Visn. Nac. Akad. Nauk Ukr. 2016. (12): 74-86

V.O. Kovtunenko, M.S. Miroshnychenko
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2016

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 for "design and synthesis of molecular machines" was awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage (University of Strasbourg, France), Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, USA) and Bernard Lucas Feringa (University of Groningen, Netherlands). Awarding the Nobel Prize is based on synthesis of catenanes, rotaxanes, Borromean rings, the characteristic feature of which is the combination of several individual organic molecules in a supramolecular entity that is held by mechanical coupling. Representatives of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said that the three scientists have "revived" the topological field research in chemistry, and "the smallest machines in the world" can be used to develop new materials, sensors and energy storage systems.

Keywords: molecular machines, mechanical connection, catenanes, rotaxanes, molecular Borromean rings.

Language of article: ukrainian



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