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  The Winner of the Prize for the award year 2017

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The Winner of the Prize for the award year 2017

Professor Frank Glorius Professor Yoshiaki Nakao
Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.
Professor Frank Glorius
Professor Hideki Yorimitsu

M. Christina White

Department of Chemistry,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor M. Christina White
Contributions; Brief summary of your contribution to chemistry (about 20-30 words) Contributions: cracked the code for selective C―H reactivity and pioneered the late-stage C―H functionalization strategy by developing catalysts with differential sensitivities to C―H bond electronics, sterics, and stereoelectronics that enable predictable site-selective oxidations in complex molecules.

Hideki Yorimitsui

Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

Professor Professor Hideki Yorimitsu
Contributions: the curiosity-driven invention of useful reactions and synthetic strategies of striking originality, covering a vast range of chemical sciences from bioactive molecules to atomic layers.

Brian M. Stoltz

Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Professor Brian M. Stoltz
Contributions; The discovery and development of new reactions and processes for the synthesis of complex natural products and non-naturally occurring bioactive structures.

Shigehiro Yamaguchi

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules and Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan

Professor Shigehiro Yamaguchi
Contributions; the development of photo- and electro-functional organic molecules. He established several key design principles using main group elements, such as B, Si, or P, and produced various types of fascinating π-conjugated skeletons.

Phil S. Baran

Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, U.S.A.

Professor Baran has made the important contributions to the invention of useful new reactions and reagents for the pharmaceutical industry and the total synthesis of complex natural products in a scalable, economic fashion by aiming for "ideality" using C–H functionalization logic.

Masayuki Inoue

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Inoue has made the important contributions to the development of creative and novel synthetic methodologies and strategies for total syntheses of structurally complex natural products, and elucidation of molecular rationale of their biological action using the synthetic analogues.

Benjamin List

Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung and Honorary Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany

Contributions; List's discovery that amines such as the amino acid proline are general catalysts for asymmetric synthesis has initiated the field of organocatalysis, which is currently revolutionizing chemical synthesis in academia and in industry.

Kenichiro Itami

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan

Contributions; the development of new catalysts to solve challenging problems for realizing super-efficient synthesis, such as C-H coupling, and for producing unexplored molecules of significant interest, such as carbon nanorings/nanotubes and nanographenes.

Jin-Quan Yu

Professor, Department of Chemistry & The Scripps Research Institute USA

Contributions; the development of catalytic C-H activation reactions directed by weak coordination and their applications as new disconnections for organic synthesis; Discovery of ligand-accelerated and enantioselective C-H activation reactions.
Ken Tanaka

Department of Applied Chemistry Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Contributions; the development of enantioselective cycloaddition and aromatization reactions using chiral cationic transition-metal complexes as catalysts. These processes enable the catalytic enantioselective construction of non-centrochirality as well as centrochirality.

Dean Toste

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Contributions; the discovery and development of catalysts and catalyzed reactions, especially those based on gold, and applications in organic synthesis and asymmetric catalysis including the use of chiral anions.

Fumitoshi Kakiuchi

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Japan

Contributions; the development of new methods for highly efficient, catalytic, selective functionalization of unreactive carbon-hydrogen and carbon-heteroatom bonds and the elucidation of their reaction mechanisms.

Michael J. Krische

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Contributions; the first hydrogen-mediated C-C bond formations beyond alkene hydroformylation. These processes define a departure from stoichiometric organometallic reagents in carbonyl addition and, under transfer hydrogenation conditions, enable carbonyl addition directly from the alcohol oxidation level.
Masahiro Terada

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Japan

Contributions; the development of novel axially chiral Bronsted acids and bases as efficient enantioselective catalysts for a variety of carbon-carbon bond and carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions.

Justin Du Bois

Department of Chemistry,Stanford University, USA

Contributions: The development of novel oxidation processes for the selective modification of unsaturated C-H bonds and the demonstration of the power of these methods to alter the manner in which complex natural products are assembled.

Kazuaki Ishihara

Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan

Contributions: the rational design of highly functional acid-base combined catalysts which are classified into acid-base combined salt catalysts, acid-base conjugate catalysts, and acid-base non-conjugate catalysts


John F. Hartwig

Department of Chemistry University of Illinois, USA

Contributions; the discoveries, developments, and mechanistic insights into new classes of catalytic processes, including coupling reactions, C-H bond functionalizations, hydroaminations, and enantioselective substitution reactions.

Kyoko Nozaki

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Contributions; the development of new catalysts for the synthesis of structurally well-controlled organic molecules: from small molecules to polymers

David W. C. MacMillan

Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, USA

Contributions: the introduction of new catalysis concepts for asymmetric synthesis including the generalization of organocatalysis, iminium catalysis, organo-cascade catalysis and SOMO catalysis
Keiji Tanino

Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Contributions: the development of new methods for the total synthesis of natural products having a polycyclic carbon skeleton (e.g., coriolin, ingenol and norzoanthamine) based on carbocation chemistry and organometallic chemistry

Gregory C. Fu,

Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Contributions: the development of new methods for carbon-carbon bond formation (e.g., cross-coupling reactions) and the design of new chiral catalysts for asymmetric synthesis:
Michinori Suginome

Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.

Contributions: the development of new methods for the catalytic synthesis of organoboron and organosilicon compounds (e.g., bis-silylation, silaboration and cyanoboration reactions) and of their utilization in organic synthesis

Dr. Alois Fuerstner

University of Dortmund and Director at the Max-Planck-Institute fuer Kohlenforschung, Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany

Professor Fuerstner has made outstanding contributions to development of novel organometallic methodologies and their application to efficient total synthesis of natural products.


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