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

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Special Lecture

Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi (Purdue University, U.S.A.)

Magical Power of Transition Metals: Past, Present, and Future
Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi

Prof. Negishi has made a number of significant contributions in the field of organometallic chemistry. Reactions between organometallic compounds and organo halide using palladium catalysts are known as Negishi coupling, and for these findings he was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize together with Emeritus Prof. Suzuki and Emeritus Prof. Heck. In addition, he has developed carbo-alumination using zirconium catalysts and its asymmetric version (ZACA reaction*).

In the lecture, in addition to the distinctive features of transition metals in the catalytic reactions, the progress of the ZACA reaction using chiral zirconium catalysts and its applications for the synthesis of chiral compounds of biological and medicinal interest were given.

* : Zr-Catalyzed Asymmetric Carboalumination of Alkenes

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