Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to nanotech trio
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Three European scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their designs and uses of nanotechnology.
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa developed molecules with controllable movements. The Nobel Prize council lauded their creations as “revolutionary.”
“The 2016 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry have miniaturized machines and taken chemistry to a new dimension,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.
The development and idea process took decades. Sauvage first linked two ring-shaped molecules together into a chain in 1983. This chain, called a cantene, was connected with a mechanical bond, slightly freer than a normal covalent bond.