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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 "2018 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award" and the "2018 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.

2018 Winners

The Winner of the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award"

M. Christina WhiteM. Christina White
Professor
University of Illinois


“Site-Selective Aliphatic and Allylic C—H Oxidations for Late-Stage Functionalization”

Dr. M. Christina White has made pioneering contributions to the development of catalytic allylic and aliphatic C—H oxidations. Previously, substrates required directing groups to achieve selective C—H oxidations. However, she found that site-selectivities could be altered through the appropriate modification of transition metal catalysts for late-stage functionalization of complex molecules, which is a promising synthetic strategy at the forefront of chemical and pharmaceutical sciences.

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

Kounosuke OisakiKounosuke Oisaki
Doctor
The University of Tokyo


“Chemoselective Transformations by Radical-Conjugated Redox Catalysis: From Functional Small Molecules to Biomacromolecules”

Robert R. KnowlesRobert R. Knowles
Professor
Princeton University


“Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in Organic Synthesis”

Dr. Kounosuke Oisaki has examined the applications of radical-conjugated redox catalysis, which is the combination of one-electron redox catalysts with organoradicals, for selective organic transformations, and has demonstrated that this approach is applicable to even complex biomacromolecules, such as proteins.

Dr. Robert R. Knowles has pioneered of the “Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer” (PCET) with photoredox catalysis for the generation of synthetically useful radicals, and thereby established a new vista of high impact and versatility in organic synthesis. In particular, his creative contributions include the extensive development of Ir(III) photocatalytic systems that effectively induce oxidative or reductive PCET for the synthesis of fine chemicals and complex natural products.

Award ceremony and lectures by the winners

The awards will be presented on October 23rd at the “8th CSJ Chemistry Festa 2018” which will be held at the Tower Hall Funabori in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo and followed by commemorative lectures by the winners.

Award Ceremony and Commemorative Lectures

DateOctober 23, 2018
VenueTower Hall, Funabori (Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
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Lectures Commemorative lectures by the winners 2018 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award winner Professor M. Christina White (University of Illinois)
“Site-Selective Aliphatic and Allylic C—H Oxidations for Late-Stage Functionalization”
2018 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement winners Dr. Kounosuke Oisaki (The University of Tokyo)
“Chemoselective Transformations by Radical-Conjugated Redox Catalysis: From Functional Small Molecules to Biomacromolecules”
Professor Robert R. Knowles (Princeton University)
“Proton Coupled Electron Transfer in Organic Synthesis”
We are planning two plenary lectures.