Nobel laureate to talk about his journey May 3


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chemist Fraser Stoddart will talk about his experience winning the 2016 Nobel Prize in a May 3 lecture at the University of Louisville.

    Stoddart’s free, public, general-interest talk about “My Journey to Stockholm” will begin at 12:30 p.m. in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on Belknap Campus.

    The talk is part of the annual Derby Lecture Series sponsored by UofL’s Chemistry Graduate Student Association in the College of Arts and Sciences and Clariant, a Switzerland-based chemical company with operations in Louisville.

    Stoddart is a chemistry professor at Northwestern University, where he also directs the Center for the Chemistry of Integrated Systems. He shared the 2016 Nobel with Ben Feringa and Jean-Pierre Sauvage for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

    The Scottish chemist created a new nanoscience-related field of organic chemistry, in which the mechanical bond is a main feature for linking molecular chemical compounds. His award-winning work pioneered processes to create compounds that act as molecular switches and valves and serve as components in making nanoelectronic devices and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). The miniaturized machines have applications ranging from information technology to targeted drug delivery in health care.

    Stoddart’s other honors include the appointment of knight bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II and King Faisal International Prize for Science, American Chemical Society’s Arthur Cope Award, Albert Einstein World Award of Science, Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and the Nagoya Gold Medal in Organic Chemistry.

    His more technical talk, “Radical Chemistry in the Design and Synthesis of Artificial Molecular Machines,” will begin at 2 p.m. May 2, also in the planetarium.

    For more information, contact Megan Toda at 502-852-2330 or


    EDITORS: Stoddart’s photo is attached.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.