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Tiny machines bring Nobel Prize in Chemistry to trio

2016-10-05 19:27:01
Tiny machines bring Nobel Prize in Chemistry to trio Desk:

The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for the development of the world's smallest machines.

Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa will share the 8m kronor (727,000) prize for the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular scale, reports BSS.

They were named at a press conference in Sweden.

The machines conceived by today's laureates are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair.

They could slip inside the human body to deliver drugs from within - for instance, applying pharmaceuticals directly to cancer cells.

This field of nanotechnology could also yield applications in the design of smart materials.

The prize recognises their success in linking molecules together to design everything from motors to a car and muscles on a tiny scale.

"They have mastered motion control at the molecular scale," said Olof Ramstrm, from the Nobel Committee.

Ends/ 05, 2016

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