Ryoji Noyori Prize
Professor David W. MacMillan
Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, U.S.A.
Professor MacMillan has been a pioneer in both the areas of organocatalysis and photoredox catalysis. Within organocatalysis he invented the area of iminium catalysis and made significant contributions to hydrogen-bonding catalysis, including the development of the MacMillan organocatalysts. He has also been a leader in bringing the field of photoredox catalysis to synthetic organic chemistry. This new area already has widespread applications in the pharmaceutical industry.
Professor Keiji Maruoka
Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Professor Maruoka designed a series of chiral high-performance organocatalysts such as base, acid, bifunctional, and radical organocatalysts for asymmetric organocatalysis. His most important and significant achievement is the development of asymmetric phase-transfer chemistry by designing "Maruoka Catalyst®".
Professor Jeffrey W. Bode
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland
Contributions: Enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene catalysis, KAHA ligation the chemical synthesis of proteins, SnAP and SLAP reagents for the preparation of saturated N-heterocycles, potassium acyltrifluoroboronates (KATs) for amide and amine synthesis.
Professor Mamoru Tobisu
Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan
Contributions: The discovery and development of new catalytic reactions that can transform strong chemical bonds, such as carbon-carbon, carbon-oxygen and carbon-heteroatom bonds.
Professor Frank Glorius
Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
Contributions: Diverse pioneering contributions with N-heterocyclic carbenes (in organocatalysis, transition metal catalysis and on-surface chemistry), in the field of C-H activation chemistry and in the development of smart screening methods.
Professor Yoshiaki Nakao
Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.
Contributions: The development of novel reactions through C-H and C-C functionalization by cooperative metal catalysis.