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

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Catalysis Science Award

2011 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award

With the aim of contributing to the sustainable development of chemistry and the chemical industry, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. has established the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award. This award is designed to recognize researchers who have made outstanding achievements in catalysis science.

This year, three distinguished researchers were selected to receive the awards, one researcher received the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award, and two researchers were each awarded the Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement.

At the symposium, Mitsui Chemicals hosted the award ceremony as well as commemorative lectures by the award winners.

The Winner of the "Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award"

David W. C. MacMillanDavid W. C. MacMillan
Princeton University

"Development of Organocatalysis"

Prof. David W. C. MacMillan has developed the concepts of “Organocatalysis”, especially for asymmetric synthesis, and realized environmentally benign nonmetallic catalysts that have a practical value and play a central role in the organocatalysis field.

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

Kazuya YamaguchiKazuya Yamaguchi
Associate Professor
The University of Tokyo

"Development of Highly Active Heterogeneous Catalysts Based on the Properties of Metal Hydroxides"

Hideki YorimitsuHideki Yorimitsu
Associate Professor
Kyoto University

"Development of Palladium-Catalyzed Regio- and Stereoselective Allylation of Organic Halides with Homoallyl Alcohols"

Dr. Kazuya Yamaguchi has introduced new molecular design concept in the field of Heterogeneous Catalysts, and clarified that an efficient organic synthesis can be achieved by supported ruthenium hydroxide catalysts. This was realized with well-known materials by his excellent point of observation, and will be widely used in the future.

Dr. Hideki Yorimitsu has achieved an efficient cross-coupling reaction by palladium catalysts with skillfully designed neutral molecules such as homoallyl alcohols in place of commonly used active organometal compounds. This method is regarded as a breakthrough in the field of environmentally benign catalytic science.

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