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“Discover Your Talent to Achieve Big”-Ben Feringa

By Madhur
Chandigarh March 13, 2019:   13th Chandigarh Science Congress Oration lecture by Nobel Laureate Prof. Bernard Lucas Feringa Panjab University Chandigarh celebrated Platinum Jubilee of “Panjab University  Pharmaceutical Sciences” in 13th Chandigarh Science Congress. Platinum Jubilee oration by Professor Ben Feringa was the main attraction of the event where he delivered his talk on “Joy of success”.
Professor Bernard Lucas Feringa, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Raman Chair
Professor, Indian Academy of Science, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, is a
member of Royal Netherland Academy of Sciences as well as a member of Council of the
Royal Society of Chemistry. His research interest includes stereochemistry, organic synthesis, molecular switches, self-assembly nanosystems etc.

In his talk, Dr. Feringa shared a myriad of research areas and appreciated the human brain with the discovery of aircraft. However, he appreciated Mother Nature about the amazing science and biological machinery that we have in our body inside every cell. He added the significance of molecular motors (ATPase enzyme in the body) that work for the production of energy molecule (ATP) in the body and millions of such motors are working in the body for the continuous production of fuel. He said his team is working on designing a therapeutic drug that will respond with light flash with optical on and off command and help in precise delivery of the drug in the body to combat resistance and fight the tumour. His team has designed nano car that is simply light energy driven molecule made up of 95% water. These nano cars can have enormous applications like making self-

cleansing glasses self-cleansing coating on cars etc. These molecular motors can be delivered inside body as nanorobots and deliver the drug, fight against various disease or perform repair work. His lab is a team of about 15 motivated PhD and postdoc.
He urged the young scientists to discover their Talent. His mantra for success is:
“follow your dreams”,  “be confident”, “discover your energy”, “discover your limits”.
He further asked the youth to know their passion and to set the bar for achieving the

Those present included Prof. Raj Kumar, PU VC, former VCs, PU fellows, Deans,
Chairpersons, faculty, researchers and students.