Mukaiyama Award was launched in 2005 by The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ), to celebrate the 77th birthday of Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama who received the Order of Culture in 1997 from Japanese government for his outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry and to commemorate his election in 2004 to the National Academy of Science, USA, as a foreign associate.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.

The award, which consists of $5,000, a medallion, and a certificate, is bestowed every year upon an individual of 45 years old or younger, who has made outstanding contrbutions to synthetic organic chemistry. The awardee, selected by the award committee, shall deliver an award lecture at the Summer Seminar of SSOCJ where the award will be presented.

The Winners of the Award for the award year 2007 are Professor David W. C. MacMillan and
Professor Keiji Tanino.

Professor 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
    Professor 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

The members of the Mukaiyama Award Committee for the award year 2007 are as follows:

                      Ikuzo Nishiguchi*     Kunisuke Izawa     Keisuke Suzuki
                      Tohru Fukuyama      Tsutomu Katsuki    *Chairman
                      Tamejiro Hiyama      Koichi Narasaka


Any individual may nominate one individual for the award year 2008. The nomination form can be downloaded from the SSOCJ web site at

The pertinent documents are retained on file for three award

  years. The nominations deadline for the award year 2008 is August 1, 2007.
While submission of the nomination form by e-mail to is preferred, submission by regular mail is also accepted.
  Nomination Form      


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