Fraser Stoddart

Fraser Stoddart

Fraser Stoddart

Nobel Laureate and Visiting Professor of Chemistry

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 9385 3158


Room 543, Hilmer Building
UNSW Sydney NSW 2052

Biographical Details

Sir Fraser Stoddart – jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 for the design and synthesis of molecular machines – was appointed to a part-time position at UNSW Sydney in 2017 to establish a team to realise his New Chemistry initiative. He is currently Professor of Chemistry and head of the Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group at Northwestern University in Illinois, and has a research laboratory supporting young researchers at Tianjin University in China. Before joining Northwestern in 2008, he spent 10 years at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Sir Fraser will be undertaking part-time teaching activities for the School of Chemistry over the duration of his appointment at UNSW Sydney.


The Stoddart Group at UNSW Sydney is a Centre for Contemporary Science and is a multi-disiplinary research group established by Sir Fraser Stoddart and led by Dr Albert Fahrenbach and Dr Dong Jun Kim


China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award (2019)
Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2018)
Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2018)
Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2016)
Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2014)
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012)
Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Chemistry (2011)
Royal Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2010)
American Chemical Society’s Cope Award (2008)
Royal Society’s Davy Medal (2008)
Appointed Knight Bachelor by HM Queen Elizabeth II (2007)
King Faisal International Prize in Science (2007)
Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Organic Chemistry (2007)
Albert Einstein World Award of Science (2007)
Foresight Nanotech Institute Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology (Experimental) (2007)
Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006)
Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (2006)
Nagoya Gold Medal in Organic Chemistry (2004)
American Chemical Society’s Cope Scholar Award (1999)
Fellow of the German Academy (Leopoldina) of Natural Sciences (1999)
Fellow of the Royal Society of London (1994)
International Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry (1993)


  • Li, P.; Li, P.; Ryder, M. R.; Liu, Z.; Stern, C. L.; Farha, O. K.; Stoddart, J. F. Interpenetration Isomerism in Triptycene-Based Hydrogen-Bonded Organic Frameworks. Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (6), 1664–1669.
  • Wu, H.; Chen, Y.; Zhang, L.; Anamimoghadam, O.; Shen, D.; Liu, Z.; Cai, K.; Pezzato, C.; Stern, C. L.; Liu, Y.; et al. A Dynamic Tetracationic Macrocycle Exhibiting Photoswitchable Molecular Encapsulation. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141 (3), 1280–1289.
  • Cai, K.; Lipke, M. C.; Liu, Z.; Nelson, J.; Cheng, T.; Shi, Y.; Cheng, C.; Shen, D.; Han, J.-M.; Vemuri, S.; et al. Molecular Russian Dolls. Nat. Commun. 2018, 9 (1), 5275.
  • Shen, D.; Wang, G.; Liu, Z.; Li, P.; Cai, K.; Cheng, C.; Shi, Y.; Han, J.-M.; Kung, C.-W.; Gong, X.; et al. Epitaxial Growth of γ-Cyclodextrin-Containing Metal–Organic Frameworks Based on a Host–Guest Strategy. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140 (36), 11402–11407.
  • Shi, Y.; Cai, K.; Xiao, H.; Liu, Z.; Zhou, J.; Shen, D.; Qiu, Y.; Guo, Q.-H.; Stern, C.; Wasielewski, M. R.; et al. Selective Extraction of C 70 by a Tetragonal Prismatic Porphyrin Cage. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140 (42), 13835–13842.
  • Sluysmans, D.; Hubert, S.; Bruns, C. J.; Zhu, Z.; Stoddart, J. F.; Duwez, A.-S. Synthetic Oligorotaxanes Exert High Forces When Folding under Mechanical Load. Nat. Nanotechnol. 2018, 13 (3), 209–213.
  • Wang, Y.; Cheng, T.; Sun, J.; Liu, Z.; Frasconi, M.; Goddard, W. A.; Stoddart, J. F. Neighboring Component Effect in a Tri-Stable [2]Rotaxane. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140 (42), 13827–13834.
  • Hanozin, E.; Mignolet, B.; Morsa, D.; Sluysmans, D.; Duwez, A.-S.; Stoddart, J. F.; Remacle, F.; De Pauw, E. Where Ion Mobility and Molecular Dynamics Meet To Unravel the (Un)Folding Mechanisms of an Oligorotaxane Molecular Switch. ACS Nano 

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