initiated by Paul Ehrenfest in 1912
currently organized by Ana Achúcarro & Luca Giomi (read about its history)

Dinner participants: 80


Ben Feringa

University of Groningen

January 16

7:30 p.m.


The Art of Building Small

Exploring across the current frontiers of chemical sciences there is vast uncharted territory to experience the joy of discovery. Far beyond Nature's design, the creative power of synthetic chemistry provides unlimited opportunities to realize our own molecular world as we experience every day with products ranging from drugs to displays. In the art of building small we explore the fascinating field of molecular nanoscience . Among the major challenges ahead in the design of complex artificial molecular systems is the control over dynamic functions and responsive far-from-equilibrium behaviour. A major goal is to gain control over translational and rotary motion. The focus is on my journey in the world of molecular switches and motors creating opportunities for smart drugs, adaptive catalysts or responsive materials.

The Colloquium Ehrenfestii takes place Wednesday evenings starting at 19:30 hours in the main auditorium of the Oort building. Before the Colloquium, there is a common dinner in the canteen located on the ground floor of the Oort building. This dinner starts at 18:00 hours sharp and is free of charge, under the condition that one attends the colloquium and that one has made a reservation before noon on the Tuesday preceding the colloquium.

Recent colloquia have been recorded.

Meal registrations may close earlier, when 80 persons have signed up.

Colloquium Ehrenfestii Program 2019

16 Jan

Ben Feringa (University of Groningen)

The Art of Building Small

13 Mar

Ruth Durrer (University of Geneva)

Testing General Relativity with Cosmological Observations

22 May

Paul Steinhard (Princeton University)


05 Jun

Seth Lloyd (MIT)


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