Congratulations to Sir Fraser Stoddart and the other recent chemistry Nobel laureates for their research with molecular machines!
It is always good to get some recognition for a job well done and here at Concept Life Sciences one of our chemists can claim a close involvement with the work. Dr Richard Bissell, with a total of over 14 years service at Peakdale, was a post-doc in the Stoddart group back in the early 90’s, tasked with making the first example of a controllable molecular shuttle. The goal of the research could be easily summed up and understood by anyone who has ever played with an abacus, i.e. most kids! The idea was to make a molecular version of a binary abacus where the ‘bead’ could be moved at will between two positions on a ‘thread’. Stoddart’s previous post-doc, Neil Spencer, had developed a synthetic strategy for making molecular shuttles using Stoddart’s trademark ‘blue boxes’. Bissell’s contribution was to make a desymmetrised version where the position of the bead could be controlled by both chemical and electrical stimuli (as shown).
|(Image from the University of Birmingham )|
These days, molecular electronics is a rapidly growing industrial field and Peakdale has been actively working in the area. Boasting a fully independent spin-out company, Neudrive Ltd, as well as continuing to provide synthetic chemistry services to multiple companies and academic institutions in this sector, our organic electronics team now boasts 10 chemists with significant experience and we are proud to have contributed to many projects in this field over the past few years. This track record is rarely found in the general chemistry CRO world.
We are delighted that the latest Nobel prize for chemistry has been awarded to such an exciting area and we congratulate Sir Stoddart on his elevation to Nobel status.
Richard Bissell was a post-doc at the University of Birmingham and attended the event at the University. Congratulations on the recognition and thank you for authoring this post.