Ben Feringa

Professor of Organic chemistry
University of Groningen

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish…

The urgent need to develop novel chemistry for the sustainable industrial processes and products of the future. Specifically I would like to discover novel waste free catalytic processes like direct coupling strategies, electrochemical methods for synthesis and introduce smart and responsive functional materials.

In my scientific career, I am most proud of…

Discovery of chiral phosphoramidite ligands for catalytic enantioselective C-C bond formation and hydrogenation. In particular the development of conjugate addition and allylic alkylation with excellent stereocontrol. Anti-Markovnikov Wacker oxidation, low energy, low waste catalytic cross coupling with organolithium reagents and direct catalytic amine alkylation with alcohols. The design of chiroptical molecular switches and unidirectional rotary motors that enables the design of dynamic functional molecular systems. This is the basis for smart materials, photopharmacology, responsive catalysts and molecular machines.

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