The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for the development of the world’s smallest machines. Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa will share the 8m kronor (£ 727,000) prize for the design and synthesis of machines on a molecular scale.

The prize recognises their success in linking molecules together to design everything from motors to a car and muscles on a tiny scale.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences every year awards the Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. The press conference was held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Wednesday, 5 October, 2016.