Fraser Stoddart
  • 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Scottish chemist,Board of Trustees Professor in Chemistry at Northwestern University in the United States.
He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Ben Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage in 2016 for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

Education and Work Experience

1964-1966, BS, Doctor of Philosophy;1980, Doctor of Science,University of Edinburgh
1997-2002, Saul Winstein Professor of Chemistry, UCLA
2003-2007, Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
2008-Present, Head of the Mechanostereochemistry Group and Board of Trustees Professor in Chemistry at Northwestern University.

Honors and Awards

1994, Fellow of the Royal Society of London
2012, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2014, Member of the National Academy of Sciences
2016, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Major Academic Achievements

Stoddart works in the area of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. He has developed highly efficient syntheses of mechanically-interlocked molecular architectures such as molecular Borromean rings, catenanes and rotaxanes utilizing molecular recognition and molecular self-assembly processes. He has demonstrated that these topologies can be employed as molecular switches. His group has even applied these structures in the fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS).