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

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Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award Commemorative Lecture

Prof. Kyoko Nozaki(The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Development of Novel Catalytic Reactions for Coordination Copolymerization of Polar Monomers
Prof. Kyoko Nozaki

To pursue the truth in the field of natural science is to sense the murmur of Mother Nature. Listen quietly….

Prof. Nozaki has developed various new catalysts for organic synthesis, the target molecules being of various molecular sizes, from small molecules to polymers. She has achieved the metal-catalyzed coordination polymerization of olefins with polar monomers, which has been one of the major challenges in the field of olefin polymerization.

Prof. Nozaki has designed a palladium complex with a phosphine-sulphonate ligand through systematic syntheses of complexes and has succeeded in the synthesis of a linear copolymer of ethylene and acrylonitrile and the synthesis of an alternate copolymer of vinyl acetate with carbon monoxide for the first time in the world.

In this lecture she talked about coordination copolymerizations of polar monomers using this palladium complex.

Chairperson; Prof. Jun Okuda
(RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

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