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

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Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award Commemorative Lecture

Prof. John F. Hartwig (University of Illinois, U.S.A.)

Discovery and Development of New Coupling and C-H Bond Functionalization Reactions
John F. Hartwig

Prof. Hartwig has made pioneering contributions to catalytic carbon-hydrogen bond activation, one of the unsolved challenges in catalytic science, and he has realized new types of transformations, including highly efficient coupling reactions. His approach to catalyst development has led to deep insights into reaction mechanisms.

He has developed catalysts that functionalize the terminal C-H bonds of alkanes through metal-boron bonds and has revealed an unusual mechanism for the C-H bond cleavage step. He has also developed the palladium-catalyzed amination of aryl halides, and α-arylation of carbonyl compounds, etc. His catalysts are extremely practical and have been universally adopted.

This lecture focused on these new coupling and C-H bond functionalization processes and the fundamental underpinnings of these reactions.

Chairman of the Selection Committee 2009 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award; Dr. Shinji Murai
(Japan Science and Technology Agency)

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