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 2009 are Professor Justin Du Bois and
Professor Kazuaki Ishihara.


Professor 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


Professor 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


The members of the Mukaiyama Award Committee for the award year 2009 are as follows:

                      Tohru Fukuyama*      Akio Baba          Nobuharu Iwasawa
                      Keiji Maruoka         Norio Miyaura       Hisao Urata
                      Masahiko Yamaguchi                     *Chairman


Any individual may nominate one individual for the award year 2010. 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 2010 is August 1, 2009.
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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