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

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Catalysis Science Award

2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has established the “Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award” 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.

This year, two distinguished researchers were selected respectively for the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award and the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement.

Taking the opportunity of the symposium, Mitsui Chemicals hosted the award ceremony as well as commemorative lectures by the award winners.

The Winners of the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award"

John F. HartwigJohn F. Hartwig
University of Illinois

"Development of New Practical Catalytic Reactions Including Efficient C-H Bond Activation and Coupling Reactions"

Kyoko NozakiKyoko Nozaki
The University of Tokyo

"Development of Novel Catalytic Reactions for Coordination Copolymerization of Polar Monomers"

Prof. Hartwig made pioneering contributions to catalytic carbon-hydrogen bond activation, one of the unsolved challenges in catalytic science, and realized new types of transformations including highly efficient coupling reactions, especially with deep understanding of reaction mechanisms.

Prof. Nozaki realized innovative catalytic reactions for coordination copolymerization of olefins with polar monomers, which is an important topic of catalyst science, through accumulated basic studies of reactions mechanisms.

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

Shigeki MatsunagaShigeki Matsunaga
Lecturing Professor
The University of Tokyo

"Development of Multimetallic Asymmetric Catalysis through Chiral Ligand Design"

Yoshiaki NakaoYoshiaki Nakao
Assistant Professor
Kyoto University

"Development of Cooperative Metal Catalysis for C-C Bond Forming Addition Reactions"

Dr. Matsunaga demonstrated the validity of the idea that catalytic reactions can be controlled by multimetallic catalysts, leading to useful organic compounds.

Dr. Nakao realized new carbon-carbon bond forming addition reactions through the cooperative action of nickel catalysts with Lewis acid catalysts.

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