Three scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their design of “the world’s smallest machines.”
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa were announced as winners of the prize on Wednesday morning.
The “machines” are described by the New York Times as molecules with controllable movements which can perform a task when energy is added.
The invisible “molecular machines” can be used for the development of new material sensors, and energy storage systems, the paper quotes the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the price, as saying.
Among the winners, Mr. Sauvage is a professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, Mr. Stoddart is a professor of chemistry at Northwestern University in Evanston, while Mr. Feringa is a professor of organic chemistry at the University of Groningen.
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