The Winners of the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award"

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has established the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award" since 2004 with the aim of contributing to the sustainable development of chemistry and the chemical industry. In particular, this award is designed to recognize researchers who have made outstanding achievements in catalysis science.

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced the winners of the "2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award" and the "2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement".

The winners of the awards are as follows:

Award ceremony and lectures by the winners

*  Assignments and positions are those at the time of receipt of awards.

2016 Winners

The Winner of the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award"

Shannon S. StahlShannon S. Stahl
Professor
University of Wisconsin - Madison


“Catalysts for Selective Aerobic Oxidation of Organic Chemicals”

Dr. Shannon Stahl is a pioneer in aerobic oxidation catalysis. His work has demonstrated general catalytic strategies to use air or molecular oxygen in the selective oxidation of organic molecules, including fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and has illuminated the fundamental mechanistic principles underlying these reactions.

The Winners of the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement"

Neil K. GargNeil K. Garg
Professor
University of California, Los Angeles


“Breakthroughs in Non-Precious Metal Catalysis and Harnessing Catalytic Transformations in Total Synthesis”

Shingo ItoShingo Ito
Assistant Professor
The University of Tokyo


“Polymer Synthesis Based on Innovative Retrosynthesis”

Dr. Neil Garg has made seminal contribution to organic synthesis through the development of new efficient synthetic reactions related to heterocyclic compounds including natural products by exploiting non-precious metal catalysis and highly strained molecules.

Dr. Shingo Ito has developed new catalysts and new reactions for the synthesis of functionalized polymers based on a concept “innovative retrosynthesis”: (a) phosphine–sulfonate palladium and related catalysts for α-olefin–polar alkene copolymers; (b) “Ping-Pong Polymerization”, an iterative and alternating allylation and hydroformylation to give vinyl alcohol–ethylene alternating copolymers; and (c) o-arylene (co) polymers from “arene equivalents” (oxabicyclic alkenes).

Award ceremony and lectures by the winners

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. presented the winners of the “2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” and the “2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement” with their awards on November 14th.
The winners gave commemorative lectures at the venue.

Award Ceremony and Commemorative Lectures

DateNovember 14, 2016
VenueTower Hall, Funabori (Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
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Lectures Plenary Lectures Professor Hiroshi Kitagawa (Kyoto University, Japan)
“DOS Engineering by Inter-element Fusion”
Professor Mikiko Sodeoka (RIKEN, Japan)
“Transition Metal-Catalyzed Synthesis of Fluorine-containing Molecules”
Commemorative lectures by the winners 2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award winner Professor Shannon S. Stahl (University of Wisconsin – Madison, U.S.A.)
“Catalysts for Selective Aerobic Oxidation of Organic Chemicals”
2016 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement winners Professor Neil K. Garg (University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.)
“Breakthroughs in Non-Precious Metal Catalysis and Harnessing Catalytic Transformations in Total Synthesis”
Assistant Professor Shingo Ito (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
“Polymer Synthesis Based on Innovative Retrosynthesis”