2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to three scientists

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The 2016 Nobel Chemistry Prize was awarded to a trio behind some of the world's tiniest machines

(CNN)– The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded to three pioneering scientists who have taken their field to a “new dimension” with work on molecular machines.

The prize went to Jean-Pierre Sauvage of the University of Strasbourg in France; Sir James Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University in the United States, and Bernard L Feringa of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

The Nobel committee said the trio had developed the “world’s smallest machines” — molecules with controllable movements that “can perform a task when energy is added.”