their intimate knowledge of molecular properties and behavior. One of the three laureates, J. Fraser Stoddart, with two co-authors, published an invited paper in 1999 in our journal in which they surveyed the interplay between the synthesis of functioning supramolecular systems and their X-ray crystallographic investigation. Structural Chemistry congratulates Stoddart and his co-laureates on this momentous occasion.
KeywordsJ. Fraser Stoddart Nobel Prize Molecular machines Supramolecular chemistry
Lately, it has been a rare occasion when the Nobel Prize in Chemistry would go for discoveries that could be considered purely in chemistry. This is not surprising because chemistry has been in the forefront of milestone discoveries in the biomedical sciences. Nonetheless, it is heartwarming when the Stockholm judges find purely chemical discoveries also worthy of this most prestigious recognition. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to the French Jean-Pierre Sauvage (1944), the British-born American J. Fraser Stoddart (1942) and the Dutch Bernard L. Feringa (1951) for designing and synthesizing molecular machines.
The photograph displayed here was taken during the centenary celebrations in Stockholm, on December 10, 2001. We bumped into each other at the banquet in the Stockholm City Hall, following the award ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. It was a great privilege to attend these events, especially in this centennial year as guests of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Fifteen years later, on December 10, 2016, Stoddart is once again in Stockholm, in a different capacity; not as a spectator, but one receiving the prize. Our congratulations to him and his co-laureates!