Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2011)

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Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement Commemorative Lecture

Associate Prof. Kazuya Yamaguchi (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Development of Highly Active Heterogeneous Catalysts Based on the Properties of Metal Hydroxides
Associate Prof. Kazuya Yamaguchi

Associate Prof. Yamaguchi has developed highly active heterogeneous catalysts based on the concept of “concerted activation” using metal hydroxides which have both Lewis acid sites and Brønsted base sites. Concretely, he has developed catalysts upon which ruthenium hydroxide is monomerically dispersed for the oxidation of various kinds of alcohols. Besides alcohol oxidation, he has revealed that these catalysts can promote other transformations including hydrogen transfer reactions and hydrations.

In the lecture, concepts for developing highly active heterogeneous catalysts based on the properties of metal hydroxides and the use of these for green functional transformation were given.

Chairman of the Selection Committee 2011 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award; Emeritus Prof. Yoshio Okamoto (Nagoya University, Japan)

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