Fraser Stoddart

Fraser Stoddart

2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Sir James Fraser Stoddart is a Scottish chemist who is Board of Trustees Professor of Chemistry in the Department of 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, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Edinburgh
  • 1966, Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh
  • 1980, Doctor of Science degree from the 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
    • 1999, Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences (Leopoldina), Germany
    • 2006, Foreign membership, Science Division of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • 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

He works in the area of supramolecular chemistry and nanotechnology. Stoddart 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).