Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2009)

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The Fourth Mitsui Chemicals
International Symposium on Catalysis Science
Opening Speech

Kenji Fujiyoshi

I am honored to have hosted the “Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science”(MICS2009), a prestigious event made possible by the participation of distinguished guest speakers and attendees from industry, government and academic institutions around the world.

With the aim of “contributing broadly to society through innovations and the creation of materials while keeping in harmony with the global environment”, together with the aim of furthering the development of catalysis science, Mitsui Chemicals has been organizing the “Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science” (MICS) since 2003. The themes of the first, second and third symposiums were “Advanced Catalysts for Polymers”, “Green Catalysts for Specialty Chemicals”, and “Polymerization Catalysis – Current Status and Future Prospects”, respectively. At each symposium, world famous scientists in the field of catalysis science were invited to deliver lectures after which they engaged in lively discussions with enthusiastic symposium participants.

The Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium (MICS2009), under the theme of “Catalysis Science and Its Contribution to Future Human Development”, discussed the current status and future prospects of catalysis science which plays a key role in resolving issues encompassing the environment, energy and preservation of precious resources in this 21st century as well the sustainable development of future mankind.

At this symposium we were fortunate to welcome ten world famous scientists operating in the catalyst science field,.

On the first day, the Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry for 1981, Professor Roald Hoffmann of Cornell University, delivered a plenary lecture. Following his lecture, three guest speakers: Professor Yasuhiro Iwasawa of the University of Tokyo, Emeritus Professor Bernard Witholt of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, and Dr. Shin-ichiro Tawaki of Mitsui Chemicals gave sterling lectures.

On the second day, the Wolf Prize Laureate in Chemistry for 2001, Emeritus Professor Henri B. Kagan of Universite Paris-Sud, presented a plenary lecture, which was followed by lectures given by Professor Masakatsu Shibasaki of the University of Tokyo, Dr. Robert J. Farrauto of BASF Catalysts LLC, Professor Kyriacos C. Nicolaou of the Scripps Institute and the University of California, San Diego, Professor Barry M. Trost of Stanford University, and Professor Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University.

Also on the first day, the “Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” ceremony was held and this was followed by commemorative lectures given by the award winners.

In closing, I wish to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all those persons and organizations, in particular, six academic societies as well as five local and regional governments, who helped make this symposium such a success.

I sincerely hope that this symposium will serve as a forum for extensive as well as an intensive interchange of opinions among researchers worldwide and be an excellent opportunity for furthering the study of catalysis science thus contributing to future human development.

Kenji Fujiyoshi
Kenji Fujiyoshi
Chairman of the MICS2009 Organization Committee
President & CEO, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

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Closing Speech

“Promoting World-Class Intellectual Exchange”

Akihiro Yamaguchi

At the outset, I would like to express sincerest appreciation to all persons participating in the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2009) and for the invaluable collaboration which lead to the successful conclusion of this endeavor.

We are exceedingly honored to have received the support of and praise from world famous scientists such as Professor Roald Hoffman and Emeritus Professor Henri B. Kagan, who heartily accepted our invitations to deliver lectures at the symposium.

The theme of the fourth symposium was “Catalysis Science and Its Contribution to Future Human Development”. Focus was on the future of catalysis science and its role in the sustainable development of humankind. Lectures and discussions explored possibilities of molecular catalysts in pharmaceutical research, heterogeneous catalysts and their uses in emission purification technology and development of fuel batteries, and biocatalysts and their roles in formulation of chemical products from biomass. The symposium promoted intellectual exchange among persons of vastly differing areas, such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and material science, all on the common theme of catalysis science.

Mitsui Chemicals would like to continue to host this symposium which we believe is making important contributions to the advancement of catalysis science and in fostering scientists of the future by serving as a stimulating forum of intellectual exchange.

Thank you again for making this symposium a great success. We look forward to your continued future participation.

Chairman of MICS2009 Executive Committee
Senior Managing Director, Center Executive,
Research Center, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
Akihiro Yamaguchi

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