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 2008 are Professor John F. Hartwig and
Professor Kyoko Nozaki.


Professor 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.


Professor 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


The members of the Mukaiyama Award Committee for the award year 2008 are as follows:

                      Tohru Fukuyama*     Tamejiro Hiyama      Kunisuke Izawa
                      Keiji Maruoka        Norio Miyaura       Keisuke Suzuki
                      Masahiko Yamaguchi                    *Chairman


Any individual may nominate one individual for the award year 2009. 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 2009 is August 1, 2008.
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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