Frenchman awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Nobel Prize in Chemistry for M. Jean-Pierre Sauvage – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research

Paris, 5 October 2016

Mme Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, and M. Thierry Mandon, Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, warmly congratulate M. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, who, alongside Briton J. Fraser Stoddart and Dutchman Bernard L. Feringa, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry today.

M. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS [National Centre for Scientific Research], and Professor Emeritus at the University of Strasbourg, was awarded for his work on the design of molecular machines. Jean-Pierre Sauvage established this new field of research in the 1980s. He has been able to develop methods to synthesize molecules with degrees of freedom allowing molecular-size switches and motors to be generated. Ultimately these discoveries will allow the creation of new mechanical devices which are a thousand times smaller than the width of a hair.

This Nobel prize once again recognizes the excellence of French research, its laboratories, bodies and universities. With over 60 Nobel prizes, France still ranks fourth among nations whose quality of research is recognized in this way./.

Published on 07/10/2016

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