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Welcome to the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group Website. We are located in the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern University. We harness molecular recognition and self-assembly processes in template-directed protocols for the synthesis of functionalized and mechanized molecules, prior to their being introduced into integrated nanosystems. The website is oriented towards prospective graduate and postdoctoral students to give them a glimpse of our ongoing research activities as well as ourselves. To learn more about past and present group members, articles published by the group, breaking news and more, we invite you to explore the various sections. To get information on the group leader, please see the Fraser Stoddart section.


Science is Global : Science Knows no Boundaries

Fraser Stoddart and Dean Astumian, professor of physics at the University of Maine, have come together to pen an important message to the global...
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Fraser Stoddart Named Honorary Lifetime Fellow by the Indian Chemical Society

Fraser was recently named an Honorary Lifetime Fellow by the Indian Chemical Society at the Annual Convention of the Society held virtually December 26–29,...
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James Cooper, Yunyan Qiu, and Liang Feng Selected as the 2021 Foresight Fellows

The Foresight Fellowship is a one-year program committed to giving change-makers the support to accelerate their bold ideas heading into the future. One former...
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Our Fleet of Polyrotaxanes Makes it onto C&EN’S Molecules of the Year for 2020 List

Polyrotaxanes with well-defined numbers of threaded rings, which have already been reported in the June 12th Issue of Science this summer (Science 2020, 368,...
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Postdoctoral Researcher James Cooper is now a Lecturer at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom

James Cooper left his position as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Stoddart group at the end of September 2020 to commence his independent...
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