Knighthood for molecular nanotechnology researcher

David Leigh, Richard Jones, and other alert readers report that Fraser Stoddart has been knighted for “services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.” From the UCLA press release:

UCLA professor Fraser Stoddart, director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), who holds UCLA’s Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences, has been appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Knight Bachelor for Services to Chemistry and Molecular Nanotechnology…

The scope of Stoddart’s research has broadened over the years under the umbrella of activities he calls “Molecular Meccano” as a result of his introducing the two-state molecular switches into devices where actuation becomes the key to their operation…

When Stoddart was appointed director of the CNSI in 2003, he also assumed the Fred Kavli Chair of NanoSystems Sciences.

Congratulations to Sir Fraser, who also serves on the Steering Committee for the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems. —Christine

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