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Mitsui Chemicals Successfully Hosts the Fourth Catalysis Science Symposium

March 13, 2009
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (“MCI”) announced today that the “The Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2009)”, held on March 11 and 12 with the theme of “Catalysis Science and Its Contribution to Future Human Development“, drew to a successful close (see attached Fact Sheet). The symposium was attended by 1,600 persons from industrial, governmental and academic institutions. This symposium series has been organized since 2003 to further the development of catalysis science contributing to ”Dream-Inspiring Innovation”.

The event featured lectures from ten of the world’s front-line researchers in catalysis science, focusing on current status and future prospects of the catalysis science field, which plays a key role in resolving issues which encompass environment, energy, and resources in the 21st century. All the attendees were inspired by the enlightening lectures, including those presented by Nobel Laureates, Professor Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University and Wolf Prize Laureate, Emeritus Professor Henri B. Kagan of Université Paris-Sud. After the lectures, vigorous exchanges were held between the lecturers and attendees about the presentations and research.

Also taking the opportunity of the symposium, MCI hosted the award ceremony for the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” and “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement” where commemorative lectures where given by the award winners. The awards are presented to researchers who have made outstanding achievements in catalysis science.

Overview of the Symposium

1. Name of the Symposium

The Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science
“Catalysis Science and Its Contribution to Future Human Development”

2. Date/Venue

Date: March 11-12, 2009
Venue: Kazusa Akademia Hall (Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan)

3. Lecturers

Plenary Lectures

  • Prof. Roald Hoffmann (Cornell University, U.S.A.)
    The 1981 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry
  • Emeritus Prof. Henri B. Kagan (Université Paris-Sud, France)
    The 2001 Wolf Prize Laureate in Chemistry

Invited Lectures

  • Emeritus Prof. Bernard Witholt (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich)
  • Dr. Robert J. Farrauto (BASF Catalysts LLC, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Kyriacos C. Nicolaou (The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Barry M. Trost (Stanford University, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi (Purdue University, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Yasuhiro Iwasawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Prof. Masakatsu Shibasaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr. Shin-ichiro Tawaki (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc., Japan)

Commemorative Lectures

Winners of the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award”

  • Prof. John F. Hartwig (University of Illinois, U.S.A.)
  • Prof. Kyoko Nozaki (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Winners of the “2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement”

  • Dr. Shigeki Matsunaga (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Assistant Prof. Yoshiaki Nakao (Kyoto University, Japan)

4. Attendance

Ca. 1,600 persons

5. Sponsoring Organizations

Hosted by

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Supported by

Government

Chiba Prefecture, Sodegaura City, Ichihara City, Kisarazu City, Mobara City

Academia

The Chemical Society of Japan
The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
Catalysis Society of Japan
The Japan Petroleum Institute
The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan


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