The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to a Scottish, French and Dutch-born trio of boffins who have developed the world’s smallest machines.
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L Feringa have developed molecules with controllable movements, which can perform tasks when energy is used.
The micro-machines are not visible to the human eye.
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 5, 2016
Linking molecules together, they are a thousand times thinner than a strand of hair.