3 win award for ad­vances in work on the tini­est ma­chines

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Three sci­en­tists won a No­bel Prize in chem­istry Wed­nes­day for ad­vances in a field that has big hopes for very tiny ma­chines — the small­est ever built.

French­man Jean-Pierre Sau­vage, Scot­tish-born Fraser Stod­dart and Dutch sci­en­tist Bernard “Ben” Feringa were hon­ored for mak­ing de­vices the size of mol­e­cules, so tiny that a lineup of 1,000 would stretch about the width of a hu­man hair.

Some­day, ex­perts say, such de­vices might lead to ben­e­fits such as bet­ter com­puter chips and bat­ter­ies and tiny shut­tles that could be in­jected into pa­tients to de­liver drugs.

“There are not big ap­pli­ca­tions loom­ing up to­mor­row,” said Stod­dart, 74, a pro­fes­sor at North­west­ern Univer­sity in Evanston, Ill., who be­came a U.S. cit­i­zen in 2011.

“I ap­plaud the fact that for once in chem­istry Stock­holm has rec­og­nized a piece of chem­istry that is ex­tremely fun­da­men­tal in its mak­ing and be­ing,” he said.

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