Mitsui Chemicals

Invitation Summary of the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” and the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement”

1. The “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award ”

(1) Research field: Polymerization catalysts, fine synthesis catalysts and other catalysts contributing to environment protection
(2) Eligible: Up to one researcher (aged 45 years or younger at the date of April 1, 2008) who belongs to institutions of higher learning or public research institutes with the best achievements
(3) Prize: A commemorative plaque and cash prize of ¥5 million

2. The “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement”

(1) Research field: The same as the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award”
(2) Eligible: Up to two researchers (aged 35 years or younger at the date of April 1, 2008) with the most original achievements
(3) Prize: A commemorative plaque and cash prize of ¥1 million
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Applicants choose either the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” or the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement.“
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Details including entry requirements are posted on MCI’s website (/jp/e/) or ask any inquiry to the “Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” Selection Committee (E-mail: MCI-AWARD@mitsui-chem.co.jp).
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MCI plans to announce the Awards' winners on its website and in the newspapers and journals in January 2009.

<For reference, the winners in 2007>

The “2007 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award”

Initially, MCI planned to award only one winner, but eventually selected two winners.

Name Dr. Zhaomin Hou Dr. Gregory C. Fu
Affiliation Chief Scientist of RIKEN Professor of Massachusetts of Technology
Theme Development of Polymerization Reactions Based on New Organo Rare Earth Metal Catalysts Coupling Reactions and Asymmetric Synthesis Based on Novel Catalyst Designs

The “2007 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement”

Name Dr. Jun Terao Dr. Michael C. W. Chan
Affiliation Assistant Professor of Osaka University Assistant Professor of City University of Hong Kong
Theme Carbon Bond Formation Reactions Using Anionic Transition Metal Complexes as the Key Catalytic Intermediates Importance of Weak Attractive Polymer-Ligand Interactions in Olefin Polymerization Catalysis

*Affiliations and titles are those at the time of receipt of awards.